Chrow's Nest

Dice Bowl Mark 2!

I feel like, over the past few months, I’ve been doing more consuming than producing, and that just leaves me feel all wonky and out of sorts. So, I decided to rectify that by revisiting an old project of mine.

The dice bowl was originally something I’d seen online some many years ago. It was a sort of hardwood bowl with a felt rolling area for throwing dice around. What really caught my attention was the distinct, hexagonal shape of it all.

So, I went and made my own, as seen HERE

EDIT: Fuckin’ tumblr went and ate up a ton of my post.

Anyways, I messed around with that idea and now I’m refining it. This time with hard plastic patterns for replications and repetition. I’ve also made the base a lot smaller, meaning it takes up less space on your gaming table.

Once I pattern out a good design for the storage compartments on the sides, I’m going to cover up the whole thing in some sturdy cardstock, and add some felt to the bottom of the bowl so it has a nice look to it. Although, I’ll be sad to lose that satisfying clack it makes now, when dice hit the raw cardboard.

When I’ve got enough of it figured out and ready to go, it’s time for mass production!

Random photo update!

I’ve been kind of busy these past couple months, what with all these fucking holidays clustered together in these last few months, like we’ve got to fucking get them all done before the year is out..

But anyways, with work picking up, since I have the unfortunate honor of having a retail job, I don’t really have time to sit down and work on a project and when I do have free time, all I feel like doing is sleeping or playing all the games I’ve been neglecting (Dishonored has my attention at the moment)

So, here’s some random shit I’ve been working on.

I dusted off and repaired the Rathalos armor for Halloween. The plan was to enter a costume contest, but that didn’t pan out with how fucked my schedule already was for that week.

I salvaged a dry-erase board and penned a 1” grid on it for my weekly games. Too bad that drawing over it and erasing takes the grid with it. I’m looking into a more permanent solution for that.

Also, spent some time playing Dawn of Worlds with friends, designing the gameworld that we’ll use for our next Campaign. It’s good stuff.

And that’s me drinking straight from the bottle during a Halloween party.

Firstly. Spearheads! They got really fucking ugly for a while.. Then they got better again. Now I think they are ready for copious amounts of paint.

Secondly. Lu Bu Boffer Halberd for my bestest bro in the whole world. Made it a few months ago, but forgot to take any pictures. I don’t LARP or anything, but I’m certain if I did, they’d ban every damn weapon I made.

More spear heads!

Yeah, I sort of put this on hold because the client (or commissionee, as I like to call them) didn’t have the money for a while. Then he got the money and told me to get back to work.

So, over the past few days, I’ve really been kicking my shit into gear. Both spear heads are fully posterboard coated. I still need to iron down the glue and smooth them out. Possibly put them through some more sanding and refining, then it will be onto the prime, paint, sand, paint, sand, paint, etc part of the project..

I should probably get around to collecting the other materials I need, also..

I’ve gone and vanished again.. Holidays and all that, y’know.

How about we jump in the wayback machine and look at some of my older stuff?

Also, apologies on the pictures. I didn’t take any of these and they all date back to 2006.

So, like many budding weeaboos, I was a Narutard many centuries ago. My favorite character was Kankuro, but thinking back, I’m not sure if I liked him because I thought he was awesome, or if I grew to like him because I cosplayed him.. Anyways, I liked the whole ninja puppeteering thing and when Sasori showed up, I was dead set on making a costume for him.

This was definitely one of those costumes where I learned a lot from making it and wearing it. The whole thing wasn’t all that heavy, but it was quite awkward to wear, and seeing as so much of the costume is situated on my back, it’s even harder to get a good photo of.

Overall, it came out quite well, unfortunately, I’ve since stripped the large pieces down for their components, which have already because parts of other props. I held onto the mask, the arm, and the tail-tip, I think.. they are scattered around here somewhere.

Additionally, I’d say that a lot of the work I did in the future wouldn’t be possible without the stuff I figured out from working on this costume. The whole wire-frame structure thing made my Monster Hunter armor and Big Daddy costume possible.

It’s completed!


Sort of.. I guess.. Sure, why not?

So, you’ve all seen the general gist of how the making of this thing went down, but let me give you the step by step just in case you are curious.

Step 1 - Calculate scale, estimate size, and confirm measurements. This step is mostly for roughing out about the size the whole thing is going to be.

Step 2 - PVC pipe core and cardboard blade. The blade in this stage is more structural support than anything, but it is roughly sized out to the dimensions it should be.

Step 3 - Additional Blade structure. Built up a few layers of cardboard, then started building this poster board exo-skeleton over it. This is just more structure so it has the shape I need it to have allt he way through.

Step 4 - Cover the whole thing in a thicker sheet of poster board. This stuff is thick enough to smooth over all the layers and bumps and shit of the previous steps while still thin enough to conform to the shape I need it to be. Then I covered the edges in a gratuitous amount of hot glue..

