Completed the latest round of glass work this weekend and allowed the hobby to take over one of my shop tables for a couple days. Now this idea had been bouncing around my head for a while: 3D dungeon tiles using faux-stone vinyl tiles. Seemed like a fast and simple way to get a sturdy, stone floor. Add a hunk of 1″ insulation foam, some cheap craft paint, a couple paint pens, lots of elbow grease scoring the stone work, and glue.
The result is three 12″x 12″ rooms, six 6″ x 12″ corridors, and eight 6″ x 6″ rooms.
I know there’s lots of detailing yet to be done. I’m going to scour my bits box and the internet for details and banners, and I suspect I’ll want to pick up a couple sets of 28mm scenics and furniture, but I think this is a good start. So far, the project cost less than $50.
More pictures coming as I progress. I’m looking forward to our next dungeon crawl even more now.
Four Pieces 9″ x 14″ mounted on plexiglass. WW2-flavor ruins, change the posters and they could be any warzone or post-apoc setting.
Scratch built out of styrofoam, foam core, cardboard, I made these ages ago when I taught “Military Miniatures and Table Top Gaming” as a part of an after-school program in local middle schools. Sturdy for constant use/abuse, slightly oversized to make it easy to maneuver figs in and around, they’re veterans of hundreds of battles and have held up well.
They’re taking up needed shelf space and I figured it’s better to send them off to someone who will use them than them to collect dust. Figs are for scale and are NOT INCLUDED.
Comment here if you’re interested and we can work out a postage quote to your confirmed address.
Saw this Star of Chaos bouncing around online late one night and thought I should do something with it. So…
A scrap of 1″ insulation foam, a couple hours with an X-acto, some house paint, and voila! an Evil Dias.
Mantic ghouls scrounged from my bitz box make appropriate Tormented and Damned climbing from the flames while a Reaper Bones skeleton on throne adds a dash of underworldly tyrannical menace. I might fuss with it a bit more but right now it looks like a good place for a final Boss fight for one of our mini-campaigns.
As promised, pictures of the GameMatz mat. Judge for yourself. Also took some pics of my reinforced Near Future MOUT team on the mat to give you some context.
The MOUT team was initially composed of excellent Pig Iron NF Infantry with an Old Crow APC, an old Void Viridian sniper for support, an old metal CAV Simba mech to hump gear, plus two excellent Zandris IV battlesuits for slugging it out in the ruins.
I wanted to beef the team up a bit so I picked up an old VOR Union ARES battlesuit off eBay then a cool looking grav drone from Khurasan Miniatures. (fits nice, eh?) Well then I had to hunt down figs to represent elite Delta-types. Settled on a rather obscure set from Sergeant Major Miniatures. The aesthetic was similar to PI stuff, plus the NVGs were very cool.
With a ruined castle looming on the horizon of our SOBH campaign, I picked up a hot wire cutter off Amazon. I made two very simple test pieces to get a feel for how it works.
It’s a very handy tool with loads of terrain-building potential. Nasty fumes aside, it cuts 1″ and 2″ insulation foam like a dream, and now that I’ve got some mistakes out of the way, the next batch will be that much better. Now I get to hunt down inspiration for the Storm Crag Keep – a very cool problem to have.
Next SOBH adventure Tues eve: “The Desecration of St. Cuthbert’s Abbey.” Have a great weekend.
Gaming schedule is getting back on track next week. Here’s one of the new terrain pieces for the upcoming mini-campaign. Even if you don’t add detailing from your bitz box, Home Depot is an excellent source for inexpensive, interesting structures. A little spray paint, some drybrushing, and you’re good.
A while back I wanted interior terrain for quick and dirty guncrawls. Five years teaching TTGs as part of an After School Enrichment Program and running a Game Room impressed me with the need for durability, simplicity and playability. Thus these Interior Boards were fabricated out of insulation foam and MDF, with minimum fiddly, breakable detail, and a 1.5″ hex grid to speed up play. They’re configured to maximize re-playability. Inexpensive resin scenics like crates, computer consoles, and weapons/fuel caches add even more variety.
Here’s some pix:
Very much a low tech Underground Secret Lab, these work with anything from WW2 to Sci Fi to Post Apoc. These halls have seen plenty of carnage over the years and are holding up well, considering.
Guess I’d better get building my Bug Hunt Corridors if I want anything Hi-Tech.
The hex grid/board game feel make these pretty popular, movement and weapon ranges suddenly super-simple. Rule mechanics fade and the game, with its mission and story, come to the forefront. Last week’s Game Night went incredibly smooth, in fact. So much so, I’m considering hunting down a hex mat on eBay now.
Anyway, ask any questions. I’ll post answers ASAP.