Basic Dungeon Tiles For D&D Tutorial (Episode 011)


today we’re going back to basics the very foundation of DM crafting modular dungeon tiles I first started this channel I didn’t think it was necessary to do a video on basic dungeon piles guys like Scottie why lock dmg and even hankerin already had that area covered and covered well lo and behold after a few videos messages the comments started coming in how do you make your dungeon tiles and eventually I thought okay we’ve got to get this out of the way got to show you guys how I roll with my tiles I make mine at a half inch extruded polystyrene insulation foam the same thing I make most of my projects out of my set uses a one-inch grid and I have a whole bunch of pieces that are 3×3 few that are two by six a couple that are six by six and two that are twelve by twelve this is an excellent project for those of you just starting in on the craft game I mean whip up a batch of basic dungeon tiles make some cool scatter terrain pieces throw down some minis and you’re ready to play in 3d this project also utilizes most of the styrofoam techniques that I use when working on more elaborate projects like my 3d buildings so by watching this one you will see some of those techniques and when we move on to more elaborate on the channel you’ll already have the basics covered so that’s enough rambling let’s go over to the workbench and make a set of badass dungeon ties okay start by pre-cutting your tiles out of the half-inch insulation foam amount and sizes of tiles needed will vary from person to person after building my initial set I found that I needed more three inch by three inch tiles so I’m making more of those here what you want to do is draw out a 1-inch grid on your piece with a ballpoint pen I find the tiles look more interesting if you continue the lines down the sides next take an exacto knife and make a small cut about an eighth of an inch or less deep along all of your grid lines and continue that cut down the sides as well now ignoring the one crack I started to draw when I accidentally jumped ahead in the process take your ballpoint pen and push and pull it through your knife cuts to slightly bevel the edges and enhance the grooves all right now you can go ahead and add some flavor by drawing in a few cracks personally I think people sometimes overdo it when adding elements like this so I try and only add them to a little more than half of the squares changing it a bit from tile to tile it really doesn’t make sense that every single stone in a floor would be cracked but hey crack to taste again I like to continue these cracks down the sides of the tiles at various angles now to add some weathering to the stones I take my exacto knife and start breaking out some random chunks from the edges and the corners of the tiles again don’t overdo it with this sometimes less is more you can also look good if you take your knife and break out a few small chunks from the surface of the tiles texture take a ball of rolled-up tinfoil and use it to give the whole surface a rough stone look you can do this by hitting or rolling it but just make sure to randomly change which part of the tinfoil you’re using to avoid getting any sort of obvious patterns in the markings and don’t forget to use the tinfoil on the sides of the tile at this point your tile should look something like this and you can go ahead and paint them out in black don’t spray-paint them unless you adequately seal them first check out my video on stealing styrofoam projects for more info on how I personally deal with this stage of a project after the black I give my tiles a good coat of dark grey because I’ll be doing a black wash later I do this foot coat fairly wet not like a dry brush and I allow the paint to get into some of the cracks and crevices I’ll next give the tiles of dry brush with a lighter shade of grey because I was matching a set of tiles I had built previously I only did this once but you can do several dry brushes lightening the gray and reducing the coverage each time the more you do the more depth your tiles will have don’t be afraid to make the highlight stand out too much as it will all be toned down with the black wash later I finished my paint job by doing a very liberal black wash this is just a simple wash I make using watered-down black acrylic craft paint with a tiny bit of brown and green added for grime I put in a tiny drop of dish soap to help it flow there are more refined ways of making washes but this is a cheap and effective way to make up a large quantity of black wash for big projects like this cover the entire tiles and don’t wipe off any excess you when the wash is completely dried I finish the pieces with a few coats of satin minnow acts polyurethane to make transporting outdoors and spraying easier I pin the tiles from behind to a piece of styrofoam covered with newspaper you need to take a lot of caution when spraying styrofoam with any sort of aerosol or when using any product that may have a component that can cause the styrofoam to melt I covered the topic in much more detail in the sealing styrofoam episode I mentioned earlier alright guys now you have the skills and the techniques to make yourself a set of sweet dungeon tiles you can stop messaging me asking me how I make mine but don’t stop messaging me about other stuff I love getting messages from you guys on that same note check the link in the description below it’ll take you over to the Blackmagic craft Facebook page there I am constantly posting pictures and little short videos of stuff that I’m working on it’s also a great place to ask me questions and if you’re not already a subscriber please go below hit that subscribe button smash the like button until next time peace

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