Gen Con peddlers went bonkers with their booths this year. Dioramas, normally reserved for only the largest of vendors, showed themselves in great numbers. Combine that with a much larger dealer hall and Ben nearly fell victim to sensory overload. Finally companies realized the power of a 3-D setting. And that was good news for us, hobby folk.
The casting method of choice for the Pile is of course, Hirst Arts. Since Ben is ramping up his Egyptian setting, he zeroed in on Bruce’s tomb style displays.
- Coffins: Stand them upright with supporting earns.
- Teeth: Provide menacing cover for the archers above.
- Columns: Drop in some slick ivory arches.
- Mummy: Put your mummy in the right light.
- Entrance: Make an imposing entryway.
- Skulls: Put those craniums in creative places.
- Wet: Intermix simple water ways.
- Molding: Line the walls with some flair.
Best in Show easily goes to Geek Chic. They worked with a Hirst Arts hobbyist on a truly epic layout. While some of it was a repeat from 2011, their enhancements and add-ons for 2012 were eye popping.
- Filler: Applied an earthy substance to fill in the gaps.
- Furniture: Used tables to touch the place up.
- Doors: Balanced the door with a small brick.
- Changeover: Transitioned from outdoors to dungeon perfectly.
- Water: Surrounded the caverns with lots of water effects.
- Crystals: Modularized crystal piles for repeat use.
- Space: Separated the floors with a simple sand effect.
- Arrows: Snipe an opponent behind some cover.
- Traps: Step carefully or suffer the consequences.
- Ornate: Decorate with subtle class.
Many of you know that Ben has a soft spot for statues and he was particularly impressed with this paint job…placed in a rather deadly setting.
- Arena: Fight to the death.
- Scheme: Try this paint method on your next solid friend.
- Gate: Enter from the front or side.
Keeping a folder with all your inspiration helps keep you out of creative rut. Stay thirsty, my friends.
Questions to Ponder: Did you have a favorite inspiration from this week’s post? How about a least favorite? Have you already made any of these for your own game board? Was there something else at the Con that Ben missed?