Monday, 30 March 2020

Random Dungeon Map generator

If you've been following the blog for any length of time you will probably know that I like to make lots of little (modular) dungeon tiles for use with virtual tabletops ...i.e. something like those pictured below:

Well, I was recently contacted by the guys from Fantasy Calendar ...and they asked if I'd be OK with them making a (free) random dungeon generator that featured my tiles.

So, of course, I said yes!

Anyway, the generator went live last night - so HERE is the link (note that only the artwork is mine - the website, the coding, etc., is all a result of their hard work)...

...and pictured below is an example map/screenshot:

So, as you can see, you can:
  • Generate maps of various sizes (or even make a multi-level megadungeon).
  • Click on some of the tiles to cycle through a few of the variants that I've drawn.
  • Export the full size map (that you can then load into your VTT of choice).
  • Download a dynamic lighting layer for (the paid version of) Roll20.

So yeah, I think the Fantasy Calendar team have done a fantastic job on this if you like the idea of being able to generate a nice looking dungeon map with just the click of a button, why not give it a try :)

(note that Haxxer, from Fantasy Calendar Ltd., just posted on reddit if you want to give them any feedback)

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Print & Paste Terrain : Spiral Stairs

Here's the latest (print & paste) video...

...and, as you can see, in this one I've been making a bunch of spiral stairways (ones that go up, ones that go down, and ones that go both up and down).

As usual, I've uploaded the pdf file to DriveThruRPG as a pay-what you-want download feel free to pick it up for free - or pay as much/little as you like :)

Anyway, here's hoping that you can put these to use!

Oh ...and since I always forget to say it in the video - feel free to like/share/subscribe and all that other nonsense ;)

-here's a pic of the early design stages-

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Print & Paste Terrain : Decorative Walls

Back in episode 30 of my youtube series, I introduced a way of making multi-level rooms and passages with a handful of new textures seen below.

Well, in my latest video, I've included a bunch of new wall textures that can be used in a very similar way (just to add a bit more variety)...

But, as you can see in the video, you don't have to use them to make the aforementioned 'multi-level rooms' - as they're just as useful for making little stand alone pieces... well as adding actual walls to some of the tiles (perhaps to add that extra level of detail for a particular encounter or end of level boss fight).

Anyway, as always you can pick up the pdf file from DriveThruRPG (it's a pay-what-you-want download - so pay as much/little as you like :) ).

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Hobbystreak 2020 (February)

As I mentioned last month ...I've been having a go at the #hobbystreak challenge - where I attempt to do something miniatures related every single day :) (it doesn't need to be much - just priming one model will do).

Anyway, I'm not sure if I'll be able to keep it up much longer (I might have to revert to a 'one mini every week' challenge instead I did a few years back) - but here's what I got done these past 4 weeks...

The 'statues' are more GW models from issue one of that 'mortal realms' magazine that I picked up earlier in the year is the 'chainrasp' on the right.

The two skeletons on the left are from Warlord Games (they are a bit fragile, and a bit of a pain to put together - but they do look quite nice). The guy in the middle is another 'chainrasp' - and the mini on the right is another of the Warlord skellies ...but this time I've tried to make it look like a 'fossil skeleton' from the Barrowmaze adventure/campaign.

Top: two more Warlord skeletons on either side, and a mantic skeleton in the middle (with a head swap ...the head being a strange smiling skull from the Warlord sprue).

Bottom: yet more chainrasps.

Left: A mantic skeleton - painted up as a 'black skeleton' from barrowmaze (this one didn't turn out very well :( ).

Middle: Metal stirge models from Reaper Miniatures.

Right: Another plastic Warlord skelly.

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So yeah, that's 31mini's painted this year so far ...which, I have to admit, is really good going for me!

Friday, 21 February 2020

VTT Maps for February

Here's a quick look at the two (large) map tiles that I've drawn this month...

...and here's a small example of them pieced together (with a few of the other VTT tiles) to make a small cave map.

As usual, I've added both of them to the (ever expanding) library of maps in THIS album - as well as organising them slightly better over on GOOGLE DRIVE.

So, here's hoping you like these latest additions!

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Print & Paste Terrain : Wheels, Looms, and Stoves

My latest 'print & paste' pieces are based on the results of a poll I put up over on the Patreon page ...and, as you can see I've gone with looms, stoves, and spinning wheels :)

However, despite each individual step being pretty easy, there are a lot of steps that go into making the spinning wheel - so to avoid 'information overload' I've split the episode into two parts - the first of which focuses entirely on the spinning wheel...

Then, when you want to move on to the next pieces, you can find the instructions for the loom and the stove in part 2...

And while the spinning wheel and (especially) the loom aren't super accurate representations of their real-world counterparts - I think they work well enough for the tabletop (hopefully, you'll agree :) ).

Anyway, as always HERE's the link to the (pay what you want) pdf file over on DriveThuRPG, and here's hoping you like 'em!

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Hobbystreak 2020

A few folks online are doing this #hobbystreak challenge thing (I first saw it on the Crafts & Mini's YouTube channel) - where the aim is to do something miniatures related every single day ...and see how long you can keep it up.

It doesn't need to be anything special - for example it can be something as simple as priming or basing a mini ...just as long as it's something each and every day.

So, since I seem to have an ever increasing pile of unpainted mini's I thought I'd give it a go :)

And (as you'll see in the pictures that follow) I've just about managed to keep it going everyday this year (though sometimes my 'days work' really was just sticking some tufts to a base, or similar).

Anyway here's January's progress...

Week 1:
The larger mini's are Reaper Bones 'saproling warriors' and the smaller ones are old WotC 'twig blights'

Week 2:
Left: Reaper Bones 'demi-lich' (which I'll be using as a flameskull). Right: Ral Partha Europe 'wraith' (which I'll be using as a lich).

Week 3:
Reaper Bones 'dread wolves' (it's not the best pic of these - they actually look a tiny bit better IRL).

Week 4:
These are five of the undead models from #1 of that cheap 'Mortal Realms' magazine that was on sale the other week here in the UK (£2.99 for 13 GW models it was a hard deal to turn down).

Anyway, that's 14 models painted in 4 weeks ...which is pretty good going for me. And the plan is to also stat out any monsters that I don't have rules for HERE.

So, here's hoping you like 'em ...and here's hoping you're managing to put a dent in your own unpainted stockpile (yeah, we all have one ;) ).