Category Archives: DIY Projects & El Cheapo Gaming

More Finds at the Dollar Store

This is why you stop by your local Dollar Tree looking for that nifty gaming or even geekery bargain.

That’s right Star Wars Micro Machines three packs for a buck each. Of course, I had to grab some. Because like Space Opera RPGing that’s why. Yeah I know a lot times there’s just cheap stuff that may or may not be that cool and their inventory doesn’t change that much. But with a little perseverance and some luck, you find those treasures. It’s just like a dungeon.

True Legends Mythic Bucket

This one started going around on G+ last week and even made the migration over to Facebook. So a bucket of mini’s and stuff for just under $10. I had to give it chance.
Here’s the gang of mini’s. I think the distribution is random because I got a bunch of the Legolas clones. But I got at least 4 or 5 of each coming to just over 40 miniatures.

So what do you get? Well, there’s the dragon, an elf, a female rogue/ranger with two swords, a Conan type guy, a berserker/warrior/Dwarf?, a stumpy handed orcd and two types of female sorceresses (one looks kind of evil). As you can see they are bigger than your standard D&D type 25/28 mm mini.

And here we go again.

And just like those commercials on TV. But wait there’s more. You get some terrain tidbits too. A couple of pillars with shields. A bridge. Some various rocks. A tombstone. A circular thing (magic circle) with odd things for flair. And a bunch of candles. On the site it shows trees but I didn’t get any.

Overall, I’d say it was pretty good haul for some cheap mini’s and swag. I saw prices of like $30 on Amazon and if my research is correct the reason for that is that these are a Toys R Us exclusive. Like I said you can grab them up for less than there and here’s the link.

A Simple Little Swords & Wizardry Character Sheet

I has the wild urge to make a very small character sheet for Swords & Wizardry. My main inspiration was the 0 level sheets from DCC. So roughly index card sized, four sheets per page, and as flexible as possible (Just put in whatever is right for the character under the “Notes” part). I also designed around may own personal tastes. I’m one of those weirdos who likes ascending AC so no little To-Hit Chart. May you find it useful.
Swords and WizardY Index Card Sheet

Some More Space Opera Goodness

Yes. I should be making a character sheets and outlining all the horrible things I plan throw at the player characters. But I stumble upon some pretty cool star ship models on Amazon. Now they ain’t that new. And I went cheap only got a couple of the $4 ones (That included shipping from Japan). I wanted at least a couple of capital ship mini’s that weren’t Star Wars.

That’s right Battleship Yamamoto. Now there’s a ton of them and you have to dig through the various scales and prices but there’s some a couple of gems there.
They are snap together models so no glue. But there are some damned tiny pieces that were pretty difficult for my big old grognard fingers. Once assembled the models are about 4 inches long and there’s some really good detail. (I should do a little painting on these some time). But with the detail also comes some pretty delicate bits here and there so I don’t know how well they will stand up to just being thrown in box and hauled off to a game. So there may be some extra packing involved.

Space Opera Mini’s Revisited

Well, I grabbed up some more space opera based mini’s and it looks like things maybe getting off the ground for this campaign. It’s been a chore finding more mini’s. I have a bunch of the old WOTC Star Wars mini’s but like any gamer I wanted more. I searched the internet and kept my eye open looking for something inexpensive.
Then it hit me. One of the Appendix N inspirations for this whole thing is Guardians of the Galaxy. What about Hero Clix. I mean I have a bunch of Mage Knight minis and Horror CLix (if you remember those). Plus I’ve grabbed up some less superhero looking Hero Clix for modern era games. And yep found some singles over at Troll and Toad. Heck, the most I paid for one was 99 cents. Not bad.
Here’s some if you’re looking for some more retro and just a bit gonzo. Who can say no to kungfu disco robot? That’s what I thought when I saw the mini of ISAAC.

Of course, there’s your more standard fare and the Guardians themselves that would work pretty darned well.

Right now, I don’t know if I’ll leave these as is or take the time to rebase or possibly repaint a couple.
Let’s talk spaceships. Previously, I had picked up a bag of the very soft plastic (vinyl or whatever the hell they are made of) space ships from Amazon and there was some discussion of another set which I picked up. Here’s a pic of those along with a Star Wars Micro Machine Millenium Falcon (Yeah, I got some of those too). And as you can see, they are a very similar scale which should work pretty well on the tabletop.

This new set is larger. Slightly more detailed and from harder plastic. And according to the Amazon reviews you could even paint these. So what am I going to do with those soft ones? Well, they would make cool Bennies. Wait, what? Is that obvious hint? Yep. That Space Opera game is finally going to come together and I’ll be returning to on old favorite game system that I haven’t messed with in years. Savage Worlds. So it’s time to dust of the rules books and hunt up those old house rules and get to making up cool stuff.