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#51703
Customizing Painted Tiles 12 Months ago  
Would love to see some tips and tricks on Customizing the various Game Tiles pieces. I've picked up all painted sets, but I realised that it's going to look a bit "same samey" through a lot of the dungeon. I'm thinking of setting up some arrows stuck in a wall piece and blood stains (old and new) on some of the wall and floor pieces. Some nice scorch marks could be fun too.
So me key questions are:
What changes have other people made to sets?
What changes are not recommended and why?
What are your favorite changes others have made?

Also thought that setting up a guide of this stuff might make a nice mini-stretch goal somewhere?
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#51707
Re:Customizing Painted Tiles 12 Months ago  
With a bit of searching, you can find torches, animal heads, and heraldic items that you can fix to a wall fairly easily.

I don't know if any of the miniatures/terrain companies make picture frames for 25mm (or up to 32mm), but if you can find one you can put a painting or a mirror on a wall.

Tapestries are another possibility. Print whatever you like on an adhesive sticker (especially one with a "multiple uses" backing), trim with scissors, and put it anywhere you like.

If you don't want to stick things directly on the walls, furniture items (including fireplaces) can both dress up a dungeon as well as establish a theme for a room. Thomarillion probably has the most extensive selection of scale furnishings -- fair warning, they don't come painted.

Finally, consider painting some miniatures to look like stone or metal statues. You can tuck them into corners or flank doors with them. Not only do they look great, they make players absolutely paranoid!
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#51713
Re:Customizing Painted Tiles 12 Months ago  
www.dwarvenforge.com/forum?func=view&catid=3&id=32680

www.thomarillion.de/index.php?seite=katalog&unterseite=dungeon&sprache=gb_&PHPSESSID=d857cbacd0d83be0badb07cf2b5d70de

This post by Rodenbach illustrates what a well decorated dungeon looks like, sans minis. As Jackattack says, the Thomarillion catalogue will go a long way in helping your own decor.
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#51714
Re:Customizing Painted Tiles 12 Months ago  
MegaMinis (act fast before they close shop) and Grendel also have some nice items to dress you set-ups.
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#51718
Re:Customizing Painted Tiles 12 Months ago  
jackattack wrote:
"Not only do they look great, they make players absolutely paranoid!"

They do get paranoid don't they!
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#51751
Re:Customizing Painted Tiles 12 Months ago  
I don't have time to hunt for the links right now, sorry, but I know I've posted pics of some customized pieces in the past.

I haven't done a LOT of it, because -- seriously, I mean this -- Dwarven Forge pieces are just about perfect right out of the box.

But I have tried a few things.

With the Realm of the Ancients, I decided to paint some tiles in various other kinds of colorful patterns, just because the mosaic design in the floor is so inviting. (if you search for ROTA in the cool photos section, hopefully you'll find my pics)

I've also spray painted a shiny gold on the floor of that set, and done the walls in white, to create a kind of regal elven temple. It was nice, but really not an improvement. I only did it because by that point I'd seriously overdone it on purchasing ROTA sets and I had way too much stuff! ;)



With the Den of Evil, I admit I wasn't crazy about one of the first expansions. It had some neat stuff in it, but a few things that I was on the fence about.

The large floor piece that has a big red sigil in the middle -- that's a neat piece, but I didn't need two. I decided to make it a kind of "functional" piece by painting one of the large floor sigils black and making the floor piece scorched all around the sigil. I left the other floor piece alone. That way, I can swap the two out and it seems like a magic floor that has either been drained (scorched) or is still potent (unscorched). Kinda a neat approach to it, I thought.

Finally, I thought the well of souls from that set was a great idea but not quite ghoulish and monstrous enough. I added some extra skeleton and zombie bits and some goopy slime (just a special epoxy that dries clear but that I tinted red) to make it truly unnerving.

Other than that, I've never customized.

I'm seriously considering getting a floor pack add-on with the kickstarter, and since I doubt I'll need more than 1 or 2 of the large floor piece, I may customize some kind of paint job to the central mosaic. I haven't decide if I'll go with a straightforward checkerboard (and if so, which colors?) or if I'll try to actually paint some kind of mural. Since I expect to have at least two extras, I suppose I could do both.

In this vein, I'm very curious about what the chamber of sorrows paint scheme is going to be....
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#51755
Re:Customizing Painted Tiles 12 Months ago  
Hit the local craft store and check under jewelry notions. Some of the bits can work as wall decorations, and some of the chains are the right scale and design for 25-32mm.

Also, gears on the walls, or half in/out of walls or floors, can simulate mechanisms for portcullises, drawbridges, mills, clocks, or even traps. Place them early in the set-up and make your players try to figure out whether they should wreck them or leave them alone.
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#51822
Re:Customizing Painted Tiles 11 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
Here are some of the custom pieces I've done.

The custom blood pit for Den of Evil:
www.dwarvenforge.com/forum?func=view&catid=3&id=22428

My golden ROTA floor (before I painted the walls white):
www.dwarvenforge.com/forum?func=view&catid=3&id=36234

A custom I forgot about, painting a starfield into the floor of some Den of Evil pieces (and some shading to the walls):
www.dwarvenforge.com/forum?func=view&catid=3&id=22798

The Den of Evil "scorched" sigil floor piece:
www.dwarvenforge.com/forum?func=view&catid=3&id=22321

Some Realm of the Ancients floor tile repaints:
www.dwarvenforge.com/forum?func=view&catid=3&id=33048

Some Realm of the Ancient "chamber" tile repaints:
www.dwarvenforge.com/forum?func=view&catid=3&id=32899

The completed "golden hall" repaint of ROTA:
www.dwarvenforge.com/forum?func=view&catid=3&id=36532


That's all I can find for now...
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