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Cheap 3D foam dungeons (Pics posted on last page)
01/20/08 at 9:40pm
 
Just posting some pics of the project I'm working on using foam insulation and a low temp hot glue gun to make quick and cheap dungeons.


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Re: Cheap 3D foam dungeons
Reply #1 - 01/20/08 at 10:08pm
 
Frakin awsome dude!
How big are those squares? Looks like something in the 35-40mm region?
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Reply #2 - 01/20/08 at 10:09pm
 
That looks AWESOME, GBob. How long you been workin on this and where'd you get all the materials? Do you run HQ campaigns or are they used for some other fantasy game?
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Reply #3 - 01/21/08 at 12:18am
 
Stunning!!!
Need a run through of exactly what was used and how you did it all, please!!
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Reply #4 - 01/21/08 at 4:02am
 
I'll agree to "cheap" as in materials, but certainly NOT Quality!  Those are pretty cool!
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Reply #5 - 01/21/08 at 5:14am
 
It does not look cheap to me... looks verry nice, how is the playability?
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Reply #6 - 01/21/08 at 6:45am
 
I went with 1.5 inch squares because I have played on those Dwarven forge setups, and while nice looking, they are rather crowded.

Guys, this is the cheapest and easiest dungeon project I have ever done. I did not create this method, a much more talented dungeon builder did. I just followed his lead. Here's his discription:

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Materials:
3/4 inch extruded polystyrene insulation board (sold in giant pink 2'x8' sheets at my local hardware store)
"Modge Podge" - a water based sealer (goes on milky white, dries clear)
Acrylic paints. Black, White, brown, and a few colors.

Tools:
Low temperature hot glue gun + plenty of glue sticks.
Utility knife razor blades.
Metal ruler.

Procedure:
In short, I contruct the pieces out of polystyrene, glued together with hot glue (low temp).
I add in details, adding tile marks and "cracks", "weathering", etc... and I decorate with bits.

Then I give them a coating of Modge Podge, and let it dry.
Then a coating of black acrylic paint, and let dry.
Then I dry brush with colored paints.

For the Tomb Chamber, I molded the resting warrior atop the sarcophagus with "Sculpey" a craft clay that bakes hard in the oven.

I may make an illustrated guide, when I constuct my next batch.
I keep meaning to to take progress photos at each stage, but I get caught up in the process of and forget.

Chris


Here's a pic of his Warhammer Pieces:
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Now I found the poly board to be closer to 1/2 inch. I cut out the Modge Podge step altogether and after gluing and carving my pieces, I spray them black with Krylon's new H20 spray that is designed to be used on foam. Then I dry brush them with various lighter colors.

I've been working on this in my free time for almost two weeks I guess, but I have kids and do not get much time. It really is quite easy.


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My supplies and cost:

Poly insulating board 4X8 $9.99
H20 spreay $5.99
Low temp hot glue gun  $5.00
Glue sticks   $.88
2 cheapo wide brushes: $1.98
Cheap black craft paint: $1.49
Various othe craft colors bought over the years all less than a dollar apiece.

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Re: Cheap 3D foam dungeons
Reply #7 - 01/21/08 at 8:23am
 
G-bob,

How strong are these?

Having used similar insulation board for construction it is not exactly the most sturdy of materials, but it was used for ceiling insulation and in full sheets slid between the 2" space between open beam ceiling and the roof not small bits such as you are using.
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Reply #8 - 01/21/08 at 8:34am
 
Malechi wrote on 01/21/08 at 8:23am:
G-bob,

How strong are these?

Having used similar insulation board for construction it is not exactly the most sturdy of materials, but it was used for ceiling insulation and in full sheets slid between the 2" space between open beam ceiling and the roof not small bits such as you are using.
Well, they are fairly durable after all the gluing and painting. I mean they are certainly durable enough for your average gaming. Now I'm not going to let my kids goof around with them. They are light weight and so when I stack them all up in my cardboard box and carry em out to my garage, it feels like I am carrying an empty box.
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Reply #9 - 01/21/08 at 8:44am
 
It's how we used to make scenary at GW. When finished, it's tough as nails. We even made a 6'*30' Moria board for LotR, complete with two interchangable bridges (whole & destroyed). It took quite a pounding before it went on tour for a months & came back in one piece!
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Reply #10 - 01/21/08 at 9:08am
 
Great job!  What more can I say?
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Reply #11 - 01/21/08 at 11:40am
 
They beat the shit out of my cheap foamcore and cork dungeons...

These are great looking, some of the best dungeon pieces I have seen.
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Reply #12 - 01/21/08 at 12:06pm
 
I would be all over this if only I had a place to store them!  Better bookmark this thread for later.
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Reply #13 - 01/21/08 at 1:37pm
 
That looks tops mate, where did the detail pieces come from that are in the top set of pics? I'm hoping that I can find similar foam in large sizes available where I live as I'd like to give this a shot.

I've had a good think about it and I guess they would end up more durable than plastic, plaster or resin dungeons as the floor being a foam won't get paint scratched off from heavy minis being placed and moved around. on the flipside there is the possibility of being indented... have you done any testing to see how much pressure you can get away applying with a mini before it marks the foam?

Looks tops anyway mate - good stuff.
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Reply #14 - 01/21/08 at 2:17pm
 
Do you have a link to the originator site or where he posted his pics G- Bob?
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Reply #15 - 01/21/08 at 6:48pm
 
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Do you have a link to the originator site or where he posted his pics G- Bob?
Sure, and in fact his pics can be viewed in more detail there on BGG:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/1634#images
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Reply #16 - 01/21/08 at 6:51pm
 
cyber333 wrote on 01/21/08 at 1:37pm:
That looks tops mate, where did the detail pieces come from that are in the top set of pics? I'm hoping that I can find similar foam in large sizes available where I live as I'd like to give this a shot.

I've had a good think about it and I guess they would end up more durable than plastic, plaster or resin dungeons as the floor being a foam won't get paint scratched off from heavy minis being placed and moved around. on the flipside there is the possibility of being indented... have you done any testing to see how much pressure you can get away applying with a mini before it marks the foam?

Looks tops anyway mate - good stuff.
They are plenty durable for typical miniature uses, and any damage is easily repaired. If a piece gets ruined it really didn't cost much to begin with so it isn't a concern of mine.

Those pieces are a combination of Mageknight Dungeons items, Dwarven Forge accessories, and some treasure chest figures released by GW many years ago.
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Reply #17 - 01/21/08 at 6:52pm
 
just two pics... what a gip...
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Reply #18 - 01/21/08 at 6:53pm
 
Your pics were much better G-Bob...

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Reply #19 - 01/27/08 at 2:17pm
 
The old Heroquest furniture sure stands the test of time.

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