May 28 2016

Reporting That I have collected All of the Ultima Virtues in Real Life!

Sort of anyway. I mean if the artwork is Denis Loubet’s, turned from virtual into 3D printed item, and you buy one of each, that sort of qualifies! Which is the collection I have been reviewing for you for something like a year now, and the last two items from Alternate Universe, Denis Loubet’s store on Shapeways, came in today!

Before I show you cool photos of the entire collection, though, let’s take a quick look at the two last pieces I was waiting on.

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I purchased honesty in blue plastic as I had not tried any of the standard plastics on the virtues. I expected this to be a smooth plastic but instead it is sort of grainy with some texture to it. I like that a lot more as it gives the piece something to feel and touch. As I did expect it is very light, so depending on whether you like having weight or do not like having weight will make this a right or wrong choice for you.

Last but not least is the Swept Ankh. This is the smaller of the two versions in the store, and I ordered it in Matte Black Steel. For my personal preferences, I like the weight of this piece a lot more than the larger one, but it all depends on your personal tastes.

Without further Ado, enjoy these awesome photos to properly enjoy the eye candy!

May 13 2016

Have Some Compassion and Heart For Denis Loubet on Shapeways

It is time for another review of one of Denis Loubet’s Pieces From Shapeways! This time, I am taking a look at the Heart version of Compassion done in Raw Brass.

Like all the virtue medallions in the store, the jewelry itself is typically cool. Same design around the edges and a nice 3D Heart in the center. Rune’s spelling out compassion on the reverse side.

What surprised me though is how SHINY the raw brass. It is even shinier than the gold finishes I have reviewed previously. Perhaps the only piece that is as shiny I have done so far is Rose Gold Plated. So if bright and bling is your thing you might want to try the Raw Brass.


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May 7 2016

I’m In Love With Denis Loubet On Shapeways

Or rather it is time to review my favorite creator on Shapeways, Denis Loubet on Shapeways, and his Love in Polished Gold Steel.

I am jubilant with the finish on this piece. It is very evenly colored with no blemishes that are evident. It has a nice finish on it, but it is not made to be over the top glossy which I do not like as it looks like you are trying to hard.

A finish I can give a 100% positive recommendation on for Denis Loubet’s Medallions!

The Black Ball Chain in my photos is from a pack of 30 I picked up off of Amazon. The exact ones I ordered out of stock but the image is a link to a comparable package at a good price if you need some!

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April 18 2016

Denis Loubet and Gem Treasures on Shapeways – Codex, Courage, and Serpents oh my, oh my, ohhhh myyyy

I did an earlier Shapeways on a piece I had ordered in Polished Gray Steel, The Humility Medallion. This one I am about to talk about also came from The Alternate Universe store by Denis Loubet. This time, we are taking a look at his Courage medallion first.

If you did not read the review in question, do so while I wait. Ok great so, now that you read that, you know I felt the color did not seem like what I expected, and there was a sort of gradient taking place on the back giving me the impression it was coated wrong in some way.

I would say I was correct! This piece came in without any of the gradients, and the color is more what I would expect. So something to keep in mind if you get something you think MAY be off and if it bothers you (I did not mind in this case), contact them. No matter how good you are, mistakes happen, and I have heard they are good about fixing them.


What you see now is the newest edition to the Alternate Universe store. The “Codex Medallion Revisited”, ordered from Shapeways using Matte Black Steel.

I am sure you have already noticed some white posts. What that is is where the black coating did not get into the crevices fully. I have what I need to take care of this myself and once I do your won’t be able to tell the difference.

I have noticed in general that the Bronze, Grey’s, and Blacks seem to have a higher chance of coming with an issue like this. Either inconsistency in the color or a spot(s) that did not get completely coated. Something to be aware of. On the other hand, I have seen no issues with any of the brighter colors such as Copper, silver, gold, etc.

I ordered this in Black because I knew most people would get this piece in silver or gold. I fully admit it is more meant for such a color, but I am trying to do a wide variety in my collection and be a bit different on some. I also don’t like wearing flashy pieces often.

As far as the design work itself goes it is fantastic!!!! I expected a more round and even medallion, and this has a lot more going on than that. It has a concaveness to it that keeps the weight down even though it’s larger. I’ve tried to show this in some of the photos with the pennies.

Overall I love it! If I was ordering again, I think I would do it in Bronze. I plan on fixing the white spots in a day or two though and wearing it shortly after! Another winning piece.

Frank Baxley Tweeted these over on Twitter if you want to take a closer look at a couple of other options.


Finally (no really, finally. I need to eat dinner and get ready for bed!), hot off the presses Gem Treasure Designs has added 3D printable version of his officially licensed, Lord British, “Silver Serpent Pendant” to Shapeways.

Used under license from Portalarium. This is the first officially licensed Shroud of the Avatar piece of jewelry!

From Shroud of the Avatar, “Few remember the great earth snake, from whence Lord British took on this symbol. Now all those who would fight by his side, wear it, so they might know each other and recognize their mutual devotion to the lands of New Britannia!”.

I do NOT have one from the store on Shapeways I can review for you. I do have one of his previously made Silver versions that you can still buy (there’s a link on the Shapeways store). I am jubilant with it, and you can do a search to find reviews I have done in the past if you want to know more.

This gives you a chance to get your own, at a lower cost, and with other options.

March 27 2016

Denis Loubet Adds 3D Porcelain Printed Ankh on Shapeways ~+~ Stan Lee Autograph Giveaway

Denis Loubet recently announced the addition of a new item to His Shapeways store. Check it out!

This 3D Printed Ankh, in thickly glazed porcelain, is available on my Shapeways storefront…

Posted by The Art of Denis Loubet on Saturday, March 19, 2016


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March 14 2016

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Humility and some musing on what it means to me. If you don’t care skip to the next horizontal break for the next topic.

Humility is a virtue that hit’s very home for me. Over the last three years, I have had a blog rate which averages at close to 3 per day and continues still at that average. I am not embarrassed or ashamed by this; I am proud of it. I enjoy it; my work helps people, and it is allowing me to explore ways to achieve true happiness in my life.

It has also caused a lot of recognition for me in particular communities and with certain people. More than I have ever achieved as an individual.

I think that you could have two things happen to you as an individual when that happens. Perhaps more, I am unsure. One that is obvious to me is, of course, it could boost one’s ego. I will sometimes feel a definite ego boost when I am retelling a story to someone about this thing that happened.

That is not wrong. One should have pride in their work, and you deserve to have a little bit of an ego. These emotions help give you drive, creativeness, and allow you to understand them in others. Balance is important, though, the Yin Yang that applies to so many things. Ego and pride both have their place. At the proper times and in the proper amount.

For me something indeed happened I never expected, though. It made me feel very undeserving. It often still does, as if I am doing something wrong. It often makes me feel like, hey.. I just do this thing because I had fun with it and wanted to lend a hand to people. Yeah, I wanted some credit and recognition but this thing *insert a thing* is way more than I could have ever even hoped for and thus it is more than I deserve!

For me.. The result of all that added together is I feel very very humbled. It has made me want to be a better person and as a result, of that, I have become a better person and continue to strive to be even better. For emotionally, even if not always logically, I do feel that I need to earn those things given to me by my readers, those I work with, and those that promote me.

I have changed and grown more as an individual in the last three years than in the decade or more before. Not all of them have been good; some have been due to growing older, and I have no control of them. However the changes I can change by choice have been for the better in my life are very much due to this virtue.

So Humility as a symbol from Denis Loubet on Shapeways is a piece that I will deeply relate to when I wear it. Also, I hope that when I have this one on, and my ego is more than it should feel it’s weight, and it will remind me that I need to be a bit more humble as well.


Onto the actual product review!

