sculpey mold

Here’s another picture you might find interesting. It’s a mold i created from sculpey clay. I took a commerative olympic coin and made an impression which i then poured into a mold. Here’s the result:

(sorry for the poor lighting – future images will be better)

Since this image was taken i’ve made several more molds. One was an Uruk-hai soldier that i used as a lid for a tomb which is currently on display in my cube at work.

Prison Tower

I promised pictures. Many more are coming, but here’s the first. It’s also my first attempt at using the Hirst Arts castlemold bricks. This is the prison tower (building instructions came with the mold).

You’ll notice that there are obvious spaces in a few spots; i’ve improved since then :) To give you a sense of scale, this tower is approximately 7.5 inches tall – it works wonderfully with 25mm scale miniatures.

sculpey clay

Just when you thought you had all the uses for sculpey clay figured out, you find another one. I’m always having my wife mold little pieces for my miniatures out of the stuff – like doors and barrels. But there’s a whole new use i just discovered.

You can use it to make temporary molds and cast just about anything you like. I was reading a newsgroup and someone suggested trying out super-flex to make a cheap mold. i didn’t have any super-flex, but it’s made by sculpey, so i thought i’d try some sculpey. It worked beautifully. I’ll post some pictures tomorrow. There was a lot of detail. The only drawback is that you have to pretty much ruin the mold to get the piece out, but i was just doing a bunch of impressions of pre-existing things anyway, so it was no big deal.

If you have any sculpey lying around, i’d suggest trying it out!



Ever wanted to try a 3-D chess variant? You should try DragonChess. It’s a game created by Gary Gygax – the inventor of D&D himself! It appeared for the first (and only?) time in Dragon magazine issue #100 waaaay back when. I got my hands on a copy of the rules and i’ve been obsessed with it ever since.

It was what got me interested in painting models. All of my models were originally intended as pieces for the game (and many of them still are – although it’s taken me years, i’m getting close to having a full set). The rules can be found at the Chess Variants website, as well as on a local link here.

Give it a try and let me know what you think. If you’re interested in a game, let me know. I’ve also created a computer version (2-player only, no computer AI) that’s not too bad. And in addition, there’s a program called Zillions of Games that has a plugin for computer AI DragonChess (although the algorithm isn’t too smart).


dungeon building

I enjoy painting miniatures. I don’t really play with them, I just like to paint them. Odd? Perhaps. Everyone at the hobby stores seems to think so. Why would I buy a miniature if i’m not going to play with it? Oh well. Eventually I’ll post pictures of my work.

But the point of this article is not about painting miniatures. It’s about dungeon building. Even though I don’t game, building little dungeons has begun to fascinate me. About a year ago I started looking for some way to display my miniatures. And I came across something called Dwarven Forge. It’s a company that sells these amazing pre-built dungeons. I was immediately awestruck and thought “this is what i need to display my figures”.

However, i also had a creative itch, and really wanted to create my own dungeon and paint it myself. After much searching, i strumbled across Hirst Arts. Wow. There’s nothing to describe the amazing things you can do with the Hisrt Arts molds. This site sells molds – you cast your own bricks and create your own dungeons/buildings/castles/masoleums/whatever your imagination can devise! I immediately bought a mold and went to work. Dwarven Forge – goodbye.

I’m currently in the process of buying the molds necessary to create a diorama in which to display my miniatures. I’m also going to build a DragonChess board using these molds (see a future post for more on DragonChess).

If you want to learn a little more about these two dungeon building products, there’s a great comparison article written by two guys – one who favors Dwarven Forge, and one who favors Hirst Arts. Check it out here and see for yourself.



Every blog needs a welcome message. So welcome to my blog. Hopefully i can also talk my wife into using the blog as well. My goal is to post information about our family, our hobbies, and anything else i find interesting at any given moment in time. Check back often for updates.