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Pirate Bear – Photo Explosion

I’ve been pretty tied up working on some new paper miniatures, but I wont have them done until sometime in mid to late Jan. For Xmas I have put together a photo explosion scene of some of my pirate bear miniatures for my nephew.

I created an image in Inkscape using my pirate bears, drawing some new elements and buying some (The chest is from the Openclipart library and the ship is a commercial piece of clipart I bought). I then used the templates available at this site to create the individual 6×4 images. I did alter the template slightly as the standard template has a 10mm gap between each photo and it looked to wide so I lowered it to a 5mm gap. Then I just followed the tutorial from the above link and exported the 9 images. I didn’t print the photo’s myself as it’s cheaper to get them done at your local officeworks or large department store, cost me all of 90 cents (AUD).

Last step was to create a frame to mount the individual pictures to (reverse side pictured above). While I was in officerworks I noticed they had a pvc foamboard product, it’s extremely tough compared to regular foamboard but can still be cut with a craft knife and steel ruler(2-3 passes with a craft knife). So I simply cut out 9 small 6×4 rectangles and glued these together using a 25mm strip of the same pvc foamboard super glued to the back. Lastly I used double sided tape to stick the pictures to the frame.

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out although I’m not sure the picture works that well with the photo explosion layout, I think a simpler or more abstract picture would work better. However I don’t think my nephew will mind.

Hope everyone has Great Xmas and an Excellent New Year πŸ™‚

Fat Dragon Games Medieval Cog – Papercraft Build

To go with the pirate bears I really wanted some sort of ship. It’s never explicitly called for in the fur and buttons scenario’s but I thought it would look cool. I didn’t really want to design and build something myself at this stage and as I knew of several card model ships around the net I had a look at what was available. I eventually settled on the Fat Dragon Games medieval cog.

I ended up making a few modifications and changes to the Cog (I can’t leave anything stock πŸ™‚ ). The first change I made was to cut a 1nch length out of the hull, I wanted to shorten the ship by 2 inchs but wasn’t sure what sort of impact that would have on the overall design so settled on a safe 1 inch shorter.

While I had been checking around for other card ships I had stumbled across this (One Picture below):

I really liked the rear stern-castle design so I decided to modify the stern-castle on the FDG Cog to emulate the above. First up I worked out the length of the rounded walls and bashed these from the existing stern-castle walls. I was able to keep the front wall of the stern castle as it was. Next was to design the floor insert for the floor of the cabin and glue it into place. Once this was done the stern-castle was glued to the rear deck:

Next was the angled top for the rounded stern-castle.Β  I made the topper 7inchs wide at the front approximately 6inchs long down each side and about 3 inchs across at the rear. As these were all straight piece’s bashing them up from the existing stern-castle top was very easy. The worst mistake I made was to use matte board to reinforce the floor of the stern-castle, matte board and PVA glue don’t like each other at all and the floor cupped quiet badly. It’s not very noticeable in the picture:

I am pretty happy with how the rounded Stern-castle turned out. Next I added a removable crows nest so I could still swap the sail over if I wanted, this turned out to be very easy. The crows nest is approximately 3×3 inchs but shaped like an Octagon, the walls are modded from the fore-castle walls. A small hole cut in the middle lets me slide it down the mast and it holds in place very well:

Last mod I made was to add the Bear skull and crossbones to the sail, but you can see that in the finished pictures below:

Even though it’s a bit the wrong century and my printer was playing up hence all the interesting colour variation, Captain Longfur and his pirates are very happy with their new Cog:

I seem to be able to share the bashed files, big thanks go’s to Tom for allowing this with his files. You’ll need to head over to Fat Dragon Games to buy the cog first so you can make use of the files. All the modified imagesΒ  inside my files remain the property of Fat Dragon Games:

Forum Board Link – Yep you’ll need to login to get them πŸ™‚

For anyone needing a smallish vessel for there gaming needs you can’t go past the FDG Cog.

Anyways back to laying out those frogs πŸ™‚

Pirate Bears – Paper Miniatures

I’ve finally finished the Pirate bears that I need so I can finish Scenario 7 in Song of Fur and buttons. It’s been bit of long time between posts but I’ve been working on several things in tandem which has slowed me down a little but less risk of project burn out. I have expanded the troop types a little so that in the long term I can use the pirate’s as a general full faction for Song of Blades and Heros. I haven’t had a chance to stat up all the additional troop types yet so for the moment no stats but I will get to it.

I have tried as much as possible to give the pirates a ragtag appearance, so they are equipped with different looking muskets and clothes. I’m planning on using the fanciest sawshbucklerette (the one above on left) as a female pirate captain if I need one. I was a little stuck for musicians in the end the banjo player and Sea Shanty singer worked out unfortunately the Harmonica player didn’t look like anything. A picture is worth a thousand words as they say:

1st Mate Shagpile, Captain Longfur and a Banner bearer

Three Swashbucklerettes

Banjo player and a Sea Shanty Singer

Hulking Brutes, wielding small cannons

Cutlass Pirates

Musket Pirates

With these out of the way I’ll get onto the Frogs and Turtles, I’ve finished drawing both sets I just (can’t believe I said just πŸ™‚ ) need to lay them out, create the GSD files and then test build them all. The files are below, as usual you will need to rename the GSD files after you download them (feel free to grab some bases from Onemonks site):

Pirate Bears Page 1 – PDF

Pirate Bear Page One – GSD

Pirate Bears Page 2 – PDF

Pirate Bear Page Two – GSD

I’ll get those frogs done asap πŸ™‚


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