Sonntag, 13. Januar 2013

Ruins Contest

Another blog post already? Something must be wrong with me. Anyway, after a short absence I decided to take part in one of the Cartographers' Guild monthly contests again. The theme for the January 2013 challenge is Ruin. Anything from Ruins to ruined maps is supposed to be allowed.

I created a Ruined Castle Battlemap not too long ago, but entries to the challenge have to be made within the month the challenge is issued. Older maps are not viable entries. Still I want to create something similar and decided to make it a.) grander and b.) modular. This means I will create 3d models of various ruined buildings first and arrange them into a ruined village of sorts later. Here are two work in progress snapshots:

Ruined Tower

Ruined Barracks

Obviously the barracks still need to be fisnished as well as several more models I haven't even gotten started on yet to make sure the map doesn't seem too dull. I just hope I'll get it all done before the time for the challenge runs out. Either way the reulting ruins map will be adapted into one of my regualr battlemaps afterwards if everything goes well. Wish me luck!

Freitag, 11. Januar 2013

Yet more Traveller Spaceships

I mentioned the possibility of creating 3d dungeontile models for 3d printing in the last blog post. Right now I am still working on that idea, but I'm only making slow progress. Designing 3d models for print is a bit more demanding than designing models for renders. Thus I am currently only working on the second basic tile. Someone over at the Cartographers' Guild mentioned the possibility of using the printed tiles as masters. Anyone willing to share more thoughts and ideas on that? Anyway I'll get back to that topic once I managed to get a set of basic tiles finished.

In the meantime other things take up a lot of my time. Regular battle map releases and of course designing Traveller compatible spaceships. After the last free release in the latter line I am working on some more spaceship ideas. Right now I have one ship almost finished. Here is a quick snapshot for you:
Spaceship Work in Progress Snapshot

A rather simple design on first glance. Feel free to guess at its weigth class and or purpose. It is due to be released next monday. Of course I'm trying to design more complex space ship models as well. Here are two more snapshots featuring components to be used on the next ship to be released after the one featured above:

Triple Barrel Beam Turret (WIP)

Heat Shield (WIP)

Most future releases in the line will probably be either regular space and starships or small craft. If a particular idea strikes me I might slip in a captial ship or two though. These will remain the exception from the rule though as designing them is a bit more of a hassle. Especially as I have resolved to try and add more detail to my ship designs.