Switch Theme:

Dungeons and Dragons Blog - DIY magnetic dungeon tiles - painted layout of "The Delian Tomb"  [RSS] Share on facebook Share on Twitter Submit to Reddit
»
Author Message
Advert


Forum adverts like this one are shown to any user who is not logged in. Join us by filling out a tiny 3 field form and you will get your own, free, dakka user account which gives a good range of benefits to you:
  • No adverts like this in the forums anymore.
  • Times and dates in your local timezone.
  • Full tracking of what you have read so you can skip to your first unread post, easily see what has changed since you last logged in, and easily see what is new at a glance.
  • Email notifications for threads you want to watch closely.
  • Being a part of the oldest wargaming community on the net.
If you are already a member then feel free to login now.




Made in us
Near Golden Daemon Caliber





Affton, MO. USA

I know it’s crazy, but have you tried using actual stones for the texture? I did when making some base inserts with air drying clay. I have a bag of rocks under my desk and you can just reach in and grab a random one and use it for texture with different edge stuff giving an assortment of reliefs.

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
Made in de
Battlefield Tourist






Nuremberg

That is a good idea! I have a chunk of limestone on my shelf with some coral fossils on it. Might give it a go!

   
Made in us
Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

As long as the hot glue isn't too hot, it should be fine. I personally don't think super glue would work very well. I think it would melt the foam unless the paper is left on the part you're gluing. The paper doesn't always stay on well either. Super glue is very brittle, with something flexible like foam, I think it might fall apart. Do you think PVA warps it because of the water in it? Maybe it wouldn't warp with all the paper pealed off the foam Also, I expect leaving a not too heavy weight on it while the PVA dries would probably work too. No matter what, good luck

   
Made in de
Battlefield Tourist






Nuremberg

I did it with the hot glue, thanks for the advice!

Phew. Been working hard on these circle tiles, and got my first 50mm radius circle done. I want to get at least one more done, and I have started work on a 100mm radius circle.

I decided to make them magnetised, and this turned out to be REALLY ANNOYING, but it works now that they are done and given I am only going to do this for a few tiles I think it is worth it for maintaining consistency.

I made 4 of the top tiles with the flagstone pattern etched into it with my red biro, and then I used them as templates to cut out 4 base tiles. All of this was done with 5mm foamboard. Tedious, but it looks good in the end. I textured them with rock and tinfoil (Thanks Theophony!)

Then I marked on the bases where the magnets had to go to line up with the resin tiles. I cut through the foam a 5mm diameter space for them to sit in. This was fiddly and annoying! Then I put some milliput over the hole and pressed a magnet into it to make a nice smooth impression for the magnets to sit into. I put a lot of force on them to make this as thin as possible and put them as deep into the milliput as possible, but on one of them the magnets still sat quite high up and this made later stages quite annoying. I got the magnet back out again just by holding my craft knife over them, and they just jumped onto the blade.



Left them to dry and worked on my bigger circle tiles...







These tiles are a lot bigger, each quarter circle is two resin tiles across. So the pattern drawing is even more tedious! I will be putting 8 magnets in these ones, following the pattern of 2 of my normal tiles put side by side exactly.
Here is a scale shot:



The worst part of making the 50mm circle tiles was getting the magnets in. Because the 5mm foamboard is just a bit too low, especially with the milliput bottom on there, the magnets sat higher than in my square tiles and they kept jumping onto each other. I had to cover them with my fingers and really do my best to keep them from jumping. I glued them with hot glue, and this had the added bonus of making the gap between top and bottom a bit higher so the magnets would have more room to rotate. You can see here that I had carved a little into the underside of the textured tiles to allow for this, but it was difficult to get this to work as well as I wanted without breaking through to the top part.


The magnets jumped into the hot glue a couple of times, which meant I had to start again. I think to help with this problem, I could use a lot less milliput, the bare minimum, and maybe make a little rim of milliput around the magnet holes to help hold them in place. Will try it on the next set.

Here is the end result!




As you can see they stick to each other and the resin tiles really well. I am very happy with how they fit in with the set! One of them definitely has magnets at the front that are immobilised by hot glue, but luckily because my set is built to allow every magnet to rotate, the other ones can compensate for that one.
I can also make a 75mm radius "circle" by slotting in some tiles like so:


Next step is making a mix of mod podge and black craft paint to prime this and seal the foam, and then once that is dry it can be painted along with the rest. This was pretty laborious overall, but I think given I only plan on making 8 of these tiles and 8 of the bigger quarter circles it is okay. that will make me make 90% of the layouts in adventures and any of the ones I cannot do exactly I can bulk out by using the method in the last picture there bulked out with two sets of tiles rather than one!

This was interesting because it was my first time trying this stuff with foam, which up to now I had never really worked with much. It was easy, just time consuming and a bit tedious. But I think the result looks decent and I am glad I went to the effort of magnetising these as well, though I think they are likely to have a shorter overall life because of the flimsier material. Making a mold for this and casting it out of resin would have been a real pain and it would have used up a huge amount of resin for the bigger circle, so I think this is the right method.

   
Made in us
Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Sorry to hear it was annoying working on those, they sure turned out nice though. Those big arc ones must have taken absolutely forever. It's nice that they fit in and attach to the tiles, worth all the magnet work, I'd say.

   
Made in de
Battlefield Tourist






Nuremberg

Yeah, I think they did turn out okay. I am just gonna do one of the bigger arcs at a time and eventually I will have 'em all done. Thinking about doing a big 100mmx100mm tile or two the same way, square, just to fill out bigger rooms while using fewer magnets. Might be overkill though...
Might wait and see how hardy the mod podge seal, paint job and varnish make these tiles before committing.

