My wife recently introduced me to DM Scotty’s YouTube vids and it sparked my creative side. Not new to D&D or Chainmail, but I am new to building tiles. I am introducing my orphaned niece and nephew, whom we are now raising, to the early versions of D&D before working up to 5E (to be honest and I have a soft spot for the original D&D) . I want to tile out Keep on the Borderlands as that is the first adventure I am taking them on.
As for myself, I am a retired service connected Disabled Vet FMF Corpsman. I have three grandkids who, when they are old enough, I want to share D&D with and if I have the tiles build and bugs worked out working with my niece and nephew I will be a very happy DM.
Welcome to the forums and good luck with your project. That's an ambitious map to tile, even in pieces that are re-combined for the various configurations! You might want to use something like Pathfinder's flipmats with the cavern walls drawn on them for the non-straight line parts, rather than trying to model tiles for those parts.
Not that the cavern wall portions cannot be modeled - there are techniques on this forum for that. But tiles to specifically match the caverns on the KotB map are not as versatile as the straight-line tiles.
I would suggest investigating some of the 2D printable tiles. I have some advice, and more, on how to improve them for long term usage, on my blog: Fat Dragon Games 2D dungeon and cave tiles, are my favorites, but combining them with peel-n-stick floor tiles (scroll down, halfway), takes them up a notch. There are posts here, by AJ Pickett, on how to make them 2.5D, by adding raised walls, either on cardboard, or by applying his techniques to the vinyl floor tiles.
The advantages to printing the 2D tiles, is re-usability. Adding the vinyl floor tile elements, makes them heavier, and more durable -- note that when stacked, they become QUITE heavy!
If you are interested in modular 2.75D dungeons, and/or caverns, search this forum for my posts on Steading of the Hill Giant (there are other threads, as well...). That was a major undertaking, spanning more than a decade of slow, lurching progress. Now I am lurching forward on finishing full 3D terrain for the Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl; I have the process for making 2.75D dungeons and caverns, for the Fire Giants module, but I haven't done any work on that project for several years.
I took a long time finding the models, at affordable prices. Then I took years to figure out how to make the 2.75D terrain, but it finally came together.
Bottom line is that there are many, many approaches possible, to crafting. DM Scotty's techniques are a springboard, and this forum is a pretty deep pool to explore where you can go from his starting points.
Welcome aboard the Crafting Train! DM Scotty may have left the train, but we are keeping it moving, as much as we can. Cheers!
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