Roof Shingle Tutorial

I’ve been working hard on texturing buildings. Texturing is totally new to me so there is a bit of a learning curve. The first big obstacle I ran into was creating an entire roof of shingles. I’d start off fine, but after a few rows I noticed my shingles were all getting larger. So I tried again. This time they all got smaller. *sigh*

So I decided to see if I could make the shingles procedurally. Basically create one shingle shape and the duplicate it and randomly scale, rotate, and shift it. I also wanted to change the shape of the shingle randomly too. Well, after trying lots of things, I finally found a method that works, and works well!

I think it turned out pretty nice.

If you’d like to do something like this, here is the step-by-step instructions on how to do it.

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What I’m working on…

I’m working on a massively customizable building kit that will allow you awesome people the ability to build an entire city of unique houses and taverns and shops. Want a house with the door on the left and two windows to the right? Got it. What if you want the door on the right? No problem. Two doors? Sure. No windows? Bring it. Three stories tall? Okay. SEVEN stories tall? You’re crazy, but we can build it!

“Yeah, but what about cantilevered floors?”

Yeah, we got cantilevered floors.Yup. Got that too!

Not only will these buildings look great from the outside, but you can remove each level to reveal what’s inside the building! Or, to keep things simple, you can just build the shells of the buildings. That makes it a bit easier to populate entire villages quickly.

Keep an eye out for more updates.

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Miss Us?

Life has been busy, and projects have been delayed, but we’re finally back!
<dramatic pause for the cheering>
Coming on the 1st of March, grungy slimy sewers!

You may notice that Devin Night has been tapped to do the art for this kit. His hand-drawn style is very complimentary to Jonathan Robert’s and I know you’ll love it!

Most importantly, as with all other Fold-n-Go products, this kit is mostly glueless. We only use glue to fix sheets back-to-back. That means you don’t need to wait for hours to let glue dry, you can build just as fast as you can print and cut!

One of the best features of this kit is the customizable ground texture. You can route the sewer trenches anywhere you want! Just use your mouse and click in each square where you want the slime. You can create an image ranging from 100% stone to 100% slime and anything in between! You can print those sheets out and tape them together, or go a step further and capture the images, combine them in Photoshop or Gimp, and print them out on a large format printer!

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New Line of Products! Fold-n-Go Singles

Fold-n-Go Singles - Altar

Instead of releasing only one large product every 6 weeks or so, we’re looking into releasing smaller/cheaper products in-between our larger releases. Today release is the first in this new line we call Fold-n-Go Singles. Same great quality you’ve come to expect, just in smaller bite-sized packages.

Our goal is to be able to fit everything on a single sheet (thus the name “Singles”). We want to give additional configuration options with layers so you can print out multiple sheets with different results. So even though everything fits on one sheet, you’re still getting multiple sheets of parts.

Our first Single is the Altar. Everyone needs a few good altars in their game, whether they are sacrificial altars, or worshiping altars, or just a place to grab some loot. We’ve got you covered.

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Tools I Use

I have had some questions asking what materials I use to create my papercraft models.  I thought I’d make a single post and list everything I use/recommend.

Printer

I print all my models using an HP CP1525nw (~$300) color laserjet printer.  I purchased this printer early this year and have been extremely pleased.  The print quality is amazing! I switched from inkjet to color laser about three or four years ago and I’m never going back. Continue reading

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Assembly Video for the Signal Mound

Just finished an assembly video for the Fold-n-Go – Castle Kit #1 – Signal Mound.  Yeah, it’s glueless!  Enjoy!

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New Product! Fold-n-Go Castle Kit #1

We have just released our second papercraft product, Fold-n-Go Castle Kit #1!

This modular kit has everything you need to make your very own castle, including a working portcullis!

Again, Lone Tree Games strives to use as little glue as possible.  The only glue required is when you need to glue sheets back-to-back to get texture on both sides.  Everything assembles quickly and easily so you can spend your time gaming and not assembling.

Check out some images below.

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Coming Soon!

Things have been a bit quiet here lately.  For a while there wasn’t anything newsworthy, then I got really busy.  But busy is a good thing because that means a new product is coming!  I need to finish the assembly instructions, but our new kit is going to blow your socks off!

You know something is good when you can’t stop staring at it, and I can’t seem to help myself!

Anyhow, here’s a little teaser.As before, Jonathan Roberts is the texture artist, and if you know his maps, you might see something familiar here.

Finally, there’s less than a week left in our user-build photo contest.  The winner will receive $50 worth of Rite Publishing goodies! So if you’ve built something with Lone Tree Games’ papercraft, take a picture and share it on the forums.

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Two Weeks Remaining

There are only two weeks remaining in our inaugural user build contest.  Show us your greatest creations using our Fold-n-Go Dungeon Kit #1!  Contest closes August 9th, so get your build’n on!

Enter here!

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July Progress Report

Pictures of Works In Progress

So I’m always hard at work on something. Here are a couple preview shots of some parts I have just designed. Can’t wait to see what they look like after Jon has worked his magic!

These parts required very little glue. All of the back-to-back variety that I just can’t seem to get away from.  But luckily that is the easiest way to glue. Continue reading

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