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#20260
At the frontier - the tower in the lake revisited 7 Years, 8 Months ago  
Deep down in the bowels of the earth there is a place were adventure is still real. As a last bastion of civilisation the ancient watch tower was built hundreds of years ago. But fortunes lately have been better as ever - since the island was expanded and the new inn had opened.
Adventurers from all over flocked to this safe heaven - to use it as a starting point to investigate the riches and the thrill of Underdark - with always the option to be back in safety once the watchtower is reached.

But will it stay that way ???

All

Appology for picture quality - I wanted to go without flash and couldn't wait for tomorrow. If the children permit I will do some better ones tomorrow. Let me know your thoughts or improvements.

Thod






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#20261
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That is a creative use for ceramic tiles. Nice job.
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#20262
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Thod,

Great lake setup!

Thanks for posting that large lake setup - it has answered a lot of questions for me.

Considering even that massive lake would (safely) cover just over 1/2 of a 4x8 table, there will still be plenty of space remaining for including other rooms and caverns.

BTW,

that tower is AWESOME! I will assume it is a custom-built one?

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#20263
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Wereweasel

The set-up is quite exactly 4*4 as it is 12 * 12 tiles. I'm contemplating to add some dungeon features as I've now nearly run out of water (including my extra tiles). The downside of adding more - I have to stow it away afterwards as well ...
But there is a good chance we might have an ad-hoc adventure here and then I need some bits extended.
About the tower - I showed it here earlier. I build it during my holidays. It is the Hirst Arts 6 inch Fieldstone tower - painted to blend into DF.

Daggerdale

About the ceramic tiles. Yes - I went to the local tile shop and looked for the best match. It did look closer in the shop itself but they didn't have any examples from that colour. Shade wise it is quite good - but it is a lot lighter. And the photos make it look even worse. To be honest for larger water areas I even prefer the ceramic tile colour.
What I don't like - there are white edges which I want to patch up. What I'm very please about - the height matches exactly. I used 6.5 mm thick 10*10 com (welll they are exactly 97*97 mm) tiles and used as underlay some 3.2 mm cork tiles cut to fit as underlay and to ensure you don't have scratches in the table.

And of course the deciding factor - cost. I have 1 square meter of open water to play with the smallest I could get for these 'unusal' tiles. This are 102 tiles. For the same price inclusive shipping and tax and handling charge to get past the tax man I would have got 3 - in words three DF tiles.

I like to support DF - but there is only as much as I'm willing to pay to get a set-up I have in mind to be actually build up. The same sqare meter would be $1500 and add half of the price on top to get it shipped to the UK.

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#20264
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Taht would have been one EXEPNSIVE lake if made with DF tiles.....probably would have to institute a Toll to help pay for it ;-)
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#20265
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Thod,

Since the colour matches quite well, albeit a bit lighter...have you considered converting some of these into outdoor shore transition pieces - or even some sewer pieces?

These could work especially well for those purposes -especially considering that the whole sewer (or outdoor lake/coastline) would also be of the exact same shade as well.

Just a thought, although I have little doubt that you may well be working on something similar already.

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#20266
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Steve

Don't take away the surprise ... Yes indeed - I'm working on a Sewer System. I spend quite some time in the tile shop - and looking back at the pictures I start to think I might have got some tiles mixed up as I'm sure they matched close to perfect in the shop. Well - was too keen to get the set-up done to check back.

About a sewer system. The tiles are too big. Yes - I have seen IO use the water tiles for sewers - but I think in most cases 10*10 cm is too wide. I therefore got a second set of tiles. They are glass tiles - not ceramic. I didn't try to match as they are not as dark - hmm - looking at the pictures I wonder if this really is the case.

So all I can say - the sewer will be one part DF, one part Tile shop and one part Hirst Arts. Walls with a walkway on one site (this is the DF part. Glass tiles for the waterways. I managed to get some 5*5 cm ones in some good colours. And Hirst Arts for the walls next to the water.

So far I have part I and II - part III is in the making.

So why didn't I go with glass tiles for the water as well ... It goes back to cost. The best matching colour was approx 5 dollar while the tiles you see here cost approx. 80 cent each. And I wanted at least 50 ...

But others have mentioned aquarium shops as places to visit. All I can say - go to your local tile shop and browse !! It ios worth it.

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#20267
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Thod,

Great idea about using glass!

I myself, have been to the tile/flooring shops on a few occasions -I agree with you, the selection and possibilities are great! In fact, I have actually purchased tiles for use with miniaturing on two of those occasions.

That being said, I have never really noticed or thought of using the glass tiles before. I have always gone with the various stone/mineral/slate tiles before.

Next time I'm in, I'll be sure to see what they have in glass as well.

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#20268
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Hey Thod,

I was building a custom HA temple to be surrounded by water tiles and found that I lost 1/8" for each water tile as they were les than 4" wide. By my calculation thats about 9.875cm wide which makes these ceramic tiles very close (10cm would have been too big!)

I will be visiting my tile shop for sure. Great idea.

Cheers
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#20269
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I wonder if anyone would, conversely, tile their bathroom in DF open water pieces?

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#20270
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WHAT!!!!!!!!!??????????
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#20271
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Sadyan;

THAT is both a frightening and an outrageous thought - but IF I had the cash, I might consider it. Except for the fact that having THAT MUCH CASH would problably pay off the cars, the credit cards, the personal loans, the house . . .

You get the picture, I'm sure.

See ya!

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