finally got back after my hols. Had a lovely time.
Forgot to take any games though - which was particularly annoying when we got stuck in the tent in a 2-day downpour. Most of the games we could cadge off the holiday reps had pieces missing.
It was totally unlike me, as I normally take a bag of stuff with (UNO, various cheapass games, etc.). Still - it got me thinking.
I HAD been planning to take along my Song of Blades stuff. Completely forgot in all the rush of course, but it got me thinking about a PORTABLE version of SBH. So I ended up imagining a set of 'flats' rather like the the old Cry Havoc game and knocked this up:
The intention is to make the base sizes to scale (I've made the squares 25mm, 'Big' figures 40mm octagons, cavalry 25mmx100mm, etc.)
The great thing is they are totally rules agnostic - you could choose whichever ruleset you want. Just so long as you somehow keep track of 'skeleton #1' separately from 'skeleton #2'.
The only problem I've got now is how to identify when a figure is 'fallen'.....
old squirmydad: Youknow - that's an awesome idea...but might be tricky in a cramped situation. But I'm thinking I may do stand up tokens for 'fallen' and 'transfixed'. I'm thinking a bit like the 'under fire' stand ups that Mel did for Guncrawl...
@beau: You betcha I'm gonna do more!! These aren't finished yet, but I want to do elves, knights, Trolls, Ogres, Dragons - you name it!!
...and then I want to do flat terrain features as well! Building layouts, woods, streams, dungeons (oh wait! I already did those!!), Temples, castles, stone circles. You name it.
(AND don't forget I need to finish off those ZOA figs too!)
..but where am I gonna get the time?!!!!
OK, Dave: FOCUS! Finish off the ZOA first, Then finish off the undead flats.
I think this is a great idea. As you said, they have infinite uses.
May i suggest to "sacrifice" some of the beauty for some instant recognization?
What i mean is: what do you think to make a dull, less colorfull background for the chits, and use the same "color tone" for a specific army? (so, as esample, gray stones for the undeads, green grass for the elves, brown ground for the good humans and black/red lava for the evils...).
Just an idea...
... i'll wait for this work. Thanks for you efforts!
-edit- ...and a layered PDF to hide the numbers, if not needed?
Parduz: Some great ideas here. Thanks very much. I had thought about creating an SVG template (in Inkscape) to provide others with the ability to create their own sets. Different background layers would be essential for this.
As for layered PDFs... I'm not sure I can do those straight from Inkscape. I'd need to learn Scribus. How about a layered PSD or XCF file instead?
Quick update: I'm progressing well with the template files. I've done the 25mm Squares and the 40mm Octagons so far. Each file has 8 background textures (Lava, Sand, Dirt, Ash Waste, Stone Rubble, Grass, Dungeon, Battlefield).
These templates will allow anyone to create flat counters for themselves and tailor them to whatever they need.
Unfortunately, the files are pretty big (i.e. 30-40MB), so I will create a set of 'faction' PDF files using the backgrounds and figure layouts I prefer.
Hopefully, this will give you all the best of both worlds.
Sirrob01: Thanks for the comments - and the heads up on Scribus. I guess I'll delay even longer before playing with it.
Yeah the transparencies do sound fiddly. I think a kind of mini 'stand-up' marker (sort of like a figure but basically just a flat board with the words 'Fallen', 'Transfixed' or 'Wounded') will work best. In SBH you wouldn't actually be able to MOVE the counter until you had removed the marker, so these should be perfect...just not entirely flat....
Vermin King: His eyes must not be as old as mine
May 21, 2020 11:12:39 GMT -9
cowboyleland: I always thought Tirick was a little mad.
May 21, 2020 7:11:40 GMT -9
Vermin King: Really worn out tonight, so when I'm like that I just look for things I used to have, but don't any more. I got the Zippy models and am rebuilding my Tirick/TCF Gaming folder. How the heck would anyone build his 1/1000 Battletech mechs without enlarging
May 20, 2020 17:12:58 GMT -9
Toman: yea I have been. pretty cool project. I've done a few scratch builds like that but not as large. cutting individual stones or carving stones in foam sucks.
May 19, 2020 16:50:41 GMT -9
Vermin King: Anybody else following Mauther's home-made Playmobile castle build? Looks really good so far
May 18, 2020 18:13:38 GMT -9
cowboyleland: Good point. Maybe make the wing feathers seperately so that the wind could get through them?
May 14, 2020 6:10:23 GMT -9
squirmydad: We had two operators for the hawk though, one to carry the weight and the other to flap the wings.
May 13, 2020 11:02:25 GMT -9
squirmydad: Probably silk and dowels. I assisted in the construction of a giant hawk puppet for an indoor show, probably about the same size as that pegasus.
May 13, 2020 11:01:49 GMT -9
Vermin King: It's got to be really light. The article dealt with parade puppets. I don't think I'd want to be trying to control that in a stiff wind
May 13, 2020 4:21:20 GMT -9
lightning: that's a nice pegasus!
May 13, 2020 4:10:32 GMT -9
shep: Will it fly, if you move the wings fast enough?
May 13, 2020 1:10:51 GMT -9