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Author Topic: A Steampunk / Gaslight Fantasy Life Counter for Magic:the Gathering  (Read 9307 times)
DirkHardpec13
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« on: January 25, 2018, 03:10:24 am »

Hey, I know nixies are not strictly Steampunk.  But they belong in Gaslight Fantasy so I thought I would show what my friend and I built, here.

We made three of these.  We use them to play the Commander variant of Magic: the Gathering, a popular CCG.



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My apologies for the non-Victorian knobs - we had about two weeks to make these and I just worked with whatever came out of my parts drawers.

Let me know if you want more info on creating these!  We have a custom circuit in there and everything!

Dirk

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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2018, 03:37:18 am »

Very nice work! I think many of us would love to see more.
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2018, 03:51:43 am »

Sure.  It'll be a day or two, but I can get some pics up here.  Meanwhile, here's a video from YouTube.



The displays are a bit bright because when this video was made, we did not have:

1) the appropriate current-limiting resistors installed.

2) the display strobing circuit completed (it 'chops' the display at 70 cycles a second, so that it is only on 30% of the time).

Nevertheless, they still look nice.  With the displays this bright, the batteries only last 1 hour!  With the other electronics installed, the batteries last 6+ hours before falling too low to power the device.  This runs on a 4x AA battery pack.

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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2018, 03:56:21 am »

(Psst! If you use http: instead of https: the video embeds like I've just made it do above!)
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2018, 09:18:38 am »

Nixies are always cool. I approve of nixies.
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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2018, 09:49:48 am »

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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2018, 11:37:42 am »

Glued on gears!! >< *flees*
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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2018, 08:10:31 pm »

Glued on gears!! >< *flees*

Argh! Glued on flees!

*scratch*

 Grin

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« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2018, 11:32:33 pm »

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« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2018, 03:51:03 am »

Glued on gears!! >< *flees*

Actually, they're screwed in place, with epoxy to make sure they stay there. 

They're gribble!  Like the ads, they're supposed to evoke a look and feel.

What were they supposed to be? 

Dirk

There's a bit of an inside joke there, Dirk.

We went through a period a few years ago (some say it's still going on) where so-called "artists" were trying to cash in by gluing random gears and crap to random stuff and calling it Steampunk. This has devolved into a minor Holy War between those who appreciate gears as decorative elements and those who feel that any non-functional gear is a bad gear.

Both views have some merit, but the "truth" as usual, lies somewhere in the middle. Personally, I like your use of gears as decorative elements.
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« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2018, 09:43:26 am »

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« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2018, 11:37:34 am »

Glued on gears!! >< *flees*
Not a cool comment IMHO.

Why focus on the minor?

Not every one has access to lathes and CNC machines and create as they can, using what they have got, often with limited recourses and tools.

I see a very clever design involving electronics totally out of my league, use of wood and leather to do a job.

Very good execution, and I for one would like to encourage you to post more of future projects.
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« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2018, 08:13:14 pm »

I do like this - I agree with Gribble where it is invoked- it gives look and feel. It's nice to have things move; what else would you trap inquisitive fingers in?  Grin

"Now all I have to do is find the Piston and cylinder."


What look did you have in mind? Perhaps part of a pen, if that is the right size - if it doesn't have to do anything pistony inside?

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« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2018, 10:28:32 pm »

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« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2018, 12:04:35 am »

Thanks!

Dirk
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« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2018, 12:25:11 am »

Ok, I'm new here.  How do I edit my posts?

How do I embed a video?

Thanks!

Dirk

I believe you'll be able to edit your posts when you go from the rank of Swab to the rank of Deck Hand (moderators, correct me if I'm wrong). Embedding a YouTube video or a Vimeo is as easy as getting the (full length, not the "tiny") URL and deleting the "s" in "https://." The video should automatically embed.
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« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2018, 01:01:57 am »

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« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2018, 01:13:09 am »

I'm not sure exactly what the requirement is for "graduation." The last time I did that in was 2009  Grin
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« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2018, 07:36:35 am »

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« Reply #19 on: January 27, 2018, 12:40:49 pm »

Not sure if this helps or not, a member Bad Dog makes some lovely stuff using Nixies.

http://brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=46899;sa=showPosts

May give you some ideas, or not........ Undecided
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« Reply #20 on: January 27, 2018, 02:36:22 pm »

With regards piston and wheel: have metal workshop, will turn brass.

It shouldn't be hard to knock out some wheels and pistons...
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« Reply #21 on: January 27, 2018, 09:25:01 pm »

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« Reply #22 on: January 27, 2018, 09:31:58 pm »

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« Reply #23 on: January 27, 2018, 09:41:20 pm »

That will be tiny, but very possible. The wheel will probably not have round spokes (unless they were cast, and that drives up cost), but the whole arrangement can be done in brass, with silver steel for the con rod (at that scale a brass con rod would bend).

I could insert a piece of opaque acrylic in the light port in the cylinder, or else a gemstone lens. I could also possibly add tiny hex bolts for detailing, depending on how small it all turns out, unless you want a timepiece/music box/automaton feel about it, rather than a steam engine look, in which case I could have a look at sapphire bearings or such (my wife is a part-time silversmith and I live 15 minutes from one of the largest jewellers quarters in the UK. I can get my hands on things...).

Do you use SketchUp? Also could you give me a sense of where it would sit in the whole piece?
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« Reply #24 on: January 27, 2018, 10:21:37 pm »

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