Feelin' Crafty


#1

I’m planning on making an Ultimate Dungeon Terrain style set but I’m waffling on one key part: Do I want to go with a more cartoony art style (printed and pasted), or do I want to go 3d realistic (using actual flocking and carved-foam stonework)? They both have their merits.

Cartoon-drawn is easily readable, just needs printouts, scissors, glue, and a bit of “tab-n-slot” ingenuity to make 2d standees.
3D realism looks impressive, but involves more time and supplies. It also may not be as easy to transport.

So cast your votes. Which would you rather see at the table: Cartoony, or realistic?


#2

Minimalist realistic. I don’t need flocking and all that.


#3

Minimalistic realistic? Can you link to a sample of that?


#4

I was considering using printouts on chipboard, slotting, and gluing. The tree design should be able to hold 4 x 1" minis in the branches.

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#5

This is the style I usually aim for when I craft and use terrain. I do avoid flocking and super-realism.


#6

I made a dual-sided UDT last year: https://flickr.com/photos/skippy/albums/72157715427331602

The point of UDT, for me, is that it’s a relatively generic canvas in which players impart their imaginations. Too much detail or realism will lead to disconnects. You could certainly add paper overlays as needed for things like “a small stream runs through here”, but adding flocking and terrain details reduces the generic-ness, and therefore the overall value / utility, of UDT.


#7

Well, I’m providing links for UDT…

But this is also a possibility for the suitcase dungeon mentioned above.

As to you tube links…

The essentials in my opinion.



Black magic craft…for his wash!!!


And tool recommendations. Oooh and uses of Modpodge!!! It’s like duck tape for terrain.

#8

I’ve been fans of all of them for a long while.

I just found one of my foldable sci-fi battle-boards. It’s for fights in an industrial complex.

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I was thinking of redoing them without the grid.


#9

Here’s my current DnD battleboard:
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#10

@slaghag on the Discord channel had something that blew me away.

She created walls using a 3D printer…but it can be anything. Just create a template for them, and print the floor as needed.

Note the walls are low for easy access. She also magnetized the walls, plays on a metal sheet and hold down the printed paper.

I love the look and simplicity of it.


#11

Those are DungeonSticks. Free printable files and very cool modular sets.


#12

Yup…but since the OP is wanting to craft. The system is still applicable. Though the Dungeonsticks did get edited.

Magnets in the walls, a couple of metal plates, and printed paper for different floors. Makes for a very Mobil set. A backpack, a few ziplock bags…metal plates with magnets that with strong magnets…can be used to keep the floor paper sheets safe.