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#24918
Raid gone wrong - photo series 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
Here's a fun set of photos from a dungeon foray gone bad. All the mini's are based for "outdoor" usage, hence the green. Sorry 'bout that.

The minis are undersized, because I wanted to give a sense of scale. The heroes are 10mm dwarves, and most of the badguys are 15mm.

There are 24 photos, sorry a couple are blurry - I'm new to photographing miniatures up close like this. I'm also new to these particular boards, so hello to those that don't know me from elsewhere as well! :-)


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The setting:

In some woods in the Eastern Territory, a rocky outcrop is home to a nasty clan of trolls, who have made an alliance with the local Wolfen horde for mutual protection. Though many bold crusaders had attempted to oust them, none had yet succeeded. Stories of the treasures that must lie inside, plundered from the trolls' many victims, ran rampant across the land, tempting brave and foolish alike to seek their fortune by doing what others could not.



"Hey gang!" said the leader of some Dwarven mercenaries, who happened to be passing by. "I heard there's a troll cave in that mountain over yonder, that's full of treasure and magic! Nobody is better underground than a Dwarf, I bet we can take them!


Scouting the entrance, however, was disheartening. "Would you look at that? They've got ballistae and everything! How are we supposed to get by that?"


Clearly, it was time to seek an alternate way in.


"Ah ha, look at that! There's a second entrance to the cave, and it looks like this one is unguarded. We can climb up that fallen tree and make it in behind their backs!"


Once inside the cave, the dwarves find stairs leading down in to the mountain. Eager for treasure, and delighted that they have snuck past the guards, they go down the steps and boot open the first door.


Oops! I guess some of the guards were still inside! Charge!


The combat against a Wolfen swordsman and two javelineers was fast. With superior numbers, the Dwarves overwhelmed the surprised canine sentries


"Holy moly, these walls are huge!" thought the dwarves. "Trolls and Wolfen aren't this big, who made this place?"


"Check out these massive doors! I bet there's treasure behind these!"


"Oh crap, it's a Doom-Wolf kennel!"


Deciding (wisely) that the other door was likely a second kennel, the Dwarves decide (unwisely) to head down the deepest of the tunnels.


"Wow, check out that broken portcullis! What had the strength to do that?"


Figuring the door behind the portcullis must be the REAL treasure room, the Dwarves boldy heave it open...


...only to find the Wolfen chieftan and his bodyguards!


Having horribly failed their perception checks to hear previous combat, the chieftan and his guards are caught unaware, giving the Dwarves the initiative.


It was a very tough fight, but with the element of surprise, a few choice critical strikes, and a bit of luck, the Dwarves manage to survive the fight, and eliminate the last of the Wolfen guards just before he reaches the next door. "Hmm, I wonder what's through the door?" ask the Dwarves.


"Hoody-hoot mon! THIS is the treasure room!" Chests of gold lie strewn about, and the Dwarves greedily fill their pockets. "But wait a minute, what about the magic? There's nothing magical here... it must be down those steps!"


Once again, a mammoth door lies in front of them. Once again, the Dwarves could turn back. Once again, they don't.


"Oh yes, there were Trolls too..." Indeed there were, and our battered party of Dwarves seems to have interrupted the Troll King right in the middle of an audience!


Things don't get any better for our party when the Troll King, somewhat peeved at their presence...


...polymorphs back to his true form.


"No wonder all the doors are so huge!" the Dwarves say to themselves. "It would appear the Troll King is actually a Frost Dragon!"


"I really must talk with the Wolfen about this. Prey this size hardly is worth eating." muses the dragon.


THE END
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#24919
Raid gone wrong - photo series 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
I like the smaller figures for that sense of scale, it makes the DF look like big massive caverns.... i'm used to 28mm so it's easy to see this as scaled up.
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#24920
Raid gone wrong - photo series 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
Great story and nice use of Scenery. Did you make the hill yourself or is it war-forged (name might be wrong) It looks to be teh lesser Daemon's keep. If so is the stuff durable? I am thinking of buying several items from him but could not find anyone who has. Let me know.

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#24921
Raid gone wrong - photo series 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
Thanks for the comments :-)

I picked up the large rocky hills in center on eBay from the guy who runs http://www.battlefieldarchitect.com. While I wouldn't want to hit them with an edged object, they're entirely durable for gameplay purposes, and one can safely toss them about if need be (they're mostly hard foam).

The smaller hills I also got on eBay, but that was some time ago and I don't recall who it was. They're single cast pieces of rubbery material, and could probably knock a person out if you hit somebody with one :-)

Unfortunately, my own skills at creating such things are approximately zero, so I have to stick with buying it.
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#24922
Raid gone wrong - photo series 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
Nice set ups!!

I too cover my rooms in my DF set-ups so players can't see exactly what coming.

Do other people do this?

How about cover rooms AND then also cover general shape/layout with even larger covers?
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#24923
Raid gone wrong - photo series 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
Nice set ups!!

I too cover my rooms in my DF set-ups so players can't see exactly what coming.

Do other people do this?

How about cover rooms AND then also cover general shape/layout with even larger covers?

Thanks :-)

I do the small cover/large cover thing as well - it just never shows up much in the pics, because I tried to avoid taking pictures of the covered parts :-P In that first image of the X-shaped passage, with the two small rooms covered, that whole area was originally covered with an additional 12x12 piece of cardstock.
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#24924
Raid gone wrong - photo series 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
For large setups I usually allow the party to find a "map" The map does not contain everything but it is enough that I can have most of the setup built ahead of time and leave it up. I do not put treasure and/or monsters in it. For small setups I build as we go. I usually build it the night before and then create a map of it on the computer using pfworks tool. I then print the map out and tear down the setup. Build it out as they go through. Works well.

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#24925
Raid gone wrong - photo series 7 Years, 1 Month ago  
Lionheart;

I tend to cover the various areas with cardboard, then the entire setup with a black cotton dropcloth. This year, I'm going to need LOTS more dropcloths at Shore Leave, because I've got a 5-level game, set up on lexan risers!
Since I'm getting away from the convention DM job for a couple of years, I decided to go for a max-level game this year; there WILL be fatalities amongst the characters!

See ya!

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