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From terrain models to map tiles (and view to a few map tile sets)

Star tiles by E-Z dungeons, manufacturer's picture

There's a few words I'd like to share with you about using 3d-terrain and/or maps/tiles - what to use and why, and share my experiences about some maps and tiles I've used. And while I love modelling and creating cool terrain setups in my games, I've been moving towards using map tiles in my games instead of 3d props, and there's several reasons for that, which I'm going to tell you more about below. I've also added a few review-ish about tiles/terrains on this post.

Modelling project: Creating dungeon terrain board

After spraying

This project started after I got tired of photographs of games taken on an old, almost white D&D miniatures battle map. I looked for vinyl mats first, but it started to look like the ones I was interested in weren't available anymore, and I wasn't perfectly happy about them either, so I decided to create real 3d ones of my own. I wanted to find a really strudy base for the terrains but couldn't find any, making me dig up some hardboard and use it as a base. The result was satisfactory, even if there is a bit distortion.

Chronicles of Reilukerho Ptolus campaign: La Grande Finale

Holger using his Vorbal axe to cut the chains keeping chain of the world

After about five years of playing, my 4E Ptolus campaign has reached it's finale. This post has SPOILERS so if you're playing in a Ptolus campaign, or are going to, you better not read this post. The campaign has a lot of elements from the book, but also many elements created by myself.

The final session I had initially planned to run on one night become one 6-hour session and one 10-hour session. This last 10-hour session had just 3 combats, and while it had also good amount of non-combat playing, combats were really long, even if a lot of the opponents were minions. 

Terrain modelling: Four medieval -like buildings

Four medieval -like cardboard buildings

The medieval buildings you'll see below have seen a lot of use in my rpg's. I love running games in cities, so it's no wonder - and the campaign I'm just about to finish is Ptolus, a huge book having a complete urban setting for D&D 3E. 

The buildings are built almost completely from cardboard + surface materials - that's same old filler powder/PVA glue mixture I've used in so many of my models. 

A closer look to Star Wars interior terrain pieces

I've spent a lot of time to prepare some big changes for the site, but it's already some time from my previous post and I wanted to post something new on the site. I started digging my materials and found some photos of Star Wars interior terrain pieces I had traded away, very similar to those I'm using myself. I realized that I had't made article showing my Star Wars interior terrains in detail, so now you'll see better pictures of these terrains, as well as get some insight about how these terrains were built.

 

Tonight my 4E Ptolus campaign comes to it's finale

Ptolus campaign characters

It's been fun, but recently I've grown tired of 4E. While it wasn't an optimal solution to run Ptolus with 4E, it allowed both to explore the world of Ptolus and to play 4E - which I think works best at lower levels, just like 3.x.

Gaming terrain: Ancient cemetery

Graves, crypts, creepy trees and statues

A classic theme in fantasy games, this cemetery terrain has gained some inspiration from Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Montmartre cemetery in Paris. These terrains have often seen use in rpg's, and they really bring atmosphere.

Graves, crypts, creepy trees and statues

Materials used

Plaster cast in mold (statue, tombstones, wall on the background)

Cardboard (Crypt walls and roof, bases, thinner obelisk parts)

Dungeon walls! Print, cut and glue walls for your rpg's

Downloadable dungeon walls in use

I find it surprising that there's no free, high-quality printable basic walls downloadable anywhere - so I decided to create such and share them. These dungeon (or castle) walls are partially uneven structure, like they were very old, and this way work better as cave wall or cliff.

The photo below shows the walls in use; they have been altered a little bit after printing these walls but they are very close to these.

Downloadable dungeon walls in use

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