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#23738
My 1st setup...whew! 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
Ok..so after jumping in with both feet I realized I bit off a bigger setup than I was expecting for my first try. But...I don't regret it one bit! Man this stuff is fun to work with. I'd love to get some feedback and any tips for how I could improve would be most welcome.







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#23739
My 1st setup...whew! 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
Wow,
Aubrey, they look cool. I like the idea of the glass top to make the second level :) Looks amazing. Man, if this is your first try, how many sets did you pick up as your first purchase? :)

Looks amazing from here, but then again, I'd love to hear what the other old timers have to say. Can only learn from there :)
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#23740
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Great setup. Love the rasied level and it's good to see the Den of Evil Room Set in there as well.
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#23741
My 1st setup...whew! 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
Aubrey

Welcome to these boards !! I hope we will see more from you.

First of all - I really like the whole set up. Great for a first time.

I just wonder what nowadays is the number of sets people start to buy. I thought several years ago when we started with four sets we splashed out very big time ...

First of all what I like:

The combination of several different sets (cavern, water, DOE, traps). The Fire Well inside the DOE looks great. Also the trap pieces scattered around.

The glass plate is really great. I got my first DF 4 1/2 years ago and still look for a solution to go really into multiple levels.

I love the close up with the Fire Well.

more once I have more time checking out all pictures in detail.

Improvements

Let me say - if you hadn't explicitly asked I would have left this space empty. You did great work for a first set up.

Here are my 2 improvers to get even more of a whow:

More close up shots like the one mentioned below. This on it's own is worth posting. But it gets drowned with all the overviews. Have a higher ration of close ups. It is difficult with such a huge set up.

More accesories. Have a look at postings from Invincible Overlord. The step from Great set up (as it is) to overwhelming is often the extra bits. Well - not everyone has them - but add wherever you can. You make already great use of DF supplied asessories.

Overall it's only your own fault if you set up the bar so high with this first posting. This will make improvements quite difficult.

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#23742
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Nice Job!
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#23743
My 1st setup...whew! 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
Aubrey,

EXCELLENT setup!
I have to ask; was it IO and my raving about the Lexan levels that inspired you to use the second story, or did you get the idea independently of us? I ask because Mike (Invincible Overlord) inspired ME, and I took off from there. No big deal, I just wondered if we had had that much influence over other gamers.
The combination of all the fantasy-class sets is awesome; ya done good!

Jim

By the way; I LIKE the fact that you used stone-looking columns for your second level; mine are clear and I think IO's are as well. YOURS will blend in perfectly with the stone of the rest of the underground and cavern sets!
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#23744
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Aubrey,

This is a great setup. The only suggestion that I would make would be to do more "from the eye of the mini" shots. They make great shots. Look at some of L's pictures. Overall you have done a great setup. I am actaully shy now as I have been collecting DF for 7+ years now and have never posted on this site. I am going to have to put something together soon and post it. Again great job.

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#23745
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The 2nd level on a raised table is superb and has me itching to try it. How did that work out for you during actual game plaY? was it a pain or did it work out ok?
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#23746
My 1st setup...whew! 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
22 kits to start. Currently building some Hirst stuff to add accessories and unique features. Plan to add some interesting stone and unique rocks to the cavern area. I Just got some of the "lit" pieces from ebay. Very excited about those. I actually have the ability to add several more levels/layers and what is not shown in the picture is the small secret rooms on 1'x1' plexi that I pull out from under the table if the group discovers the room. The need for the extra level in this case was mostly due to the logistics of the campaign/adventure that the group is in at the moment but I was definatly inspired by the wonderful work that you guys have done! The support collums used are temp until I can craft more stylistic stone replicas. They belong to my Heroscape collection and I need em back for that! I appreciate the feedback and will put them into practice for my next set of pictures once I set up the next part of the campaign. As far as gameplay is concerned the 2nd level worked out well for the adults but my 6 1/2 year old Wizard has a hard time seeing up there! lol I have to hang onto em while he gets the lay of the land and tell me how he's going to blast one of the bad guys. My only regret is the lack of table width left after this particular layout. I plan to remedy that in the next one. Need more room for char sheets and dice rolling etc. Also..I originally used a glass tabletop up there...which looked better...but I was worried that my son might get carried away and slip/crash into it and get injured if it were to shatter. So I used Lexan instead. The advantage of the glass using a center support was that there was no need for the four supporting columns. Looked fantastic...but I can't take the risk. Now..If you have no children to worry about and actually have the glass to use...it works well:) All in all I was happy with the functionality in most respects but it was a learning experience. Thanks for all the kind words and encouragment. Now...gotta get back to figuring out tonights XP totals....hehe.
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#23747
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Very nice, Aubrey...would love to play one of my own characters on that spread! --Well Done!

I especially like your idea of "hiding" the secret rooms where they can be slid out if they are discovered...cool!

I'm looking forward to seeing future pics of your layouts. Thanks for sharing!

~Cheers
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#23748
My 1st setup...whew! 7 Years, 7 Months ago  
It is hard to believe this is your first time, but hey...I know it is...I took your order!

This is an amazing setup, and it is so cool to see a new face here in the Cool Photos section. I can't wait to see what comes next. Enjoy these sets with your family. I can't wait until my son is a few years older. He still thinks Daddy's DF stuff is suitable for "army guys" action, and he gets a bit carried away.
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