Oh no, here comes Dan with yet another insane idea!!
You've all seen them, the really cool dungeons and buildings made with Hirstarts molds. They are really pretty, but really heavy as well. I can imagine they get destroyed pretty easily, and aren't easy to transport either. And then we haven't even mentioned the time spent casting all them bricks...
Then came this crazy idea! Why not make bricks out of plastic? Lightweight, far more durable, probably a tad more expensive, but that is outweighed (ha!) by the previously mentioned pros.
You can then make things like special types of "bricks" with like niches filled with skulls or candles or books, you can make bricks with chains hanging from them, you can make doors, windows, etcetera. As long as you keep within certain standard measurements, they can all be easily put in and glued together.
Create a generic floor set and you're all set (ha!)... Then in time create some not so generic floor tiles, for example with symbols for cults, or perhaps something Egyptian-esque...
Post by Troll Forged on Apr 14, 2012 17:28:49 GMT -5
This is a good idea and I've been to busy to read but yeah we could spin cast plastic bricks of all sizes, like this idea.
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Post by grimstonefire on Apr 18, 2012 13:49:24 GMT -5
I've been planning to make and cast a couple of things myself that would fit into this as well.
Basically it would be 2 parts:
A dwarf scale staircase (steps only). Maybe 80mm long and 25mm wide, with tabs etc in places so that they could be glued side to side or top to bottom to make a staircase of any size.
A side panel/ railing 80mm long that is double sided. So that the same part could be used down both sides. Again, done in such a way that it could be glued end to end to make a staircase of any length.
Wouldn't have to be for dwarfs of course, but that was what I'm planning to make it for.
I'll send you some in metal Ed when they're made incase you decide to cast.
Blather here, I was poking around and came across this. THere are a couple of ways this could be done. The first is the short route and the second is a bit longer.
Route 1: Bruce lives just outside of Kansas City where I grew up. I have never broached this subject with him but who knows. Hirst Arts has a licence agreement with business that use his molds to make bricks and then sell the model. Some guys just sell bricks. The PDF of the agreement is on his site. Bruce had to go this route to protect his design and IP. You can not make the molds and sell them but you can sell products produced from those molds. It might be possible to discuss with him the production of the bricks mastered from his molds en-mass but, for a royalty I am sure. This might not be the best way though surly very fast.
Rout 2: Design the bricks ourselves. I have not done it yet but I am looking at doing it. Now I must say that I do own a few of his molds. They are very nice and the end product depends on the caster. I am designing some figure bases and will be posting the painted versions of them tonight.
I could design a similar product to Hirst. Though distictive enough to intrude on diluting his IP or brand. Looking over his libary there are some gaps that could be filled and expanded on. Not to mention that the LOD achieved with Ed's Trollcast formula would blow the Hirst product away.
Post by pointyteeth on Sept 26, 2012 11:51:17 GMT -5
This might sound a bit odd, but what about making them connectable like lego? That way they can be painted and varnished then assembled in whatever is necessary. Then they can be disassembled when the game is over and reassembled for the next.
Last Edit: Sept 26, 2012 11:52:04 GMT -5 by pointyteeth