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#64774
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 7 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
Just wanted to throw this out for all those planning on getting / making bunches of blocks:

You might be better off having some 2x2 blocks (for versatility), but also several larger elevation pieces... 6x6, 4x8, 10x10, etc. (As always, slightly under the true 2" grid size to match DF's slight undersizing.) Your layouts will build much faster and be much more stable too; and you can do cool stuff like have large overhanging areas where you suspend a large elevation piece to span a lower tunnel, waterway, etc.

At least, this has been my strategy and it's worked out well for me.
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#64776
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 7 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
Another website where you can get 2" square cubes for 78 cents a piece.

www.barclaywoods.com/craft_parts.htm

They also have a bunch of different sizes as well as doing custom sizes.
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#64808
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
After checking dimensions with actual GT, it seems that one should shoot for increments of 25 and 50 cm when using alternative materials. 1 and 2 inches is slightly off spec,not too much in onsies and twosies, but in bunches it could become an issue.
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#64815
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
teazia wrote:
After checking dimensions with actual GT, it seems that one should shoot for increments of 25 and 50 cm when using alternative materials. 1 and 2 inches is slightly off spec,not too much in onsies and twosies, but in bunches it could become an issue.


Yep. It actually becomes an issue pretty quickly, based on my experience combining game tiles with hirst arts. Even a simple 4"x4" piece is difficult to use without disrupting the fit of the whole room. I know others successfully combine the two all the time, though, so maybe I'm just missing something obvious.
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#66408
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 5 Months ago  
Just to jump into this old thread, I'd decided I wanted to make some elevation pieces for my tiles original kickstarter game tiles, too. I have some woodworking tools, and figured I'd go that route. So I went off to lowes and bought some cheap pine from their hobby section. I measured first (with calipers, and by matching up to a few different game tile heights) and settled on some different selections.

I brought it home, and made a quick jig on my circular saw, and began cutting. Watch for flying pieces, make your jig so it really traps in the 2x2 bit you're cutting! In the end I got quite a few elevation tiles, of two different heights, that work *very* well for the game tiles. I'll attach a pic of my jig, and the finished and sanded tiles in use. I can get exact measurements if you guys want. I still have to paint them.


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#66410
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 5 Months ago  
Looks good! What are the measurements? What color will you paint them; will you just do black or try to make them blend into the painted tiles with the Pokorny paints?
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#66411
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 5 Months ago  
They're all just a shade under 50mm x 50mm square, slightly under that of a game tile piece. This was due to the imprecise jig I used, and sanding. The taller blocks are 20mm tall, the shorter ones are 10mm. A standard floor tile is 11mm, so it's not exact, but pretty close. The pedestal pieces and mid-height stairs from the game tiles sets are 20mm, so match the taller pieces perfectly. It didn't take long of playing with them to find combinations that worked and looked awesome, and it's very flexible with the two heights combined.

I have some more samples I plan to cut that are 10mm tall, and I want to do a 6x6" square out of them.

My plan is to paint them all a mottled gray/black.
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#66417
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 5 Months ago  
Posting this gave me some motivation, and I went out and cut the rest of the material I had up. I ended up with some 4" x 4" pieces, and some 4" x 8" pieces, all 10mm tall. Should give me lots of flexibility for creating some bigger elevated platforms.
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#66463
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 5 Months ago  
Anyone know offhand how tall the caverns elevation blocks are?
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#66476
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 5 Months ago  
The caverns elevations blocks prototypes were about 1 1/2" high -- the exact distance from the top of a DF floor to the top of a DF wall.

The factory models should be almost identical.
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#66496
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 5 Months ago  
In terms of the blocks I've made, that means I can stack two of the "tall" (20mm) blocks onto a floor tile, or two of the "tall" (20mm) + one of the short (10mm) together (this comes about ~1mm short, but looks close enough).

Not too bad, really.

Edit to say, I need to find some 11m thick hobby/craft wood to use, and it'd be perfect.
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#66497
Re:Hacking Elevation with KS1 Tiles 5 Months ago  
Here are four images that show the height. Sorry for the messy desk in the background and bad lighting!






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