December 15, 2018 scrollmaster

Following on from my Dungeons & Dragons MEGA POST – My 2018 painted miniatures! and Dungeons & Dragons MEGA POST – The games we played in 2018! I wanted to capture all the terrain and scenery I either bought and painted or built and painted. My experience with building scenery has mainly been limited to tabletop wargames so by and large we are talking flat boards, some ruins and something elevated to put long-ranged weaponry on. So I have to say, while I do love painting miniatures (been doing it for 30+ years by now on and off), what I’ve enjoyed the most has…

December 2, 2018 scrollmaster

My players don’t like mimics. I do! And honestly, how can you not love this crazy-ass Gazebo Mimic. Amazing! One thing that bugged me about this miniature was there was no thought given to how the panel with the Mimic face could be removed and reattached. It feels like the sculpture assumes that the owner of the miniature would always have it as one or the other.

November 28, 2018 scrollmaster

I guess the easiest and most common way to use tea lights as terrain scatter, is to wrap or paint them as is so you essentially get tea light shaped objects such as the lights in use for my Posh Ball Terrain Board set. But I wanted to try something else that would hide the tea light shape a bit better. My first go was this small hill with a camp fire. The tea light is hidden in the hill itself so only the flame sticks out and gives the camp fire a glow. The second piece is a simply,…

November 28, 2018 scrollmaster

I stumbled across this little amazing piece of scenery at Salute 2018 – I didn’t really know what to use it for at the time, but I am glad I bought it as it fits my upcoming D&D Christmas Oneshot… and it is now out of production. As with my Medieval Tavern, the stoneworks is using the awesome technique described in Black Magic Craft’s video on painting stoneworks

November 28, 2018 scrollmaster

When it comes to bigger terrain features and boards, I normally build them myself. It comes from a long history of being a tabletop wargamer where terrain by and large is: The board, some hills for troops with ranged weapons and some walls/ruins for everybody else to hide behind! With Dungeons & Dragons, the scenery benefit from being more nuanced and in in the course of the year I’ve enjoyed painting little terrain scatter such as tables, pillars, etc and quite a few of the bits have come from Zealot Miniatures as they make some fantastic stuff. However, Zealot also…

October 28, 2018 scrollmaster

At the time of making this set, our campaign had mainly taken the adventurers out in the wild. Forrests, dungeons, a small village here and there… you get the idea. But I wanted to switch gear and had two specific type of gaming sessions in mind: First of all make a cerebral mystery type session focusing on roleplay and problem solving rather than bashing goblin skulls. This would not really need any gaming board, but the other type was to bring the party out of the wild and into an aristocratic environment with posh people and political motives. My previous…

October 28, 2018 scrollmaster

Following my River gaming board, I returned to a more traditional gaming board: My lava set. However, while this board is similar in shape to my Woodland and my Ice and Snow gaming boards, this board is intended to provide a surface of lava the adventurers really do not want to touch. Hence all the scatter are little islands they can jump to and from to. By the way, I’ve had questions about how I made the hexagon shapes. It is quite simple: I used this hexagon cookie cutter I found on Amazon. The board Scatter I painted the surface…

October 28, 2018 scrollmaster

I am playing Dungeons & Dragons with a group of adults, all busy with a wide variety of jobs. As such getting us together is a difficult task and I am lucky to get us all together once a month. But often I am able to get a subset together and when I do so, I run what I call “Spin-off” chapters. Chapters taking place in the same world and timeframe, but outside the main story line… or with very little connection to it. The first spin-off chapter I did was “Come on Baby Light my Lighthouse” and for this I…

October 28, 2018 scrollmaster

Following the Woodland gaming board set, I decided to make a snow and ice set, mainly because I knew how to make it as I’ve made snow terrain back in the 90s when I played Warhammer 40.000. To save space, I made it on the opposite side of the Woodland set, but the scatter bits are vastly different… this has to do with A) I made the scenery for a a specific adventure in mind B) I find it boring making the same walls, hills etc for each theme. I feel each theme should have it’s own personality and the…

October 25, 2018 scrollmaster

My fourth gaming board is a bit unusual in that it doesn’t have an actual board! Instead it is made up of a series of large components that can be used standalone to create a board, or be used on top of other boards. It can be used to make rivers of various sizes and make waterfalls where needed. The size of the components make them great chunks of scatter with sizable enough surfaces to have some interaction on them. The River The Raising Props Altho9ugh the props really were made to be able to raise the river elements, I…

August 20, 2018 scrollmaster

When I started playing Dungeons & Dragons earlier this year, the first scenery things I made were a few simple, traditional dungeon corridors and rooms with square-tiled floors, each 5x 5 feet, for the first adventure.     But I also realised I needed something that would work for the outdoors encounters in the adventure and I wanted to make something that felt more open so I came up with the idea of using hexagon tiles for outside encounters to give the movement a slightly different and more free feel. And to take things to the extreme, I made the whole…