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#59978
My First "Real" Setup 10 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Hi Everyone!

I recently finished painting most of my DF Game Tiles and I ran an adventure over the weekend, so thought I'd share some photos of my first 'real' 3D dungeon. (I have done some others prior to this, using assorted cobbled together stuff and mostly unpainted Game Tiles, but this is the first that seemed at all worthy of the name.) The keen-eyed observer will note various elements where the painting is still incomplete, but I just couldn't wait...

The prep is certainly a lot of work, but I just love the added realism it adds to the game. My new DF habit, and a concurrent interest in sculpting and painting, has totally rejuvenated my love of RPGaming, and it's been a blast both getting back to my gaming roots, and exploring the new horizons 3D terrain opens up.

A few notes: This setup represents part of an ongoing adventure as a band of characters try to navigate their way through an unknown segment of a long-abandoned subterranean empire, subsequently inhabited by various malevolent creatures and elemental powers. They begin at the top of a cliff overgrown with ice stalagmites, enter the fastness of a long-dead wizard, cross through an area flooded and full of aquatic monsters, co-opt an ancient automaton and use it to open a set of enchanted doors, negotiate passage past a crystal rift inhabited by two hostile dragons, and finally (by now weary and wounded) evade some more monsters and escape further into the tunnels.

Thanks to Biowizard for the idea of using lexan grids over printed textures to create water areas and other effects that I found here: www.dwarvenforge.com/forum?func=view&catid=3&id=48368

OK, without further ado--
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#59979
Re:My First "Real" Setup 10 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Three shots of the whole layout:


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#59981
Re:My First "Real" Setup 10 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
...And some closer shots of the adventure in progress:







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Re:My First "Real" Setup 10 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
The adventure continues:







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#59987
Re:My First "Real" Setup 10 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
nice use of the underlying color. looks like your group had a good time and no TPKs/ :D

in my current adventure, there is large water sections. now I know how I can do them so it looks good.
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#59988
Re:My First "Real" Setup 10 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Thanks!

Yes, everyone survived... even the purple mushroom man NPC, who was talked into feeding the dead giant rat (stuffed with a flask of poison) to the giant crocodile. ("Your kind is not appetizing to the croc, so...")

Things would have gone differently though if anyone had mouthed off to the dragons... ; )
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#59998
Re:My First "Real" Setup 10 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Nice!

I'm glad I inspired you. Would you care to tell us where you obtained those textures from? Also, did you specifically used Lexan? I'm asking because you used relatively small surface areas that seem to be sized precisely for your needs. Are you using plastic sheets flexible and cheap enough to be custom cut on the go with scissors? My huge 1/8" thick sheets are certainly not easily cut...

The textured approach for making huge flooring sections is in my mind a good work-around for the relatively low proportion of classic 2"*2" floor pieces in the standard Game Tiles Sets. It can also provide nice colors and variety for those huge rooms where the ultimate villain is confronted.
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Re:My First "Real" Setup 10 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Biowizard,

I used 1/8" plexiglass "scraps" that I picked up at the local hardware store. The sizes varied; I ended up cutting what I had (on a compound miter saw) into a couple larger pieces about 12" x 16" each (allowing me to set up either 12" x 32", 16" x 24", or offset variations), and a few smaller ones for use making smaller pools / rifts / fumaroles etc.

Most of the textures sheets are simply printed out on regular paper. One of them I laminated so it will last, but since the laminate isn't perfectly clear it leaves a bit of a line that's visible close up where the sheets overlap; so I left the others (so far) as plain paper. Less durable, but when it's under the plexiglass, it's not going to get much wear.

I found the textures online just doing a Google search... The 'water' one I found under either "Marsh Texture" or "Swamp Texture" as I recall (initially I intended it just for weedy water, as it looked greener on the screen, but printed out I think it works well for cave water too). The multicolored crystal I found under "Crystal Texture"; it was described as being meteorite crystal... really nifty I think.
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#60032
Re:My First "Real" Setup 10 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
That looks great! I particularly like how well you blended different sources so seamlessly. PRIMO!
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#60075
Re:My First "Real" Setup 10 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Great use of underlying colors! I like the colors/textures you selected, but there's also something about the shape of the cut-outs that really catches my eye.

Thanks for sharing :)
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#60080
Re:My First "Real" Setup 10 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Thanks for the kind words everyone!

The process of putting this together, as well as perusing the forum and looking at everyone else's amazing setups, has really got me inspired. I've been sculpting up a storm ever since making stuff to enhance future adventures.
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#60112
Re:My First "Real" Setup 10 Months, 1 Week ago  
I really like this, good work. Can you share where you got the large double door from?

Also, did you print the square grid yourself on the underlays or are those purchased somewhere?
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