I stumbled upon DM Scotty, Wyloch, and DMG on youtube and I'm quite impressed with the pieces they've made, especially at the low price point. Now I'm here to become one of the fold.
I'd like to focus on modularity in my terrain. I'm partial to the 1.25" grid as it solves many playability and alignment issues (not that I will necessarily require grid movement). Any tips before I dive in and start ravaging all the cardboard within a mile?
Perhaps sacralidge, but don't necessarily limit yourself to cardboard. There are tons of cheap materials to make dungeon tiles from. Probably not cheaper than free cardboard from a dumpster, but check out the whole site. Some people on here have made some pretty amazing things. Welcome....enjoy.....and kiss your friends and or partner goodbye, at least from time to time. Don't be afraid to experiment.
I recommend knocking out three or four DMG style tiles, to get the fundamentals down pat. Should take less than an hour. Jumping right into my dungeon tiles will be...well, disheartening, since they are very tedious to make.
I used cork and vinyl floor tile. 69 cents each. I'll try to post a link to my current tiles on here. I've also used insulation foam and cardboard. I like this the best so far. There is also Hirst Arts, which make silicone molds. Very tedious since you have to cast individual pieces.
Can't seem to find how to link. Look up "crom I'm trapped in a dungeon".
Post by Sam 'the beachcomber' on Jan 28, 2017 15:50:17 GMT
The tiles on the Hero Quest forum are worth a look. I really liked the look of those. I thought about adding pieces of vinyl floor tile on the bottom of my tiles for added weight, but have not been ambitious enough.
Remember to get the dollar store foamcore if you can, or the equivalent if you are not in a dollar store area. As mentioned elsewhere in this forum, the more expensive, better quality foamcore is a lot harder to peel!
My local dollar store used to sell just popsicle/craft sticks, but not the wider tongue depressor sticks. However, it now sells both, so I don't have to spend 3 or 4 dollars for the wider sticks at a craft store.
One important source of cardboard is appliance boxes, the kind that they ship refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, etc in. If you have an appliance outlet in your town/city, go by their loading dock, if they'll let you. They constantly are getting rid of the empty boxes and those boxes are the double layer cardboard. That's the best kind to use because it's more sturdy than single layer which can warp much easier.
As far as foamcore, I agree with Margaret, get the dollar store variety, peels very easily compared to the kind you get at office supply stores!
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