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#44544
Medieval town "flooring" 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
Sorn's latest setup used 260 6*6 DF pieces as the "flooring" for his city. Using these pieces has the advantage of providing the rightful color tone for such a setup. It also adds the 1 inch grid system for playing D&D. Finally, since these pieces are three dimensional, it adds to realism as we can see the rocks that constitutes the streets of such a town.

Unfortunately, the biggest DF piece for "flooring", the 6 by 6 classical piece, has a big runic pattern inlaid in it that makes its use for creating very very very large setups sub-optimal.

There is a product from Custom Kingdoms priced at $15 with a very large (8 by 8) generic tile with a rock pattern inlaid in it:



Although this product is perfect for mimicking "dungeonny" setups, I believe there is a lack for a medieval urban setup. Perhaps sculpted cobblestones would fill that need. Mixed with the MBS sets, we would have a real town! Big 8*8 pieces could be used by people like Sorn to put whole buildings on them. Alternatively, they could be used without any piece put on them to make big plaza while 4*8 & 4*4 pieces could be used to make the streets between buildings made in classical or MBS sets.

Tell us what you think!
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#44547
Re:Medieval town "flooring" 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
I still think the easiest thing to do for people who really want this sort of thing would be to paint up some huge sheets of Plastruct stuff. They make a lot of varieties of cobblestone or flagstone styles.

Granted, you have to paint it, and there's no grid. But it's out there, it's (somewhat) cheap, and it's (mostly) easy. It's really easy to store, very flexible, etc.

That doesn't mean I wouldn't leap at DF cobblestone sections, of course!
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#44548
Re:Medieval town "flooring" 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
I usually use 4x4 cavern floor pieces for city streets, but they have that one annoying bump on them.

I actually think a city streets set of cobblestone tiles would be awesome. Something like

Base package - 9 pack of 8x8 tiles (for 3x3 board)
Expansion package
- transition pieces to cavernous rivers and lakes for city river/sewer/docks
- Sewer drains
- 4 2x4 pieces
- 4 2x2 pieces
- Edge pieces to smooth transition to grassy areas (the underlying battlemat)
- city well, fountain, horse trough, etc.

Expansion package #2
- roads! with sloping edges, curves, etc.
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#44557
Re:Medieval town "flooring" 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
Try 'Zuzzy' they make 6 foot by 4 foot (and smaller) cobblestone 3d mats with a grid. The only down side is that you have to paint them yourself. And you have to wait AGES from orderign to receipt of goods....

A hell of a lot cheaper (by over £1000) than buying 260, 6 by 6 pieces.

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#44566
Re:Medieval town "flooring" 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
I had seen the Zuzzy gaming mats before but I forgot where they were from. Thanks Dave.



Painting to a high standard such big mats as the one I have in mind would be quite a challenge. Also, the fact that these are rubber mats that you roll over themselves and put something heavy upon (MBA buildings) makes me wonder if the paint will last heavy gameplay. Does anyone of you have experience regarding their sturdiness?
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#44575
Re:Medieval town "flooring" 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
I have the Ruined Land and the Flagston Paver mat both in 2'x 4'. The Ruined Land is four years old and has seen a lot of play. The paint, thin washes, has held up well but it will need a tune up or repaint soon. Do not fold them, roll them up and the paint will not wear on the crease. I have had no peeling or flaking issues. The Flagson (his spelling) took forever to paint but suits my DF, Hirst, Kobblestone Miniatures, MBA, and other structures well. I love them. I have some of his other elements as well. His hollow stump is great for any wooded outdoor adventure.
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#44576
Re:Medieval town "flooring" 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
If you go to the dollhouse section of your local craft store, they may have rubber mats of varying street styles including cobblestone. Not marked in 1" grid, but possibly suitable otherwise.
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#44585
Re:Medieval town 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
biowizard wrote:
I had seen the Zuzzy gaming mats before but I forgot where they were from. Thanks Dave.



Painting to a high standard such big mats as the one I have in mind would be quite a challenge. Also, the fact that these are rubber mats that you roll over themselves and put something heavy upon (MBA buildings) makes me wonder if the paint will last heavy gameplay. Does anyone of you have experience regarding their sturdiness?


I just bought a 2x3 foot Flagston mat from Zuzzy. I will do an unboxing/review and put it up when it gets here.

Also, I was at Home Depot today and found myself in the vinyl (or linoleum...it felt like rubber) flooring section. They had one pattern that looked amazing. It was made to look like 1" tiles of various grays and browns. The tiles have a raised texture. It is $2 per square foot, however the minimum length is 12 feet because they have to order it. People might try their local flooring places for something similar and see if scraps can be bought.
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#44592
Re:Medieval town "flooring" 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
We have the designs drawn up for a modular medieval street Set....is there interest out there? We sort of put it aside for the moment...it is similar to old roman streets such as Pompeii...and I think would be a nice compliment to a Sewer set along with the medieval building sets...at that time we would also start on City walls, Castles, and outdoor wilderness terrain....and so, we would complete the gridded world for miniatures...I know many folks don't think we should get into landscaping type stuff because they say that there are already felt and flocked mats out there, but personally, I don't think any of them are quite as good as we are capable of creating...2012 is already booked with projects but perhaps 2013-2014...
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#44594
Re:Medieval town "flooring" 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
I have yet to see DF do ANYTHING in a *lesser* kind of way....everything DF does is always first rate, first class and of superlative quality. Stefan, if you think you can pull it off, then I know it will be worth purchasing!!!
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#44596
Re:Medieval town "flooring" 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
I would support a DF street set as well as City Walls, Castle, and Outdoor Wilderness. Do you see these being accessory sets or full sets.
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#44597
Re:Medieval town "flooring" 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
Youhou! A modular medieval street Set! That would be awesome. Thanks Stefan.

By the way, I like your avatar. You look cooler beside this pretty lady then just eating corn... ;-)
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