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#42747
Huge Dragon-worthy Treasure Piles 2 Years, 7 Months ago  
In my opinion, DF should do a bad-ass huge treasure pile. I believe it could be as much and even more popular and useful then a Monster Nest or a RotA entrance. This could lure greedy adventurers into overrating challenges such as in the following diorama from invicibleoverlord:



(Originally from www.dwarvenforge.com/forum?func=view&catid=3&id=5625#5631; it took me quite awhile to find this old post...)

IO of course used the now Out-of-Production treasure set (sells crazy-expensive on eBay) but I believe Gargantuan/Colossal dragons do not care one bit about copper and their treasure hoard should be big enough for them to lay asleep on top of it with a lot of gems mixed in the lot.

I've been inspired by a tutorial I found on the Reaper site where a guy scratch-built his very own treasure pile: www.reapermini.com/Thecraft/33. Ultimately, I decided not to follow most of his advices and I think the result looks quite good:



(unpainted figure is for scale purposes and the 2 pieces I made are 4"by4" and 4"by8")

What do you think?
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#42748
Re:Huge Dragon-worthy Treasure Piles 2 Years, 7 Months ago  
ooops, I forgot about the 500 kb limit upon images uploaded

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#42749
Re:Huge Dragon-worthy Treasure Piles 2 Years, 7 Months ago  
NICE! Truly a worthy hoard! Would love to see DF put out a other treasure set with a piles those sizes.

Great thread necro btw - LOVE the old IO posts!
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#42752
Re:Huge Dragon-worthy Treasure Piles 2 Years, 7 Months ago  
Very nice job, Biowizard! Which bits of advice did you not follow in the tutorial? As far as I can tell, your work looks just as good or even better. And if DF made such a thing, I would surely purchase it.
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#42759
Re:Huge Dragon-worthy Treasure Piles 2 Years, 7 Months ago  
I agree that a treasure pile the same size as the monster nest would be awesome and I would definately buy it. Those two piles look great btw. Good job sir !
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#42760
Re:Huge Dragon-worthy Treasure Piles 2 Years, 7 Months ago  
Looks great biowizard might have to try it myself. I would snap any new treasure sets DF came out with. The original treasure set is pretty pricey now and that is if you can wait for one to pop up on ebay.
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#42765
Re:Huge Dragon-worthy Treasure Piles 2 Years, 7 Months ago  
Very cool indeed! I know DF is working on a new treasure set, but my guess it wouldn't have anything quite this epic. I think doing it as a pre-order extra like biowizard mentioned is a great idea!
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#42768
Re:Huge Dragon-worthy Treasure Piles 2 Years, 7 Months ago  
Biowizard,

Great job on the treasure piles... well done . I just added your image to my files on awesome pieces.

GAME ON
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#42769
Re:Huge Dragon-worthy Treasure Piles 2 Years, 7 Months ago  
How I did it:

Material:
48 square inches of Hirst Arts casts from Cavern Floor Mold #281 (Hydrocal)
1/4 inch thick balsa wood cut 4"*4" * 4"*8"
Super Sculpey
Wood (PVA) glue
Foil
Glitter Glue
Gold Glitter
Multi-color glitter
Adhesive Rhinestones (blue, green, red & white; several sizes & tones)
Vallejo Model Color
Black primer (spray)



Except for the HA casts, thanks to a friend of mine, and the Vallejo paint, I could buy all this at my two local Art Supply stores (Blick and Michaels Arts & Crafts).

On the Reaper site, Rastl Deeperdown had used a glue gun to make the shape of the treasure. I used Super Sculpey, which is a very handy clay that hardens when you heat it a 275F/130C in a normal oven, because I could control better the shape of the end result. Since I was concerned the necessary heating could somehow burn the wood (more on this later), I decided to assemble the HA pieces with PVA glue on a piece of foil. Once the glue was dry I've put the Sculpey over the tile into a general shape of a large treasure (This is so very easy... 4 year old kids do it all the time with playdough). I then heated the structure in the oven 40 minutes (ask your parents if you're 4 year old ;-)) . This is when some kind of disaster happened, the sculpey shrunk a little, which bent slightly my otherwise very flat assembly of HA pieces. I then decided to break the plaster at a few strategic point to have it stick to the balsa wood (good support + it provided the piece the same height as any other DF flooring). I also decided to cut a trench (then filled with Green Stuff) into the Sculpey of the biggest piece to allow to be more straight. Then, I spray painted with a black primer (to provide for a black background if ever there would be a space not covered by glitter) and painted the plaster to mimic the paint on the Cavern set. Then I put plenty of several self-adhesive rhinestones of different sizes and colors all over the place. Rastl Deeperdown had used 0.04" sized circle-shaped gold glitter for her treasure pile. I spent a lot of time trying to find such big glitter particles and failed. Nevertheless, since the 25/28mm scale is around 1/68, the gold piece she used would represent 3 inches (10 cm) in diameter, which is too big in my opinion. I then used normal fine glitter (make sure the glitter are little circles and not other weird shapes). I think the end result is quite good. To mimic very small gems as well a few silver/platinum coins mixed with the gold, I pre-mixed a lot of gold glitter with a little of multi-colored glitter. Using an old brush, I painted directly the Glitter glue around the rhinestones and then sparkled the glitter on the glue (it turned out that this glue takes many hours to dry). I then uncovered the few rhinestones with a wet brush that had been covered by glitter+glue. I could have done a black wash over the whole thing once dry to make it a little darker and/or used a gloss varnish over the treasure to increase its durability but I like it the way it is now and I will take great care of it...
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#42771
Re:Huge Dragon-worthy Treasure Piles 2 Years, 7 Months ago  
How I should have done it/How you should do it:

-Buy yourself a 6" x 6" Floor tile ($10) or a Cavern floor piece ($12).
-Apply Super Sculpey on it and bake. I'm not yet sure about this, but thinking back upon it, I now believe that the paint job and the bottom felt might resist the relatively low 275F/130C temperature. There is no warranty here but maybe someone who has already done it might tell us what happens to slightly baking DF pieces?
-Paint the Sculpey black and proceed to rhinestones and glitter placement.

This would be a very easy, fast and relatively cheap method for all of us to get a big treasure pile!
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#42772
Re:Huge Dragon-worthy Treasure Piles 2 Years, 7 Months ago  
Harneloot, Arcarius2001, jls304, Pusherman, granpappy77 and rydendragons

Thanks! I'm glad you like it!

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#42775
Re:Huge Dragon-worthy Treasure Piles 2 Years, 7 Months ago  
biowizard wrote:
Harneloot, Arcarius2001, jls304, Pusherman, granpappy77 and rydendragons

Thanks! I'm glad you like it!

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I'm also digging the profile pic! Suits your handle quite well.
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