Category Archives: DIY Projects & El Cheapo Gaming

Here’s a Bookcase

I shared Wylock’s latest back to basics crafting video a couple of weeks ago. The thing that struck me and that I just had to try was building a bookcase. Of course, I did put a bit of my own spin on it.

So what did I go different? First, I built the bookcase from a couple of the Dollar Tree mini-Jenga pieces (the base and the top) and then cut down some craft sticks for the back, sides, and shelf. Since this was already wood, I just applied some Miniwax Antique Walnut. Really, it makes no sense to me to paint wood to look like wood. Just let it be wood. I used the same method as Wylock to construct and paint the books. Well, almost. Wylock did use Super Glue. I opted to use Tacky Glue for the entire build.

I didn’t make enough books so there was some room left over. I thought a bit and made some scrolls. I just cut some strips from a manila folder then wrapped it around a toothpick to get it preformed a bit. Then Tacky glue! And a green rock and thought that would just look cool.

Hey! I got a couple of mini’s painted!

The old painting skills are coming back. Of course, the photography skills need to come back too. Or I need to use something besides my phone. Well, I am due for a new one.

The Elf came out OK. The wash went a little crazy. I got here from Reaper. But I do like the Skeleton. This one I got from Tomb Guardians. I’ve got some more from them and more on the way so stay tuned for those.

Remember, if you can’t be handsome at least be handy. 🙂

Adding to the Dungeon Tiles Collection

My original take on dungeon tiles used cork tiles that I had picked up in the office supply section of my local mega-mart. They looked OK but didn’t have the pop and just plain cool factor that the ones that I recently made out of XPS. But that left me with a bunch of cork tiles so I had to think about what I wanted to do with them. And then the idea struck me. I’d use them to make interesting terrain hazards.

There’s a couple of tricks to use these things. Most importantly they warp very easily. With some research and trial and error, the easiest way around this is pretty simple. Whatever you do to one side, do the same thing to the other side. So paint on one side. Paint on the other side. Any undercoat? Yep do it on both sides. They also have a tendency to crumble. So you’ll want to add some protective coating. And finally, if you just start painting them then they will absorb a lot of paint.

For these, I decided to go with easiest and possibly the cheapest route I could. For an undercoating and a little protection, I used plain old Modge Podge. That’s no black paint. Just Modge Podge. Then did my painting and did another coat of Modge Podge. They are little glossy but I think that’s OK and they are fairly durable. If you wanted, you could use PVA glue or even polychrylic on these.

Each tile is double sided so there’s one hazard on each side. I decided to do them sort of in matched pairs: Fire/Water; Pit/Slime or Acid. I did two 4×4 tiles and four 2×6 tiles. I’ve got more cork sitting around so chances are I’ll be making more.

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So What’s This?

I decided to something a little different this week. What could it be?

A simple but useful build from XPS foam using the good old standard techniques. You see the mini shelf was getting a bit crowded so let’s make something to better display them.

And I still got room left over. And I need to get back to painting and doing all that other gaming stuff.

Tavern UDT

Good old UDT is probably one of the most efficient table terrain bits that I’ve added to the collection. So making another one was a no brainer. This time I went for a wooden theme. You know for those tavern brawls or interior scenes that don’t happen in a dungeon. Over all, I think it came out pretty good.

Pretty simple and I like how it turned out. Definitely, adding to the DM terrain box. OK. it’s actually more that one box. You got me.