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#59692
The Blood Stone of Ankmoor 4 Months ago  
I'm finally getting around to editing pics from a one night adventure my group survived. There are no monsters included in these photos, just the PC's being used for scale. Some pics came out a bit fuzzy but not enough to detract from the story.

The tale starts with the adventurers descending into a mausoleum, from which hordes of undead have been seen coming and going:


Top down view (note the path the group must take to reach the 'dead end' section of the mausoleum):


The heroes inspect all crypts and battle undead creatures at every turn:


At what appears to be a dead end a false wall is discovered:


An anti-chamber is hidden behind the wall with the floor excavated. No mindless undead would bother to use a ladder, would they?


Down, down, down the mystery takes our heroes...


...to a room so deep underground that it is being overtook by moss, mold, and lichen:




At the far end of this pseudo cavern, the gnomish bard finds a subterranean stream:




Using an overturned table to float upon, he spots some hard earned loot. It's too bad the table is actually a mimic that is set to drown the poor chap. Who leaves a table sitting there anyway?


Meanwhile, in the other direction, the fighter approaches an ordinary door:


The door opens to reveal a very UN-ordinary flight of stairs heading deeper into darkness:




At the bottom of the steps is what appears to be a training/parade ground with an observation tower at the opposite end:


The sound of an ancient horn erupts from the tower as if in anticipation calling forth a skeletal dragon from the depths of a naturally formed abyss:




To be continued...


I need to finish editing the rest of the pics to finish the story. Below are some more shots that further show the construction of this set up:







I will update this thread with more pics and the story's conclusion in a few days.
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#59693
Re:The Blood Stone of Ankmoor 4 Months ago  
This!

This is exactly what I plan to be able to do when I can get all my pieces painted and a new group together to play.

Very impressive setup/layout, and a fantastic job editing the pics with the story.
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#59694
Re:The Blood Stone of Ankmoor 4 Months ago  
great setup - awesome pics

love the lighting color shift on the stairs - way spooky!
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#59695
Re:The Blood Stone of Ankmoor 4 Months ago  
Nice!

I really need to put my hands onto similar dark foam. Would you care to tell us where you got it from?
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#59699
Re:The Blood Stone of Ankmoor 4 Months ago  
I liked it quite a bit!

The Mimic as a boat is awesome... I am so stealing that.

My players have a magic pocket boat though... hmmm how to get them into the little boat.

I'll have to make it a tight little cavern... or a small passage on the far end or something. =)

But I'll figure it out!

Again, nice layout!
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#59700
Re:The Blood Stone of Ankmoor 4 Months ago  
biowizard wrote:
Nice!

I really need to put my hands onto similar dark foam. Would you care to tell us where you got it from?


Oh,if it only came that color! I used this, It comes in 2 inch thickness in colder climates, which perfectly matches up to the height of Dwarven Forge.
Owens Corning FOAMULAR

One sheet should be PLENTY for anyone. All the material shown in the photos represents exactly 50% of the foam purchased.

I used basic cutting techniques of scoring the foam with a box cutter and then breaking the piece off at the score line. This gave me mixed results, as evidenced by cross sections that look clean on one half (where the foam was snapped off) and choppy on the other half (caused by the razor blade on the cutter). A hot wire and a steady hand will give cleaner lines, I suspect.

After it was cut I made another mistake in trying to use aerosol (spray) paint to darken it. The aerosol ate into the foam, pitting and shrinking it, and the paint didn't take at all. It is just too light to cover such a porous surface like foam. I finally gathered my wits and painted the foam using latex house paint. The weight of this paint fills and smooths the foam out nicely. It does leave a little trace of tackiness so I suggest a flat clear coat finish.
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Last Edit: 2014/04/03 12:33 By jasdotcom.
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#59702
Re:The Blood Stone of Ankmoor 4 Months ago  
jasdotcom wrote:
After it was cut I made another mistake in trying to use aerosol (spray) paint to darken it. The aerosol ate into the foam, pitting and shrinking it, and the paint didn't take at all. It is just too light to cover such a porous surface like foam. I finally gathered my wits and painted the foam using latex house paint. The weight of this paint fills and smooths the foam out nicely. It does leave a little trace of tackiness so I suggest a flat clear coat finish.
Yup. We specifically use the aerosol technique for Halloween props. It works well to get that worn, gouged, beaten up, old look to things like columns or what-have-you.
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#59705
Re:The Blood Stone of Ankmoor 4 Months ago  
great stuff!
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#59736
Re:The Blood Stone of Ankmoor 4 Months ago  
I already replied to your post in our Fecebook group but I will echo it here. This setup rocks! Multi levels, cavernous river, great story line, you really nailed it. And yeah, you cannot spray paint foam, has to be a brush job.
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#59749
Re:The Blood Stone of Ankmoor 4 Months ago  
Truly awesome, man! Really fantastic -- great atmosphere, great layout, great photos, great everything. I particularly like how DENSE it is. With all the stuff we want to cram in, it's often tempting to make large rooms and expansive spaces. But a crypt should properly be narrow and suffocating, and you really pulled that off!
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#62986
Re:The Blood Stone of Ankmoor 2 Weeks, 6 Days ago  
To Law, Arcarius2001, Jchunick, Jason Young, Stefan -
I didn't see your comments until now (I am revisiting this post to share with newbies on the Cavern Kickstarter) and I am wowed by your acknowledgements!

I also just reminded myself that I never posted the rest of the story and photos to complete this set up. I'll work on that PRONTO!
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#63013
Re:The Blood Stone of Ankmoor 2 Weeks, 5 Days ago  
Lovely stuff. I'm going to have a buddy of mine make some 2" tall platform sections with stonework sidewalls etc. so I can mount some proper levels in my dungeons eventually. As it stands now I use the imaginary "this staircase leads to this portion"...

Beautiful work.
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