This is really just a quick update on a few game projects I’ve been working on.
I have posted a few times about my tuck boxes. Well, since I have started playing Sails of Glory, I have been interested in upgrading some of the components of that game. Now, I could easily just buy upgraded components, but where would be the fun in that. I decided to try and make them myself.
The first step was to try and figure out what material to use. I had originally decided to work in balsa since it is a light wood and could probably be cut with a utility knife easier. However, someone had suggested that I use basswood instead. It is a bit heavier than balsa, and thus a bit stronger. I was off to my local craft store to pick up a few large pieces to work with, along with a smaller bag of various pieces as well.
So, my first attempt did not go all that well. The piece I picked was a bit thicker than I had intended, and cutting it with the utility knife proved difficult. Thus, Sunday, I went to my friendly local game shop (which is connected to a larger hobby shop) to pick up a few tools.
Once I got home from gaming, I made my next attempt. And, I was surprised to find it actually did not go all that bad. Naturally, since I can’t do anything easy, I had picked the game’s attitude indicator as my first attempt at component creation. Carefully I traced the shapes on the basswood, then cut them out. The octagonal base was easy. I just used a hobby saw to cut the shape out since it was all straight edges. The pointer, however, was a different matter. Because of the curves, I has to use a different saw (picked up at the hobby shop). And while I think they could be better, I would say I did okay for a first attempt. Now, all I need is some stain or paint and to glue it together
I also tried my hand at a range ruler. in spite of the simple design, it proved a bit more difficult than the attitude indicator. The longer cut needed for this piece proved to be a bit trickier than the smaller cuts of the octagon base. In addition, I needed to make sure that this was truly matching in size since the ruler is used to determine to many things in the game. Carefully I cut the piece, then lined it up with the original so that I can mark the various ranges on the ruler. This had to be done front and back.
Some quick coloring and line accents with sharpies managed to bring it together. I would not say it is perfect, but it is certainly not all that bad considering it is really my first attempt at something of this nature.