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Evolution of an Adventure Pack

Posted October 31st, 2010 at 04:05 PM by AliasQTip
I thought you guys might be interested in how I design one of my Adventure Packs. If youíre not familiar with them yet, theyíre paper-craft accessories that can add theme and function to battlefields you create. You can check out all of my AdvPack creations on my HeroScape site:

Like all things, it starts with an idea. For a long time I thought HeroScape needed some sandbag bunkers. In the past Iíve used the cheap variety you might find in packages of plastic army men. They worked well but I couldnít share them with others. You either had them or you didnít. Iíve also built bunkers just out of HeroScape tiles; like I did in the Guardian Bunkers Battlefield but they didnít quite look like sandbag bunkers. So, one day, I decided to make a Sandbag Bunker Adventure Pack.

Initial Sketches

The sketch comes first. Often times when Iím at work I draw up a sketch of an idea on a scrap of paper. Later, when Iím home, I flesh out the idea. Hereís a sketch of my initial ideas for the bunker.

The next step is creating a mock-up. Using good-olí pencil and paper (cardstock actually), I draw up my design to scale. After carefully cutting out all the pieces, I put them together for an initial fit. When my wife first saw the bunker at this stage she said, ďWhat is it? A fruit stand?Ē It did kinda look like a fruit stand. Thatís because it was completely white. But, after a little work with a magic marker it looked much more bunker-ish.

Preliminary Mock-Up

After that stage comes making the model in the computer. For the rough framework I used a very high-tech program called Microsoft Paint. I convert all of my measurements to pixels at a scale of 100 pixels-per-inch. Itís nice and neat and I thank the designers of HeroScape for making the hex dimensions so easy to convert.

Next comes the hard part Ė texturing. Finding textures is hard. Google is your friend. I love Google. While searching, I found some nice pictures of bunkers that gave me a good idea about the direction I wanted to go with my bunker. Many of the texture images had to be modified a great deal to make them work; for instance, making them tile properly (or at all). Paint Shop Pro is my method of choice for this daunting task.

Once everything is said and done itís time for printing. Then the model gets all glued together and I make the final changes (and thereís always some). In the final step, I set up a nice backdrop, snap a few photos, then itís back to the Paint Shop again, then off to Microsoft Word for the write-up, the wife to proofread, print to a PDF using PrimoPDF, upload to HeroScapers, wife proofreads again, update all of my pages (Iíve got a lot of pages), and - boom - itís done!

Finished Sandbag Bunker

You can download the finished Aventure Pack by following the link below. Enjoy and Happy 'Scaping!

Total Comments 4


Sylvano the Wasabus's Avatar
Very nice Mr. Q. A fruit stand that only deals in pineapples!
Posted November 2nd, 2010 at 01:51 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus Sylvano the Wasabus is offline
AliasQTip's Avatar
Ouch - my kidneys! That's funny. I'll have to tell my wife. Thanks, Sylvano!
Posted November 2nd, 2010 at 02:05 PM by AliasQTip AliasQTip is offline
delphic's Avatar
Wow MS Piant? I am impressed. I've been trying to use Autocad to draw the basic design, exporting it to PDF using print to PDF. Then copy file and past into Paint. The PDF is perfect in scale but the trip to Paint always messed it up.

100 Pixels to 1" eh. I'm off to get this party started.

Wish me luck.

Posted November 10th, 2010 at 08:03 PM by delphic delphic is offline
AliasQTip's Avatar
I hope that in everything you do you will succeed.

I've always used good 'ol MS Paint coupled with a more powerful program (Paint Shop Pro, now) for pretty much all my artwork.
Posted November 12th, 2010 at 01:45 PM by AliasQTip AliasQTip is offline
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