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#63808
Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
One of the really cool things about KS2 was the concept of elevation that was very clearly shown by the groovy KS videos. Since we still have quite a bit until the official elevation tiles come in, I thought about playing around with the KS1 tiles to find some suitable elevation techniques. Here are a few:

Two wall pieces:



Using inverted wall pieces as supports (to make a long shape corner pieces would need to rotate with wall pieces for the side walls):



I additions, I made some blocks with styro sheets that I have painted black. They + 2 floors are the exact height of a wall. 2 floors is a bit spendy, so I looked for and found styro of the exact height as the elevation blocks. Photos of those to come later.







I also just picked up some clay to make mushrooms, stalagmites and such. I wonder if a suitable elevation block could be made from a core of styro with walls of clay added. This would add some weight and toughness, but not be too heavy. All in all, this experiment just makes me want to pick the heavy, durable Cavern block pieces and the Dungeon narrow passages (turn over) pieces even more!

As this is my first foray into crafting, any advice is welcome. I live abroad, so acquiring lots of small implement is not really feasible.

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#63809
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
O yeah, the paint I used was ~50% black and ~50% burnt umber plus a squirt of Pledge Floor wax. Game tiles have a bit of a warm tone to them, so black plus a red are a pretty close approximation.
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#63810
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
New taller blocks. Yes they need to be painted:



A simple arrangement:



Free standing walls could also be made, but they would be as light as a fey fart.
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#63815
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
teazia wrote:
as light as a fey fart.


Thanks for my morning laugh!

I use wood and cover it up, but your foam blocks are MUCH more portable and versatile. Love the paint combo it is a dead on match for dungeon gray!

Thanks for sharing!
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#63816
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
I think I would just paint them black and not worry about the slight shade difference. Dungeon gray, yeah right. Anything that is 90% black is black to me.
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#63817
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Those higher blocks are the perfect height. Same height as the Caverns Elevation Pedestals.

Great little craft project.

You should post the link for the styrofoam sheets.
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#63818
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Instead of painting them, you could spray them with Plasti-dip.

It comes in an aerosol spray can. In matte black.

A few coats of that would smooth out the texture, seal them tight, and make the styrofoam WAY more durable. Plus the rubber coating would be great for friction when stacking high.
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#63830
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Is that spray Styrofoam safe? Most just eat Styrofoam like crazy.
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#63843
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
That's a good question.

They have a paint on version, which isn't as easy as spry on. Maybe that would work if the aerosol doesn't.
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#63848
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Styro is for sure not a long term solution (especially with rugged GTs). The plastic spray may be a good way to solve the weakness of the material.

Two other ideas:

1 Use ground up styro as am aggregate for a pva glue concrete?

2. Make elevation blocks from model magic?

I made a few stalagmites out of a knockoff model magic (some of them the correct height to be used a elevation supports. I'll post some pics of them soon.
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#63849
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
First of all I have to say I am not a sculptor, this is my first time messing with this material or sculpting in a long long time. These are made of Model Magic type material which is rather spongy and a little tricky to get nice textures on. But it will be done!





Its pretty good stuff for organic shapes though.
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#63855
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Two more materials to explore:

dmscraft.proboards.com/thread/158/make-homemade-model-magic-silicon

Damp paper-towels impregnated with PVA could be another option.

I suspect though, that for long term durability, price, and on spec dimensions it would be hard to beat prefabbed 2 inch wood cubes for structural pieces. One could always drill out the centers to save weight. They would match the throw it in the bag rough and tumble nature of GTs.
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