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Author:  Magius [ 07-30-2011, 04:49 AM ]
Post subject:  Terraclips Conversion

I've been working on putting together a series of templates that can quickly and (mostly) easily transfer my Terrainlinx stuff into Terraclips, and yesterday I finished with my first prototype tiles (3x3, 3x6, and 6x6), and I'm, overall, very happy with the results. There are some alignment issues that I'll need to work out, but overall, fairly inexpensive (though not as good a deal as the TerraClips themselves will be), fairly easy, and very good results.
Some pics!

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I can't wait to try and piece this in with the Terraclips release - but first, I need to craft the walls!
Magius out.

Author:  Magius [ 08-01-2011, 01:46 PM ]
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Quick update, I've gotten the templates for the walls done, and printed of the test walls (three from Titan, one from Himmelveil Canals and one from Mayhem Destroyed). I'll post up pics once I've put them together.
Magius out.

Author:  Zenguy [ 08-01-2011, 05:23 PM ]
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The templates are looking good.

It will be interesting to see how these bear up under the clips (as the claps may be fairly hard on the surface).

Author:  Ninevah [ 08-03-2011, 10:59 AM ]
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Magius, what material are you using for this? Matboard or something? And how are you cutting it--just with typical xactos/utility knives or something else? One of my gaming buddies happens to work in the printing department of one of the largest department store chains in the US and got a printer/plotter from work that they were getting rid of--which could print directly onto stuff as thick as 3/16" foamcore. The last few months, he and I have been debating doing something like this to print older set pieces right onto matboard for use with TerraClips when it's released.

Author:  ehisey [ 08-03-2011, 01:51 PM ]
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Ninevah wrote:
One of my gaming buddies happens to work in the printing department of one of the largest department store chains in the US and got a printer/plotter from work that they were getting rid of--which could print directly onto stuff as thick as 3/16" foamcore.


Lucky Bastard. I am still trying to just get a decent printer.

Author:  Magius [ 08-03-2011, 04:32 PM ]
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I'm using black mounting board that I can get from Hobby Lobby for 4.99 for a 20x30 sheet, printed on 8.5x11 label paper and cut with a standard Stanley utility knife (mostly due to cost and ease of replacing the blades). So far, it's working well, but I'm sure using a plotter would be better, as I don't have the tiles to try it with yet (can't wait!).
If you have a good sized plotter you can fit everything on with, you should be able to fit more stuff on per board (I can currently get 5 sheets worth of tiles per board, but you should be able to get up to 10 6x6 and 10 3x3s on a single board (pretty much doubling what I can put out per board). To which I have to say: lucky you.
For mounting everything, I've developed a template that I can pop onto any of the tiles or walls (walls take some work, but not too much), which I then copy over to a 8.5x11 template to get the sheets I want (custom template for the walls or the mounting templates for the tiles). Print onto label paper, apply to board, cut the outline, trim the second set of label paper out (what, did you think I was going to do these single-sided?) align with the front, and cut out the tiles/walls. Takes some work, but definitely seems to be worth it (though I need to test with the clips - may need to add some sort of lamination to the process at some point... Probably between the print and the apply to board steps).
Magius out.

Author:  badula [ 08-03-2011, 10:38 PM ]
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i wonder if i can get something similiar with 3 layers of cardstock glued together...

i think ther's no problem if used ground-level but i fear it isn't strong enough to support big vertical levels...

another thing to test could be using an acetate sheet to print terrain features... then i have to test if the clips are able to handle the extra layer...

Author:  Zenguy [ 08-04-2011, 02:17 AM ]
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badula wrote:
i wonder if i can get something similiar with 3 layers of cardstock glued together...

Try having a chat with your local picture framer - they're likely to have off-cuts of matboard that will do the job.

Author:  Petershergalis [ 03-26-2012, 06:37 PM ]
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badula wrote:
i wonder if i can get something similiar with 3 layers of cardstock glued together...


I've found that 6 layers of 110 lb cardstock fit the clips just fine. And since Terrainlinx prints out with cardstock that can be folded over on each sheet, I do actually only use 3 sheets of cardstock just with 6 layers.

Yes, finding the correct size matboard would be alot easier. :(

Author:  mrken [ 03-28-2012, 01:53 PM ]
Post subject:  Re: Terraclips Conversion

Wouldn't it just be easier and more durable just buying the Terraclips sets?

Author:  mproteau [ 03-28-2012, 05:42 PM ]
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mrken wrote:
Wouldn't it just be easier and more durable just buying the Terraclips sets?

Yes, though there are no Terraclips sets for Himmeveil canals, or hinterland forests (to name a few). Making your own compatible tiles out of existing textures is a pretty cool way to fill that void!

