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#53076
Re:Lexan 1" grid and textures gaming surface 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
Some good stuff here. Makes me even more impatient to get my Geek Chic table....

I've also been considering picking up some acrylic lighting panels. I'm curious how well you can see the black grid underneath. It's certainly not a critical issue, but it would be pretty cool if it was visible.

And now I need to figure out how to install LED bottom lighting in a table....
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#53078
Re:Lexan 1" grid and textures gaming surface 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
Looks like it may be a bit too much *ripple* effect? However, can;t wait to see what you come up with!!!
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#53091
Re:Lexan 1" grid and textures gaming surface 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
How can you show only a lighted 1" pattern onto a outdoor terrain layout. All my other encounter use DF, so what I need for outdoor terrain is a inexpensive way to project a grid pattern onto hills, rivers, grass, roads, etc.
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#53394
Re:Lexan 1" grid and textures gaming surface 1 Year, 4 Months ago  
Harneloot was unfortunately right about those office lighting plastic panels having too much ripples. I therefore went to a specialized store that does only plexiglass projects (www.casboplexiglass.com). It is the only store I found in Montreal that does that. I bought the last remaining piece of textured acrylic/plexiglass they had and I think the results are much better! It is pricier though ($65 as opposed to $10).



I think you can buy an equivalent product on eBay for $45 (including delivery in the US; much more expensive for Canada). I`m not sure if the texture is good to mimic water effects though, probably yes.



p.s. I can`t wait to use it on my LED light box!
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#59038
Re:Lexan 1 11 Months ago  
biowizard wrote:
Vlad Taltos & Harneloot,

As interesting as Dundjinni seems to be, I think I'll stick mostly to Photoshop for arrangements of the same texture that cover the whole board. I understand that you can create whole new maps with walls, rivers, roads and grids put on it with Dundjinni but I don't want to spend the time necessary to make a whole new foam board panel for such a complex map I would use only once or twice. I think I'll make a new board with Lava (I bought the perfect texture for this on Shutterstock, it was expensive but worth it; thanks for the idea jgarner44) and for printing only one repeat of the same texture, Photoshop does it very well with a lot of ease.

I realize this post is almost a year old, however, I just wanted to post a link to some great lava textures from the dunjini forums that can be used by anyone and can be used in Photoshop. The link is here.

Btw, I'm curious if you're using the same Photoshop technique for tiles. What I do is open my tile file, do any fixups I might need to do to make it tilable. Do a 'Select All' (Ctrl+A), go to Edit->Define Pattern... give the pattern a name in the dialog that comes up and click Ok (Note: you can save patterns too, for later use, otherwise they won't be there when you open Photoshop again). Lastly, all you need to do now is create a new file at the appropriate size and go to Edit->Fill... select your Custom Pattern and click Ok. Voila! The pattern now fills the whole of the new image.
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#59045
Re:Lexan 1 11 Months ago  
Thanks jchunick,

As much as I like Dundjinni, most of what I've seen in their stock of images look like drawings. I prefer real life pictures, but that is me. For the lava, I bought a picture from Shutterstock. Here's the royalties-free version:



Since this is already a seamless picture, all I need to do in Photoshop is increase the canvas size of this image and copy/paste the same image multiple times within the bigger frame (like 2 by 3 or 3 by 5 depending of the image's scale) to be compatible for printing on 8"1/2 * 11" sheets). Nothing fancy...
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#59051
Re:Lexan 1" grid and textures gaming surface 11 Months ago  
The water looks great, undergrowth as well
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#59061
Re:Lexan 1" grid and textures gaming surface 10 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
biowizard wrote:
... Regarding the ocean texture, I just can't locate where I downloaded it originally from. I remember it was freely available...[/img]

I don't know if this is where you found it, but the image can be found here: http://www.rendertextures.com/category/water/seamless-water/. Google Image search comes through every once in awhile.
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#59063
Re:Lexan 1 10 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
Shadaraman wrote:
Some good stuff here. Makes me even more impatient to get my Geek Chic table....

I've also been considering picking up some acrylic lighting panels. I'm curious how well you can see the black grid underneath. It's certainly not a critical issue, but it would be pretty cool if it was visible.

And now I need to figure out how to install LED bottom lighting in a table....

I just discovered Geek Chic about two weeks ago. I'd love to get the Vizier table. That would be my ultimate one, with a few modifications.

If you don't mind me asking, which one did you order?
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#59083
Re:Lexan 1" grid and textures gaming surface 10 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
Frankly, this is the most incredible mod for terrain I have seen yet. Pure genius!

You could literally play any map now because you don't have to have enough DF to build everything. You can just build as much as you can and mark the rest on your overlay and it will still look 1000x better than a dry-erase mat.

I like how you even designed it in two sheets, just so it would fit in your flat-file drawers. Well thought out!

Awesome work!
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#59110
Re:Lexan 1" grid and textures gaming surface 10 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
Thank you very much for the compliments Frog. There was indeed a lot of efforts on my part involved in the design and realization of this concept. Let me assure you that these textures look a LOT better when I put many sets of DF decors on them!
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#59111
Re:Lexan 1" grid and textures gaming surface 10 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
@biowizard

Do you have a link to some of your layouts etc?

Would like to see some of the things you have come up with.
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