Sunday, May 2, 2010
Building Stuff With Hirst Arts
Greg (of Discourse and Dragons fame) emailed me earlier this week, asking me about Hirst Arts molds. Hirst Arts makes a line of plaster casting molds that make small blocks and decorative details. You can us those blocks and details to build custom dungeon and scenery pieces.
I currently use 10 Hirst Arts molds, plus some custom molds that me and The Wanderer designed. Making molds is an interesting and enjoyable process, but it costs more in time and materials to make your own than it does to buy a Hirst Arts mold. Of course, we're paying retail prices for the mold-making materials, and i'm sure Bruce Hirst, the owner of Hirst Arts, is far more efficient at pouring new molds.
Here's a ruined tower that I built out of Hirst Arts blocks. It was one of my first projects. If I remember correctly, You only need one mold (mold #65) to build this ruined tower, as all of the blocks and details are on the one mold. You have to cast the mold 16-18 times in order to produce enough blocks and details to build this: at 1/2 hour to an hour per cast, you'll want to have an egg-timer and a good book handy while you're casting the blocks.
I'm currently working on my dungeon tiles project, and will be going after another 10 Hirst Arts molds, before the end of June. My goal is to create enough dungeon tiles that I can run a 4-hour D&D session without having to recycle the dungeon pieces I have already laid down.