You’ve all had these moments, right?
You know, when you get an incredibly “brilliant” idea and strangely enough, actually act upon it. Then, after you’ve spent way too much time and a few bucks on this “I can’t believe nobody has done this before!” idea, you look at the end result and say, “Is that it?”
Or maybe not. Maybe the idea was brilliant. Maybe you’ll see it, look at me and just start clapping.
Whichever it is, I simply had to pass the idea along.
All of this has to do with D&D flight stands, a device that you place a flying creature upon so it is positioned over a map or terrain. To be candid, I’m not a fan of the flight stands I’ve seen (and ordered) online. They’re either too bulky, meaning it’s a pain to move the flight stands in or around miniatures on a map. Or they’re too small, meaning large creatures or minis don’t fit on them.
So I was in a Dollar Store recently and saw a Solar Stake Light, which is designed to stick into the ground and give the front of your home or workplace lighting after dark. But what struck me about this device, which is about a foot high, was if you turned it upside down, with the solar part pointing down, it would make a perfect base for a flight stand. It was just heavy enough where a large mini couldn’t tip it over, plus it measures out on a D&D map to be a perfect 10 foot x 10 foot, ie, the size of a large miniature base.
The only thing it was missing was the top, where the miniature would rest on. So you guessed it, I started looking around the Dollar Store. Two or three aisles into my search that thought started creeping in, “Isn’t this strange that you’re spending this much time on creating a D&D flight stand ….”
But that’s when I saw it – a Paper Mache box that had a circular top!
I went home, got some Super Glue, spread it over an end of the solar spike, and then pressed the solar spike and circular top together and boom!, had myself a new D&D flight stand. Oh and then I later spray-painted the top black so it would look that much cooler.
The end result - a $2.50 D&D black flight stand that now just needs a super cool name, which of course is where my “brilliant” ideas ceased. So for now, we refer to it simply as “The Heroes B&B Black Flight Stand Thing-a-ma-jigger.”
P.S …. I’ve made three of them now and I can’t stop!!
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