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#52258
Experiments with the Woodland Set 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
So I recently picked up the Woodland Set and posted a long review of it in the Feedback forum. In thinking about it, and hearing people's responses to my review, I got really interested in the idea of using the Woodland Set as an accent to existing DF settings, rather than treating it as a self-contained setting. I think its strengths -- how detailed it is, how unique, the sylvan aesthetic, etc. -- are really highlighted by this use, and its weaknesses (the fact that an entire dungeon with trees for walls just seems a bit... strange) are totally erased.

There does remain a problem with the fit -- the pieces just don't line up perfectly, which is particularly noticeable when you place them alongside the cavernous water pieces. Two woodland set pieces next to each other are slightly longer than one cavern piece, so in trying to make an island, surrounding woodland pieces with cavernous river pieces, there were some challenges. I think the overall effect is so cool, though, that you don't really mind the little gaps.

The woodland pieces work really well with the cavern pieces, I took some pics to indicate the slight mis-match in the color scheme but overall the broken-stone-and-grass is a good combo with the cavern floors. I also think the trees look AWESOME alongside the flagstone walls of the dungeon setting. And the woodland floors make a neat path through a dungeon.

These are all, obviously, very rough indications of what could be done. I didn't make elaborate dungeons here, didn't populate them. I didn't even have time to take out enough cavernous water pieces to make a complete island. But this is a teaser of what's possible (and what I intend to do more fully next time I have the chance!)

Enjoy!









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#52259
Re:Experiments with the Woodland Set 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
A few more. Sorry, I know some of these are pretty repetitive, just variations on a theme. But I want to highlight options and small differences -- like an eye doctor. "Better like this, or better like this?" "With the portcullis, or with the woodland set door? With the door open, or with the door closed?"

;)

I also really like using the railings from the woodland accessory set to make a fancier bridge (the basic bridge is from the cavernous river and walls set). There are only four railings, and you need six to finish the bridge, so I used photo magic to hide that fact. ;) I do think that the railings make for a nice, Rivendell-esque bridge.









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Re:Experiments with the Woodland Set 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
Almost the last ones...









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Re:Experiments with the Woodland Set 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
Last few...


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Re:Experiments with the Woodland Set 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
I just picked up a single set but havent received it yet so I appreciate the ideas. I had planned to make a druid's home but I'm wasnt sure how else I would use it. I'm really hoping my pieces fit together because that is a huge pet peeve of mine but the set is so pretty, I can overlook it.
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#52264
Re:Experiments with the Woodland Set 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
Thank you for posting these. I really enjoyed seeing how well these sets go together. The woodlands sets have gone up a notch in my book now. I really wish a woodlands set #2 would have curved stackable portions so you could build elven trees habitations.
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#52273
Re:Experiments with the Woodland Set 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
Nice mix, they do look good together.

Well done.
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#52279
Re:Experiments with the Woodland Set 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
Glad people like the pictures! I tried a few other things -- a small castle room with a little garden courtyard, which I think is as basic as it gets but still looks very nice. The windows from WA3 work particularly well with this.

And then I found some other river and lake pieces and tried something larger. To be honest, I'm not crazy about these. I think the idea is still good, but I also think it is gonna take me some time to figure out the best way to put things together.

One of the things I love about DF is this puzzle aspect -- figuring out ways to combine elements for a really great effect. I'll crack this one yet!








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#52281
Re:Experiments with the Woodland Set 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
I like the mixed look.

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#52282
Re:Experiments with the Woodland Set 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
Thanks!
The pictures show some really good ideas. The trees with the water and the portcullis, the bridge with the railings, ...

Very inspiring ... and even a little romantic! ;)
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#52286
Re:Experiments with the Woodland Set 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
well Done Law!
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#52321
Re:Experiments with the Woodland Set 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
I wouldn't have thought to combine these in this way, but I really like what you've done here. Combining the Woodland set with the water tiles, adds a really nice organic element to the build.

Unfortuately, this means I now 'need' both the woodland and water sets!
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