Games I Like – Anima Tactics – Lightbox 2.0 is functional… first model photographed is Goethia!

One of the things left behind in my recent move to the US was my home-made light box. These things are super-cheap and easy to make, but pretty essential to decent miniature photography.

All you need is the following;

– 1 Sheet of white Foamcore
– A roll of white Duct Tape (eh?)
– Some tracing paper.
– A cutting mat
– A nice sharp hobby knife
– A steel ruler and triangle
– A glue stick
– A gradient background (which sadly I still lack)

I cut mine to fit a standard 8.5×11 inch printed background. Three 10×12″ rectangles of foamcore and two 10×8 inch sides. Cut openings on the top and sides and glue stick down the tracing paper. These will diffuse the lamp-light from three directions and get rid of shadows. I use duct tape to put the box together as its robust and keeps the edges from getting worn. Then simply print your desired gradient background (I simply make a 8.5×11 gradient fill in Photoshop) and glue stick it curved upwards inside the box. Voila! Some lamps with daylight bulbs and you’re off to the races.

To inaugurate it I took a quick shot of my newly painted Goethia Gear for Anima tactics. Just like the Grimorium I decided to give it an ancient-metal look. The base is Vallejo Brass with a dry brush of Oily Metal. I then liberally wash it with Citadel Ogryn Flesh and highlight it again with Oily Steel.

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Sadly the printer in the little office area of my Condo is only black and white, so the grayscale background will have to do until I can print one in colour!

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~ by Achilles on October 4, 2010.

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