Sunday, February 9, 2020

Crafting wall facades to add to my sewer tiles.

I have now completed my sewer tiles with which I am very happy and it was now time to add some wall facades. I decided that walls all the way round would just get in the way of playability. So I made special wall facades for use only where they were needed. I also have dungeon tiles which are made using Hirst Art's moulds and I wanted to be able to join the sewer up to them.


As before, the base of the tiles was made from 4 inch wide 5 mm foam core. The paving stones were also made from 5 mm foam core, which I had first soaked in warm water for a short while so I could then peel off the paper covering the foam.

The wall was made of XPS foam, 4 inches wide, 2" high and 1" deep.

Using an HB pencil, I then drew the individual bricks and details, pressing hard enough to make indents which would show up well when ink washed and dry-brushed. I then rolled up a piece of kitchen foil into a ball and rolled it all over to give the stones a more rough appearance which will show up well when dry-brushed.


For the sewer entrance I added two extra pieces of 3mm foam to increase the height of the wall to make room for a door.


To join up with my dungeon tiles I made a collapsed wall. This was faced with 3mm foam core. The collapse was cut out using a hot wire cutter. Individual bricks were added cut from both foam core and XPS. The paving stones were added at a height compatible with my dungeon tiles and then painted in their colour scheme.


Painted as follows...

Overall:

  • Matt Mod Podge mixed with black hobby paint (80% / 20%).

Brickwork:

  • Dark Grey
  • Heavy Dry Brush of Medium (Rain) Grey
  • Mix of Liquitex Brown ink and Black ink in equal quantities with a drop of washing up liquid and a drop of water added.
  • Matt varnish
  • Dry Brush of Stone Beige, but use Light Grey on some details for contrast (this is the opposite of they way I painted the floor tiles)

Paving Stones:

  • As brickwork but final  dry-brush with Light Grey.

Sewage:

  • Raw Sienna (you may need a couple of coats to cover thoroughly)
  • Mix Raw Sienna and Lime (Leaf) Green (66% / 33%) and paint a line down the edges of the sewage nearest the paving stones.
  • Using the same paint mix, take a small piece of sponge and use it to dab paint randomly onto the middle of the sewage flow.  
  • Create a liquid effect using Liquitex Gloss Heavy Gel. Apply quite thickly and work with a Sculpting Tool to give a running water effect. 

Earth:

  • GW Steel Legion Drab
  • Wash with Liquitex Brown ink 
  • Dry brush of Steel Legion Drab
  • Light Dry brush of Yellow Ochre

Job Done!



The ladder was made from matchsticks.
For details of how I did the door see my previous post.

The earth was covered with sand to give texture before painting.

The sewage exiting from the pipe was made by first using the hot glue gun
before painting and covering with Liquitex Gloss Heavy Gel.

My three previous posts on crafting sewers are available here: first, second, third.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

A Fantasy Adventure – Act 15.

This is a fantasy dungeon crawl using wilderness tiles from Red Dragon Gaming, dungeon tiles from DMB Games and the Swords and Wizardry “Old School D&D” rules.

The party consists of 6 fifth-level adventurers: GIMLIT SON OF GROIN (dwarf fighter), ST.JOHN WILDBLADDER III (human paladin), BELWINA (human female ranger), KRANOVAL (half-elf magic-user), THE BISHOP OF BATHENWELLS (human cleric) and FRITO BUGGER (hobbit thief).

Additionally there is Frito’s dog FIDO, KOBBE the Kobold who had attached himself to Kranoval and MISDORA BONRYNSDÖTTIR OAKENSHIELD the dwarven bard who had attached herself to Gimlit in the hope of writing some epic songs or sagas.

Having defeated the vampires, the party was extremely weak, so they fled the estate and returned via the temple to their Inn. The next day the party was visited by 3 senators accompanied by 6 guards. The city guard had finished clearing the estate but the party was rewarded with a small merchant's house that the vampires also owned. Unfortunately it was in the same poor state as the estate and would be expensive to renovate and run.

The party was also invited on a Wild Boar hunt although it was pointed out that Hobbits and Kobolds do not normally hunt and that even dwarves were a bit unusual.

Leaving Frito and Kobbe in the city to work out how to finance the house, the party left on the hunt after picking up their special boar spears.

They marched to the hunting grounds with Fido running wild and locating many a boar track. They built a fire and prepared to camp for the night.

The party camped for the night in three tents. They posted a watch, with Gimlit taking the first watch. Belwina took over from him. About half way through her watch, the camp was attacked by goblins. These the party drove off after taking slight losses.


The next day the party started to track the wild boar with Fido in the lead following. When they came to a river crossing the party were ambushed by another group of goblins, some of which were mounted on vicious wolves.

These were again driven off but the fights were beginning to take their toll on the party. So this time the party left Fido, with Belwina's help, track the fleeing goblins instead.


The goblin tracks led to a hillside in which was the entrance to an old abandoned mine. Led by their ranger, the party managed t sneak past the goblins patrolling in the woods just outside the entrance.

Gimlit send in his Jade Bulldog which reported back that there was a crossroads with two doors, The party entered and went to the right hand door. There Gimlit charged in and with his battleaxe he cut to pieces the goblins he found inside.



Goblins from the room across the passageway, heard the fighting and charged out to attack the rear of the party. Fido was surprised, but Wildbladder and the Bishop turned around to assist him in fighting the goblins.


Having first sent the jade bulldog scouting, the party preceded to the second crossroads. This time, while Gimlit and Belwia kicked i the first door, Wildbladder and the Bishop watched the door to the party's rear. The orcs were defeated without too much difficulty.


The passageway widened and terminated in a large double-door. Kranoval hasted Gimlit and Belwina.

