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#30554
Dungeon Crawl 5 Years, 11 Months ago  
After being inspired by so many other beautiful setups I've seen in this gallery, I decided to try to photograph my first large scale dungeon crawl that I set up for the kids. I used some dirt simple home grown rules and some of the D&D WOC plastic minis. I was amazed how well my three kids, aged 6-8, did both following the rules and staying focused on the game. Generally they have the attention span of a gnat.

My other motivation for photographing and posting this is trying to better learn the photography. The camera flash dramatically changes the color of the photo, but without the flash and even using a tripod, getting a clear consistent image is difficult. My wife finally had the brilliant idea of using the camera timer to take the pictures rather than trying to depress the button. That seemed to help stop the blur that came without using the flash and remove the shake from pushing the button. The camera is an older Fuji S5100.

Geoff

















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My sets: 20x Sci-fi starters, 7x Alpha's, 3x Gamma's, 4x Beta's, 6x Passage; 3x ROTA, 3x ROTA II; and more Dungeon and Caverns sets than I feel like counting (or want my wife counting).
 
#30555
Dungeon Crawl 5 Years, 11 Months ago  
Impressive!!!!!

A few questions:

How big is your table?

Where did you get the Hearth across from the mermaid fountain?

Again, really nice large set-up!
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#30556
Dungeon Crawl 5 Years, 11 Months ago  
Thanks Harneloot. The table is 6' x 8'. It was purpose built for gaming but it often ends up being the family project table. I've given up on hosting or running games around Xmas since my wife claims contol of it for gift wrapping.

The hearth, and its smaller brother were built by me from some Hirst Arts leftovers that I purchased off Ebay. I've been seriously thinking about starting to do some casting but thought I'd like work with the finished product first. I found an auction where someone was selling 5lbs of casting leftovers. These were the results my first experiments. Haven't done much else with the the other 4.999lbs so far. The inspiration for these two pieces came from some of the other custom pieces I've seen on Ebay. There's some amazing work for sale there.

Geoff
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My sets: 20x Sci-fi starters, 7x Alpha's, 3x Gamma's, 4x Beta's, 6x Passage; 3x ROTA, 3x ROTA II; and more Dungeon and Caverns sets than I feel like counting (or want my wife counting).
 
#30557
Dungeon Crawl 5 Years, 11 Months ago  
Bravo!

Well, thats a REALLY big table to display some really nice work! I was wondering how you got the coloration so exact but now I see that you've attached them to DF pieces...but still, it seems like there are parts of the supports for the hearth that aren't DF but have pretty exact color matches....yes?
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#30558
Dungeon Crawl 5 Years, 11 Months ago  
Shutterbug

The hearth is really nicely done. I will 'steal' the idea if you don't mind. I know there are some examples of the HA pages themselves but so far I haven't bothered. I will have to look to all my already casts bits. Should be enough to get something like that done.

I will have to look at the huge layout another time. Great to hear you play with your kids and enjoy it. I really envy you with the table. Mine is 3*6 and is used for breakfast and dinner as well. I have some way to extend it to 4*6 - but still the main issue - I seldom can leave bits on their for a prolonged time ...

I'm currently doing some painting with my oldest one (7) and he did his first Mordheim style game last weekend. I was playing Friday evening with a friend and he was allowed to stay well past his normal bed time. So next day he also wanted to play.

I'm looking forward to a first campaign. I'm playing the D&D boardgame with both my kids. My older one is really keen and keeps up concentration - my younger one (5) still gets distracted quickly and loses interest too fast. Well - still some time ...

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#30559
Dungeon Crawl 5 Years, 11 Months ago  
I lucked out on the coloration of the hearths. It is a very good match, I just wish the photos were better and not as washed out. The paints were old Polly Paint, Armory Paint, and some Michael's. I've actually been kicking myself for not tracking which specific paints I used so I could reproduce the work again. I seem to go on painting binges where I'll knock out some projects that I've been meaning do to and then put everything away and not paint again for a few months. Makes it hard to maintain any consistent skills let alone remember which colors I used for what..

Thod, feel free to steal any ideas you like. That's basicially all I've done. That's the beautiful thing about Internet forums, a never ending souce of inspiration and ideas with photos no less!!

I've been very fortunate that I have a wife that doesn't mind my gaming habits and that I have kids that are also getting sucked into gaming. My regular wargaming group does so many different games, ages, rules, etc that my DF stuff does not get as much regular use as I would like. At least by running games for the kids I can keep it out and used so my wife doesn't give me as much grief about buying more goodies as they come out.
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My sets: 20x Sci-fi starters, 7x Alpha's, 3x Gamma's, 4x Beta's, 6x Passage; 3x ROTA, 3x ROTA II; and more Dungeon and Caverns sets than I feel like counting (or want my wife counting).
 
#30560
Dungeon Crawl 5 Years, 11 Months ago  
At least by running games for the kids I can keep it out and used so my wife doesn't give me as much grief about buying more goodies as they come out.
VERY good point - you might just have convinced me to have kids - so I can order more DF stuf!!!!

:)
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#30561
Dungeon Crawl 5 Years, 11 Months ago  
Hey, I have two kids that I've never used as a reason to order DF ... yet !!!

It's going to be a RotA Christmas for me (and the kids), baby !!!!! :D
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#30562
Dungeon Crawl 5 Years, 11 Months ago  
My wife finally had the brilliant idea of using the camera timer to take the pictures rather than trying to depress the button. That seemed to help stop the blur that came without using the flash and remove the shake from pushing the button. The camera is an older Fuji S5100.
Once you learn the trick you are like why oh why didn't i think of it before, i do all my mini/gaming photos that way, it just really cuts down on the bluring in the inside setting room/area where the minis are.

As to the set up....o_O darn that looks like a lot of caverns... man i need more stuff...
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More Sci Fi Please, request a DEAD END for Sci Fi Passages
Classes of the Old Republic
Some RPG and mini stats including the Exodus and AAT (along with good source of a Mini scale version of the AAT).
 
#30563
Dungeon Crawl 5 Years, 11 Months ago  
My wife finally had the brilliant idea of using the camera timer to take the pictures rather than trying to depress the button. That seemed to help stop the blur that came without using the flash and remove the shake from pushing the button. The camera is an older Fuji S5100.
Once you learn the trick you are like why oh why didn't i think of it before, i do all my mini/gaming photos that way, it just really cuts down on the bluring in the inside setting room/area where the minis are.

As to the set up....o_O darn that looks like a lot of caverns... man i need more stuff...

DOH !!!!

I jumped into the pics without reading the full text ...
that's ...

BRILLIANT !!!!
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