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Author Topic: BSC2021 Dr Mathias's Steep Stairs into Shadow Deep  (Read 1685 times)

Offline Dr Mathias

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BSC2021 Dr Mathias's Steep Stairs into Shadow Deep
« on: April 23, 2021, 02:58:33 AM »
Well, I had a few half-cooked ideas for this and was debating on even entering- then I realized today that I have a project I need to start in order to continue my Rangers of Shadow Deep campaign. Essentially its a board that is mostly composed of steep stairs... so here's the placeholder :)
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Re: BSC2021 Dr Mathias's Steep Stairs into Shadow Deep
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2021, 06:52:30 AM »
Look forward to seeing your progress mate - stairs are one of those things I donít enjoy making, so full credit to you for going out of your way to build some.

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Re: BSC2021 Dr Mathias's Steep Stairs into Shadow Deep
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2021, 07:10:08 AM »
That one sentence already evokes so many images; can't wait to see what you'll come up with!
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Re: BSC2021 Dr Mathias's Steep Stairs into Shadow Deep
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2021, 06:45:14 PM »
Little progress so far. This was a tough year to be a school teacher, but I'm now that the semester is over I can get crackin' on personal projects.



My original plan was to use Hirst blocks to slowly work up the 30 inches of table, a 1/4" rise every inch, so it would end up being about 8" high at the end.

That's not quite the 60 degree angle the scenario describes, and my method doesn't have the fear factor of a steep gradient. Most people that run this just abstract it and use a flat table, I have seen a few crazy people make a dimensional version with a heavy slope. I'm trying to decide if I am that dedicated :)
« Last Edit: May 27, 2021, 03:24:13 PM by Dr Mathias »

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Re: BSC2021 Dr Mathias's Steep Stairs into Shadow Deep
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2021, 01:27:56 AM »
Better late than...  well... you better get a move on as there is only about a week and half to go!  ;D

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Re: BSC2021 Dr Mathias's Steep Stairs into Shadow Deep
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2021, 01:18:11 PM »
Better late than...  well... you better get a move on as there is only about a week and half to go!  ;D

Plenty of time ;)

I have another method in mind that might end up being lighter, easier, and more steep :)
Generally, I tend to ruminate over things quite a while and get the good ideas toward the deadline  lol

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Re: BSC2021 Dr Mathias's Steep Stairs into Shadow Deep
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2021, 01:49:17 PM »
I already think youíre going to win, Matt  lol

I know what youíre capable of!

Looking forward to seeing how it comes together :)

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Re: BSC2021 Dr Mathias's Steep Stairs into Shadow Deep
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2021, 03:28:39 PM »
I already think youíre going to win, Matt  lol

lol
No chance on this one, I'm not usually a contender on the 'Build Somethings', which is fine with me- its all about getting something done. Last year's ruined building gets a heck of a lot of use.

I just need to get this thing done to advance the campaign my friend and I are playing!

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Re: BSC2021 Dr Mathias's Steep Stairs into Shadow Deep
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2021, 12:03:59 AM »
After a literal trip "back to the to the drawing board" and some use of the Pythagorean Theorem, I scrapped my first idea and went with a 60 degree slope. Before the overall height was a paltry seven inches, now it is 24! This provides the threateningly steep feeling the scenario specifies, and I think I can actually widen the 'platforms' for accommodating figures.



Thus far the build is made from 'gator foam', a lightweight and stronger version of foamcore (also much more pricey). I'll likely ditch the Hirst blocks and go with regular insulation foam.


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Re: BSC2021 Dr Mathias's Steep Stairs into Shadow Deep
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2021, 05:49:29 AM »
Wow! Thats defineatley a LOT more dramatic than your first version!! :o .You're going to need a bigger hobby room! Knowing your past works, this is going to be a corker!! o_o o_o o_o

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Re: BSC2021 Dr Mathias's Steep Stairs into Shadow Deep
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2021, 12:46:43 PM »
Much more intimidating than the first version.  Definitely meets the difficult criteria imho.
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Re: BSC2021 Dr Mathias's Steep Stairs into Shadow Deep
« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2021, 03:22:45 PM »
Much more intimidating than the first version.  Definitely meets the difficult criteria imho.

Agreed :)



The main pathway is done, as well as 'fly hole' platforms and the teasure marker area. Currently testing the width as I want to make the holes removable, and they need to be large enough to place the giant fly base inside.

Next, adding more platforms under all the areas a Ranger could fall, rounding edges to mitigate the blocky look, and then building up rocky textures.

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Re: BSC2021 Dr Mathias's Steep Stairs into Shadow Deep
« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2021, 08:00:01 PM »
Wow....simply WOW

This is going to be great   :o :o

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Re: BSC2021 Dr Mathias's Steep Stairs into Shadow Deep
« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2021, 09:19:33 PM »
Awesome; now that's a set of stairs only a ranger could love! 8)

And I hate to break it to you, but your pet coral snake has escaped apparently...

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Re: BSC2021 Dr Mathias's Steep Stairs into Shadow Deep
« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2021, 02:48:42 AM »
Fantastic work!

 

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