I’m just going to skip onto the metal/finish on this as we already know how the medallions come out on these. Denis did a fantastic job; they are ten on a 1-10, or I wouldn’t be doing these out of my very very tight and limited yearly budget.

Polished Gray Steel, though? Honestly? I don’t know that is what this is. I suspect there may be an error in this piece from Shapeways. Perfectly ok as these things happen, and it doesn’t bother me. Considering the number of parts I have ordered they do a good work and errors IF this is even one is obviously the exception.

I make mistakes and so I will always expect them and TRY to be understanding of them from others, so long as it’s within what is reasonable for a human who is trying.

I may be wrong, though. My first impression was this was bronze or copper by mistake. I compared it to some of my other pieces, and while close it does have a slight variation. In inspecting it under the light, the finish also does not look as evenly applied as most. Finally, it looks nothing like the images that the website generates for this finish. Those are generated and have a disclaimer but regardless this is night and day!

Ok so, if I were a normal customer I would drop them a note, and I am sure they would correct it. So don’t take this as a negative review!

Instead, I am going to order my next piece in the same finish type again. If it comes out more like how I expect I can confirm it was just an error and do a review of the actual piece.

If not, then well know the Gray just isn’t all that Gray. End of the day if it was a mistake, this piece is unique as its a blend of a couple or some such. Jet cleaning issue? Did a clog come loose? I find it intriguing and fascinating and will be happy to own one that’s a slight bit different. If it was my only one and I had been dead set on gray? Or if this was a precious metal? Different story!


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You can follow users on Shapeways. That said, I would appreciate it if you followed me! The benefit to you is getting sneak peeks at my upcoming pieces as well. Although that is not a guarantee every time as I do have other people that place orders, Kickstart, and other such things on my behalf so that I can sometimes surprise people regardless.

As a blogger though my credibility for projects is often based on my analytical’s. I don’t what all I will be doing with Shapeways in the future but if it’s not hurting you to do so, increasing my followers may be of help to me. Thank you!

https://www.shapeways.com/designer/Stile/follow/follow

If you are interested in Denis Loubet’s work jump to his page here and choose following on the upper left.

February 28 2016

Let’s Get Into the Spirit with Shapeways and Denis Loubet

You got it, it is time to do another review on one of the Denis Loubet pieces from his Shapeways store. This time we are taking a look at Spirituality in Polished Bronze Steel.

Displayed on a bedding of Spider Silk is a piece I really like. I did not show scale on the images this time as it is the same size as the last several medallions.

The ankh has different depths at how far it comes out from the base metal. Its very clean cut, easy to see, really love the detail!

I like this as its a darker and duller metal without being black. Yet at the same time it has just enough sparkle that you will know its metal.

The back for some reason is by far more reflective and sparkly then the front. I am guessing that may have something to do with a broader and more flat surface. I like that aspect though as the front is what I and others would see when I am wearing it. At the same time if I was take show it to someone more personally than that, it adds another level of depth to the piece.

Top rating on this on all aspects, the metal is great, and the detail on this medallion is amazing. I am wearing this one for the next few days!

February 12 2016

Toschlog Special Swept Ankh – Polished Metallic Plastic

The die you will spot in these images is to show scale. Its a standard size D6 and in this particular case an XDM die.

This is the Toschlog Special Swept Ankh from the Denis Loubet Shapeways store. I would hate to say that, felt hard to type in one sentence!

I had decided to go with one of the plastic’s on this one due to it’s larger size. I wanted to keep both the cost down as well as the weight. I could not be happier with that choice!

The weight is perfect with it being lighter than I expected but also jusssttt heavy enough that I can feel the weight. Plastic? I never would have guessed! It feels like a hollow metal. In fact when I tap on it with something else metal it almost sounds like metal, maybe a bit different but not a lot.

The polish is not over done but instead is a very light luster. More of a Matte vs. a gloss. Just enough that it’s not really shiny all the time but if you move it around you get some glints from the light. I doubt anyone seeing this would think it is anything other than metal.

