Anyone here try making modular dungeon tiles for their games? I just sat down and started making some the other day.
Let's see yours.
Here's all the floor tiles I have finished so far. Need to paint up a dozen or so more I have all cut and glued. Nor much ye, but quite a bit for an afternoon of work.
I've also started in props, and have some doors designed.
Let's see your tiles.
I'm building a set of Zone Mortalis tiles using Hirst Arts molds. I love these molds so much. Right now I have 9 tiles, and I'm working my way to 16 for a full 4x4 board.
Emperor knows what lurks in these dark corridors...
I've got some Hirst molds, but it's fuck all annoying when you want big floor tiles, but one mold makes a single tile.
Gonna make a custom mold one of these days. A big ass sheet that makes floors, walls, and anything else you use a bunch of in basic construction.
>what lurks in these dark corridors
Plaster. It's plaster -
Heavy, porous, brittle plaster.
Tempted to buy some Hirst moulds but they're hard to get in the UK. There is a company that distributes them, but only when they get enough orders, so it might be a while.
Also I don't know what plaster to use. Even plaster of Paris seems difficult to find now (it's not in Wilko or any supermarkets I've been to).
I'd ask a dentist for dental plaster like some people have suggested, but I doubt they'd do that in the UK. Even a private dentist. Why bother ordering in plaster for some nerd?
This isn't plaster, though. It's mostly Durham's Rock Hard water putty, which is really tough stuff. It's very difficult to sand and not very porous. I use it as a hardener for cheap plaster and these things are fairly formidable.
But yeah you don't use just plain plaster on this stuff. Dental plaster is also really good and tough for it too, but i didn't have a local supplier for that outside of the internet.
Nah. I just made a bigass grid whiteboard map for the gaming table in my house. Spending literally ten minutes before game to draw the map is all I need. If there's terrain like buildings or walls I usually have those prepared beforehand with some of the surplus Legos I brought down from the attic a while ago.
Floor leveler is kinda like concrete, only thinner. You can buy it in bags of powder and mix it with some water. I was wondering if it would be a good idea to try and cast tiles out of it.
That is actually something I may want to try out. Can you mix it kinda thin? If it only mixes into a paste, then I don't see it working, because you really do have to pour this stuff into molds.
Basically no matter what medium you use, you add water to powder until it becomes the consistency of a disappointing milkshake, and it's perfect for pouring into molds.
I really want to try this 'floor leveler' out now, check the prices and try some mixtures. I try to get most if not all of my stuff at Home Depot because I have a credit account there.
My only critique would be to paint the walls either solid black or grey, just so they stand out more as walls.
As is, they blend in too much with the floor and makes seperate touching rooms look like one big room.
Yeah, it's supposed to be self-leveling, so it's usually pretty thin. about $30 for a 50 pound bag too.
Would there be anything else at the hardware store you could recommend though? It's mainly a convenience thing for me, since I don't like getting things shipped.
Main things are the plaster of paris and see if you can get Durham's Rock Hard Water Putty where you are at. They carry it at home depot. Again i use it in a mix with plaster and it's plenty hard. The plaster is cheap, but the Durham's is about $8 for 4 lbs.
I'm looking into other materials, like Cement All grout or mortar mixes. It depends though because if they are too course then it wont work. You need materials that are fine powders.
In the UK they sell a casting material at hardware stores for statues that supposedly works really well.
This is a really good video about it
A friend made this for a savage worlds game set in star frontier. It was pretty impressive.
Be sure to curve it with the grain. You should be able to see which way it'll bend quite easily.
Also, if you are going to spraybomb it, go very slowly and keep the nozzle far away. The propellant dissolves the foam quite readily.
Righto, I was just going to brush paint on to be safe. Do you think this stuff would serve as a fit play surface for miniature games or might it be too soft?
I am now considering making my arena floor out of a few stacked layers of this board, if its fit to the task.
What methods do you guys use to cast?
I get dental stone to a milk like consistency, spray some of that flow better stuff, pour it in slowly, put it on a dental vibrator, and pop it out.
Still get bubbles.
It's just ghostline foam board, hand painted with apple barrel paints from Walmart.I use ghostline because it has pre measured half inch lines on the board, so I don't have to measure anything. I'm lazy af.
In the US at least you can get a 25Lb box for $30 delivered on ebay
I havent worked with it, but if it's anything at all like thinset mortar (also really thin concrete) it wont work since there's sand in it - it's probably OK if your'e making stone or something but you'll end up with gritty texture
Try pouring it into the molds while it is on the vibrating table. It's what I do. Really you will continue to get bubbles no matter how hard you try, but you will get less and less as your molds get used more and you gain more experience.
I know, I can't wait for the weather to warm up so I can paint these. I am casting bits right now and about the 15th i can make 3 more tiles, bringing me to 12 out of 16
I guess that makes sense. If the dry mix has sand or gravel, it won't work. Whatever you use must be a fine powder.
Really I have gottent to a point where I don't even measure out what I need anymore. I just guess the amount of water i need based on how many molds i want to cast, then add powder to it until it 'feels' right. I've gotten pretty good with casting that it has become pretty rote.
Shallow ones that do floor tiles are about $29 a pop, and thicker ones that do pretty much everything else are about $34 each.
Really that is the most expensive part when it comes to up front costs.
The ideal glue for these is cheap PVA
The ideal paints is cheap craft paints or house paints. It's one of the cheaper ways to do a lot of hobby terrain simply without worrying about building stuff from scratch.
After I get these Zone Mortalis tiles done, I have plans on buying some fantasy molds so I can make Frostgrave ruins and an underground caverns tile set using the same Zone Mortalis patters, because I feel they are ideal for miniwargaming.
I´m thinking on something similar, but I don´t really like the idea of having such big pieces. I´m more minimalistic.
I´ve been thinking to order 2-300 of these ( www.spielematerial.de/en/game-components/counters/hexagons.html ), not sure which size, and then just paint them myself. Grass, forest, dry terrain (good for cave floor too), stone floor, wood floor, sand (desert and beach) and water. One color for each thing, maybe two if I´m feeling creative when I get around to it so they´ve got a little texture.
I´d also do a bunch of special things like tiles with roads, houses and castles. Maybe bridges too, though wood and stone floor should do the trick just fine.
Then I´d get a few dry wipe fridge magnets to use as situational tiles. Need to point something specific on the map? There it is, I just need to draw it or write it on the magnet, then just wipe it clean when I´m done to reuse it later.
For miniatures I´d use these things, which I´m already started with: http://manysideddice.com/2016/01/11/the-best-budget-minis-for-practical-needs/
Total price should be between 40 and 60€, and it shouldn´t take more than a few hours, specially if I make the tiles single color.
What do you guys think?
PD: the first link seems to be down right now... It´s jut small paper/cardboard hexagons, blank and for a nice price when bought in bulk.
It´d be easy to transport, fairly durable as long as it´s stored properly (I´d make some transport tubes out of boxes. Got a lot from amazon), and the simple, clear colors should make it rather easy to distinguish them, meaning there´s no problem grabbing them to quickly reshape the board into something else.
Picking them up shouldn´t take more than a couple minutes, either.
What could give trouble?