Saturday, October 10, 2015
Zone Mortalis Tiles Project - Planning
Durham's Rock Hard Water Putty that I can get at Home Depot. Ideally the best casting material for this stuff is the dental plaster, but that stuff is really expensive because you generally need to order it in bulk and online. I prefer to get things locally if I can because it's easier to budget for it and I don't like to pay for the shipping. This stuff is superior to plaster of paris in every way.
After several initial failures and test casts, I think I have found the right mixture and amounts to fill the 5 molds. I've been doing about 2 casts a day. This stuff takes some time to set, so I will fill the molds in the morning, pop them out at night, and fill them again before I go to bed, and repeat.
So here are the 5 molds I bought for this project, and a general idea of what I plan on doing with them. These can all be found here.
Now for the floor plans. I want to follow Forgeworld's Zone Mortalis tile styles because I think they are well designed. They are 1 foot tiles with some walls. When the tiles are laid out, generally in a 4x4 board, the walls naturally create the halls and rooms of the complex. When you look at each tile individually, you may be disappointed because there really isn't that much in the way of walls and rooms, but when all the tiles are put together, that's when the big picture forms. They keep the walls sparse on the tiles so your forces still have room to maneuver and don't obscure vision too much. You still get the claustrophobic feel of a futuristic installation, without the extremely narrow corridors most scifi tiles projects try to create.
I oviously still have a lot of bits to cast, so it will take me a while, but I will build the first couple test tiles soon so I can get an idea of what I will need the most of.