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#61015
Re:Siege of the Sacred Spring 8 Months, 1 Week ago  
Wow after blowing up some of these photos I have to ask where you got a few of these pieces from:

1) The double Stonehenge-like Stone Gateways (top right of first photo)

2) The Waterfall (first photo)

3) The stone walkway with rust-like paint job (top right below stone gateways in first photo).

4) The gate (bottom left, first photo).

5) Treasure chest (leftmost room in first photo - dosent look DF Standard)

6) The Lake tiles that are not cavernous? They look like a woodlands expansion.


Simply awesome =)
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#61017
Re:Siege of the Sacred Spring 8 Months, 1 Week ago  
Very well done. Terrific use of the Cavernous Lake pieces in conjunction with the Woodland Sets.

How many Woodland Sets is that first set-up?
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#61020
Re:Siege of the Sacred Spring 8 Months, 1 Week ago  
Words cannot do this set up justice. Simply amazing work. Out of curiosity, where did you purchase your ent tree people? I couldn't find a decent 'forest fighter' last time I looked.
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#61023
Re:Siege of the Sacred Spring 8 Months, 1 Week ago  
Thanks for the kind words guys. Glad everyone liked the setup. :)

@ Keeblerorc - Thanks again for all the LED cavern mods! They really are even more impressive in person than in photos. I kept dimming the lights in the room just to watch them flicker. Unfortunately, the photos with the lights dimmed were blurry. Oh well, I guess everyone will just have to buy a Keeblerorc mod to see for themselves :)

@TK 266 - Good spot, there are indeed some Jake Hecker pieces in the setup. I love how detailed his pieces are. It's also great that they come painted, a huge benefit given that my list of items to paint grows faster than I can finish projects.

@granpappy77 - I totally agree that Woodlands is an "under-appreciated" set. Admittedly, it's not as versatile as your basic dungeon set, but the sculpt by Sandra Garrity is really beautiful. It will always hold a special place in my heart as the first set of DF I ever owned :)

@ Galdor - This setup was for my own amusement. What can I say, toys are fun! :) Although, my husband mentioned a few times while I was building this setup that I'm overdue to run a game with DF, so my next build will be for my Pathfinder campaign.

@ jasdotcom, Grokkit, and Fizzikx - Just doing my part to spread the addiction, there's always some reason to buy just "one more set"...queue evil DM laughter ;)

@ jackattack - I used 4 woodlands sets for this build
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#61024
Re:Siege of the Sacred Spring 8 Months, 1 Week ago  
@ Fizzikx - the pieces you asked about are from the following sources:

1. The Stonehenge are Standing Stones by Scotia Grendel

2. The waterfall is from Fenryll. It comes in two pieces (falls and pool). I only used the the falls portion since I wanted it to empty into the DF lake pieces.

3. The stairs are from Thomarillion, although I'm not sure they're being sold at the moment since I couldn't find them on the website.

4. The gate is The court of honour of Drachenstein castle also by Thomarillion.

5. The treasure chest is in fact DF, but it's from the old out-of-print treasure set. You'll still see them come up on eBay now and then.

6. The lake tiles are all DF cavernous lake pieces. To make them less cavernous I added model railroad plants and flowers to the top. I didn't want to glue anything to the DF itself, so I glued to small pieces of clear plastic that I just sat atop the DF. The rippling water effects at the base of the waterfall is done the same way. A piece of clear plastic topped with Woodland Scenics real water to create ripples. A quick and inexpensive way to add more variety to DF lake pieces.


@ Dead_Rabbit - The tree people are Games Workshop Wood Elf Dryads. They are lead by Drycha
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#61028
Re:Siege of the Sacred Spring 8 Months, 1 Week ago  
Beautiful, just plain beautiful. This is really taking gaming to the level of art.

I love how you integrated all the disparate elements so every scene is cohesive, nothing seems out of place despite the amazing variety.

I just picked up a bunch of trees as I'm planning to run some adventures set in jungle ruins, and I'll definitely be studying your setups for ideas. Thanks for sharing!
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#61030
Re:Siege of the Sacred Spring 8 Months, 1 Week ago  
Whoa!

I would post my initial response, but it is not only NSFW, it really just isn't very polite at all. Suffice it to say it included the word "holy" and nothing else printable.

This is truly stupendous! I love the depth of it, the creative use of the woodland set, the interplay with the various styles. But above all that, however it was put together, it is just a really beautiful and exciting-looking environment! Awesome beyond awesome. And, yes, the minis look amazing!
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#61031
Re:Siege of the Sacred Spring 8 Months, 1 Week ago  
You just crossed over from gaming terrain to art! This is so spectacular and beautiful. The terrain combinations, the colors, the background, the lovely miniatures, the story, the depth and texture to the photos. I am truly gobsmacked! I think this could very well be the best set up I have ever seen.
Bravo, Feymous, bravo!!!!!!
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#61054
Re:Siege of the Sacred Spring 8 Months, 1 Week ago  
As many others here, I am short of words and it took me many days before daring posting this. Your setup is fantastic and wonderful. I emailed the link to all my gaming buddies. Your diorama might very well be declared most beautiful setup of 2014 right away and I guess it will soon find its way upon Tom's website!


