Post by Dryw the Harper on Nov 3, 2013 11:05:56 GMT -9
The sound of hammers ringing in anvils, chisels against stone, saws against wood... This thread will cover my current massive project... The Imperfect Amazing Fold-Flat Castle. It is a work in progress and I have no idea when it will be ready, but I thought I'd chronicle the project in this thread.
Prototype Pieces as a scene on a Dave Graffam map board:
A close up:
Fold Flat (Table and Benches from Inked Adventures, bed, trunk, and fireplace are Imperfect Props never released)
Fold Flat (the little Bag of Rice is put inside to give the wall weight and bulk on the board.
The Towers and Gatehouse also fold flat but have no interiors, my camera's batteries died before I could get pictures of them. Anyway, it's a start. More to come as time goes by.
Beautiful! I really can't put enough of your English language adjectives together to express it, but these model looks a work of art. Loved the clean lines, the punctuated texture of the stones, the wood patterning, everything about it. And fold flat too! You must sell this.
oh, so, beautiful. when I saw the interior shot in particular, I actually got tears in my eyes! of happiness! I want to play with them, by myself, with my boys, in a kid's game, in a grown-up game... I just want to play! do I dare hope these might be ready for Christmas?
what can I do to help support you in your worthy endeavour?
Post by Dryw the Harper on Nov 4, 2013 9:47:11 GMT -9
Okay, I don't know when it will get done since I keep finding new things to do with it and new props to make for it, and I still have to do 6" Building Walls and possibly 8" Building Walls, with floors and roofs and floor connectors to match. And I must constantly battle through one disaster after another in mundane life, but if there are good little girls and boys out there, maybe I'll send out the cottage for people to try in time for Christmas.
Second, my wife agrees that this massive a project is something I'll have to figure out how to actually sell instead of giving away. Oh, and I'm already busy seeing how to retexture parts so they can be used as a Desert set as well. But that may end up a separate project altogether. In the future.
Third, I scan in the hand-drawn parts and use Microsoft Publisher to lay things out before turning them into Adobe PDFs. If I knew how to layer the PDF files, I would make the window and door placements as layers instead of different pages with doors and windows in different places, but I'm an Old Dog trying to learn new tricks.
I hope that answers a few questions. I'll try to post pictures of the Wall Towers and Gate House (with gates that open and close) in collapsed form sometime this week or on the weekend.
Second, my wife agrees that this massive a project is something I'll have to figure out how to actually sell instead of giving away.
Dryw the Harper
I agree with her, as much as I love free stuff these are wonderful and you deserve it! You're the Reason I joined this forum and Got into Papercraft at all with your imperfect series so I wish you the best of luck on this.
Post by Dryw the Harper on Nov 10, 2013 20:10:14 GMT -9
No new pictures as yet, but the Imperfect Workmen continue with construction. The houses as shown are 4" by 4", but I've now made 6" building walls, a 6" by 6" floor, a 4" by 6" floor, and a 4" by 6" connector for multiple floors, along with a simple stairs/ladder to go between floors. Things are continuing. I still need a 6" by 6" connector for multi-story 6" by 6" buildings, and then on to 8" walls, a 6" by 8" floor and connector, and an 8" by 8" floor and connector, and so on.
This seems never ending, but I like what I've gotten done so far.
Post by Dryw the Harper on Nov 17, 2013 20:47:55 GMT -9
The hammering, sawing, and stonecutting continue...
Built a prototype of a larger two-story building to use as a mess hall on the ground floor and barracks on the upper floor. Also started on the prototype of the main keep. They both have playable interiors and still fold-flat. I have to adjust some window placements, but so far I'm pretty pleased.
Dryw the Harper
Oh, Pavaro, The layout is done in Microsoft Publisher. The textures were hand-drawn and then scanned in and adjusted in Windows Live Photogallery. Eventually when I think it is done a convert it into an Adobe Acrobat document and then optimize it so it can be opened in older versions of Acrobat Reader. I hope this is of some help.
Pavaro: While you might not think of MS Publisher as a graphics program (and appreciating Dryw uses is only for the layout), Publisher is actually quite an impressive graphics handling tool as well. I've used it to create many maps, diagrams and basic floorplans over the years (I created a set of very simple woodland paths with it almost a decade ago). Possibly its greatest asset is it allows you to create a polygon of any shape, size, colour and fill (there are options to import filling textures of various sorts too), and then adjust every single node and aspect exactly as you wish. It is time-consuming, and it doesn't have some of the fancy options true graphics programs like GIMP possess, but it's surprising what it can achieve.
I'm taking my boys to see the Santa Claus Parade in an hour, but my eyes and imagination have already been filled up with beautiful goodness...
Now if only I could dream of this for Christmas, then my inner monologue of Good King Wenceslas, visions of snow covered castle-tops and courtyards, and the bringing in of the greens wouldn't seem so crazy...
wyvern: surfduke: You should be able to post links to any files or images already on a website somewhere by just adding the URL when you set-up a post using the full "Create Post" Forum post editor (i.e. NOT the "Quick Reply" version).
May 27, 2020 10:20:28 GMT -9
wyvern: I've found Photos loading the first image slowly every time I've switched on the computer in recent times. It's been OK after that, but seems like it can't quite remember how to do it just after it's been woken up...
May 27, 2020 10:17:36 GMT -9
surfduke: Do you want a preview pdf of the Jupiter 2 here? If so how do I post it.
May 27, 2020 0:39:56 GMT -9
Vermin King: That would explain why 'Photos' loaded slower this weekend. It was 'improved'
May 26, 2020 8:07:25 GMT -9
wyvern: It wasn't some fresh Windows "improvement" then... I noticed the icon for the MS image viewer, "Photos", changed a few days back as well. Doesn't seem to have changed the app, as far as I can tell. Yet.
May 26, 2020 4:26:25 GMT -9
lightning: Glad that only a restart was involved. I wouldn't have the energy to much more today :-)
May 26, 2020 3:01:39 GMT -9
Vermin King: I had a scare and a half. Went to open a pdf for the first time today and nothing happened. Checked All Programs and saw that Reader updated on 05/23. Restarting fixed it. Whew
May 25, 2020 10:56:44 GMT -9
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