While this week has seen some additional casting the process is slowing without a doubt. Like a marathon runner I hit a good pace and kept it for a while but now it is starting to burn.
In my last post I described the pieces as 4 X 2 Wall or 2 x 2 Corner and I’ll show here what I meant by that and how the modular pieces work together.
To build a dungeon room that is 8 X 8 tiles I would use the following 9 pieces (from left to right):
Floor 4 X 4 = 1
Doorway 2 X 4 = 1
Walls 2 X 4 = 3
Corners 2 X 2 = 4
Arrange them as such:
Now I want to add an L shaped corridor coming off the room so I’ll use the following 9 pieces (from left to right):
Corner 2 X 2 = 1
Pillar (1/2″ sq block/3 high) = 1
Walls 2 X 2 = 2
Floor 2 X 2 = 1
Walls 2 X 4 = 4
Arrange them as such:
These can be modified accordingly to build smaller or larger areas, I have found that it is easier to keep most of the pieces in units of 4 or less as I can still make 12 X 12 rooms without the storage issues. I’ve been messing around with some color schemes but still haven’t settled on anything that I’m too happy with. I’m really liking the idea of an open top dungeon resembling jungle ruins with vines & vegetation but that may postponed for another day. I think I just want to go paint a mini and not think about it for a while!
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:
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.
I’m using a 4 X 4 DIY battle mat as a base since I don’t have the cavern floor tiles mold.
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.