Thursday, December 29, 2011

I-frame building, half-hipped roofs

Here's a paper test for half-hipped roofs (worked just fine), using the same shell as the Grey Hare Inn. I can modify this design in a lot of different ways, so this won't be the final configuration. Not entirely sure what kind of product this is going to be -- a Rake's Corner model, a multi-layered model with winter skins, the basis for a ruin -- maybe all three.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Something I made for my sister for Christmas

This is the Swan House at about 10mm scale, hand painted. It's one of a kind! My sister's really cool. I think she'll like it.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Frontier House Winter Edition

The Frontier House Winter Edition is now available:

This set features variant skins for the Frontier House, including optional snow textures. It's great as a stand-alone model, and can be combined with the original Frontier House set for even more variety.

The Frontier House Winter Edition is available in two file formats: PDF and PSD Photoshop Files.

This kit is complete with fully illustrated step-by-step instructions and Jerry Jensen's invaluable Paper Modeling Guide.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

I laid out the wall lines for a new model, which naturally led me to the creation of the footprint. It occurred to me that I should set up some tile templates, since I'm working on a ground tile set. I made several templates for various tile sizes, and created this flagstone floor texture with optional snow layers.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Strike while the iron's hot. I haven't done a Rake's Corner model in a while, and it would be cool to revisit the Grey Hare Inn. It's a nice, simple I-frame design and I think it could really benefit from a Rake-over. Ha.

The Mermaid Tavern Winter Edition is my first model featuring snow textures. This is a modified version of the Mermaid Tavern model (available separately), with altered graphics and all-new snow layers. The two versions are perfectly compatible and complimentary. PSD Photoshop files packs are also available for both versions.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Working on a Winter Edition of the Mermaid Tavern. This is my first time adding snow textures to a fantasy/medieval model, so I went all-out.

There are fewer base layers to work with, but it makes room for all of the snow layers. As I expected, each layer needs it own snow treatment, and it's not just roofs -- walls, windows, doors, props all need their own snow layers.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Jerry Jensen is my art editor, final model assembler and writer of detailed instructions booklets. He also photographs every step of the assembly. Here's some of his handiwork.

These are a joy for me. Some day I'll explain my whole design process, but the first time I see my models realized -- in full color and made out of real paper -- is in photos like these. I build my white paper tests to check the geometry, and then discard them after they've served their purposes.

Monday, December 12, 2011

New look for my website

Spent the last couple of days giving my site a makeover. You can see the results at

This was a long time coming, but the actual work didn't take very long. My website was originally designed to showcase 8 models, three years ago. Over time, I've built up a collection of... actually, I don't know how many models I've designed. Let's count.

94 model sets! There's a couple of re-designs in there, so let's say about 90 unique designs. I guess that's a lot!

Anyway, my catalog sure has grown and something had to be done. I'm going to do make some touch-ups to the current design. This really is a never-ending process.