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Designing Dungeon Crawl Tiles for 3D Printing at House

March 2019 Hacker of the Month, Tom Tullis of Fats Dragon Video games, designs, 3D prints, and paints improbable dungeon designs for D&D and science fiction.

Posted on February 20, 2019


Chris Morgan

Our March 2019 Hacker of the Month, Tom Tullis, has been creating decals and portray templates for fashions of historic warplanes, dungeons, and monsters for over 25 years. Because the proprietor of Fats Dragon Video games, he 3D fashions surroundings tiles and miniatures for roleplaying video games revolving round science fiction and fantasy, most notably for Dungeons and Dragons.

Tom obtained his begin in aviation publishing again round 1990, first working for the army historical past writer, Squadron Sign. He labored as a contract aviation illustrator for a dozen or so publication firms and in addition supplied profile artwork for the US Nationwide Aviation Corridor of Fame for a decade. Doing wonderful work like this ultimately spilled over into the passion/mannequin equipment business, the place he was creating decals for kits. Sadly, when historic publication gross sales started to say no, he began in search of one other inventive avenue to make right into a enterprise to switch aviation publications. He quickly made a transfer into passion and gaming modeling and commenced making paper terrain for Dungeons & Dragons, which required in depth illustration work. That ultimately morphed into creating 3D printable terrain, which brings us to the place Fats Dragon Video games is immediately.

Some of Tom's Papercraft City Designs

A few of Tom’s Papercraft Metropolis Designs

Throughout his time within the mannequin equipment business, he witnessed the rise of 3D printing firsthand round 25 years in the past. Initially fashions had been created utilizing injection molding, resin casting, and vacuum forming after which assembled utilizing gluing and different becoming a member of strategies. Tom was chargeable for creating the decals and colour schemes for the historic plane to make them look as lifelike as attainable, right down to the tiniest particulars.

After ten years of engaged on mannequin aviation paintings and design, Tom moved into creating paper terrain for roleplaying adventures for gamers who delved into Dungeons & Dragons. Most of Tom’s work in paper terrain remains to be out there on the Fats Dragon Video games web site. He has created such improbable scenes as Fortress Winterhawk, Dragonshire, Ravenfell, in addition to a big toolkit of primary metropolis and chateau constructing blocks to create no matter somebody can dream up. Better of all, the pre-colored pages are delivered proper to the client by way of e mail and printed proper at dwelling.

After all, with the rise of 3D printers and the business data Tom possessed from his a few years within the aviation modeling world, he knew there was a marketplace for 3D printed terrain as effectively. Once more working with modular constructing blocks, Tom has designed a number of templates that can be utilized to create virtually any dungeon, fortress, or metropolis configuration. So long as you might have sufficient endurance, time, paint, and filament, the sky is the restrict. With the essential dungeon kits and the a number of expansions out there from Fats Draong Video games like caverns, torch partitions (with room for working LEDs!), the Mountain King dwarven growth, dungeon delve and tons of things and creatures there isn’t a finish to the scope of enjoyable somebody can create.

Apart from holding a roof over his head as a enterprise, what does Tom get out of 3D printing? “3D printing has allowed me to create a bodily illustration of the D&D world I all the time envisioned rising up enjoying the sport. There has all the time been quite a lot of great terrain and miniature choices out there to players, however for me, 3D printing has given me an avenue to create just about something my creativeness can envision with out compromising, and create a bodily model for gamers to be completely immersed in.”

Personally, my first enterprise into Tom’s world was with probably the most wonderful GM Display screen of Doom; a usable recreation grasp display that may be 3D printed in any configuration desired that has been designed to appear to be fortress partitions and battlements. The cabinets, tilting storage, cube towers, and pencil holder configurations are extraordinarily helpful for any roleplaying recreation the place the GM wants a little bit secrecy whereas they’re pummeling hapless adventurers with random encounters in a dungeon crawl.

Yet one more factor that’s superior in regards to the designs? I used to be in a position to spend time with my daughter whereas she helped me paint the facade on the various items – she painted the gargoyle head!

As of the publishing of this text, Tom is in the course of one other spherical of a Kickstarter marketing campaign for Dragonlock Miniatures – an incredible array of improbable miniatures like dragons, beholders, warriors, orcs and extra.

To see all of Tom’s creations, go to http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/ – you too can discover all of the details about Tom’s Kickstarter marketing campaign there!

You may as well be part of the very vibrant and energetic Dragonlock & Dragonbite 3D Printer Gaming Terrain Fb web page at https://www.fb.com/teams/528423924186756/

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