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#21382
Modular Tower 7 Years, 8 Months ago  
I would totally buy one of those if it was in resin. Better still--a heavy plastic (that could bounce if dropped!) instead of resin. (thinking of the way my kid would play with it).
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#21383
Modular Tower 7 Years, 8 Months ago  
It would certainly help a lot to post new ideas if this forum supported photos (Like the "cool photos"). Instead, I have to load my personnal webpage with the pictures, and if my host goes down, or if I clean up my site, the pictures will be gone.
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#21384
Modular Tower 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
Great job, do you sell it?
bravo!!
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#21385
Modular Tower 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
No, but from what I understand, Stephan is making one. We should expect it before next year (I hope)
I the meantime, I will complete this one.
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#21386
Modular Tower 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
One word on the whole Hydrocal v. resin debate:

If I had the means and skill, I'd work with resin. All my HA pieces were done in Hydrocal, and while the occasional DF accessory is fine that way, the rest of them are too fragile for my taste.

It has a lot to do with the fact that my HA pieces have a lot of arches and columns, which is what I liked about HA to begin with. I did a few watchtowers and belltowers and shrines, and I did a whole massive modular Osgiliath table as well (pics all up at voidgamers, for anyone interested).

But when I moved, it all had to go in storage, and over time, it's taken a beating. Almost everything has had damage of some kind -- most of it easy enough to fix, but frustrating all the same.

I sold an entire Osgiliath table to my local GW store (free GW products for about six months, that was a sweet deal) and over time they had to turn it all into "rubble accessories," the contents of the whole table just got destroyed by their younger clientele.

I've sold a few pieces on eBay, and got my only non-positive feedback (a neutral, luckily) because one piece broke in transit, despite the fact that I'd bubble-wrapped it carefully. (and insured it, but the buyer elected to leave me with griping feedback rather than get a refund for the damaged piece)

So the end result is that while I like looking at HA pieces online, and I'm glad to have my molds, I'm really only going to get back into that when I know I have room to display it, and won't have to put it away either because I'm short of display space or because I'm moving.

Resin would be fantastic, and given what you've said, jk, about how fast it is and how quickly you can be painting -- man, sign me up!

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#21387
Modular Tower 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
L;

Skill has nothing to do with it. Believe ME, because the only stuff I'VE EVER worked with is resin, and if I can do it, I KNOW you can!
Now, MEANS, on the other hand, can be a royal PAIN, because I know how expensive resin can get, both in replacement molds and in resin itself.
BUT, it can be worth it, because the damn stuff is almost indestructable; you gotta WANNA break resin! But, you also have to make sure your molds have minimum undercut, because resin supposedly degrades the silicone faster than plaster by an order of magitude - or so I've been told.

TANSTAAFL.

See ya!

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#21388
Modular Tower 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
I just got my molds, so I will be able to continue this project. Pictures soon
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#21389
Modular Tower 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
Criuox

I'm contemplating to do some tower myself - I will post pictures in case I get that far. I did the 6 inch tower in my last holidays in summer and build it as on the Hirst Arts pages. While it is nice to have it build up that way - it just looks nice - it is a lot less flexible.

Most HA models look stunning. DF is build to be played in. To be fair - Bruce is showing some really good examples to build modular pieces. But still - most molds are primarily with a bigger model in mind and it takes a lot of self constraint not to do them that way but opt for less impressive at first - but long term more modular builds.

In regard to the plaster discussion. I started using HydroCal AlphaK. The first time I tried to sand down the stuff using some sand paper it took me a few hours !! (during a game) to get the side of the wizard tower sanded down for a roof. I tried Herculite II once (a 5 Kg tub) but I'm back to HydroCal Alpha K again. Herculite was a lot more brittle. Normal stones cast with HrydroCal hardly ever chip if I drop them. Herculite - albeit it should be pretty hard as well - is a lot less forgiving if you drop it.

I don't know what you can get in Canada. Somewhere on the HA pages are reviews for several countries. I didn't see them until I found a supplier myself after a lot of search on google. Actually - couldn't find the pages on HA either when I looked earlier today. But they are there somewhere. Using a really good plaster is worth it.

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#21390
Modular Tower 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
I love the tower design and I hope to see more pictures soon.

Thod, I've been looking at the Vatican stone casting material in the Hirst arts american products section. It looks like it might be a fun alternative which looks like real stone. I've wondered if other filler casting supplies like powdered metals could be placed in plaster mixes for interesting effects.(powdered bronze might look like gold specks in granite?) Perhaps a powdered mica / granite powders mixed in might look nice? If anyone has tried this, let me know how it worked.
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#21391
Modular Tower 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
Finally, I had some time to (almost) complete the project.

Here are the pictures:

All the pieces


First version of the connector piece:

New version of the connector piece:

Reason why the first connector piece was bad:

and why the new one is better:


The tower is quite stable even without the pillar, but the pillar is preferable.


Tower with connector:

Standalone tower:


Top view:

Sample setups:




All I need to do now, is trying to mimic the paint job so it fits better with the DF modules. Not easy ...
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#21392
Modular Tower 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
It looks great, Crioux! As for getting the paints to match, Stefan gave a nice tutorial on that. That's a real help to me when basing minis to match the Dwarven Forge floors for dungeon or cavern.
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#21393
Modular Tower 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
Crioux,

Looks great! For color match: Add more yellow for the stone color, and every occaisonal brick should be solid light brownish...the lighter and more yellowish drybrushing afterward will unite the two stone colors together...

I don't think we would need to produce so many different pieces for a Tower set...or it will drive up the production cost too much...but for your purpose it's great isn't it? more pieces the better......probably, we would do a basic tower set + a sort of wicked edition add on and perhaps several sorts of roofs...+ castle walls of course, and a Gatehouse naturally, with the required murder holes etc...

the nice thing about this is that you can use it as part of the Mastermaze dungeon or as a freestanding outdoor tower, or attached to a castle...

Your getting ahead of us Crioux!

Fine work;)
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