Tutorial: Making Chibi Houses for Gaming

2 02 2019

A quick way to make chibi houses for all your gaming needs is to pick up Animal Jam Adopt a Pet Houses (also available in six packs here).

These little houses come with small critters and key codes for an online game that I’ve never bothered to investigate. If you are child adjacent you might find a use for the minifigs.

This tutorial is using the Series 1 pet houses. Later series look like igloos, huts and cupcakes. I’ll show how to work with other varieties later one, but for now we’ll start with the houses.

These houses are 2″ x 2″ bits of chibi goodness, but they do have some annoying branding you might want to mod. For example, there’s this lady bug on the front of the house.

There’s also the logo on the back, which you will certainly want to remedy.

For the front, you can cover it over with a bit of green stuff or a random piece of weaponry; but usually I put another window. I’ve made an impression of one of the side windows using instamold. I then pressed out a few copies out of fimo clay.

Who doesn’t need a little bit more light in their house?

For the back, a simple solution is to make a large chimney out of foamcore.

I cover the foam core with a thick coat of hot glue to help with structural integrity and protect it against the spray primers I tend to use.

Another possibility is to hit the logo with a dremel and grind the back into something resembling logs.

Or, you could just stick two windows on the back (here with a makeshift overhang to help keep the rain from running in the windows).

Other additions here are stove pipes of various sizes and dormers for additional space upstairs.

Prime them, paint them up, and they’re good to go as terrain for your next chibi D&D game or for blocking line of sight in a chibi wargame.

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Working on Ika Clan

13 04 2017

I haven’t posted since the New Year, but I have been quite busy with painting and terrain building. With the semester winding down, I hope to post some of my progress in the next few weeks,  but for now here is a trio from the Ika clan.

 

Madoushi, Kunoichi, and Oni

 

In a campaign mode Ninja All Stars really wants to be able to differentiate each model, and so I am trying to paint up each model with some distinct characterizations.

Also, notice the custom player boards for Super Dungeon Explore that they are all standing upon. I’ll hopefully have a tutorial up on these soon as well.





Booty in the New Year

9 01 2017

It may come as a surprise, but one of the things that originally drew me to Super Dungeon Explore was the cute mimic minis. The original Boo Booty was a great miniature and a fun game element. When Forgotten King (aka SDE 2.0) came out last year, the previous singular Boo Booty became the genus for three separate species: Bouncing Booty, Booty Biter, and Booty Grinder. Clearly, this required custom minis…

Left to Right: Bouncing Booty, Booty Biter, and Booty Grinder

Close up on the Bouncing Booty

Close up on Booty Grinder

It’s kind of funny that it took me a year to mod some minis for these custom mimics. It’s not like I still have a hundred ninjas to paint or anything…





Star Guild Sapper Mario

27 06 2016

A few months back I posted my Princess Ruby Peach for Super Dungeon Explore. Today I bring you her bae Star Guild Sapper Mario.





Ninjas!

16 06 2016

I’ve been painting up basic shrine teams for Ninja All Stars.  I picked up the Elemental Pledge on the kickstarter last year but added the Spirit and Earth shrines for some basic ninjas. When the fine folks at Ninja Division game all the shrine cards to their backers, I opted to paint the ninjas in neutral colours (black and white) so they can be used for any clan.

Chunin

Madoushi

Kunoichi

Yajiri

Kaiken

The paint scheme is very basic, but it’s sufficient for demo games.

Now, all I have to do is paint four clans, six samurai, and fourteen ronin…





Steampunk Gnome

28 05 2016

Three things I love: Gnomes, Steampunk, and Super Dungeon Explore. Unfortunately, I couldn’t have all three at the same time since Soda Pop Minis hasn’t yet blessed us with chibi gnomes.  However, I seem to have been bit by the scratch-built bug. Here’s my first attempt at sculpting: a steampunk chibi gnome for Super Dungeon Explore.

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I made a lot of mistakes on this little guy, but that’s to be expected. Look for more in the future.





Rattlebones

24 02 2016

Ah, the Rattlebone undead skeleton creeps. The glowing eyes look better from far above.

These miniatures are part of the Von Drakk Ghost House tile pack. I have recently received both the tile pack and the Von Drakk Manor level box.

My plan on all the SDE skeletons in general is being tested out here: Prime black; progressive drybrushings of colour; pick out some highlights and OSL; and wash fabrics. I want to keep the colours muted and the look ragged. This is quite different than the brilliant colours I use for other areas, but these are centuries-old skeletons, not vibrant sentient plants.