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#4635
Multi-level setups 9 Years, 9 Months ago  
I've been experimenting with multi-level setups lately, and I've found that 1.5 inch styrofoam insulation makes a perfect base for multi-level dungeons. It's exactly the height of a DF wall, and allows the floor of the higher level to butt up against the top of the lower level's wall.

Here are a few pics of a four-level setup I ran my players through recently. They're not the best, but I think they get the idea across.
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#4636
Multi-level setups 9 Years, 9 Months ago  
Nice :D
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#4637
Multi-level setups 9 Years, 9 Months ago  
Very Nice!

I like the use of the dead-end passage piece as a ramp up into the cavern section.
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#4638
Multi-level setups 9 Years, 9 Months ago  
Great setup dude.

I would like to echo CD's statement, excellent use of the caved in dead end section as a ramp.

Wish I had just a little more DF to be able to do something like that.

*OK... ALOT more DF*...
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#4639
Multi-level setups 9 Years, 9 Months ago  
Great new use for what I thought was a single use piece (dead end).
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#4640
Multi-level setups 9 Years, 9 Months ago  
What is the dimension your table?
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#4641
Multi-level setups 9 Years, 9 Months ago  
The cave-in piece worked out pretty nicely. The more I work with DF, the more I realize just how versatile it is.

The foam platforms are great, because they can take a lot of weight and still remain entirely stable. It's about as player-proof as multi-level setups can get.

Oh, and the table is 4' x 6'.
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#4642
Multi-level setups 9 Years, 9 Months ago  
YukonCornelious,

I Love the Effect of this Multilevel approach... And one of the most "Obvious" advantages to using this technique would seem to be the options for making "Pits", "Chasms", "Obliets" (SP?), Etc... And I Guess you Could Cover the Styro-foam with Black Material or similar to really Sink into the sceanary... Great Job... I'll definately be looking into this...
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#4643
Multi-level setups 9 Years, 9 Months ago  
Yeah. The white is not so nice and leads to a lot of Matrix jokes. If you find a good way around it, please let me know.

Right now, the Holy Grail for me is multi-level cavern setups that work in the same way. Eventually, I'd like to be able to do scenarios where characters fight their way up a mountainside, with the DF setup stepping back 4 inches each level. But I'm going to need to make some serious conversion pieces (and free up some serious time) to do it.
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#4644
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As to the White, I Know from experience that Spray paint melts Styrofoam, but I really have not experimented with any other kinds of Paint? (It might be worth experimenting)? Another thought that occurs to me is the idea of making sort of like "Pillow Cases" for the Styrofoam? Or Just Buy a Really large piece, (Pieces), of Black Material from a Fabric Store, and after laying out the Levels, Use Heavy "Pins" to Secure the Fabric? I Dunno' but, Let us know if you Come up with something particulary Clever... Also how much were the Styrofoam Blocks?
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#4645
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It's the propelent that eats it, when i tried to paint a big block of styrofoam i used an airbrush on a course setting worked great and did a nice series of layers on it... may have to get that out to do some work on the platformer stuff, if i paint them...
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#4646
Multi-level setups 9 Years, 8 Months ago  
There's a "Make it Stone" paint from Krylon that comes with a textured paint and a sealer that you apply after the paint. I've used this in the past when making Warhammer 40K terrain out of styrofoam. The textered stuff doesn't eat the styrofoam but the sealer will. Just be sure to make a good coating of the textered part and the sealer eating the foam isn't a problem as it won't penetrate the textured stuff. For my skill level in terrain creation I think it did a pretty good job.
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