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#15254
BIG Fantasy Floors 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
The nice thing about large floor sections is, well... they're large. I plunk down a 4"x6" or 6"x6" tile, and that's pretty much it for a decent-size room -- just add walls and a door, and you're done.

So is there a market for "specialty" floor tiles in either/both of those sizes?

For example, we have a beautiful Lava Fountain -- how about a 6"x6" Lava Floor? There's a pair 2"x2" Slave Pits -- why not a 6"x6" Slave Pit piece with 4 grills (three intact and one broken)? Or a floor that is heavy metal grate on a black background. (Floorground?)

I'm tepid about a 4"x6" rectangular Water Pool to go with the 4"x4" circular Water Pool, although that could be anything from a reflecting pool to a Roman bath. Likewise, I'm not terribly enamored of a 6"x6" Pentagram Summoning Area (but think of the things your evil wizard could summon with that!)

A big argument against large floor pieces is that HirstArts allows us to cast floors ourselves. And since Hirst seems to favor 3"x3" dimensions, it dovetails very nicely with the 6"x6" size anyway. It's a good argument. But I'd still rather have actual Stefan/DF pieces.

And these can be introduced in any order on any timetable. There doesn't have to be an entire Lava line (for example), just a Lava Floor all by itself. If customers clamor for more, then DF might consider going farther -- if they don't, then consider that bit of market research to be over and done with.

Any other ideas for large-size "theme" floors?
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#15255
BIG Fantasy Floors 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
jack -

I think I've mentioned my 10" x 10" piece I made for a BIG setup at Shore Leave one year. ReBob and I spent the better part of two Fridays, basically gluing the 2" tiles together with Kleen Klay so they would have proper spacing without using bowties. The actual mold pour was left overnight so it would fully cure before pulling it off the master. We only ever made one floor, but I still have the mold, as well as all the other molds we made (including one that was poured in 3 passes to make a 6" Sci-Fi wall, before Stefan came out with the real one).
I've also made a 2" x 6" and a 1" x 6" floor tile, again in order to fill large spaces. Unfortunately, they were made with a white resin that I tried to color with resin colorants to a dark grey, and what it resulted in was a very-stiff-rubber-like composition that works, but would never make it as a second level floor. I used the same resin for the 10x and didn't try to color it, and the darn thing is light as a feather and stiff as a life sentence with no parole! Apparently, using colorant on the white CR-600 resin from MicroMark weakens it's rigidity.

Good luck on any other large-size floors.

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#15256
BIG Fantasy Floors 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
I'd really like to see a 4"x4" floor at some point. I also wouldn't mind a 6"x6" cracked floor to go with the 4"x6" cracked floor (the reason being that I like to have dungeons that change to respond to the players' actions, and a 6"x6" cracked floor would swap nicely with the regular one. To that end, broken pillars that match the existing ones would be neat, too.)

More specialized floors would be cool as well. Rectangular pools, filthy pits, decorative patterns, pressure plates...the possibilities are endless.
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#15257
BIG Fantasy Floors 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
Watch the Workbench for ideas on making broken pillars and cracked 4x6's - as opposed to cracked customizers!

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