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    I have bought some rectangular card stands to fit on one end of the Black Cloud Launcher arcs because I thought it would look better with a 3D effect and it might reduce some arguments as to whether the launching arc was actually at 90 degrees to the edge of the Tripod's base. I was careful to push the arc up to the end of the stand so that there is no increase in range.

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    What a good idea. Where did you get them from?

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    Nice idea.
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    I bought the stands from a company called Board Game Extras here in the U.K. but similar stands are readily available from other game sellers. They are usually listed under something like Accessories. They come in eight different colours.

    The Board Game Extras store is at https://www.bgextras.co.uk/ but that is probably not much use to you since you live in Australia.

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    What a nifty idea. I was toying with the idea of designing and 3D printing something like this when I was designing my black smoke clouds.

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    What a genious solution!!! David, heat-rep fired at you!
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    I, too, love this idea, David - well done, indeed! I will be looking for these from a local supplier myself. Thanks for discovering these for us.

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Great idea Dave.

    Quote Originally Posted by matt56 View Post
    I, too, love this idea, David - well done, indeed! I will be looking for these from a local supplier myself. Thanks for discovering these for us.

    All the best,
    Matt
    Matt, let me know if you find any.
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    Neat idea David.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    I will have to look for those as well.
    Nice idea - thanks for posting.


    I got oval ones here:
    http://spielpro.com/

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    If you look on the SpielPro site, they have rectangular stands like the ones I bought. I chose rectangular ones to ensure that the launcher arc was perpendicular to the edge of the Tripod's base. They also have more colours to choose from. http://spielpro.com/card-stands/

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    Neat David, very neat idea, could have done with this today tbh

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    Just ordered a bunch of them for myself and the other guys in our group here, Karl - I will have several with your name on them...

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt56 View Post
    Just ordered a bunch of them for myself and the other guys in our group here, Karl - I will have several with your name on them...

    All the best,
    Matt
    Thanks Matt. Now with an excuse to get together
    Karl
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    I just made a thing!

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    I went down to my basement, found an old Warhamster troop base, added felt and flocking, and ... voila! A thing!

    And doesn't the thing look keen next to this adorable tripod?

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    And best of all, the thing didn't cost me a thing (well, except for about a quarter hour of my time).

    And you can do the same! I "thing" that's awesome!

    (Seriously, thanks for the fantastic idea! It's going to be a permanent part of our games from now on! )

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    Great homemade alternative, Eris! Way to work with what you had onhand

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Well done, Eric!

    It does increase the range slightly, however.
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    I think I need to order some. On this site, http://spielpro.com/card-stands/, which one do you think is the best. I probably only need a few.
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    Great ideas from all of you. Thanks.

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    I ordered the 19mm by 17mm ones in black, Ken. I like the idea of putting the edge of the marker at the edge of the stand so it abutts against the tripod base, just like in David's original posting above. I ordered 40 of them and plan to share them out with my gaming group (and Karl/Jager). I may decide to trim them down/cut them in half to make them fit the size of the arc - I will have to experiment and see if that works...

    All the best,
    Matt

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    I couldn't find anything like this locally, so I designed and 3D printed my own:

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    9 minutes to print 1, 1 hour to print 5.
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    You and that printer of yours, Wayne! It looks great, too Is that a pretty normal print time? How long did it take you to print your Thunder Child?

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Hi Matt. They are very short times as the prints are very small. The bases are 17mm square and 3mm thick.

    Thunderchild was much bigger and so the print time was much longer, I can’t actually remember the exact time for but it was hours rather than minutes!
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    If anyone wants the stl files just let me know though they are so simple you can easily do it yourself - I designed them in Tinkercad.
    Last edited by Biggles downunder; 09-10-2019 at 18:56.

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    Here's a photo of them in action - we used them last night in our regular Tuesday night stoush!

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    That also shows one of my printed black smoke markers - maybe when the Martians invaded they brought their own 3D printer with them

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    Hello Wayne,

    Yes, I'd love to get the stl files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken at Sunrise View Post
    Hello Wayne,

    Yes, I'd love to get the stl files.
    Hi Ken, if you PM me with your email address, I'll send the stl files for the stand and the black cloud as attachments.

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    Hi all, you can download my stl files for smoke clouds and ruler stands from Thingiverse here:

    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3859224

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    Here is a picture from our gaming today that shows the Black Smoke range arc stands being used to good effect. Everbody thought they added tremendously to the look of the game (as well as the 'accuracy' of placing the cloud). I had purchased 40 of the little devils, so everyone in the group with Martians received a personal four-pack of stands.

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    We look forward to more action involving those pesky tripods - we are even talking about playing a game with only Triplanes taking on the Tripods...go figure!

    All the best,
    Matt

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    They look the part Matt

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggles downunder View Post
    Hi Ken, if you PM me with your email address, I'll send the stl files for the stand and the black cloud as attachments.
    Hi Ken

    Files sent as an attachment to your email address.

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    Not being able to copy Matt's printed smoke launcher stands because I can't print, I looked for an alternative and found these.


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    Cut into three they work for my smoke projectors adequately, if not quite as elegantly as Matt's originals.

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    Those look good, Rob. Where did you find them, please?

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    Mine were purchased, too, Rob - sorry if I wasn't clear about that! Yours look just fine, and they work wonderfully

    I am so glad we were put onto these little beasties - they really do make using the Black Smoke so much easier...

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Hi Dave.
    Got the one I cut up into three from Amazon.
    On reflection I could have got four out of it.

    Tent Shaped Menu Holder Leaflet Stands Board Restaurant Commercial 25X70X55mm
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    £3.38




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    Small binder clips from any office supply store should work, as well.
    So how many books are in your personal library?

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    I should have included the website address for the stands I purchased in my origianl note about ordering them - silly me!

    I purchased 40 of them from spielpro.com/card-stands/

    Multiple colors to choose from...

    All the best,
    Matt

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    This is a great idea David! If you don't mind, I might steal the idea and make something like it for the BS templates I now make for the game.

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    Yes, by all means make something to go with your black smoke templates, Keith.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naharaht View Post
    Yes, by all means make something to go with your black smoke templates, Keith.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Oberst Hajj View Post
    Keith, I’m happy to send you my .stl files for the stands if that would be any help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggles downunder View Post
    Keith, I’m happy to send you my .stl files for the stands if that would be any help.
    Thanks Wayne, but I'll be trying to do mine out of acrylic cut on my laser.

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    Just caught this post chief.
    I had a mind to cut some of those on the band saw, out of the black acrylic left over from when I did the smoke and flames for the balloon. Thanks to you I now will not need to bother.
    My order will be with you shortly.
    Rob.
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