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#26703
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
Same problem here re: the water sets. I initially wanted to create an enclosed "livable" lake area for the lizardmen. The more I fooled around with designs the more unsatisfied I got as nothing seemed to really work.

That's when I decided to just have the lake open with the unstated understanding there was more beyond the perimeter. I wanted the more open and expansive feel.

And I too marveled at having so many pieces and yet being somewhat limited. Now if this contest was use 3 sets of each... :D
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#26704
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
OK here goes.

Glorshrag the mercenerary orc captain (with double bladed axe held high) and his murderous band have decided to strike out on their own - tiring of working for meager pay and in unending meanlingless campaigns for hidden unapreciative masters. They concieve a raid on the cavern hold of a notorious necromancer who is off with his elite undead forces on a distant campaign leaving his treasures guarded by only a few score skeletons. Seizing the oppurtunity of treasure relatively lightly guarded - Glorshrag convinces his troops that in fact they outnumber the far more numorous skeletons when the odds are calculated based on weight. Thus fortified by many pints of orc mead adding to the weight advantage and boosting their courage the orcs charge confidently intot he caverns and spread out in search of treasure. Glorshrag cunningly reminds them of the orc code of plunder just prior to entering the caverns - "possession is ownership - go at it boys!"









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#26705
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
Sorry, THOTH, but the contest rules are 5 pics per entry -- you'll have to make the same impossible choice everyone else did...

:)

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#26706
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
oops - I guess I didn't read the fine print...hm..yeah tough choices...

OK I paired it down to 5. Shame. Guess I can post the rest after...
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#26707
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
Okay Everyone here is my entry. If anything else I want to say that my son (6 years old) and I have a GREAT Time with this. We made several different setups. Primarily for us to play our little game with the miniatures. In the end my son liked this one the best. (Probably because this is hte one that he made and used almost all the pieces.) Oddly enough he choose not to use the bridge and did not use one of the 1 corner water pieces. All in all, both he and I are pleased. My son also wrote a story for this one

"... The bad guys that look mean and are green were running from the good guys, you know the ones with the shield, daddy you know the shield, and they are shiny. The good guys chase them through the castle into the jail, but at the end of the jail the bad guys make a hole in the wall that put them in the cave. The bad guys then find the lake and like whenever someone like comes down and stuff to like get the bad guys then they like are waiting for them.
The first picture is of the whole cave.
The second picture is the last hold up of a good guy magic guy who died.
The third picture is a picture of the really strong bad guys.
The forth picture is a picture of the bad guy army men coming back from looking around. ( I think he means patrol)
The fifth picture is the bad guys waiting for hte good guys to come though the door if they get passed the other bad guys. Notice the shield and sword lying in a ditch from the last good guy who died.
"

I think that I have gotten my son hooked on DF. Another addict. My wife laughs and says, "You did it. You started this."
Stephan I just want to say YOU ROCK!!! DF gives me and my son so much time together playing with this stuff. Your DF, along with DDMs and my son and I can before we know it play through out the day. Lots of fun. PS the 2 year old wanted to help so he got to tear everything down in between setups. Another soon to be an addict.

UPDATE: My Son wanted me to tell everyone that the waterfall was his idea.
UPDATE 2: The pictures somehow get displayed in a different order. I think everyone will be able to know which description goes with which picture.

-Shadox




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#26708
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
Hello All,

Now that I got our entry posted I looked at all the entires. All I can say is WOW!!! Good Luck Stephan and Jeff judging this. Good Luck everyone!

-Shadox

FYI - I will post this dundeon decorated with a few other minis and a couple additional sets once this is over. The 2 rivers continue on the other side.
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#26709
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
Hello All,

Now that I got our entry posted I looked at all the entires. All I can say is WOW!!! Good Luck Stephan and Jeff judging this. Good Luck everyone!

-Shadox

FYI - I will post this dundeon decorated with a few other minis and a couple additional sets once this is over. The 2 rivers continue on the other side.

Cool, I want to see the rest of the setup!
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#26710
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
Descent into the Lake Grotto

I wanted to go with a multi level set up with caves coming off into large chamber dominated by a large lake, but being limited to only using DF items to raise it on, I had to use most of what I wanted for the tunnel system as support. But I still got a look I was pretty happy with. So in the spirit of the old School Module names the climax encounter area to “Descent into the Lake Grotto”.

01Full
The first picture shows the full layout of the Grotto, in general there is an upper level with a winding river, with a bit of a slop leading down to the lake, on the same level as the river is a side passage, which can lead to other levels further up. On the lake level there is a side passageway leading to a small chamber, stairs up to the upper passage and two dark tunnels, for possible escape or reinforcements to creatures of the lake, or by the PC’s. Further along the lakeshore treasure has been piled up in tribute to whatever inhabits the lake. The treasure flanks a cave inhabited by the high priest of a tribe of lizardmen.

02Upper
The entry area to the Lake Grotto is currently held by a band of orcs following the tales told by captive adventures, they have fought their own way down to the lake in search of the treasures. They have recently entered the upper level through a shaft in the back near the river, and quickly constructing a raft to explore bellow they have now after finishing their work, they are spreading out to search. The leader commands the highest ground on a bridge, while a scout boards the door raft and heads down bellow.

03TheLakeBellow
A side view of the lake bellow, image shows the upper side passage with stairs leading up to it, and one of the escape routes.

04Lake
Large overview of the entire lake area, on the right side and the largest bank there are piles, and piles of treasure being offered up to the denizen of the lake. The treasure is being watched over by a high priest in the grotto, his quarters are in a small cavern above the lake where he can look down on it, and easily converse from his higher perch with the inhabitant. Three lower priests lay partly submerged in the water as shore guards. Further up, protected by a torturous passage under the sloping hill, lies a passage sealed by large hunk of stone. Behind this rock stand animated corpses of those that have come before to plunder the grotto, they now stand guard on the remains of past high priests and defenders of the grotto.

05Treasurepile
Another view of the lake and treasure.




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#26711
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
Wow, GS -- you're BEST STUFF EVER!. EVER!

Really really can't stress enough how much I love that "ramp" river descent. Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic.

Speechless.

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#26712
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
Well, there's our winner! (IMHO)

Love the elevated treasure chamber as well....
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#26713
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
GS... I can't help but think of an amusement park ride when I see that raft going down the "flume"! Ha ha! Cool setup...

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#26714
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 10 Months ago  
OK, here is my entry. I REALLY wanted to have a bordered swamp. Don't know why, but I just had to. There is nothing wrong with open water pieces continuing off the map, but I just didn't want to do that. And I was stubborn about it. I don't know why! And I wanted a second level. Those two things made this really hard. This is what I came up with.

(My camera would not cooperate. Between lighting and focus, I trashed many shots... I gotta learn how to take pictures better! This is the "best" of what I ended up with).

Pic 1 - This is the best shot of the overall layout. The top left is the entry into the caverns. The orc tribe came in that way, killed the two lizardmen guards (you can barely make them out in the pic), and proceeded through the cavern to the bridge that leads to the lizardmen's swamp. the advance party went ahead to scout the source of the "river" and investigate (bottom portion of photo). The lizardman chieftain came out from his lair on the right side of the photo and issued a war cry. The left side of the layout is where the lizardmen discard the bones of their foes. You can barely make out the pile of skeletons.

Pic 2 - This angle is from near "Bone island" and shows what I really wanted to do with this layout in the first place... have lizardmen sneaking around the swamp under an upper layer. Something about this shot reminds me of a Star Trek episode or something!

Pic 3 - Panning left to see the skulking lizardmen better. Just how many lurk there? The orcs are about to find out!

Pic 4 - Close up of the Lizardman Chieftain's war cry, and the Orc Chieftain's response! The lizardman with the stone axe is one of the skulkers. From this angle he doesn't even appear to be under the cavern above, but he is. The lizardman directly in front of the chieftain is the shaman, concentrating on the storm he is summoning.

Pic 5 - A shot of the ensuing rainstorm (summoned by the lizardman shaman!) as it approaches the swamp from the left side! (I am not sure how that light effect happened, but it certainly appears as a rain shower to me...)



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