Thursday, October 20, 2011

Deluxe GM Screen

Over the years I have had many GM screens. I still have my hardboard 1st edition D & D screen, plus many of the variations that have been released over the years. Plus ones for Star Wars, Kingdoms of Kalamar, Eberon, and many other RPG's. Several years ago I purchased a vinyl one, much like a three-ring binder, that I could customize for my games. That was my favorite since I could pick my artwork and make the tables I wanted.

As a woodworker I knew I could make something better than a generic plastic screen. I've had the basic design for a number of years, but as many of my projects it just sat as a design. I knew what I wanted in a screen: changable panels, storage space, a low profile, and a nice look. The problem I was having with the design was with the storage space since I was envisioning doors. Last fall I saw an episode on Gnome Stew by Patrick Benson that was the answer to the problem - sliding panels!

So here it is: red oak frame for a nice look; leather straps which let me transport it easily; sliding panels for storage space to carry all those gaming neccesities like minies, templates, dice, bennies, action decks; and one of my favorite parts - metal panels. By using sheet metal panels I can easily change the look an information of each panel to fit the game. I print the panels on magnetic sheeting made for running through my printer. I have art and information for Deadlands, Rippers, fantasy and pulp for my Savage Worlds games.
I think it turned out well.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Gatling Pistol

Over the past few months I've been working on a little project - a Gatling pistol. My daughter has enjoyed steam punk for a number of years now; over 10 I believe. In fact this past May we attended the World of Steam Expo up in Michigan. Over the years I have made her several additions to her costume: a holster for her pistol, glowing test tubes, and a book purse. Since I play Deadlands and sell my AmmoCounters I thought it would be nice to make a Gatling pistol for myself. So here it is.

I began with the grip. It was modeled on a Remington 1875 Army pistol that I had the design schematics to. By using the dimensions for an actual gun I think it has a more realistic feel. The Gatling portion is based on art from the Savage World's core rulebook and Deadlands.

Since I'm a woodworker and not a metalworker the gun is made primarily from hardwoods. The barrels are brass tubing, along with brass screws and a piece of brass sheeting.

The holster took a bit of work since I wanted it open to view the gun.

Here are the results.