   
Made in us
Near Golden Daemon Caliber





Affton, MO. USA

Will you be doing a concave curved floor tile too? (I’d call this type a convex curve as it bubbles out) could be useful for bends in a curved hallway.

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
Made in us
[DCM]
Lone Wolf Sentinel Pilot






Great project with excellent imagination- very much 'out of the box'! I'm ripping off...I mean- taking copious notes with proper attribution to see about trying something similar!

"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

Montrose Toast



 
   
Made in de
Battlefield Tourist






Nuremberg

Thank you! Please steal away. This whole project comes from me stealing ideas and techniques from two different sources, I think the only original thing I came up with is the spacer and wall system.
I hope you have fun if you try it out!

   
Made in de
Battlefield Tourist






Nuremberg

So, mostly been busily finishing off the various tiles, undercoating them and painting them. Just the spacers and walls left to go, but I am so happy with how they came out I wanted to share a layout with you guys. One problem is that the surface of the tiles is a little tacky, so they seem to be sticking to each other when I stack them a bit. I am gonna give them a coat of varnish so that they don't take paint off each other due to this.

I painted these in a simple fashion: Black primer, dark grey, light grey drybrush, pick out stones in tan and reddish brown (most tedious step but I think it adds visual interest to the tiles), drybrush with lighter tan and reddish brown, overall light drybrush with beige, and then a heavy wash with a brown wash. The different coloured flagstones are a bit annoying to do, but they effectively make the tiles all look different to each other despite them being 3 sets of 12 duplicates, and they add some visual interest to the tiles too.

I decided to do the Delian Tomb from Matt Colville's Running the Game series for this layout, as it can be made entirely out of 50mm blocks with no spacers. I also made the tomb a series of connected barrows with circular walls to show off the circular tiles and also because my setting has more barrow mounds than tombs. No furniture yet, but I will get a statue Stormcast in there and some bits and pieces to make the barrows look lived in.
Here is the map:


And here is the layout:


The layout went together very easily, under a minute for the whole thing with the pieces just clipping magnetically together. You can push any one room as a block around and they hang together without coming apart. Exactly what I wanted.

Some close ups of the rooms:
This is the entrance room, which has some goblins in it. You can see the resin tiles look better than the foamcore ones, but the foamcore is definitely good enough. These were the first foamcore tiles I made, I think I got better at it as I went along. The stairs I think are okay, probably not as good as I would have liked but they do the job.


Next is the "boss" room, where the Bugbear boss is hanging out. I used a tile as a pedastal for a statue hiding a secret door, planning on putting a Stormcast Eternal on there to represent the famous knight this place is supposed to contain.


And finally the secret room behind the statue, which will be full of sarcophagi and undead. I think the bigger circular tiles came out much better than the small ones, and I am pretty happy with the technique I used to make them. I am thinking about making some 100x100mm square tiles as space fillers that use fewer magnets, and if you don't want to mess with resin foamcore is another way to implement this magnetic tile method without it. I think they will be less durable than the others, but the mod podge primer does harden them up pretty well.


Overall, very happy with how it all came out. I think I will probably do those bigger 100x100 squares, and another set of 36 resin tiles and as many spacers as I can before running out of resin and magnets and call it a finished set! This was a lot more straightforward than I would have thought at the start and I hope provides some inspiration!


   
Made in us
Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

That looks great Da Boss! It's cool that you're doing that Matt Colville mission. I'm glad your tiles are working just as intended. It was clever use of the tiles stacking ability for the stairs and pedestal.

   
Made in de
Battlefield Tourist






Nuremberg

Cheers! Once I have the spacers done, I am gonna show a couple more layouts from some of my favourite dungeons. This project has worked out pretty well, and it is definitely the most ambitious project of this sort I have ever tried.

   
Made in jp
Incorporating Wet-Blending





Japan

Wow, my jaw just hit the floor. The off-color stones were well worth the extra effort. I can't wait to see the layout with the walls included.

Now showing some more Frostgrave wizards!




Painting total as of 52/3/2019: 49 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 28 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings.


 
   
Made in de
Battlefield Tourist






Nuremberg

Thanks! That really does make me feel better about how tedious it was!
Unfortunately at the moment I only have 8 walls, but I will set up some scenes with them with some minis and furniture anyway to show them off.

   
Made in us
Combat Jumping Ragik






Beyond the Beltway

Ooo, that turned out very well.


   
Made in us
[DCM]
Lone Wolf Sentinel Pilot






Excellent gaming terrain! Adding the off-color stones is always a right pain in the tuckus- there's just no easy/quick way to do it. Yours came out extremely well.

"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

Montrose Toast



 
   
Made in us
Near Golden Daemon Caliber





Affton, MO. USA

GOing from paper to that adds so much character to the game. Well done

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
Made in gb
[DCM]
Gargantuan Great Squiggoth





Not where I should be

That is looking fantastic. really great stuff bud.




 
   
Made in lt
Druid Warder





(... trying not to pick wrong jaw from the floor...)

Great result for a lot of work, good sir!

Pledge 2017:
Infinity - Ariadna (8/10) : Hordes - Circle Orboros (7/10) : Alkemy - various (12/10) : Burrows-n-badgers (10/10) : KoW and misc fantasy (13/10)

Pledge 2018:
Infinity - Ariadna (11/10) : Hordes - Circle Orboros (11/10) : Alkemy - various (11/10) : Burrows-n-badgers (11/10) : KoW and misc fantasy (11/10) : Deadzone and misc Sci-Fi (11/10) : Warmachine - Convergence of Cyriss (14/0)

Pledge 2019:
Unbuilt remaining - 42, painted 14/75 
   
 
Forum Index » Dakka P&M Blogs
Go to: