Post by flockofthese on May 17, 2015 23:58:22 GMT -9
Does anyone have any good ideas for keeping terrain and stuff attached together? Bobby pins works for some stuff, but not a lot of other things. Something like poster putty would be perfect, except that stuff leaves spots. Or at least it always has for me. Right now my best solution is sticky notes. The sticky strip is sticky enough to hold, but isn't sticky enough to damage the models. This generates a ton of waste since I have to cut most of the note off from the sticky strip. The packs of notes are super cheap, but I was maybe thinking someone else has found a more efficient way.
If you go to your local dollar store and are lucky they sell shelf liner (I think that is what it is called I am at work so no picture possible right now) which is like a non-skid mat in a 12" wide roll. It is cheap enough to trim to size and keeps things from sliding. I think I ran across this in Fat Dragon's beginner's guide and have had some success. At least I am assuming you were asking about keeping tiles in place.
Post by flockofthese on May 18, 2015 2:04:11 GMT -9
Thanks, but thats not what I mean. As an example, I just finished some Mars terrain that has lots of bridges and stairways and canyons and stuff. I don't want to make it all permanent, but a little bump can knock it all down pretty easy. The canyon pieces are open bottom so bobby pins work to keep them together, but the bridges and stairs are just sitting there. I want to be able to blow them up, but I also would like to move guys over them without any sliding. I have some of that shelf liner, and It would probably sort of work, but its not ideal for this use. Although, if I found some thats a bit thinner than what I have, it might not be so noticeable. Or I guess if I found some white colored ones I could just marker them to match the terrain. Actually, I think I just changed my mind. I'll keep my eye out for white non-skit mats.
You might be able to get some sheets of magnets, cut to smallish strips, wrap them in some terrain texture, then glue strategically to spots where you want to anchor the bridge or stairs. It won't be a super strong grip, but probably enough. If two layers of the stuff is too thick, you could apply some thin metal strip on one side that the magnet would hold onto.
Another idea... if you take a long thin strip of the canyon texture aligned along the edges of the canyon top... only glue the ends down, so you can slip something under it. Then you might be able to slip your bridge end under it to hold it in place better. Smaller strips might yield a tighter fit. You could make little textured tabs added to stairs, too, to fit under the strips.
The other thing that may work are the rubber circles you use to open jars (if you are getting old like me) I don't know if they sell them or not as mostly I have seen/gotten one as a give away item. Of course that would only work if what you want to encourage to hold still has an enclosed bottom. Complete subject leap, Do you own any WorldWorks stuff? They use fold up tabs with the ground texture so you can put stuff place and when you don't put something there they fold flatish on the tile.
Last Edit: May 18, 2015 4:48:32 GMT -9 by warren705
I do it with magnets. Define a system to position them in such a way that two pieces that need to be together never repulse each other and there you go. You can find rare earth magnets in lots of a hundred with free shipping for about ten dollars.
To place a magnet in an already build piece, I make an incision on the piece, coat the side of the magnet that I want with glue, and position a dozen or so magnets in a pile together in the point where I want it to go, on the outside of the piece, positioned in a way that the magnet falls in that direction once I put it through the incision. A little push and there you go.
In the larger pieces that would consume a large number of magnets, I glue discarded pieces of x-xacto blades, then I glue a paper on top of them to protect against rust and to protect anyone handling the piece. You can glue a piece on any point you think a stair, bridge or interesting rock could go, and them only glue magnets on these other pieces to save a little money.
Post by flockofthese on May 18, 2015 6:02:39 GMT -9
If I attached magnets to the bottoms of the bridges and stairs, then I probably wouldn't need to have any attachment spots. The canyons are open bottom. The magnet on the bridge would hold the other magnet in place.
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