Painting MDF: Acrylics

This week we’re showing you the test results from using four different kinds of paint along with our MDF terrain!

For our 4th – and final – building we went the most traditional route imaginable: Acrylics. These have been the mainstay of fantasy gamers since the advent of Games Workshop. In theory, though, acrylics could bloat the MDF. Is that true?

Yet again, is proved to be completely superfluous to “protect” the MDF with lacquer or otherwise. The acrylics absolutely do not hurt the MDF. It’s so easy to cover the buildings with a single coat, that they are easy enough to assemble and disassemble afterwards. The only major problem with acrylics, is that you’ll use up your miniature paints in no time. You’ll have to use a “medium”-sized container, and that may not be so easy to find. Final score: 4/5.

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Funded! Now what?

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To think that we were worried about getting funded! But now we’ve had Norwegians, Frostgrave enthusiasts – and even the main villain of our old LARP campaign – appear onto the scene and save the day!

The future of the terrain

Now that the Kickstarter has ended, we should be able to ship the first production run before Christmas. We have been in touch with stores and hobbyists during the campaign, so the terrain might be available in a limited number of stores. There is a distinct possibility, that we’ll begin cooperating with a (3D)-printing company, to offer you accessories (doors, windows and more) in the future.

Future projects

Make no mistake – we’re in this to make money. Money to launch new projects!

We’ve long been waiting to produce and release the Dread Streets range of miniatures by Sonny Bundgaard. We’ve been makings moulds and casts in secret, and getting better every time. When we’ve made some “masters” that we’re proud of, we’ll launch a new Kickstarter. In the meantime, you can keep an eye on our progress on this blog – and on our Facebook Page.

The rulebook

It’s been an open secret since Fastaval 2014, that we’ve been developing our terrain for use with our own skirmish game. The first version officially released version of the rules are still available on Alexandria. The fact is, though, is that the rules have been rewritten over and over since then, and new scenarios have been playable on conventions such a Bodega-con, Horisont-con and Viking-con.  The future of the rule book is unclear – we have the rules, the artwork, the reference sheets and more! But how and where to get this into production, is a conundrum we’re still contemplating.

Painting MDF: Making it look like a plastered wall

This week we’re showing you the test results from using four different kinds of paint along with our MDF terrain!

For our third test building, we wanted to do something radically different. It’s easy to paint MDF as a wooden building (which it is!), a plastered wall if something different. Even though MDF has a smooth surface, it’s very telling if you use a paint brush.

In theory, using a primer is a bad idea, since the MDF doesn’t handle moisture well. In reality, the primer dries so quickly, that there is little chance of mishap. You should, of course, still be careful not to apply too much primer. One layer should be enough.

We were very pleased with the look, which is easy to achieve. But since you’ll be using both primer and paint, it’s also very easy to put on to many coats of paint. It can become a bit difficult to disassemble the building again. For that reason we’re only awarding this method a 3/5. Still, with a bit of practice, it should be fairly simple not to overdo it!

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Painting MDF: Stain

This week we’re showing you the test results from using four different kinds of paint along with our MDF terrain!

Our second choice was stain. It wasn’t the obvious choice. It’s not even paint. It is soaked up by the wood, and MDF is known to bloat and warp because of moisture. But it turns out there was nothing to worry about.

We really cannot recommend stain enough. It is cheap (at half your set with a single letter), it’s a very fast way of painting, and the buildings are perfectly easy to assemble and dissassemble afterwards. The only downside is, that you really have to work outside (or in a workshop) because of the fumes. Still: 5/5 starts for this method!

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We’re on the radio!

We were recently contacted by the ‘Ammertime Podcast from the Ninth Age forum.

Our designer, Bjarke, met with the podcasters in Rogue Trader Copenhagen, to talk about our terrain Kickstarter – and plans for the future.

Click right here, or on any of the pictures below to listen to 25 minutes of Dread Streets news! The interview is in English.

‘Ammertime

Click to listen to the ‘Ammertime Podcast on Soundcloud

The ‘Ammertime podcasters is a group of people in Copenhagen, who mainly play the 9th Age tabletop game. They post about gaming experiences, review new releases, and report on tournaments.  They have been podcasting for about 2 years – and released fifty different tracks in that time!

The Ninth Age

Click to listen to the ‘Ammertime Podcast on the Ninth Age Forum

The Ninth Age is a community-driven fantasy tabletop game. It was created in 2015, as a continuation of the Warhammer Fantasy Battle Game (especially the lore and feel of the “Old World”). Not only has it become a game in it’s own right – there’s even a 2nd edition coming up in 2018!

Painting MDF: Shellac

This week we’re showing you the test results from using four different kinds of paint along with our MDF terrain!

Our first choice was shellac, normally used to protect wood. MDF is known to be susceptible to moisture, so this seemed the natural choice.

It is not! On the bright side, the shellac adds some nice texture to the building. Furthermore, it is easy to use paint and glue along with the shellac.

The problem: Every layer of paint makes it more difficult to assemble and dissamble the building again. The shellac coats easily gets very thick! We’ll give shellac a 2/5 rating. If you were going to glue the buildings anyway, you might not have a problem with the disadvantages, though.

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Lasercutters

Production and prototyping of the Dread Streets Terrain has been difficult for reasons even FabLab and Makerspace enthusiasts aren’t always aware of. Why can’t we just send you the files, so you can use your own lasercutter? Well…

We began prototyping at Copenhagen Fablab as far back as 2014. At that point, a vector file  made in Inkscape was the only way to work with the Epilog Laser.

When moving to Technological Institute, all design work had to be redone, since their Universal Laser could only work with sheets half the size we were used to. Not to mention that the files had to be translated to work with the PC connected to their machine.

Moving into the final prototyping at Sonderburg Entrepreneurship Services (and production with 3Dtwix), we had to work with yet another size and type of sheet. Also the Redsail Laser works with AutoCAD files instead of vector files. The translation was not too difficult, but then it became obvious that the Universal and Redsail lasers do not eat away the same amount of material! This would not have been such a big deal, if we did not rely on “jigsaw” fittings!

Bottom line: Lasercutting isn’t like 3D-printing, where it’s entirely possible to send a “print job” to a friend (or foe if you really wan’t to!). With lasercutting, you have to be aware of software incompatibilities, and especially how much the laser eats away (which may differ, even for machines of the same type). This is one business, where you really need to try out the machine for yourself!

The full set

We’ve been getting quite a few requests to show you the whole Dread Streets Village. So we’ve made this “limited production run”, just to show you how it’s done. Enjoy!

You can pre-order your own set here!

Evolution of the terrain

We began prototyping way back in 2013. At first everything was done by hand. Then came the laser cutter! We went from wooden cardboard to plywood to different types of fiberboard before we finally settled on the trusty MDF! Sadly, not every version has survived to tell the tale of the Dread Streets.

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