Designing Your Items with Ned

Ned is currently offering to make a limited number of decorative shields in time for Empire E2, but will also consider crafting other small items if it's within his abilities (see further down this page). 

He can work with you, via email/messenger on perfecting any designs before you decide if you want to go ahead with it. 

If you would like Ned to consider creating something for you, please contact him here to discuss it and work out a no-obligation quote. 


 Black/red shields contain specific heraldry for house Orzel members. Black/silver shield = fictitious.

Black/red shields contain specific heraldry for house Orzel members. Black/silver shield = fictitious.

Important Notes on Designing Your Shield

Ned can put pretty much any design on a shield including personalized heraldry symbols.

 He just needs a sketch, photo or picture to start with, and can then consult with you further via email or Facebook messenger until the design is right.  

He creates the detailing / symbols and detailing using 3D prints, stone-cast moldings, or both.

If you have no specific heraldry, this google search link (opens in new window) might help you with some inspiration. 

 

The Clarke Heraldry

Fictitious design  


Important notes regarding 3D Prints

Immediately below are pictures of items and symbols on shields created using a 3D printer.  Any custom shape and size can be achieved on the 3D printer, but note that the items can only be flat-faced shapes of one single piece. The printer patterns are normally created from a silhouette-type picture. 

 
 
 

3D printers do struggle with fine detail so it's important to keep the shape reasonably simple. For example, the unicorn silhouette above with the detailed mane and tail would be pushing the printer to its limits, anything more complex and it would struggle to cope, resulting in a rough-finished print.


Stone-Cast Plaster Mouldings

The other type of detailing can come from stone-cast plaster moldings, of which there are many shapes available (shown further down).  These provide a much better 3-dimensional shape and can look extremely effective on the decorative shields.

 


Notes for ordering other (non shield) items

Ned can also create smaller items to order, whether you want a basic 3D printed item to paint yourself, or you want a fully finished item ready to use, contact Ned for a quote!

Remember, the currency is in Rings, or in-game resources :)

A few basic design ideas (works in progress) for 3D printing.

Celtic style 3D printed box

Same box with custom lid


Sketches

The key to Ned being able to create anything is sketches. He needs to get a clear idea of what you want before he can know if it's something he can design and make, so emailing him reasonably clear sketches is the key.  From your sketches, he can create templates for the items and scale them accordingly. He can keep you appraised via email or Facebook messenger. 

 

Pricing

Price will be through prior negotiation, either on the IC field at Anvil, or here via the web (email or Facebook messenger). A small deposit will likely be requested for some orders. 

Payment will usually be in Rings (Empire in-game currency) or in-game resources such as ingots of ore or other items. This arrangement is not intended as a real-world money-making business, so barbarian money is not generally accepted, however no reasonable offer will go unconsidered. 

 

Delivery of ordered Items

The spirit of this arrangement is that any items made, will be exchanged in-person at future Empire LRP events. Shields can not be posted, they will not likely survive without substantial packaging which will be prohibitively expensive.

 

Notes for ordering non-shield items

Ned can also create smaller items to order, whether you want a basic 3D printed item to paint yourself, or you want a fully finished item ready to use, contact Ned for a quote!

 

 

More shield ideas for inspiration

(click images to zoom in)

Ned will add more pictures here as he makes more shields.

 

Contact Ned here