Gimlit with the help of the other party members kicked the door, it made a loud booming noise and vibrated but didn't open. A second kick did the job, but now the party had announced their arrival.


Behind the doors was a pillared hall with a large throne. The room contained 4 trolls and what appeared to be an Orc chieftain. A vicious melee ensued. Wildbladder, Belwina, Gimlit and Bathenwells in the front line and Kranoval providing Magic Missile support from behind.



One troll was killed and Belwina rushed through the gap to attack another troll from behind.


This opened up a line-of-sight for Kranoval who fired a lightning bolt at the orc chieftain. The Orc was lucky and dodged the bolt, only being singed by it.


The now rather annoyed Orc, charged at Belwina from behind.


Fido now joined in the melee.

While the fight progressed, Misdora the bard moved further back out of the fight, took of her backpack and dived into it looking for torches. As dwarves can see underground without torches, they are not usually a priority so were thus kept at the bottom of the backpack.


Having lit her torches, Misdora ran forward and started setting fire to the bodies of the dead trolls. Wise in the lore of the world, Misdora knew that dead trolls will regenerate unless their corpses are burnt.

The fight continued around her.


The Bishop took a nasty hit from the remaining troll and went down. Wildbladder the Paladin, rushed forward, revived the Bishop by laying on hands, and then jump in front of the troll to shield the Bishop. Kranoval knelt down by the Bishop's side, pulled out a healing potion, and placed it gently to the Bishop's lips.


With the final troll killed and the other three smouldering nicely, the party turned to concentrate on the orc chieftain.

Deciding like the cowardly Falstaff, that discretion is the better part of valour, the orc chieftain drank a potion and beat a hasty retreat, fleeing through a door at the rear of the hall next to the throne.


The orc chieftain fled from the mine leaving the party alone.

The party followed the orc chieftain through the door into the room whee he lived. There they found his bed and all his living paraphernalia. The room was unkempt and dusty, as you would expect from an orc.  There was one locked chest. Next to the chest was a chest-sized patch on the floor with no dust - the orc chieftain managed to get away with one of his chests.

The party even located the hidden trap-door through which the orc chieftain escaped them.

The next day, using Belwina's tracking skills, Fido's nose and Kranoval's sleep spell it was no problem for Gimlit to spear two Wild Boars.

The party returned to the city without further incident.

Crafting even more sewer tiles for the dungeon.

Now that I have made two batches of sewer tiles with which I am happy, I decided to make something more unusual. I wanted to try and make submerged grate in the sewer.


First I sketched out the tile that I wanted.


Just like for the previous batches, both the base of the tile and the paving stones were made of 5 mm foam core. I soaked both the base and the paving stones in warm water for a short while so I could then peel off the paper covering the foam. I also cut a 4-inch square of cornflakes packet card to use as a bottom, as I would be cutting a hole in the base foam core.

I cut out a 1½ inch diameter hole from the base. I then cut out a ring of 3mm foam core and a circle of grating.


I glued the paving stones onto the base using PVA (white wood) glue.  I placed the grating in the hole and then glued the ring above it. Using an HB pencil, I then drew the individual paving stones and then lines to represent cracks. Here I pressed hard enough to make indents which would show up well when it takes an ink wash. I then rolled up a piece of kitchen foil into a ball and rolled it over all the paving stones to give the stones a more rough appearance which will show up well when dry-brushed.


As the project progressed, I decided on the fly to add two more tiles: a cross tile covered with a grate and a straight tile with two pipes flowing into the sewer.

The pipes were made from drinking straws and the hot glue gun provided the sewage running out from them.

The grate support was made from matchsticks resting on small squares of 3mm foam core.


Painted as in the previous blog post.


Job done!


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Crafting a third door for the dungeon.

I have dungeon tiles made using Hirst Art's moulds from DMB Games, but the range only includes single doors, so I have been making double doors out of foam core board. This is my third attempt and I feel like I'm on a roll.

This time I decided that the door would be flanked by two pillars.


I followed my previous method. I cut out 3 pieces of foam core: one from 5 mm and two from 3 mm plus some small pieces of 3 mm for the embellishments. I soaked the pieces in warm water for a short while so I could then peel off the paper covering the foam. Using an HB pencil, I then drew on the stonework and the door's wooden planks. Here I pressed hard enough to make indents which would show up well when it takes an ink wash. The door will be double-sided; identical on both sides.

Note that the columns are too tall, they will be cut to size immediately prior to being glues in place.


I then rolled up a piece of kitchen foil into a ball and rolled it over all the brickwork to give the stones a more rough appearance which will show up well when dry-brushed.

I glued together the 3 pieces of foam using PVA (white wood) glue with the 5mm piece sandwiched in the middle and then glues on the embellishments.

I made door furniture by cutting out small pieces of card from a cereal packet. The door handles were made from small squares of 3mm foam core and match sticks. I used the same door furniture on both sides.


The door furniture was then glues in place.


Painted as follows:
  1. Overall: Matt Mod Podge mixed with black hobby paint (80%/20%).
  2. Stonework: Mechanicus Standard Grey
  3. Stonework: Heavy Dry Brush of Stormvermin Fur
  4. Stonework: Dry Brush of Dawnstone
  5. Woodwork: Steel Legion Drab
  6. Metalwork: Ironbreaker
  7. Overall: Mix of Liquitex Brown ink and Black ink in equal quantities with a drop of washing up liquid and a drop of water added.
  8. Overall: Matt varnish
  9. Stonework (except pillars): Dry Brush of Administratum Grey  
  10. Pillars: Dry Brush of Beige Stone

All three of my double doors, together with two singles made from Hirst Art's moulds and a Citadel figure for scale..



Job done!