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Warlord Cavern Crawl

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I'm gearing up for a local convention in September called Geek.kon. Last year was the first one and, man, it was a blast! I want to make this year even better and to do this I need some super terrain. After reading up on the other dungeon crawls run with Warlord rules, I decided to make an event much like these. Instead of a dungeon though, I am going to make caverns; focusing the encounters to be Darkspawn models & have big, bad Rauthuros in the middle for a final meet & greet.

 

I have a long way until the project needs to be finished, so I might work on it only sparingly. (I do have those OTHER projects I intend to finish eventually as well... :ph34r: ) Even so, I have passed the first stage of designing the cavern layout:

 

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Thank you, Neverwinter Nights Toolset.

 

The red X on each corner marks the starting points for each army. All corridors should equal out to be the same in inches to reach the main Room-o-doom. It might look busy, but I think the nooks and crannies will help distract the players from making a quick run for the middle section. There will be a winner based on points earned, gathered by searching for loot and of course, killing baddies.

 

The end product will be 4 x 6 feet, made out of pinkfoam (insulation foam). I'll be using at least a 2 inch thick foam slab to allow for cavern walls. I know I could use Hirst Arts or even World Works cardstock for the actual cavern, but I find hand carving the foam myself very gratifying. We'll see if my hands agree by the end of this mess. :wacko:

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'Tain't nothing wrong with carving foam. It has the ability to look wonderfully unique.

 

Are you making this in sections so it is easily portable/storable? If so, what size pieces?

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Are you making this in sections so it is easily portable/storable? If so, what size pieces?

 

Yes, I'm looking at 2 x 2 sections to make it portable/storable. Cutting it that size will actually work very well with the layout...it only needed a tiny bit of adjusting. I printed a full sized version of this layout yesterday on something like 40 pages. I'll tape those together soon to see if it needs any further adjusting.

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Thanks for the link, ernieball22! That does help with a new idea... I already have a heatgun but to try that out I have to wait for warm weather. Grrr on winter in the north.

 

I got some 2 inch foam the other day, but I'm having second thoughts on using JUST that size. Maybe I should go with an added 1" of foam on the bottom? Or even doubling to make it 4" thick? I'm not sure what to go with yet.

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Long time no post, I know. But I am still working on these caverns...mostly I've been tweaking rules up until a few weeks ago, so the WIP of the actual cavern pieces isn't too far ahead. I haven't taken very many pictures, but hopefully I'll get a chance to put up some newer ones after this weekend. For now, this is all I have to show.

 

Earlier progress on one panel:

 

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I made a test piece last night to try out color schemes. Perhaps I'll post that later to get opinions.. so far, I'm leaning towards a brownish cavern color vs. a gray one.

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What are you using to dig out the foam?

 

Those very pliers that are in the first picture. Yes, my hand aches a bit, but I'm giving it rest time between pulls. I also use a butterknife to dig out large chunks at at time. I've tried many different techniques but these two seem to work best so far.

 

The walls of the cavern piece shown are not sculpted yet, except for a small part (shown mostly in the last picture's bottom right). I'm using needlenose pliers for that which really makes a nice caverny look. Although I agree that the rough floor looks good like that, I'm going to sand them to make it easier for models to stand.

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If you want to get a quick start you can use clear spray paint (or a color close to the desired base color). It will eat right into the foam and leave a nice trench. I use this on game boards for valleys and riverbeds. Saves ALOT of time, but its tricky to control.

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For making a tunnel board you may want to check out:

 

http://us.games-workshop.com/games/lotr/te...air/default.htm

 

(I hope it's ok that added the URL) It's a Shelob's Lair board by the GW team. It might give you some ideas on faster ways to build the tunnels.

 

Here's the link you were looking for. http://uk.games-workshop.com/heraldsofdark...shelobs-lair/1/

 

Pretty neat article; I never thought of using a heat gun to make caverns in foam.

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Once someone has played the game a couple of times they will head right for the middle. You may just have to figure out a way to occassionally block a route or two.

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Once someone has played the game a couple of times they will head right for the middle. You may just have to figure out a way to occassionally block a route or two.

 

Nah, I'm not worried about that since it's open to however the player wants to do it. There are bigger rewards in the middle but a lot more trouble to.... so, if the player is smart, they'll hunt around a bit, but there's nothing wrong with running straight to the middle. They just might get killed quickly and not gather as many points.

 

There are also certain spots that have random encounters.

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Don't worry... I'm still working on this behind the scenes. I just haven't had the time to take pictures. Almost done ripping out the initial cavern layout and getting ready to move to refining and shaping the walls/floors. Since it's a nice holiday tomorrow, I'll see about taking it all outside and getting photos.

 

Hopefully, I'll also be adding painted minis to this post. Stay tuned!

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