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#20423
The sewers of Waterdeep - a first look at my new sewer system 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
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I just finished my first set for a sewer system and I'm pretty please by it. Thanks to IO - he showed earlier some really nice sewer system in one of his layouts which inspired me to this work. I felt that the lake pieces are rather large - I therefore was pleased when I found glass tiles of 5*5 cm in my local tile shop. Actually I have 4 colours of them - it was the cheapest to buy them as a mosaic of 36 tiles. Will need to check out the other colours later.
The walls are Hirst Arts fieldstone molds. As you can see with part of the water which is completely enclosed by pure DF - there is no need to build dedicated walls. You can either have a room on the other site of the water or build walkways on both sites (see IO for example).
But I'm pleased about the three extra pieces of walls. I probably will repaint the bars in a more rusty tone instead of shining steel and might add some water to get it level.

But enjoy.

Thod






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#20424
The sewers of Waterdeep - a first look at my new sewer system 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
oops - missed one picture. The overview.

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#20425
The sewers of Waterdeep - a first look at my new sewer system 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
Way way cool. Love that.
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#20426
The sewers of Waterdeep - a first look at my new sewer system 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
I love the idea that there's a hidden room in the middle of the canal! Thod--when you play something like that in your game, do you leave the revolving door in place or do you swap it out if a player discovers the concealed door? (if they discover it...). I'm always curious to know how folks play that sort of situation.

I usually swap out the piece if someone makes a successful detect hidden doors roll. Otherwise they miss out on the whole room!
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Dante

When I build the set-up I was exactly having these thoughts. Ideally I would built the secret room just with simple walls and only insert the whole room if the players detect the secret door.

An alternative - I just doubled the amount of water and as I don't have that many walls I experimented with normal DF. There are a few bits you can use for walls.

1) You can take of the swivelling walls from the trap set and place on the water tiles. Okay - won't last you that long.

2) Use 2 2*2 floor tiles back to back as mackshift walls.

3) And here is another (mis)use for the narrow passage set. Build pretty wide walls using the narrow passage way set and cover them with ordinary tiles.

And if you use the narrow passage ways as make-shift walls you just cover the whole room with a 4*6 floor as well. This way they wouldn't suspect as you wouldn't change your style.

I will post a few examples later.

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#20428
The sewers of Waterdeep - a first look at my new sewer system 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
Neat use of the tiles, there. I must say, you have the cleanest sewer water I've ever seen!

I've been a player in a sewer adventure or two. One time my character had obtained a kayak for the sewers, so he may have been up sh*t creek, but he had a paddle... and a canoe!

I'll never forget the other character in field plate armor that shrugged, saying, "How deep can it be?" He stepped off the ledge and sank to the bottom, about 10 feet down. I had to use my 6' crowbar and fish around for him to pull him up.

I'm going to have to run some sewer adventures. I like the tiles, but I'll have to see if I can get them in brownish glass. I need my sewer water to look like... well, you know.

;)
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#20429
The sewers of Waterdeep - a first look at my new sewer system 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
Dante

As promised - a few more pictures. I've build an entrance. The prison cell from the floor set makes a nice sewer entrance. The narrow passage also helps for the entrance. Not only do you get height. You can even 'move' in there as I figured out later - therefore the entrance moved to the site. And my sone figured out that you can even place a figure on the ladder and it will stay there.
There are three more colours of water shown.

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I know you will be disappointed - they are squeaky clean. I have to admit that my original plan was - make a mold of my own. A flat 5*10 cm mold can't be that difficult. Maybe add two or three bits of floating stuff. Get clear polyurethane resin as well as blue, green red and black pigments. And then cast my tiles myself.
Okay - this was BEFORE I entered the local tile store in search for large water tiles. I then spotted these small water tiles.
Actually I first spotted a different brand of 'hand made glass tiles'. You could buy them as singletons. They have 5*20 cm as well as 5*5 and even 5*2.5 and 2.5*2.5 cm. And a bigger selection of colours.
The disadvantage - no - not even with these colour collection I could spot any real murky ones. Seems whatever colour makes an authentic sewer feeling is not very favoured by people to stick on their bathroom or kitchen walls. The two other issue - cost. I went for the machine produced tiles - as I got some 36 of them for 18 pounds instead of a single 5*5cm tile for 2.5 pounds a piece. And they also have been more thick - 10mm compared to 8mm. You don't want the water to be higher as the walkways. Off course you can do an IO - just place an extra layer floor tiles beneath all the walkways - as long as you have enough normal floor tiles to do so.
Oh - and the do it yourself would have been 50 pounds just in raw materials to get started - shipping on top. In the end I ended up with the cheapest and least labour intense solution. So good luck hunting for the right colour. Just do me favour - once you found your dream solution - post a few pictures here.

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As you can see I started to expriment with ordinary DF pieces instead of custom build (well - I did use up all of it on my first set-up so either need to make more or look at alternatives. My favourite DF wall at the moment - the narrow passage ways covered by normal floor tiles.

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#20430
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Yep, I'll freely admit that one rarely finds bathroom tile in the color of an open sewer. It would sure make bachelor life easier. "Honest, girl, that's the color of the tile!"

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Yep, I'll freely admit that one rarely finds bathroom tile in the color of an open sewer. It would sure make bachelor life easier. "Honest, girl, that's the color of the tile!"

;)

LOL! Memory Lane!

I find the use of the tiles in these set-ups really cool! Inspiring! :)
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#20432
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Nice sewer setup. Thank you for sharing. I also appreciate the room in the middle.

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62 sets and counting. In addition, a boatload of individual pieces or sets of pieces.
 
#20433
The sewers of Waterdeep - a first look at my new sewer system 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
Thod -

You've outdone yourself again! I cringe and hide in modesty and, well, not SHAME, just . . . no, not embarrassment, either;
De FEET! THAT'S it! It's de agony of de feet! Comes from slogging through all those sewer trenches, or something like that.

Anyway, it looks great! Good job on a short budget - which is supposedly a major part of the whole scratchbuilding process, to see just how much you can do with improvisation.

See ya!

Jim
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#20434
The sewers of Waterdeep - a first look at my new sewer system 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
Jim

Don't worry - there is another frontier were you won't be defeated any time soon. I still have to see anyone to do outdo the Mad Yank in regard to praise for the set-ups here. Don't underestimate what these comments mean to the people posting here.

Hmm - what do I have to do next time to get noticed by the Mad Yank ...

I still have a few ideas floating around. Looking forward to your comments

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