… to this, …
… and then to this.
I am rather pleased with the progress I have made, and I have used what I learned to write three short guides. These are:
- 1. Creating a hexed grid map in Cyberboard
- 2. Creating and using tiles in Cyberboard
- 3. Precise map drawing in Cyberboard
They are all available in PDF format and can be downloaded for personal use.
Having mastered the basic tools that allowed me to produce a hex gridded map based on an existing map, I have been learning how to produce tiles. These can be used to add more specific details to a map (e.g. symbols that indicate swamp/marsh and palm trees).
The map before the swamp/mash and palm tree tiles had been added …
… and after the swamp/marsh and palm tree tiles had been added.
I intend to write a guide that explains how I produced my tiles, and once I have had it checked over I will be making it available as a downloadable PDF.
One of the problems was that there were very few step-by-step guides about how to do even the most basic tasks, and over time I developed a number of these myself. These were very image heavy, working on the principle that if the student followed the instruction properly, what appeared on their screen looked just like the example in the guide.
Cyberboard does not come with any tutorial material, and I soon realised that some sort of beginner’s guide was needed … so I wrote one that is entitled CREATING A SIMPLE HEXED GRID MAP USING CYBERBOARD. It has been checked over by Conrad Kinch, David Crook, and Ross Macfarlane, and thanks to their feedback I have made several improvements.
I have therefore decided to make this guide available to anyone who wants to get to grips with the Cyberboard design program. Be warned, however: the guide does not explain how to do everything as it is intended to a beginner’s guide. As and when I manage to expand my knowledge of how to use the program, I will try to produce other guides for potential users.
All I have to do now is to paint them … and then I hope that they will see some action!
All I have to do now is to set up the battle I have planned, and then they can see action for the first time.
I glued the each of wheels onto a separate octagonal base of Plasticard, and glued a gun atop each of the wheels.
All I have to do now is to paint the guns, and as soon as they are ready they will be appearing on my tabletop as the armament of a Fezian coastal defence fort.
The next stage will be to add a pivot and base to each gun, after which they can be painted.
The main components are shown below:
All I have to do now is to find my glue … and then I can begin the assembly process.
Looking at the collection of photographs I have taken over the past few years, I decided that what I wanted had to combine various elements of the guns I had seen at Montjuich on the hill overlooking Barcelona …
… and the Quebec Citadel in Canada.
My models will therefore have the following characteristics:
- A barrel that is made up from several hoops of increasing size, with the thickest part being nearest the breech-end of the barrel.
- The mountings will have traversing slides, along which the barrels would recoil.
- The mountings will also support the barrels between two cheeks or side plates, upon which the elevating mechanisms will be mounted.
- The mountings and barrels will be painted dark grey or black.