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Carrion Crow27 Aug 2017 3:30 p.m. PST

If you're gaming in the Victorian era, you need cobbles and gaslight. The previous post on my blog dealt with how to make inexpensive cobblestone gaming tiles, so this week I look at doing the same for gas lamps.


Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2017 4:07 p.m. PST

Very interesting read, and they turned out looking like the real deal. Thanks for sharing.

45thdiv27 Aug 2017 7:21 p.m. PST

Very nice.

Parzival28 Aug 2017 7:35 a.m. PST

Neat idea. But for the crossbar, I'd suggest clipping two pins short, then pushing each pin into opposite sides of the post, so you get the head of each pin as the knobs on either ends of the crossbar (and less risk of jabbing oneself while handling the posts).
But that's a minor quibble-- you have a genius bit of scratch work already!

leidang28 Aug 2017 1:05 p.m. PST

They look great but I have to admit I was disappointed. From the title I thought you were actually going to have them lit up (Led or something)….

Carrion Crow29 Aug 2017 5:27 a.m. PST

Thanks all. Although not what I had originally envisioned, they did come out rather well and were simple and inexpensive to make.

I did consider doing the two pin idea that Parzival suggested, but felt that what I'd gain in aesthetics I might lose in robustness of the cross piece.

And whilst the idea of having actual illuminated lamp posts is a nice one, as I wanted them to be easily repositional, wiring up the lamps would have made each lamp more bulky, with a thicker base in order to conceal the battery, etc. However, I may try something along those lines for some of the buildings, even if it's just sticking a flickering tea light inside.

The Angry Piper Supporting Member of TMP29 Aug 2017 6:31 a.m. PST

Great work. Those look much better than the street lights I use, which are "Cobblestone Collectibles" street lights (now almost impossible to find, but cheap as heck). Shows what a little effort and time can do!

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