Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Star wars X-Wing and Space Combat Space Terrain On Sale

We've now got our first product (of many to come) one sale! We've been working on refining our space combat asteroids and they are now in a great way. After several different ideas about how we were going to make the bases (these included using all sorts of casting, from plaster, to latex to plastic and wood) we finally decided on laser cutting.

This gives us a clean, crisp edge on our bases, as well as a uniform product that is exact. As the asteroids are designed to be compatible with X-Wing*, we wanted them to work for tournaments and competetive games as well as casual play, so keeping them all the same was important. The 3D asteroids on top of the bases are all unique, but they can be because they are representative but in the rules of the game it's the bases that are important.

A base with a test asteroid
Close up on the base

An Asteroid field! (we don't suggest people play with this many,
but it looks cool :)

We now have the pack ready and raring to go - you can by them from ebay now.

The final result a pack of space combat asteroids!

We're selling them in packs of 6; 1 large, 3 medium and 2 small, and they are all on 80mm bases so that X-Wing small fighters will fit underneith without having to move the asteroid on top*. As far as we can see these are the only set available at the moment (and even if not, we still think they are the best - no bias!), and we've priced them conservatively so that they can cost effectively improve anyone's space combat terrain.

The next project we're looking at is templates for movement and shooting for X-Wing, and we'll be posting info on this very soon so look out for more info!

If you're interested in this or any other products, or if there's anything you'd like to see on the battlefield, let us know. We're constantly looking to expand our product list, and would love to here from you.

Our 3D Asteroids are £16, with £1.50 p&p in the UK - check them out here.
More soon,

*Hammer and Forge and thier products are not endorsed by, affiliated with or sanctioned by Fantasy Flight, Disney or Luscas Arts.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Gladius swords and rocks from space

With the New Year well underway it's time for more info about what we've been up to while hibernating over Christmas. 

We've go big plans for 2013, starting with a line of accessories for table-top games while expanding our replicas and reproductions. To start off we are looking at 3D asteroids for space combat games. 

Plastics are a relatively new medium for us, as we tend to work in metal and wood. Still, they have a finish that is second to none, and in terms of gaming accessories are perfect for table-top use. So we came up with the idea of floating asteroids. Starting with the space rocks themselves, we carved them from high density polystyrene.

Starting block of polystyrene.
Adjustable band sawing the large block into
square, asteroid friendly chunks
Ready to be shaped
Finally in asteroid shape

 Once we have an approximate shape we can finish them with the right colouring. The white layer adds strength to them, giving them a hard shell so that they can take knocks and wear and tear, then the black starts the finished look.

Undercoated and ready.

Spraying black as a base for the final coat.

Lastly we paint them dark grey and highlight them in lighter grey, and there you have it - asteroids all ready to go (more pictures and how we do the bases soon).

We also had an enquiry about swords for stage shows and props. The brief was 'as long as they look like roman swords, and are cheap', so we did some research.
Gladius (picture courtesy of http://www.legioxv.org/)

We found the Roman Gladius, and the designer was pleased with this, so we then had to work out how to make two of these, very cheaply, which would still look good on stage (and also be safe to use!). We got right on it, as you can see.

We started looking at how we would attach the handles to the blades, and came up with welding split pins to them and drilling into the hafts.

Taken with the flash so that the burning rods can be seen.
These are the joins from the blade to the rod which
sits inside the haft

By using the same material as the blades, we got the right joint
size before welding.
The cut blades ready for action, with ground edges and
blunted tips

We made sure we tested the edges and tips several times
to make sure they we completely safe.
In the above picture they were still too pointed, so it was
out with the grinder again.
Post-welding together, the blades and the haft-rods.

Ready to be assembled with the
undercoated hafts.
Trying the hafts on for size.

The final result, ready for the stage. Not as
intricate as would be necessary for a
wall or historical re-enactment, however
perfect for a few chose moments on stage.

The results are clearly visible gladius swords, with theatrical edges (rounded off and blunted), for a low cost and only taking two days to make. The designer was very happy, and we will be selling them off after the production.

To see the production of Cymbeline, go to the Drayton Theatre website  to book tickets,
and for more info on commissioning us for props and replicas visit our facebook page or email us.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Designing and building slows down....

We're currently in the midst of re-energising the company with the new year, we've got design work all over the place and more intricate trophies and wax seals to come (keep and eye out for more infor soon), but in london there are some things that you just have to stop and do, like making a snowman equiped with our seal of approval.

Snowman seal of approval