Dungeon Crawl Progress

I haven’t posted in a while and thought maybe an update might be in order.  The last few weeks has found me casting more modular dungeon pieces and because there isn’t much to show that wasn’t shown in the last post I thought I would do a mock set up and get an overview of the project.  My goal is to cast enough to set up a dungeon crawl for an all day or two evening run.  Here’s what we’ve got so far:

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The amounts of each module are below.  I have not used them all to arrange this layout.  I would like to have at least two of each for any configuration that I can come up with.

Wall – 1×2          6
Wall – 2×2         20
Wall – 3×2         8
Wall – 4×2         36
Wall – 5×2
Wall – 6×2

Corner – 2×2     35

Floor – 1×1         6
Floor – 1×2        14
Floor – 2×2       22
Floor – 3×2       4
Floor – 4×2       19
Floor – 5×2       1
Floor – 6×2

Floor – 1×3        2
Floor – 3×3        1

Floor – 4×4       2

Floor – 6×6       1

Room – 3×3      1
Room – 4×4
Room – 5×5      4
Room – 6×6      1
Room – 7×7
Room – 8×8
Room – 9×9
Room – 10×10

Cavern Pieces –  77

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I’m using a 4 X 4 DIY battle mat as a base since I don’t have the cavern floor tiles mold.

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In all honesty, looking at it as a set I’m rather disappointed in the color.  Everything has a alcohol/ink wash base and I was hoping this would be enough but no such luck.  The colors looked good at first but as they completely dried over time they really kinda went bland and ran together more than I thought they would.  The walls are brown and the floors are black but it’s hard to see that from a distance so I think I’ll go back over them with some strong dry brushing to help make them pop.

Although I dread the time it would take I really like the random colorization of the field stones.  A good example of this can be found on hosercanadian’s blog here: https://hosercanadian.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/going-down-to-the/.  His random card generating dungeon system is what inspired this project after all so take a look!

So where it stands now is that I still need to keep at the casting grind for a while.  The weather here has started to warm up so maybe I can put it into overdrive for a bit and get it knocked out.  Also, keeping me busy is the acquisition of the new D&D 5th ed release.  While I haven’t actually played the pen & paper version of D&D since the early 80’s I keep hearing good things about it and finally caved in.  This tabletop set up could help me to relearn the system after all these years.

Thanks for looking,

Night Owl

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Crankin’ Out Dungeon Pieces

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Assembly line type work has never been my forte.  This is mostly due to the fact that my attention span is equivalent to that of a fruit fly.  So when it comes to doing repetitive work such as assembling a collection of dungeon pieces it can be agonizing.  Luckily some good music or a marathon run of old school Shaw Brothers Kung Fu movies helps ease the insanity.  My current project involves bolstering the collection of modular dungeon pieces using Hirst Arts molds for a larger more cohesive set up.  I’ve got plenty of random colored pieces, many of them experimental color schemes,  and enough to make a fair-sized layout but the idea of a large consistent layout has always appealed to me.  So here we go.

I started out with floor tiles.  You cannot ever have enough of these and they are constantly in production.  On a good weather day I can produce about 150 of these.  This is still not enough it seems.

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For the sake of modularity I’ve chosen to work in units of twos, fours and eights for my floor sizes with a few oddities thrown in for special occasions.  I’ve opted to go three layers high, or 1 1/2 inches.  This is just the right height to add decor and still remain playable without obscuring vision while sitting at the gaming table.  I’ve also chosen to set the walls atop the floor tile which leaves me a 1/2 inch to place decor such as columns, barrels, crates and other goodies to add flavor.

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I’ve found I can do just about any basic layout with these tiles and a few 1 1/2 inch stacks for inside corners.

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When mass casting like this I always end up with lots of extra pieces that I don’t need as many of.  I found I had an abundance of doors and a little angled wood piece from the cavern accessories mold.

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I thought these could make good bookshelves so I took some brown craft paint and lightly dry brushed the wood finish before dipping them in a black wash.

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Then I assembled them as such:

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Putting them back to back also makes a nice divider for blocking line of sight in larger dungeon rooms.

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I also wanted to figure out a way to make a transition piece to merge the field stone and cavern areas.  I used two 8 X 2  inch tiles for this corridor.  The stone arch above the door is not glued together at the top.

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Everything at this point has a base stain of grey and brown although the contrast doesn’t show up in these pics as much as in reality.

How many more tiles do we need?  Ha!  Many many more.  Go big we say!  Which reminds me I think it’s time to pour some more castings – gotta run.

Thanks for looking,

Night Owl