Continuing from the easy to make and highly modular cave tiles, I grabbed myself some 1/2″ pink foam board to make some dungeon tile terrain. This is the test set, which I put together in various configurations to show both an indoor dungeon and an exterior use as finished rock flooring.
I simple dungeon complex with an entrance to the right in a cave mouth, filled with rooms containing abnormally large rodents, a harpy, skeletons, a spike pit trap, and a cave complex of unfinished stone to the left.
The second floor where the spiral staircase leads up to a halfling level boss and his goblin flunky.
A number of bristling mountain peaks poking above the thick fog, hiding a long drop. The adventurers have climbed the rickety spiraling stairs up to find a skeletal blockage, rotting wood bridges, and an open air shrine hosting otherworldly evils.
My previous cave tiles were cut from 1″ pink foam, and I wanted something both distinct from the cave tiles and less bulky for the dungeon tiles, as they have less need for vertical stacking applications. After cutting them out, as closely as I could to the 1″ base grid, to varying levels of success, I used the foam cutter to rough up the edges and took a metal ruler to press the 1″ grid into the tiles. I then roughed up the surface with a ball of aluminum foil and based them in black. Once that had dried, I gave them a coat of dark grey, followed by a drybrush of light grey and a sponge stamping of beige and light brown. It ended up lighter than I intended, so I dabbed a black wash into the grid line. A couple of tiles had PVA and flocking applied to test how it looked (construction sand and used tea leaves).
I would say they turned out quite well, although I intend to figure out a way to cut them more accurately, as you can see a number of them are not conforming to the regular 1″ grid. I also tested a few different types of rules for making the grid lines and much prefer the square edged ruler style of indentation as opposed to a sharper ruler line from other finer rulers. Even though I play gridless, I think adding the grid to the tiles helps visually establish room sizes at a glance and reinforces the idea of the tiles being finished stone floors.
Now that I am sure I like the result, I will go through and produce a much cleaner set along with a tutorial video. Any techniques or ideas you want me to experiential with as I work on a full set? Are you limited in your own materials or tools and would like to see an alternate put forward? Leave a comment below and I’ll include it with a shout out in the video!