Step 5 - Begin sculpting! For the rib cage, I rigged up a little structure to help fill out the space and give me a guide for each of the ribs and their spacing with some cardboard and wire. Made a big difference. The ribs are made from paper clay.

Step 6 - More structure for the hilt and rib cage! I neglected to take photos, but during this step, I also started making the handle, the whole hilt pieces, and creating a structure that is glued and wired around the core PVC pipe. Tons more paper clay to follow.

Step 7 - Sculpt the mother fucking skulls. For these, I taped on a wad of news paper and sculpted the paper clay around them to fill out some space and save money on paper clay. Also, makes the prop a little lighter, and that makes a huge difference. Once the sculpt was adequate, I touched it up with some sanding and several coats of paper mache mix, which seeps into the paper clay and makes it tougher and stronger.

Step 8 - Gesso. SO. MUCH. GESSO. at least 4 or 5 layers of the stuff. It fills in little cracks and bumps. ots of sanding to follow because gesso dries really rough. General assembly and shit in there too, like gluing on the handle, rigging up the hilt, and so on.

Step 9 - Painting and finishing touches. Lots of silver paint and tons of dry brushing in black for the details and crevices. The silver paint can be a pain, but after a few coats and the touch ups with the black dry brushing, it pops really nicely and gives the whole thing a really neat texture.

Random old commissions from several years back when I didn’t have a reliable digital camera. As you can probably tell, several of these pictures weren’t taken by me.

From top to bottom

Sanshuuou - Kankuro third puppet, made mini-sized. Mostly cardboard and paper mache. Came out nicely, but it’s a fairly simple puppet to begin with.

Keyblade - Lots of cardboard and hot glue, but this is honestly not my best work. The glue is sloppy and the edges were unnecessarily rough. Last time I saw this prop, it was kind of beat to hell.

Zangetsu - Really simple prop. Apparently got busted before the con. Never got to see it in any photos with the costume. Shit sux.

Benihime - Urahara’s sword. I have no progress photos of this sword because it was made in a matter of hours at an Ohayocon several years back. It was actually some pretty damn good work if I do say so myself. It’s just a shame that I never got any more pictures of it besides these two.

You’re sick of that ugly sword, so let’s dig into the archives and pull up some other shit I’ve made. Y’know, since I haven’t updated in a few weeks.

How about the Chargin’ Targe from Team Fortress? This was a commission for a friend (friend and friend’s crotch partially pictured above).

As you can probably tell, the majority of this prop was just cardboard cleverly layered and assembled to give it that sort of cartoony bulk that’s so prevalent in the designs for TF2. This prop was made before I discovered Gesso so I went through some difficulty getting certain things properly covered, but an abundance of hot glue seemed to do the trick.

Like several of my previous projects, I started working on this far earlier than expected, then stopped for a while, then rushed in the last couple weeks to get it done. I need to stop doing that.

The paint job was another thing I wasn’t too proud of, mostly because it looks like shit here. Before I handed it off and received payment, I did touch it up with some more metallic paint and tried to hide some of the more obvious flaws. It came out looking much better than these last two photos would imply.

Tired of this thing yet? Ha ha! Too bad.

The basic construction on this is pretty much entirely done, hopefully. All the parts are in place, and all the sculpty parts are done. All that’s left is to slop on a ton of Gesso then sand and paint and sand and paint ad infinitum.

The Dice Bowl!
This place is getting a little quiet so I decided to post up an old project of mine, after being reminded of it by /tg/.
I made this over a year ago as a house-warming gift. The idea is to give players a place to roll dice without having to worry about them getting lost or falling in a crack or flying off the table beneath the couch of no return.
If you weren’t aware, tabletop gamers are kind of superstitious and weird about their dice.. So all of these things are real concerns.
So, what I came up with was this neat little hexagonal bowl/container for players to store their dice and also roll them in. It’s quite nice, really.
The structure was my own creation, though it was inspired by something I may have seen on the internet, or dreamed up then forgotten in another dream. The paintjob is all from my brother, who pitched in his design sensibilities.
I’ve been told I need to mass produce these.

The Dice Bowl!

This place is getting a little quiet so I decided to post up an old project of mine, after being reminded of it by /tg/.

I made this over a year ago as a house-warming gift. The idea is to give players a place to roll dice without having to worry about them getting lost or falling in a crack or flying off the table beneath the couch of no return.

If you weren’t aware, tabletop gamers are kind of superstitious and weird about their dice.. So all of these things are real concerns.

So, what I came up with was this neat little hexagonal bowl/container for players to store their dice and also roll them in. It’s quite nice, really.

The structure was my own creation, though it was inspired by something I may have seen on the internet, or dreamed up then forgotten in another dream. The paintjob is all from my brother, who pitched in his design sensibilities.

I’ve been told I need to mass produce these.