Friday, 23 July 2021

Tiny Terrain: Fields & Fences

No doubt you will have noticed that the videos (over on the YouTube channel) these past couple of months have been focusing on my new 'tiny terrain' system.

If you're not familiar with it, the idea is to make a bunch of modular village tiles (each containing a couple of houses, barns, fields, etc.) that can be pieced together to make little 3D maps of small settlements (i.e. they're not meant to be used with mini's - they're just something that can be used and reused in place of a regular 2D map).


Anyway, as you can see in the above picture, I've finally got to a point where it's actually usable now (as the previous videos in this series have mainly been getting everything ready for this video) ...so it's good to get to the stage where I can start pulling it all together :)

So yeah, if you're interested in making a few of these yourself then please do feel free to head on over to the YouTube channel and check out the 'tiny terrain' playlist ...or if you've been keeping up with all the latest videos, then this latest one (containing the fields & fences) is featured below.


And just like all of the other pdfs in the 'print & paste' range, this one is a pay-what-you-want download over on DriveThruRPG.

Anyway, here's hoping you can put some of this nonsense to use ;)

Friday, 9 July 2021

Teeny Tiny Hex Tiles.

If you've been following my latest YouTube series, you will already be familiar with the tiny trees and houses that I've been making recently...


 ...so the next thing that I needed to make were the actual hex tiles that they'll all be glued on top of:


So, as you can see, this latest video/pdf provides a wide variety of 'dirt road' hex tiles that we can use to make our little village tiles.

But if you're not familiar with this project, the idea is to make a bunch of modular hex tiles that can be put together in various configurations to produce nice little 3D village maps on the fly ...i.e.:

(the DM lays out half a dozen tiles)

DM: "OK, you enter the village of Oldstead..."

Players: "Actually, we'll press on and make for Newvale!"

(the DM swaps out a few tiles and shuffles them around a bit)

DM: "OK, you enter the village of Newvale..."

That's the idea anyway ...and as time goes on I'll be adding things like docks (with one or two little ships maybe), stone patterns (for walls, keeps, temples, etc.), and so on.

Anyway, before I get too ahead of myself I should probably point out that you can get this latest pdf over on DriveThruRPG as a pay-what-you-want download ...and that I hope to get the next video (i.e. the one with the fences/enclosures/crops) out this month as well (an example of which can be seen below):



Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Teeny Tiny Trees

As you may know, my latest project is to make a bunch of different hex-tiles that can be pieced together to make little 3D village maps (as seen in the prototype image below).


Well, in the previous video I got started on the little houses, and in this latest video I've moved on to little clusters of trees (copse-like clusters if you will):


And as always, you can find the pay-what-you-want pdf file over on DriveThruRPG.

So, here's hoping you like them!

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

10k subs / new 5e content / giveaways

As some of you may know, the YouTube channel has continued to grow and I've recently hit 10,000 subscribers! (which, as far as I'm concerned, means that it's been a big success). As such, I have a few announcements that I'd like to make ...all of which are covered in the following video:

However, if you don't have time for all that nonsense, or would like a bit more information, then here's the breakdown ;)

 

MERCHANDISE

As I say in the video, I haven't gone overboard with this (as I doubt there'll be much call for socks or shower curtains with the channel's logo on them) ...but  a mug and a sticker is the kind of thing I'd put to use myself.

I mean, I don't really drink 'hot drinks' - so my own mug will likely get used to hold gluesticks and paintbrushes ...but the sticker will find a good home on the back of my laptop :)

Anyway, HERE is the link to the (tee)spring storefront. If there is anything else you'd like me to consider, just drop me a message.

 

THE TWISTED STAVE

I've decided that, every now and again (essentially when I have enough material), I'll tidy up some of my own DMing material (or personal / 'for fun' projects), and present it in a 'zine format.

They'll probably not be all that frequent - but this first one is available for free (subsequent ones will be free to Patreon supporters, and $1 for everyone else) - so please do feel free to check it out and see if that kind of thing will be of interest to you. HERE is the link.

Note that I'm presenting it as 5E compatible - but there'll generally be a couple of articles that aren't really tied to any system (though, for the most part, it does assume a fairly traditional fantasy-medieval setting).

(note that there is also a print-on-demand version available over on lulu)

 

THERE'S GOBLINS IN THEM THERE HILLS

I've mentioned this adventure a couple of times before (as I planned on doing a series of videos showing which pieces of terrain you'll need to build for each encounter area, and so on) - but I figured this would be a good time to release that too.

Now, I do still hope to get around to those videos at some point (as the adventure has been written with the 'print & paste' terrain in mind) - but if you're familiar with most of that stuff, then you should have a good idea of how to go about it.