...Now, the boring yet necessary accessories walk through. You just cannot post all these beautiful accessories and yet not tell us humble dungeon decorists where you found all of them and/or how you made them.

What are Jake Hecker's pieces. Are these two huge and beautiful elvish columns on each side of the cavern's entrance Jake Hecker's pieces? What is Flight of Fancy. Where can we find those pieces?

Did you made the mountain yourself?

Where are your trees from? Was there any work to be done on them by you for them to look that realistic?

How did you handle making the backdrop images of the mountains, sky and clouds? Is this printed?

The grass/dirt surface where all you pieces are sitting on (not the green felt on the mountainous parts) looks as if it was printed on something. What is it?

You say you used model railroad plants and flowers to put on the cavernous lake pieces. Would you mind telling us specifically where they are from?

Am I forgetting anything? ...there's too much to look at.

Many many thanks!
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#61068
Re:Siege of the Sacred Spring 8 Months, 1 Week ago  
@ GriffinTamer, Law, and Arcarius2001 - Aw shucks guys, you're going to make me blush ;) Thanks for all the complements. This setup was really fun for me to build. DF is amazing in game, but I also take great pleasure in building just to see a setting I've imagined come to life on the table.

@ GriffinTamer - If you haven't seen them already, I highly recommend checking out these posts by Law for a little jungle inspiration: Take me to... the volcano!!!, Lizardmen jungle lair, and The Great Coming of Tlaltecuhtli. I love how Law uses aquarium plants to create a lush jungle feel. Please post pics of your setup :)
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#61071
Re:Siege of the Sacred Spring 8 Months, 1 Week ago  
@biowizard – Thanks, I’m flattered that you shared my pictures with your friends.

I’m happy to explain where everything came from, but a long list of questions is bound to require an even longer list of answers ;) Here is goes…

Jake Hecker has a site on eBay (company name Flights of Fancy Miniatures). Like many on eBay, he creates his accessories using HA molds. However, he includes lots of little details (books, bottles, etc.) that add to the realism of his work. The pics below show the Jake Hecker items in my setup.





The elvish statues in the cavern are Elven Ruins Gate by Scibor Miniatures. The sculpt and cast are beautiful, probably the most detailed dungeon accessory I own.

Hmm, how to describe the mountain…it was a process?

- The small mountainous pieces near the front of the keep (bordering the courtyard) and the base of the main mountain (where the DF sits in a hollow of the mountain) I carved from sheet insulation using a hot-wire foam cutter. At 2 inches thick, it’s the perfect height for adding levels to a DF setup. However, I couldn’t use it to make a mountain top.

- For the mountain top I used the Inspiration Point from Scenic Express. However, I wanted a ledge for the scrying pool and wanted the waterfall and staircase to sit flush with the mountain, so I took a large knife and carved the Inspiration Point. I then used paper mache to cover any holes (the Inspiration Point is hollow foam, making it easy to cut, but leaving large holes).

- I spray painted the whole thing black using Krylon ShortCuts (wont melt foam) and the drybrushed with a cheap grey craft paint (didn’t want to use good paint for such a large piece of scenery)

To be continued… ;)
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#61072
Re:Siege of the Sacred Spring 8 Months, 1 Week ago  
scenery details continued...

Most of the trees are simply value packs from either Woodland Scenics or Scenic Express, all ready made. The exceptions are:

- Unknown to me when I ordered them, the autumn trees from Scenic Express did not have bases. I created those with clay, added sand and stones for texture and painted them. They turned out to be far more stable than the small bases my other trees came with, so I plan on adding such bases to all my trees eventually.

- There are two trees supporting the balcony on which the archers stand, which I made myself to give the setup structural integrity. I started with dead trees from Armorcast, created general leaf structure with bits of sponge, and added clump foliage.

I used the mountain and cloud backdrops from Scenic Express for some shots. However, trying to position them proved too inconvenient (my husband had to hold them while I shot pictures). So for the rest I just used GIMP to edit backgrounds into the photos :)

The surface covering most of my table is a Frontline Gaming mat. I ordered several during their Kickstarter, but the mats are now for sale on their website. I’m very happy with the quality, the image is extremely detailed and the mat is heavy so it doesn’t curl-up or wrinkle (reminds me of a thin mousepad).

Most of the plants are from Hobbylinc. I did a search for “water plants” and found several choices. I was a little skeptical when they first arrived, because they come in flat paper sheets. You have to pop each out and shape it. However, they were very easy to assemble and I’m happy with the results.
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