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Now i know paper craft is a little looked down on by most TT gamers and yes it's clearly not as good as "the real thing" but before you go shouting me down hear me out. For home gaming i think paper craft is being horridly over looked in some ways. Having a good looking table always makes the game more fun and for people who haven't the time money or talent to do that will 'real' scenery paper craft is, i think, a really viable way of getting a table to look good. For the time and talent investment paper craft can give a huge pay off and i think may be a quick and easy way to start having interesting battle grounds quickly.
Don't get me wrong i'm not suggesting it for everything but if there was a wide range of free paper craft for the 40k universe knocking around you could have an ok, at lest, looking table set up with in a day so long as you had trees and other things. It also seems like a cool way to try ideas out and new set ups with out having to put a huge amount of time in to them. And once you've got it looking the way you want you can go on to start replacing the paper craft stuff as you build.
So anyway on to my question, the vast majority of free paper craft seems to be more aimed at fantasy or modern settings. This has a lot to do with D&D i think where quick easy throw away scenery makes a lot more sense than for war games. So i was wondering if any of you knew a good place to find 40k or general sific paper craft at the right scale?
While we on the topic who has used paper craft and what do you make of it? We've just set up a right sized table and have used a few bits of paper craft already and it's worked rather well and would work better if i put a little more time in to it such as mounting on to card and such.
Your in the scenery forum my friend, no one gets chewed out for doing thing differently as long as it works. You also talking to a man who build a titan that rirvals the forgeworld stuff souly out of papercard. So any on to your question and such.
I use paper card all the time in my scenery. It makes great scale sheet metal. As for making entire pieces of scenery out of paper card, why not. The old 4th ed. rule book actually came with three building templetes for you to photo copy and make out of cardstock or thin foam. Also Im sure a simple search will come up with paper designs for more modern or futuristic buildings.
The key to paper buildings it to build them from cardstock and not thin paper. Paper is to fragile and weak to hold up to game play. Also painting stock and paper can be tricky since they warp easily. That why alot of people coming into scenery over look this aspect of it.
BUT under the rules of Poorhammer 40k*, this is by far the most viable way of making a table of scenry for under $10. Thank you for bringing it up and we'll see what else the other scenery big shots have to say. And as for links Ill see if I can find any.
*Poorhammer 40k, its cheap, its awesome, its coming soon
That's nice to know it's just i've seen people take a hostile view towards paper craft on other forums and just wanted to make sure any one who felt like that would be headed off at the pass so to speak. Like i said it's not about replacing good old fashioned scenery just about finding a way to lower the entrylevel to getting a descent looking home table.
I quickly put together that gate house (haven't brought in any card yet so it's just paper) just to see if the idea would work for a game and it really did add an enjoyable good looking centerpiece for only a little work. With enough templates i could in theory fill up a table with the stuff for a days work and for little cost.
I think maybe i'm more open to it since part of the uni course i'm on is about book making which can include some complex paper construction. So i understand the ideas behind it, the need to use different stock, i've even got one of those paper folding stick type things (which i forget the name of) laying around. So it's an idea that just jumped out at me as a easy way to set up a table quickly. I just found it a shame that i couldn't find more 40k themed stuff out and about already.
If i was better and texturing i'd start playing making some 3d models, there's lots of cool programs that let you unwrap models in to papercraf templates, or so i'm told.
I do a lot of CAD work, and I have been wanting to do a project over the summer just to keep my skills sharp. So something like this might be a fun thing to do. I can easily enough make templates, the only thing new to the process would be the texture maps for the panels.
Anyways, do you have any specific 40k peice in mind?
I've not really thought about it that much but given that this kind of stuff is clearly better for buildings and the like then urban/industrial set up seem like they could be the best idea. There may be a way to cheat a little if there is a way to pull 3d models out of games, DoWII for example would be amazing for picking up textures at lest. If you can pull the model out and slim it down you may be even able to get wholesale copies out of the game. But while i may do that for my self i wouldn't want to put them online 'cus it likely counts as breach of copyright to do so.
What i'd really like to see is maybe a thread here where we can post links to good things we've found and put up our own projects if people start working on them. There just dose not seem to be an easy resource for paper craft 40k scenery .
Get your vectors on.
this is a quick guide for how it's done and i think i may very well give it a go. To make them your self is just as complex in it's own way as making it solid scenery but with this you can upload it for other people to use which would be cool thing to do i think
Who is that???
I don`t think that I will ever buy any scenery, I sold the only one that came with my used (traitor) marines.
As I am a fun of the
I do not think that is a bad thing to make Your own scenery. I saw many crap but at least the same amount of good looking scenery made of paper and other leftover things.
I think those people like to say such things who are unable to do a good job.
Do not listen to them! Just enjoy Your abilities and the hobby!
At one point in time, my friends and I chopped up several large cardboard boxes from some home furnishings his parents had just gotten. We built an entire cityfight table for under $5. It was complete with gantries, large pipes, and even a water feature with bridges. It was all pretty crazy, but I will tell you one thing: it won't last.
We wrapped the edges of the cardboard in masking tape, to hide the corrugation and the roughness. We never painted the pieces, knowing that they would warp. Moisture and dampness will warp them anyway, and cardboard really doesn't like being glued edgewise to anything. The entire thing started to deteriorate, but that's when had a true brainstorm and saved a few of our pieces!
We printed textures on regular paper, like brick or stucco or stone. Two of us were cad students, so it wasn't hard to get information like that. Then we glued this onto the sides of our cardboard buildings, and painted the tape to match (paint won't warp). Then, we laminated the entire thing. We planned out each piece of laminate so that it would go around as many corners and meet as many seems as possible, to help reinforce all of the joints. We then sprayed them all with matte varnish (the laminate was kinda shiny). We could paint over it if we wanted, because the cardboard was sealed and would not warp. For some of the buildings, we didn't even bother printing textures- we just laminated them and then sprayed them with primer. You can actually glue some plastic pieces to the primer, because of it's rough texture.
I've been digging around some more trying to find more stuff and i've come across a few cool things so far
www.goldenboltersociety.com - PaperHammer 40k
most of that is about making other models but there's a building download that is a mix of texture and plane paper crafts with some guides and the like. A few good bits in there i may use. One of the things lead me to
Momir Farooq's homepage
check out his models and he has some good sifi based stuff
Foldup Paper Models: Compiled Archive
that's where i got the gate house you see in the photo, there's some cool stuff and with a little work might make better 40k scenery.
I'm very temped to buy this
Should be around the right scale for 40k and $16 for something that could in effect set up fun detailed board might be worth a go
Last edited by hotcod; May 29th, 2009 at 21:14.
Last one reminds me of necromunda, the bits that came in the box and the little models that came in White Dwarf and I think Outlanders. Actually for my formative gaming years a lot of my scenery was cardboard and made by GW. Come to think of it the first warhammer set (4th edition) I bought had cardboard stand-ins for miniatures (A bolt thrower, a wyrven etc) as well as a cool card house and a tower.