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what are the best materials to use in moulding hexagons, would one use plastic, resin or plaster? the hexagons only need to be small about an inch diam.

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Is there a particular reason to make them out of plastic instead of out of cardboard?

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Can you find a paper punch of a hex in the size you want (I know they don't make them in larger sizes, but there might be one in the size you mention). If so, you use it on some sort of mild plastic.

For the size you want (do you want them to be relatively thin?) you probably don't want to go withplaster (too fragile at that size if it were thin).

Have you looked at game parts suppliers? If they don't stock them, several can custom make them (there will be relatively high set up fees, so if you're not publishing a run of games this route probably wouldn't be good for you).

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It depends on what you want to use the hexagons for. Resin, I guessing is probably overboard for simple hexes. Unless you wanted really thick, heavy ones that could really wallop someone in the head.

If you don't want to go with punched cardboard, but still want them thin, you could do laser-cut buterite. For thick hexes, you could do blow molded plastic (makes 'em hollow). For medium ones, you could just do a straight plastic mold.

In either case, the molded ones will cost you quite a bit for the mold, possibly $5,000 or higher.

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For prototyping...

To create hexes I have been using my wife's Creative Memory scrap booking punches. The punches are not strong enough to punch thick cardboard (mat), but I am able to punch lightweight cardboard. I found food-packaging works great.

I found another alternative that I am planning on using on my next hex based prototype. When I was at GenCon I bought wooden hexagons for the self-published designer of Peaceful Resistance. Apparently he bought/manufactured extra wooden hexagons when he had them produced. I picked up 144 hexagons for around $15. The website for his game, which also contains a link for his email, is here: http://www.thornyweb.com/Peacresi.htm

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To create hexes I have been using my wife's Creative Memory scrap booking punches.

Are these punches available in hexagons? Very interesting. Too bad they don't do heaver chip board.

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the hex tiles are the game...

the iles can only realy be 20 mm at the widest point and similar to scrabble tiles in thickness and construction, but prototype ones can be made of something cheaper

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SiskNY wrote:
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To create hexes I have been using my wife's Creative Memory scrap booking punches.

Are these punches available in hexagons? Very interesting. Too bad they don't do heaver chip board.

Yes. Either Hexagons, Squares, Circles, or Hearts. If you look for "creative memories hexagon" on ebay you should find some for sale. There are two different sizes. I have found the larger one more useful for my games.

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Re: the hex tiles are the game...

pyrox wrote:
the tiles can only realy be 20 mm at the widest point and similar to scrabble tiles in thickness and construction, but prototype ones can be made of something cheaper

The wood hexagon tiles I mentioned above are 3/16 in thick (thickness of a scabble tile) and 17/16 in at the widest point. I think that is 27mm. The hexagon is about 1/2 in per edge.

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jhager wrote:
SiskNY wrote:
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To create hexes I have been using my wife's Creative Memory scrap booking punches.

Are these punches available in hexagons? Very interesting. Too bad they don't do heaver chip board.

Yes. Either Hexagons, Squares, Circles, or Hearts. If you look for "creative memories hexagon" on ebay you should find some for sale. There are two different sizes. I have found the larger one more useful for my games.

There are also multiple hex dies and cutters at www.accucut.com. These might even be strong enough to cut chipboard (though I have not tried this yet, but I will soon). And they carry multiple style and sizes.

Once you get to the site just enter "hex" into the search box located at the top if the page.

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Zzzzz wrote:
jhager wrote:
SiskNY wrote:
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To create hexes I have been using my wife's Creative Memory scrap booking punches.

Are these punches available in hexagons? Very interesting. Too bad they don't do heaver chip board.

Yes. Either Hexagons, Squares, Circles, or Hearts. If you look for "creative memories hexagon" on ebay you should find some for sale. There are two different sizes. I have found the larger one more useful for my games.

There are also multiple hex dies and cutters at www.accucut.com. These might even be strong enough to cut chipboard (though I have not tried this yet, but I will soon). And they carry multiple style and sizes.

Once you get to the site just enter "hex" into the search box located at the top if the page.

Definite wiki fodder.. Also of note on the site: Dies for playing cards *and* for Playing card tuck boxes. Very, very nice option for doing a Self Publish on Demand card game.

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