Anyway, the adventure itself isn't meant to be particularly revolutionary (or all that original) - it's just a fun little dungeon romp that you can get through in a session or two.

It's priced at $2.99, it's 16 pages long, and is available over on DriveThruRPG.

 

$50 GIFT VOUCHER

For this particular giveaway you will need to go to the video's page over on YouTube (as I am only counting entries over there - just so that I don't have to monitor several different pages for the next month ;) ).

And, as I explain in the video, everyone that picks up one of my pdfs will already have a DriveThruRPG account... so the giveaway should, in theory, be available to everyone (and no-one even has to leave the house to post/receive it - because, you have to admit, we are living in strange times).

So if you do enter - here's wishing you good luck!

 

AND FINALLY...

I said this at the start of the above video, but I want to say it again here (at the end of this post).

A huge thanks goes out to everyone that supported me over the past few years - I really do appreciate it ...and here's looking forward to the next milestone*

Thanks again!

(*erm... yeah ...not sure if that's ever likely to happen ...but only time will tell :) ).

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Teeny Tiny Houses

Following on from my last post ...I'm pleased to say that I've just released the first set of textures for the new 'tiny' range...

As usual the pdf file can be got from DriveThruRPG (it's a pay-what-you-want download), and I explain the whole idea in the video above.

So yeah ...hope you like 'em :)



Monday, 10 May 2021

Getting sidetracked Again...

As usual, I've got several things that I'm currently working on for the print & paste terrain (giant spider miniatures, a water-wheel and treadmill crane, to name just a few), plus a whole bunch of stuff I'm excited to announce when the channel hits 10K subs. But, like the title says ...I've got sidetracked by another little project.

Well, I say little, it's tiny really (at least in scale) - but let me explain the idea first (note that something similar to this was suggested by a viewer - but I can't remember who that was now)...

Anyway, even though I like to draw maps (something you'll be well aware of if you've followed me for any length of time), I've never really liked drawing town/village maps (and as far as city maps go - that's a big NOPE).

(note that, while there are several generators and various software packages that can help in that regard, and I do use stuff like that from time to time, it's not something I ever really get very excited about using)

On the other hand, I do tend to drool over pictures of folks' town/city/village terrain set-ups (a whole table of Dwarven Forge's city stuff for example) ...I mean, it just looks so darn cool.

However, for my own games that kind of terrain is probably not going to get much use (as 'town stuff' is much more likely to be 'theater of the mind' - as all the cool kids are calling it nowadays) - plus I wouldn't have the space to use more than half a dozen buildings at a time in any case.

But what if I were to combine the usefulness of a map (I mean, it's always good to have a map to show the players right?) and the 'coolness' of some 3D terrain ...and maybe make something like this:

 

(note that these are very early WIP/prototype images, so there's no proper 'textures' glued to anything yet)

As you can see, they're pretty small - and you could probably fit a whole village into an area the size of a single sheet of paper.

They're also pretty easy to put together too (if you've assembled any of my chests and crates, it's a very similar process). Here's a quick look at the underside (which might make things a bit clearer):

Furthermore, due to the way I'm designing them, they'd be the same size/shape/colours/etc. as the 28mm scale buildings that I've already made (just a LOT smaller). So I could make the whole village in this tiny scale, and maybe just the main building at the larger (miniatures) scale ...if I'm planning a specific encounter there.

 - a picture showing the two different scales-

I could even go a step further and develop some kind of hex-builder-system (where each hex tile would be big enough to contain a handful of small buildings, or a single chapel, or a villa, etc.) - so that I could use them over and over again to create a bunch of different layouts.

Does that sound like madness? ...or is it actually a good idea?

Is it something you'd use yourself? ...or does it fall into the 'it looks cool, but I'll pass' category? 

For my own part, I do have to admit that I'm far more excited about attempting something like this, than I am about sitting down and drawing a bunch of village maps :)


EDIT: here's the hex idea:

Monday, 12 April 2021

Broken Wooden Floors/Floorboards

For my latest 'print & paste' offering I thought that I would continue with something similar to the recent lava tiles (in the sense that the 'floor/base' of the tile is made up of two separate layers), and make something that could be used to represent abandoned buildings, haunted mansions, and that kind of thing.

And while I had a few teething problems to begin with, I think they've turned out OK in the end (though they do look better if you add a few extra pieces here and there - like the little bit of the sack texture that I've glued to the one shown below).

Anyway, as usual, here's the video (over on YouTube) that shows how easy it is to put it all together...

...and the (pay-what-you-want) pdf file can be found over on DriveThruRPG as normal :)

So, here's hoping you like 'em!!!