Friday, 8 October 2021

Tentacles!

As usual, I've been posting my progress with these over on the various social media pages (so there's no real surprises here) - but here's my latest release ...TENTACLES!


The video above shows you how to put them together, and for my own game I'm thinking of using them as some kind of trap/hazard rather than an actual monster (like the 'black tentacles' or 'entangle' spells for example).

Anyway, as I say in the video, this is probably as close as I'm going to get to a Halloween episode (not that I normally do themed episodes) - but it's purely by coincidence :)

Note that the pay-what-you-want pdf file can be found HERE.

Thursday, 7 October 2021

Another encounter box.

I really need to stop doing this ...but every time I get a little box in the post (one that's still in pretty good condition despite the best efforts of the postal service) I get the urge to turn it into a little self contained (mini) dungeon :)

-the layout of this little dungeon-

Now I haven't written anything up for this one yet, but the idea was for it to be some kind of holy site (let's call it 'The Well of St. Orandi' or some such) - where folks make a pilgrimage to deposit their prayers/confessions/etc. (in written form) into the well ...along with a few coins for good measure (very much a 'wishing well' kind of thing).

However, a few goblins have got wind of this last part ...and they have started lowering themselves down into the well to retrieve this 'free loot' ;)

Obviously, this has folks up in arms (and worried that either their prayers might not be answered ...or their confessions be discovered) ...and so the PC's help is sought.

So, it's nothing more that a simple level 1 encounter really - but I like having things like this ready to go (should I need something for an impromptu one-shot) ...plus I enjoy the idea of trying to create the terrain for an adventure/encounter - but limiting myself to what I can fit inside a small box (and indeed, let the resulting terrain be the inspiration for that encounter).

-unpacking the adventure-

Furthermore, I picked up a pack of the D&D/Wizkids goblins a while back, and because they are a bit tiny (and because they don't really match any of the other goblins I have), I thought I could slap a quick paint job on them, and throw them in the box too.

-Reaper Bones mini shown for scale-

If anyone is interested, all I did was basecoat the model with half-a-dozen different colours first (they come pre-primed, so no cleanup/priming was needed), and then gave all of the areas their own wash. Here's what I used (all Army Painter):

ITEM/PART     /     BASECOAT     /     WASH
Feathers     /     skeleton bone     /     light tone
Skin     /     hemp rope     /     mid brown
Cloth & fur     /     leather brown     /     strong tone
Metal     /     gunmetal     /     strong tone
Wood/hair     /     dark stone     /     dark tone
Stone     /     field grey     /     dark tone & mixing medium

I'll be honest and say that I didn't really think much of them when I first opened the box (I bought them online on a bit of a whim) - but even with this rather simplistic paint job, I do kinda like them now (though I still wish they were a little bit bigger).

Anyway, all joking aside, I would definitely recommend having a go at making your own little encounter box(es) if the concept sounds vaguely interesting at all. It's a fun way to impose a few limits on yourself ...and at the same time it never hurts to have a back-up adventure up your sleeve and ready to go (plus, doing a really quick paint job on some mini's is a great way to reduce that pile of shame ;) ).

-the exterior of the box-

-everything packed away neatly inside-

Saturday, 25 September 2021

TRAPS!

As usual, I've been posting the progress of my various trap designs (for the print & paste dungeon) over on my various social media pages - so if you've been following along on facebook, discord, instagram, etc., you've probably seen these already:


Anyway, it's taken a while, but last night I finally managed to get the video and pdf uploaded (to YouTube and DriveThruRPG respectively) - so here's the latest episode (can you believe we're up to 59 episodes already ...not including all the bonus/tips ones):

(and HERE is the link to the pdf file)

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Furthermore, whenever folks ask me where they can share pictures of their own builds, I usually point them towards the Discord server (which is now 400+ members strong) - but not everyone uses Discord, and so I've also set up a 'crooked staff community' page over on facebook.


This new group already has well over 100 members, and if it sounds like something you'd like to be a part of (even if it's just to take a look at some of the cool things that people have made using the 'print & paste' textures), then it'd be great to have you onboard :)

Anyway, I hope you like the new video, and I look forward to seeing more pictures of other folks' creations!


Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Dungeon Terrain for the 'goblins' Adventure.

As some of you may recall, when I hit 10K subscribers over on YouTube, one of the things I released was my little 'goblins' starter adventure...


...and if you check the description of that video, there's still a couple of free copies that can be claimed ;) (note that there is a link that will add it to your cart for free if you are amongst the first 100 people to do so).

Anyway, the original plan was to film a series of videos to show folks how to build the whole dungeon part of the adventure using my print & paste terrain - but in all honesty, I doubt I'm going to get around to that now ...as I'd much rather be filming new content (as there wouldn't really be any new techniques in such a video - it would be more along the lines of 'to make item x see episode whatever').

So with that in mind, I thought that I would instead post a few pictures of the terrain I've made - just to show you the kind of thing that is possible with the existing textures (though this does use some of the bonus textures supplied in the modifications & requests pdf).





With any luck, most of the things you can see here will be fairly self explanatory if you've been keeping up with the YouTube series - but if not, feel free to ask any questions, and I should be able to point you towards the relevant video(s).

That being said, here's a quick look at the overall map of the dungeon (to help you picture how it looks when it's all put together)...


...and here's a picture of the monster miniatures that I've painted up for (eventual) use in my own game:


Now admittedly, I've only run/playtested this adventure online (for two different groups) ...but I do hope to run it down at the FLGS at some point (Asgard Games in Walsall if anyone is interested) ...and with the usual IRL group when we get back to some kind of normality :)

Friday, 10 September 2021

Rotating Wooden Bridge

 It's been over a month since my last video (for 'reasons' :( ) ...but I've finally got another one finished...


...anyway, the idea behind this one is that maybe it was once part of a prison complex - so the prisoners cells would be on one side of the pit, and the guards (and the bridge controls) would be on the other. Thus, should a prisoner escape their cell, they'd still have to find a way to navigate the pit (hopefully that made sense :) ).

Now though, in the hands of the goblins, it could be used as a kind of monster spawner ...with several goblins being transported from one side of the pit to the other each round to harass the players (who find themselves approaching the pit from the old prison area).

So maybe the players stand and fight each new batch of goblins as they appear ...or maybe they use ranged attacks to try and pick off a few of the goblins working the winch ...in either case I think it will make for a fun encounter.

But enough of all that ...if you want to have a go at making one yourself, then the (pay-what-you-want) pdf file can be found HERE.

Hope you like it!


PS. here's a sneak peek at what's coming up in the next video...








Saturday, 7 August 2021

Rotating Dungeon Room

 Here's the latest 'print & paste' video ...a rotating room within a dungeon.


This is something I've wanted to do for a while - both the rotating room and the secret stairway, and I'm reasonably happy with how they've turned out :)

Anyway, as usual, you can pick up the pdf file over on DriveThruRPG (it's a pay-what-you-want download), and here's hoping that you can put it to use!

Sunday, 1 August 2021

Giant Spider Miniatures

I think I previewed a prototype of my idea for making giant spiders back at the beginning of May (in one of the tips & tricks videos). But I then got a little side-tracked with the tiny terrain project ...and so the finished 'spiders' pdf has been sitting on my hard drive for a couple of months - just waiting for me to film the video.

Well, now that the 'tiny terrain' is at a point where it's actually usable (i.e. the initial batch of textures - which enables us to build little village maps - is now complete), I've finally been able to turn my attention to the giant spiders episode :)


Anyway, as you can see in the above video, they're pretty easy to make (all you need is some card and a couple of drinking straws ...oh and the pdf of course), and you could quite easily get a whole bunch of them made the night before a game if you suddenly find yourself in need of a few giant spiders (they're the size of giant wolf spiders if you're playing D&D).

And, just like all of the other products in the 'Print & Paste' range, it's a pay-what-you-want download over on DriveThruRPG ...so pick it up for free, or pay as much/little as you like!

Anyway, here's hoping you like them :)