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#8877
Cavernous River Set Photos! 8 Years, 11 Months ago  
Stefan (and his new wife Mari) have been working on the new Cavernous River Set for some time now -- including venturing into caves to get some inspiration. Enjoy the photos below. This set should be here in February.

NOTE: This is a Cavernous RIVER set, so no large lakes are possible. Also, these sculpts do not show the paint or the clear resin that will be poured into the river areas.
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#8878
Cavernous River Set Photos! 8 Years, 11 Months ago  
Wow, as some one admitidly not as interested in this set, i have to say they look pretty cool, and since i have some caverns these will be picked up as well as the Beta come Feb...

Ugh 6 months...
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#8879
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Nice!

February, you said? Ok. I guess I have to wait a little while then?

Similar kind of packaging set-up as the cavern set with a bunch of 4x4 inch squares? I really like the idea of that size more than all the other stuff you have produced! It's the chunkyness of the pieces that got me hooked!
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#8880
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*faints*

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#8881
Cavernous River Set Photos! 8 Years, 11 Months ago  
Those pictures suggest this set is going to look really, really great! I'm very much looking forward to it. Are there technical difficulties that are preventing doing a set that allows for underground lakes? I would love to also get a set that allows setting up ponds, lakes, or even the coast line for an underground ocean! Does Dwarven Forge still have designs to eventually make a set like that in addition to the river set? Or do we have to give up on the lake set for now?
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#8882
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Looking forward to February!

I second zoroaster100's question set!!
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#8883
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Jeff

I have to chime in to the question of the others. What we see so far looks very good. But why stop there and not offering lakes ?? It's difficult to see (the lower left corner is cut off). But either the corner is still water - and four of this pieces form a perfect lake - or even if it is a 'corner' of a river - four of these pieces and you still have a lake - albeit with a small island in the middle.

I therefore don't graps the problem. Leaving such a piece without all corners filled and you have a small lake. Have one piece with only one side a shoreline and you can start forming bigger lakes.

Thod

PS: correction of myself - was rereading what Jeff actually posted. It said 'large lakes' - hmm - what does large mean ?? So maybe a shoreline and smaller lakes are possible - only there isn't a pure water floor piece planned ?? The pieces shown answer as many questions as they leave ...
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#8884
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Yes, yes, my precious, lets us thinkses.

I think it means: no big 4x4 water pieces. For whatever reason (beyond the obvious) that was too difficult to make.

So I'm guessing we can make relatively large lakes, but nothing HUGE -- it has to be narrow because if you make the outline very big you won't be able to fill it in with anything.

It looks like we're going to get at least one "lake corner" piece (buy four sets and have enough to make one whole lake) and I imagine several "lake wall" pieces, the banks of the river. The river won't be a tiny stream, then -- putting two "wall" pieces across from each other will make a rather large river!

I'm picturing the set made up of essentially pieces like the regular cavern wall and curved cavern corner pieces, with about 65-70% of the floor surface being water. The wall pieces will have one edge entirely water, one entirely wall, and the remaining two will be part floor and part water -- no piece, in other words, will have both banks of the river on one piece. (otherwise that piece would not "work" with the piece pictured -- the water and banks wouldn't line up properly) Knowing Stefan, there are probably some really imaginative twists and doozies in there (thinking back on the unmitigated coolness of the cavernous passage pieces) but the essence of the set appears to be something like that.

This is all just based on what we see in that pic -- it's the corner of what I take to be the basic engineering of how this will be done.

Man, I can't wait. The only problem with Feb -- I won't necessarily be done with DoE yet and I won't have room to use both sets at once!

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#8885
Cavernous River Set Photos! 8 Years, 11 Months ago  
I think it means: no big 4x4 water pieces. For whatever reason (beyond the obvious) that was too difficult to make.


L--I'm not sure I follow what you mean by "beyond the obvious"...

If the general opinion is that an "edgeless" 4x4 square topped with clear resin is hard or impossible to make, I honestly don't think it would be that difficult to produce with the right kind of mold.

I was able to produce my own hand-sculpted Gelantinous Cubes using RTV rubber for my mold and then I experimented with a clear resin with a high shore value (cures really hard) as well as another type of clear resin with a lower shore value which is squeezable when it cures.

As you can see in the picture here, it's all resin with no supporting base:
www.purgatorio.com/gameroom/miniatures/cube_002_1.jpg

You have to coat the inside of the mold with a mold release agent (soapy water, talc powder, or a silicone-based liquid) so that the resin doesnt adhere to it and tear the mold when you remove the cast piece after curing.

So having practical knowledge of that process, I really wonder why they wouldn't produce 4x4 clear topped pieces...? I'd love to have some 4x4 clear pieces. Time to get out the hobby tools. ;-}~

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#8886
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Yeah -- by "beyond the obvious" I just meant that the whole project is a more challenging one than the previous sets.

I do think that if they found a way to do the rest of the pieces, an all-water piece wouldn't have proven impossible -- but all I was meaning to imply by "obvious" was that, well, it isn't really SURPRISING that this set proved difficult... ;)

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#8887
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Gotcha. That makes sense. All the more reason for us to appreciate the creativity, hard work, and dedication from Stephan & Co.! I've got my charge card sitting dutifully on my PC--ready to order at a moment's notice!

This is so cool... a new expansion for the Caverns!
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#8888
Cavernous River Set Photos! 8 Years, 11 Months ago  
I Have to Say that these look very Compelling... Though I am Wondering about the Variety of the Pieces, Hopefully there will be Some "Narrow" Pieces which Have Banks on Both Sides of a 4" Tile, As well as the Alleged Single Bank Pieces... And Of Course the Conversion from Narrow to Wide...<Grin>...
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