Friday, July 8, 2011

Sync's Mini Dice Tower

Here are some pictures of the Mini-Dice Tower I made. I think it's pretty good - it's not too big so as to detract from the rest of the board and scenery. As well as that, and still works as a functional piece of terrain providing full cover and half cover elements, and does all the things a dice tower needs to do.
Since the base is made from some kind of tin, it also makes a satisfying sounds when the dice shoot through!

Action shot!
Face off

Here's how a Dice Tower is supposed to work, and an example of CNC Workshop's dice tower:

CNC Workshop's Dice Tower (Click to enlarge)

And here are some photos that I found online of  Dice Towers that people have made - functional and attractive terrain pieces:

Sync's How-To

  • Can of Pringles
  • Cutting Board
  • Stanley Knife
  • Marker
  • Nail File
  • Super Glue
  • Spray Paints

Step 1
Take your can of Pringles and eat the deliciousness within. This will give you energy and motivation for the next 12 minutes of construction labour.

Step 2
Using your Stanley Knife, cut the top 3 inches and the bottom 1 inch off the Pringles container (see picture below).
For the rest of these instructions, we'll call the the top 3 inches piece the Top Piece, the bottom 1 inch piece the Bottom Piece, and the remaining middle piece the Middle Piece.
You'll also want to wipe down the insides of the pieces with a damp cloth, to get the extra Pringles flavouring out. If your cuts weren't smooth, use your Nail File to smooth out the cuts on the cardboard.

Step 3
Cut a small section out from the bottom of the Top Piece, 1 inch tall and 2.5 inches wide. Don't worry about being too accurate with these measurements - it's a rough guide.
Hold onto the section you just cut out - we'll be using it later.

Hold onto this!

Step 4
Now we're going to make the Dice Chute. Use the spare piece from Step 3 to the measure the width of the Chute against the Middle Piece (as below). Now, out of the Middle Piece, cut the Chute - about 3 inches tall, and 2.5 inches wide.

Step 5
Phew! That's all the cutting done. Now, glue the Top Piece to the Bottom Piece (see the pictures below).
I used Super Glue because the points of contact between the two pieces are minimal.

Step 6
Slide your Chute in like so. I should sit with its edges in corners of the section you cut in Step 3.
Again, I used Super Glue for a bit more strength.

Step 7
Put your Pringles Lid back on and you're ready to paint it up and add any other detail you want!

 Sync out.

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