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Anyone want a guide to making custom rpg accessories?
« on: September 30, 2016, 06:33:36 PM »
So I'm in the middle of getting some pdfs printed professionally (not kinkos or whatnot), and I've got a project to make custom miniature trays that's currently on hold until I finish enough of my other projects that I feel up to it.

I've also been looking into and am working on some custom dice creation.

Is anyone else interested in this stuff?  Would anyone like me to make a thread about it with reviews and processes and whatnot?  (Yes, I know that there are a thousand "make your own miniature trays" guides on the internet but I'm actually going off on my own somewhat on that one).

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Re: Anyone want a guide to making custom rpg accessories?
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2016, 06:48:10 PM »
I've always wanted to get into miniatures,  but never really figured out a way to do so without an enormous buy in. I can't say I have any experience in the field, but I'm always interested in learning new things. I'd assume trays is where I'd need to start, so I'm imagining it would be helpful
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Re: Anyone want a guide to making custom rpg accessories?
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2016, 07:10:02 PM »
there are a couple good miniature making videos on youtubes, seems like a lot of work per item.
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Re: Anyone want a guide to making custom rpg accessories?
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2016, 07:26:50 PM »
I've also been looking into and am working on some custom dice creation.
The tl;dr of that is search for dice at sites like thingiverse and hit up your local college or STEM school. Heck, if you're in the northern area of the states and it's not perverted even the Boy Scouts can hook you up and print something for you. :)

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Re: Anyone want a guide to making custom rpg accessories?
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2016, 08:05:08 PM »
I will answer in reverse chronological order.

I've also been looking into and am working on some custom dice creation.
The tl;dr of that is search for dice at sites like thingiverse and hit up your local college or STEM school. Heck, if you're in the northern area of the states and it's not perverted even the Boy Scouts can hook you up and print something for you. :)

3D printing is nowhere near what I want.  I want something that looks professionally made, something that I could have gotten from Chessex or Q Workshop (but at way cheaper than their custom dice prices).  This is just one of the many points we'll have to disagree on.  Anyways, I'm getting custom d8s at an affordable price, we're currently fine tuning the design and it's a one man shop so things are slow.


there are a couple good miniature making videos on youtubes, seems like a lot of work per item.

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I've always wanted to get into miniatures,  but never really figured out a way to do so without an enormous buy in. I can't say I have any experience in the field, but I'm always interested in learning new things. I'd assume trays is where I'd need to start, so I'm imagining it would be helpful

Honestly I only got into miniatures because of a Reaper kickstarter.  I'm doing custom trays because I'm just not happy with the size/pricing of any of the tray manufacturers or DIY guides that I can find.




So that's one vote of yes for trays (and if I'm doing trays I'll just do all of it in a single thread), and two votes for not caring one way or another.  :p

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Re: Anyone want a guide to making custom rpg accessories?
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2016, 02:39:10 PM »
So that's one vote of yes for trays (and if I'm doing trays I'll just do all of it in a single thread), and two votes for not caring one way or another.  :p
Huh, I thought you were asking how to not help in deciding what you wanted to do.

You probably should fix whatever your wife has been harping about for the last six months, they always have something. But yeah if making the tray sounds cool to you then just do that. :)

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Re: Anyone want a guide to making custom rpg accessories?
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2016, 06:53:16 PM »
So that's one vote of yes for trays (and if I'm doing trays I'll just do all of it in a single thread), and two votes for not caring one way or another.  :p
Huh, I thought you were asking how to not help in deciding what you wanted to do.

You probably should fix whatever your wife has been harping about for the last six months, they always have something. But yeah if making the tray sounds cool to you then just do that. :)

I was asking if anyone wanted me to document the stuff that I'm doing anyway.  I'm actively working on custom dice making with a dice creator and the trays will happen once I've got dice and book publishing sorted out properly.

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Re: Anyone want a guide to making custom rpg accessories?
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2016, 08:27:37 PM »
I was asking if anyone wanted me to document the stuff that I'm doing anyway. 

I'd read it.
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Re: Anyone want a guide to making custom rpg accessories?
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2016, 12:49:49 AM »
Book printing guide is done.