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Tutorial: Burning starship wrecks (and how to model fire!)

Some wire and failed casts as base of space ship wrecks

Burning star destroyer, dreadnought and freighter

Most frequent question I get asked on gaming sites is about how I have created fire and smoke. Now I'm releasing a tutoral about this topic - while it's actually about creating starship wrecks, it will teach you how to model fire. Another page (coming soon) will show you applications of this technique.

Diorama: Winter fight

Completed diorama photo

Completed diorama photo

This small diorama -photo was made for a small maxminis -competition. Some terrain props I've made before were used in the diorama, and potato flour to make the ground look more authentic. Sky was taken from a photo and added to it using Gimp.

Below is the original photo, with original background:

Chronicles of Reilukerho Ptolus campaign: Rosegate house

Into the cellar

Warning, Spoilers to Ptolus players!

Heroes have been going adventuring while the workers they've hired are starting to build basement to the house. To everyone's surprise, the building seems to actually have a basement - the workers hit solid built stone and couldn't advance more. After a bit of searching, the heroes found a secret door that leads to the basement.

Into the cellar
Into the cellar

Self-made dragon decoration

Dragon from side

Dragon from side

While originally designed to be a self-made miniature, arrival of D&D minis retired this fun experiment; The scales are made of glossy glitter pieces, which makes it look really special :)

The dragon is built on a wire frame, using a sort of modelling clay for body and paper meant for those super-light balsa-wood airplanes for wings.

Chronicles of Reilukerho Ptolus campaign: Dark Reliquary

Entering dungeons of Dark Reqliquary with teleport.

Entering dungeons of Dark Reqliquary with teleport.

Raguel, Lord of Dark Reliquary and Leader of the Fallen, has asked a PC's to do them a job. In addition to promise of an enormously valuable diamond, he promises to help them free their lost friend, Calista from dungeons below the Dark Reliquary. In the picture above, players have just entered the reliquary using teleport.

How to create scratchbuilt starships (or anything)

If you want to create yourself cheap small-scale spaceships, you have two options available: Buy or find free papercraft starships, or scratchbuild them. This article shows you basics of scratchbuilding starships.

Tools

Materials and rules for scratchbuilding

1. Keep your eyes open; use anything, salvage things

Basics of cardboard modelling

What is this tutorial for?
This tutorial teaches you how to cut cardboard accurately and safely. If you want to do some cardboard modelling, you should read this page as will give you some invaluable information. Did you know that large amount of cardboard modelling can even cause you permanent neural damage if you don't do it right?

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