Author:  mrken [ 03-28-2012, 05:54 PM ]
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Yeah, being able to make your own would be very cool. But you know, Terraclips has several new sets upcoming. :)

Author:  Gamesmith Denny [ 03-30-2012, 08:45 AM ]
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mrken wrote:
Wouldn't it just be easier and more durable just buying the Terraclips sets?


I should add more cost effective to that list :) That was one of the many contributing factors to the initial TerraClips development; figuring out a way to make it more affordable in the end than paying for materials via our other hobby products. You get a lot of bang for your buck out of TerraClips once you've priced things out and compared the two options.


That being said, its going to take some time to get the TerraClips catalog up to speed with our TerrainlinX/Swiftscenics and other offerings. We'll get there eventually but obviously its a much longer and more involved process getting these things out to market.

Author:  Petershergalis [ 04-08-2012, 12:01 PM ]
Post subject:  Re: Terraclips Conversion

I would most definately prefer to purchase a terraclips version for overland terrain such as hinterlands and I would also prefer to purchase a scifi version such as titan. Unfortunately Denny is correct that I need something like those now and Kitbashing and custom boards is the only way I can go at this time. Unless of Corse Denny would like to leak what these next 3 Terraclips sets are going to be. He just might convince me to wait and save my fingers from all the cutting I'm doing. ;)

Also what is anyone using to cut the little 3mm indentures in the tiles and walls that the clips fit onto? My blades are getting dull and my fingers are getting painful. :(

Author:  mrken [ 04-08-2012, 12:52 PM ]
Post subject:  Re: Terraclips Conversion

As for the sets Denny has up his sleeves, you should know better. lol My guess is that they are not fantasy. The first three were, maybe he is going to cover the next most popular genre, Sci-fi.

Now, everyone who does their own cutting knows, you will just have to go out and get replacement blades. Your fingers, well, mine sometimes go numb. But sometimes I get smart first, and put some of the white first aid tape on them. That does help quite a bit.

Author:  Gamesmith Denny [ 04-09-2012, 07:57 AM ]
Post subject:  Re: Terraclips Conversion

Petershergalis wrote:
Unless of Corse Denny would like to leak what these next 3 Terraclips sets are going to be. He just might convince me to wait and save my fingers from all the cutting I'm doing. ;)


I can't reveal that just yet but before months end you should have a pretty solid idea (if not a partial to full reveal). I can tell you that the next 3 releases are indeed Fantasy. I can also tell you that we are actively researching the viability of both Modern and Sci-Fi in the format but we're trying to firm up a few details there before pursuing that any further.

Author:  mrken [ 04-09-2012, 08:37 AM ]
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@Petershergalis Sorry dude. Bad news for you. Looks like you need to get more blades.

To help me from getting a numb forefinger so fast, I find the tape helps, so does the tools I use. The utility knife helps when cutting those thick foam cores. I also use an Xacto like knife by a company called Gorden that is foam covered. It helps out a bit, but after a day of cutting, yeah, that forefinger starts to become a bit numb. Sharpe blades is really the only real answer, that and a slow pace.

So, the bad news for you is a boon to all us fantasy fans. More 3D goodness coming our way, in only a few months. Whoa, I think I am getting light headed. lol I am still cutting out Friar pages and haven't even printed a single page of Friar props. That and I think I am going to purchase Thoumonts again. This time I will make sure to buy them off this site. No more RPGNow purchases for me. At least not WWG stuff. I can save money by re-buying it here so I can get all the kit bashes free. Feel real stupid now, trying to save money.

Author:  T-G [ 04-09-2012, 09:55 AM ]
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I would be all over a Terrclips version of Titan.

Author:  Petershergalis [ 04-09-2012, 03:54 PM ]
Post subject:  Re: Terraclips Conversion

mrken wrote:

So, the bad news for you is a boon to all us fantasy fans. More 3D goodness coming our way, in only a few months. Whoa, I think I am getting light headed. lol I am still cutting out Friar pages and haven't even printed a single page of Friar props. That and I think I am going to purchase Thoumonts again.


Actually My Fantasy items are almost complete. I own at least 3 sets of Sewers and 3 sets of Streets and I think 8 sets of Thoumonts already. I am just trying to complete some boards for forest encounters as well by converting Cliffs and Hinterland. I've found that Streets can easily be used for Castle and Dungeon Walls and the sewers can be used as moats (I believe the moats actually were sewers in the middle ages). :D

As far as SciFi goes, My Firefly adventure will wait until either I convert some Titan and Mars Station or something is available for purchase, whichever comes first. ;)

Author:  mrken [ 04-09-2012, 04:30 PM ]
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Using the sewers for moats is I think rather creative (yes, moats were sewers in the early years). I saw that some guy reviewing the Terraclip Streets set used the 3" as a wall. Guess that works too. :)

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