Wednesday, 8 January 2014

The Gaming Tile Experiment Episode-Part 1.

I was surfing through 'YOU TUBE' the other day and I came across this:

It's a video by a character called 'DMScotty' ( OK I know it's D&D but the terrain techniques can be adapted.

This got me to thinking and I thought that interior action has always been difficult as the usual, papercraft, building interiors tend to be too cramped for figures once they are based. So came this project, Build a cardboard interior tile for your buildings and move the action there when appropriate. This also helps out with Ed T.'s (the THW guy) interior rules.

The plan: The experiment was set on my backwoods cabin. I increased the dimensions by 1/3rd for the tile and away I went. (I had a write error  on my camera and didn't realise 'til now so the photo tutorial is a bit bare.)

Tools Required, minus hot glue gun and cardboard.
1. Draw outline on cardboard (c.f. video link for discussion on c.board).

2. Cut out pattern. 

These will be the walls.
 3. Glue the walls down
The beauty of cardboard cutting with scissors
 4. Unlike DM Scotty's idea I've built the walls up two layers. This has opportunity of giving the tile a slightly more realistic window element. It's hard to see in the picture but I hope that you get the idea.

The external and internal views.
 5. Undercoat, couldn't find my black tin.

6. Whilst it was drying I knocked up some doors, a bed and a stove.

7. Check it out, prior to painting.

The Viscountess hid my large cutting mat behind a radiator (something to do with making the place look untidy ?) and it warped. Unknown to her it's been under her side of the mattress over Christmas and its come out a bit better (don't tell her or the lads'll be fatherless. ;-).

I scraped it using an old blade an here's the result!
Accrued crap sticking to my cutting board.

Well that's all for now. I've got to get some more clear plastic backing before I paint and I think I'll pop out and get some brown Acrylic to finish this off.

Thanks for popping by and stay dry out there.



  1. I won't tell the Memsahib your secret. But it did make me chuckle. I think it's a cleaver idea to only partially build the wall height. It will make moving the figures so much easier and make every thing easy to see.

  2. Your secret is safe with us. This is a realy cool idea, looking forward to seeing it progress

  3. That's great! I have started my terrain as a gaming piece that has detachable roofs and all, but I have to say it never really works that well, as interior walls are either missing or they make models unplayable.

    That's a great solution, and a fast one to make. You'd need double space whne playing, however. At least there is no chance of forgetting your minis inside the various houses!

  4. Very nice idea. I'm going to have to think about this...

  5. Thats a great idea! Very nicely executed.

  6. That's a great idea especially for all us fat fingered types!

  7. I have seen this before, but a double layer does delineate the windows much better.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one that has to de-crud his cutting board.

  8. Good idea on the partial walled interior. me ideas for other projects. I am looking forward your take on the next 3088 buildings :)