Really happy with this piece!

The black ball and chain in the image is one from a 20 pack I purchased off of Amazon.

February 4 2016

Strike force – with artwork by Denis Loubet

Strike Force is currently being Kickstarted! Well, it is in Kickstarter anyway. Kickstarting it financially does not seem to be a problem as it’s already been fully funded in under 3 days!

A superhero setting like no other. A role-playing game campaign book that includes techniques and lessons from over 22 years of play. A tribute to one of the greatest creators in the RPG industry, created using Champions 6th Edition.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2000633882/aaron-allstons-strike-force

Denis Loubet was one of the original players and made a whole lotta cool art for this stuff!

Now for you Shroud of The Avatar fans I want to point this out.

Chupacabracon Special: You are invited to participate in a special Chupacabracon Strike Force Adventure run by Ross Watson and featuring Denis Loubet, one of the original Strike Force players! This pledge level does NOT include transportation, admission, or accommodations for the convention. (Austin, Texas, May 13-15) (Limited to 6)

So you could get in on this and not only have this great experience, but check into maybe visiting the folks at Portalarium if you’re up to asking them. If it was me Id also see about catching a play at Richard Garriott’s Curtain theater while I was there. Maybe stopping off at his famous geocache, Necropolis.

Let’s summarize:
An awesome game
Kickstarting Fun
Stretch Goals to come
Already funded
A good value
Artwork from one of your (hopefully!) favorite artists
Depending on pledge level, opportunity for much more!

Something that really caught my eye being a fairly experienced Mutants and Masterminds Game Master was this:

In addition, you receive a PDF of character sheets for the heroes and villains of Strike Force for ICONS, Mutants and Masterminds, and Savage Worlds!

Man, that’s a lot of character conversions. I hope they have or write code to do that for them! If you pledge, tell them The Caverns sent you!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2000633882/aaron-allstons-strike-force

Don’t forget your core book(s)!

January 30 2016

Honor and Sacrifice – Denis Loubet on Shapeways

Ok, so I have two more of the Denis Loubet virtue medallions to show you. These were both purchased by Stile Teckel from Denis’s store on Shapeways. I am not affiliated with either and these are done by The Caverns as part of a review series.

If you haven’t been following I am doing this series ordering each piece in different materials and it is planned as a year long spread project. This gives you a chance to see all of these pieces as well as see a vast array of material options. If you find these type of reviews please consider donating or being a Patreon to The Caverns!

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On the left we have Honor in Rhodium plated. On the right we have Sacrifice in Polished Nickel Steel.

The polished nickel is a LOT less flashy then I hand anticipated. As I have gotten more of these I really am finding as an individual I prefer the darker matte materials. Just personal preference. I enjoy having a flashy piece to wear once in awhile but not that majority of the the.

Not being familiar with Rhodium (which is odd, I am familiar with a lot of metals), it turned out the opposite for me. A lot flashier than I had anticipated and is in fact so reflective that you may see my ceiling on it in some of these photos.

I really like the 3D work on Sacrifice. That water drop comes out quite a distance from the rest of the pice and ripples all the way to the very point of it. Well done!

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I Just placed the order for piece #8 that I will be showing to you. This one will be quite a bit different from others I have gotten and I can’t wait to share what and why.

Overall I continue to be happy with everything I have gotten. Again as a reminder I will do some side by side comparison photos after I have eventually obtained all of the items planned.


So I was just on Amazon looking at routers. Long story and no I am not actually shopping, fairly happy with what I have now. I have really gotten to become a fan of Asus for networking. They stepped up in the last few years and have really become one of the top companies for the product line.

Anyway, bumped into this thing. It is not the first time I have seen it but I am sure it will not be the last time I will stop and drool. Quite out of my price range but I have magical fantasies of what this thing would do for my home network as It could use some improvements.

Just thought I would share it to you fellow gamers as one of those “I wish” and “whoa..” pieces!