Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Heroclix Map - Temple

After working with my friend John on his Heroclix City (seen here), I decided to start looking into other heroclix landscapes.  The image above is from the website http://havefuncollectibles.com/events_and_tournament_schedule and I thought it was pretty cool, so I decided to make my own mountain(s).

My first step was to make a few basic land shapes, as seen below.

Below is a picture of 3 shapes stacked on top of each other.
I'm not going to make mine look identical to theirs.
I'm going to make a bunch of 'building blocks' first, and then see how I want to lay them out.

So far I have only made 5 simple structures, but as you can see below, they can be rearranged into some pretty interesting layouts.

Let's add a few more....


Here are a few more shots of possible layouts.

Hopefully one day my friend John will set them up and I'll be sure to take some pictures.

Saturday, March 17, 2012


For as long as I can remember I have always wanted a lightsaber.
When I was a kid I would have been happy using a whiffle-ball bat as my lightsaber.
In my teenage years I finally found them for sale in a KB Toy store, and my friend Mike and I bought some to duel with.  
Within hours we broke our new toys. 

My original Luke saber above.
Mike's original Darth Vader saber above.

My brother Chris suggested making my own lightsaber out of PVC pipe and various plumbing joint parts....and that's just what I did!
Below are several images of lightsabers I had made over the years.

And then one day I found an amazing thing.  A company called MASTER REPLICAS made some seriously awesome replica lightsabers.
I had to have them!

I'll find better photos of these later.
But for anyone who cares, I have the Obi Wan, Anakin, Luke (Green), Mace Windu, Darth Vader and both Darth Maul lightsabers.  I even made a special wall mount that held them all!

Below are some photoshopped photos with my lightsabers.

The above photo had an ex-girlfriend of mine.  I wish the lightsabers I had were real - so I could chop off her head!

I even sold one of my home made lightsabers on ebay once.  For Real.

Below is my first ever PVC Lightsaber.
Over the last 15 years or so, it has gotten a bit beat up, but still looks very cool.
I keep it around the house - mostly to rescue tennis balls and other dog toys from under the couch.

All in all, it's always been fun making lightsabers.  For the most part it's pretty inexpensive, and since PVC is pretty tough you can really give them a pounding.  If they break, it most likely will cost you less than $10 to rebuild it.  Go to the plumbing section of your favorite hardware store, get some PVC pipes, couplings, end caps, sink drains and some spray paint and build yourself a lightsaber!

A special thanks to my buddy Mike for allowing me to post these old videos of him.