Ben’s rolled up his D&D terrain sleeves with his take on a modular, crumbled passage-way – perfect for your next dungeon delve encounter.
Begin with Hirst Arts molds: Fieldstone (at least #701 and #75), Cracked Floor Tile (#203) and Rock Cavern Pillar (#84) should provide all the starting assembly pieces.
The first trick is to create an illusion of a straight line by making sure each connecting d20 “area square” fits a regular-sized miniature. Remember the path won’t be perfectly linear. Your debris should continuously poke, jut
and jab throughout the corridor. Thus, it may take several slivers of several joined squares to hold you’re heroic mini.
Ben rarely advocates heavy glue downs as he’s a modular man by trade. However, due to the unique placement of all the different pieces, it only takes one accidental table bump to ruin everything. You still have lots of connecting flexibility but each individual tile should be glued down so minis fit in desired squares accurately.
Your paint scheme will most likely be dirt which of course, is well…dirty. Ben likes GW’s Delvan Mudd ink wash as an accent color (but don’t drench the entire piece). A dry brushed Graveyard Earth is still the go-to floor pick. His walls are covered in Codex Gray and Fortress Gray.
The next move is to get smart with your flock. Bring in all sorts of effects here – rubble clumps, sand piles, stretched vines and scattered moss. But stay classy and only use very small amounts and only scatter in strategic spots.
Now you need some contrast. Ben went with crumbled ivory columns. That off-white precious stone made everything else pop. Other nice free-standing add-ons include skulls, spider webs, coin piles, and unique markings.
And finally, it’s a monster mash of choices for your hall’s inhabitants. Everything from various elementals to snakes and spiders to bats and rats apply. Baddies should come from all angles too so be sure to consider Stirges and Dark Mantles.
So, now the only thing left to do is pick a marching order…you’re going first, right?”
Questions to Ponder: What obstacles would you put in your passage way? Got any favorite underground dwellers? Ever lose a character in a tight hallway fight?