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The Paintening! Updated with Evil DM Tips. 1 Year, 1 Month ago  
*Update

Evil DM Tips, and pics below. Tiles are now at phase 2.

This will be a friendly window into the painting of my Dungeon Tiles/Evil DM tips.

I will share some of my experience with the painting, and pictures as I go.

Things that might be worth knowing:

I am a regular guy with a moderate amount of experience painting. I have never entered any competitions or won any awards. I just paint for fun, and the intention of this article is to share my experience, and to share my fun.

I am working with 3 sets of Dungeon Tiles plus stretch Goals from the Kickstarter project.
I also have one dungeon dressing, one floor Tiles, and one Diagonals add on packs.

I did pick up a pack of the Pokorny Paints as well. The Pokorny Paints came with a free gift of brushed during the Kickstarter. I have found the paints to be a perfect fit for the game tiles, and the brushes are the highest quality that I have ever had so I am loving those as well.

Painting tips!
1.) Work in phases. This is a trick known to most painters with experience. For example, you will do all of your initial drybrushing first on all of your pieces before you do any of the detailing such as painting the individual stones. I am in fact following the steps in the painting video as well, however I am varying according to personal preference.

2.) I found it easier to pick a random stone on a tile, and work out from there. I did not want all of my tiles to have the same paint scheme in regard to which stones were painted, so by picking a random stone and then building a pattern outward I accomplished my goal just fine. Stefan mentioned painting the outside edge pieces first but I personally didn't find any value in that for my process.

3.) Keep one piece unpainted till the end. It's fun to see what you have accomplished side by side. (And it makes for good pictures, and explaining to people where the time went. For example when I had done all of my initial drybrushing it was almost as if I had done nothing! lol All the pieces now look the same!

4.) Keep going... when you have painted the little blocks on the 300th piece... you are going to say to yourself, "ugh... there is still a huge stack... what am I doing with my life?" But then you will answer yourself, "I am making sweet terrain!" So keep going, you will sleep eventually, and gaming day is coming.

5.) Stretch your legs once in a while! Don't do what I did and feel like an 80 year old carpenter after finally standing up. This is the addendum to "Keep Going."

6.) Don't forget to do the other things that you need to do, but then get back to painting.

Here is a preview pic... more comparison pics to follow.

My next step is to add a couple grey stones to each piece for visual variety. I have tested it on a couple of pieces and I think it is worth the extra time.


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Re:The Paintening! (aka Painting tips for all) 1 Year, 1 Month ago  
Excellent advice. You did a beautiful job on the bedspread. Great inspiration piece.

I'm trying to paint my tiles in complete sets, so I can mess with some completed pieces at the end of the day as a reward. I've got a few days off and hope to get a lot painted. Yesterday I almost completed 1 box each of SKU#GT1-1U and SKU#GT1-1SGU. I think those two together make up one basic set. That way I have a goal.

Are you using anything to seal your tiles once painted?
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Re:The Paintening! (aka Painting tips for all) 1 Year, 1 Month ago  
I am not planning to use anything to seal the tiles. I may seal the Dungeon dressings.

They guys have said several times they don't need to be sealed so I trust them. More pics coming soon!
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Re:The Paintening! (aka Painting tips for all) 1 Year, 1 Month ago  
They don't need to be sealed for painting/display purposes, but I'd still do it if you think there is any possibility that someone at the gaming table might spill a drink on them, or if you are considering using a fog/smoke effect with them.
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Painting tips and evil Dm tricks. 1 Year ago  
DM Tip #1
If the dungeon has, mini beholders, Mindflayers, huge beholders, and pit traps... you are doing it right.



DM tip #2
This entrance was blocked by a "ruined section." You can see another one on the backwall blocking the path to the next section of the dungeon. It took a couple of hours to clear those... plenty of time for those player buffs to wear off. ;-)


DM Tip #3
The beholder was lighting them up with eyebeam attacks from behind the portcullis. Am I an evil DM? Yes I am!


DM Tip #4 Use terrain such as stair cases and multi-levels to prevent your boss/ranged characters from being charged. At higher levels players dish out insane damage, so your boss monsters will go down in the first or second round if you don't use the terrain to your advantage. If the players are raiding where the monsters live... they absolutely should have set up defenses and precautions against those adventurer types!
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