i bought foam cardstock like stuff. it still makes for great effects. but im wondering... is your foam board rock solide after the white glue and all ? cause mines keeps their foamy textures even after 3 coats of white glue ? still once i sealed them with modpodge they have that plastic feel to it added so its a great way of doing stuff still. each of these costed me like 1$ for 10. or something like that. somehow i can't find foam board anywhere around.
druid:"Do you need healing ?"
knight:"i still have half of my health, so im fine."
DM:"the boss, crits, max damage which does 20 damage !"
The short answer is: I do not have a good answer for you...yet.
Early in his series, theDMG did an episode dedicated to that very question. But his approach to tiles are different than mine; you would think, since mine are smaller, you'd need more.
I start with an empty table. I place tiles to build the areas my players can "see," and remove them as the party goes along. This approach takes care of the mechanic of light and visible distance. It also means you need a LOT less tiles.
You could start with an empty table and "build" as you go along, as you said, 'revealed.'
I really do NOT like building the whole dungeon ahead of time and covering with black material. Because it doesn't look very good, and because it implies to the players where the remaining unexplored areas are - thus possibly spoiling the location of a secret door, etc.
Here's what I would do. (this is what I do) 1) Decide your next adventure. That is, obtain or draw the map. 2) Try to build the dungeon. Do you have all the necessary tiles? Yes - Good to go! No - Build the ones you need. These are added to your collection. And, item #2 has a better chance of being "Yes" in future adventures. In short order, you'll reach the point where you're done building tiles.
I like the above approach because it's personal. We all design differently. My dungeons will have tendencies that yours don't. Maybe I use a lot of curves. Maybe you use lots of big rooms. So providing "build X of this style" might cause you wasted effort. The above logic makes the answer personal and ensures you waste no materials or time.
And here's another nuance that I am always careful of - the direction at which players approach an area matters. If a hallway dead-ends, and there's a door there leading to a room, then you will need a three-walled "dead end" tile, so that you can place the door. BUT, suppose the players enter this hallway from the room on the other side - the door was already placed, when you made the room. The hallway does not need a "dead end" style tile, but rather a plain old 2-wall "hallway" tile. Consider both possibilities when you assess your tile preparedness.
Style also matters. For taverns, I cannot imagine needing a lot.
Last note, another thing I like about only showing what the party can see: for the most part, you can simply shuffle around the tiles on the table to build the new area. No need to "reach into the box or staging table" to get new tiles. Actually, no need to "stage" at all...except for scenery.
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT