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#14206
Inside the Hive - with not so pretty pictures 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Ok constructing the hive master or one of your own is very simple; the easiest way to do it is get a few note cards with a grid pattern on them. If you can find ones with a grid of 5 squares per inch then you have just gotten one perfect for most d20 games, and each grid is 1ft.

Next mark off a rectangle 7squares x 4 squares, this will give you a 1 inch tall/wide hive, and the six sides needed to make the honeycomb.

Score 6 of the lines, and the final set of squares cut diagonally into and about halfway down the square this is the tab that will glue the comb together into a hex.

Now run a thin bead of glue down it and press and hold together (forceps work great for holding it in place), you can check the fold, by seeing if it makes a nice rectangle 3x4, or an almost classic box fold, don’t keep it in this position to long or you may glue your hex shut.

Repeat as often as needed to get however many cells you need.

The easiest way I found to glue a bunch together for one line of hexs is to make a rectangle box out of them, and glue the short face of the rectangles together to form a long line of rectangles. Repeat with another line and then pull the rectangles into a hex shape and stack two rows together and glue, repeat for as large a comb as you want.



That’s how I made the basic shapes for the combs, I was a bit worried about the paper being thin and weak, so to strengthen the outer layer I put a scored series of 4x6’s around to add a double layer (in retrospect 3 may have been better because the walls of the resin tend to come out thin). I didn’t want to go over 4 high because I was worried (and it happens a bit even with the inch tall ones) that the weight of the actual RTV would pull the negatives, in effect the fingers that make the cells, together. Making the original a bit shorter and thicker may have fixed this problem, because as it stands now they do tend to squish together in the mold.

The original card stock items were sprayed with an acrylic sealer to help give them some rigidity, and make it so the RTV would not seep into the paper. A bottom was put on to make a full cell to make the wall and repeating pattern.

The corner bit is my favorite and is designed to make it look like it is stuck in a DF corner, I made some filler material with sculpty and affixed it to a card stock backing for a flush surface ( a packing crate from I think Alpha Station, just because I had a print out of one lying around) and all three were put into a box I had around for the mold box, and when the RTV came in, it was mixed and poured, and left to cure for about 36 hours (24 is “minimum” 48 is optimal, but couldn’t wait anymore to try it.)



So pulled them out, and got the mold, and tried it with some pieces.


Here are a few random pictures of pure straight from the mold, un painted untouched bits.
I had a little room made from some HA/DF, and put two corner bits in and a wall-cell, then filled the room to see what it was like.











The room is a bit crowded, but part of that could just be the Huge Ackley Mini, so I dropped a few of into the caverns set, with the same Ackley and a few Formanin Warriors from the D&D line (the closest to bugs I had handy).

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#14207
Inside the Hive - with not so pretty pictures 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Great hive honey combs...!! Love the use of the Formanin Warriors ...!
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#14208
Inside the Hive - with not so pretty pictures 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
URGHH!

I just felt something crawl up my spine after just LOOKING at those combs - and that's with them unpainted!

Way cool!

See ya!

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#14209
Inside the Hive - with not so pretty pictures 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Beautiful! Gorgeous! Better than I imagined! I'm thrilled to see that they came out so well, and I can't wait to see them painted.

They do take up some space, don't they? Have you tried a configuration that replaces a wall piece with a floor tile, and puts the hive piece in the open space? That should get you some more floor space, AND it'll give you more wall pieces to expand the room.
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#14210
Inside the Hive - with not so pretty pictures 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
I'm going to play around with them a little tonight. I brought home about 12 Sci-Fi wall/corner sections, and some random 2x2 floors (and i think 4 6 inch walls, i know i grabbed at least 2 6inch walls) and a few Alpha bits (not the ceral the square floors), to play around with and do a little set up with the 12 or so wall cells i have made and the 5 or so corners and make some set ups on the kitchen table tonight after supper, jut have no clue as to what to use as the critters in the set up... :)

the things that have made the hex-cells...

I think i only have the two Formanin Warriors (and one i cut his torrso off to make a Gand i was playing), darn i wish i had more, i know i bought those two off of e-bay becuase i wanted them for Vartix (an SW species) but ended up using one as a gand, i have a few Thre-kreen that might have to do...
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#14211
Inside the Hive - with not so pretty pictures 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
That's a very nice work. :)
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#14212
Inside the Hive - with not so pretty pictures 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
I was messing around a bit at work, kind of bored during a meeting, and was sketching some stuff, and came up with some frunishings for the hive and the living stuff, and put up a little scene here it is.








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#14213
Inside the Hive - with not so pretty pictures 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
Okay, GS -

When do you start taking orders?
And I'm not kidding.

Jim
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Re:Inside the Hive - with not so pretty pictures 2 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
Totally LOVE the corner pieces!
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