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Super Dungeon Explore/ RPG 3d Hex Tile Project

Super Dungeon Explore/ RPG 3d Hex Tile Project

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About the Project

This is a spur of the moment idea that came about mostly from a bout of insanity and brilliance. I think. I came across a massive amount of old plaster terrain from a friend last month and after thinking what to do with all of this while I am cleaning, fixing and assembling, I decided to mostly use this for Super Dungeon Explore which I have a large collection that is on going as I recently got into it and so far, the two are going hand in hand. As far as terrain projects goes, this one is gonna be the most demanding and the heaviest.

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Weeks 5/6 Lots has Happened.

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Area 4, the throne room, ate more material than I originally thought that I started to use foam, cut to proper height to continue making the throne room.Area 4, the throne room, ate more material than I originally thought that I started to use foam, cut to proper height to continue making the throne room.
With Area 4 rapidly being built up, I began to lay out the walls that will make up the back secret cave way, area 5.With Area 4 rapidly being built up, I began to lay out the walls that will make up the back secret cave way, area 5.
And done. Area 4 is all laid out.And done. Area 4 is all laid out.
With area 4 in the process of being painted, the cave was completed. In good time too.With area 4 in the process of being painted, the cave was completed. In good time too.
Here ya go; the narrow, windy cave way.Here ya go; the narrow, windy cave way.
The cave eats up quite a bit of real estate.The cave eats up quite a bit of real estate.
The foam tiles need two coats of a 50/50 mix of paint and glue that will harden and protect the foam as I spray them.The foam tiles need two coats of a 50/50 mix of paint and glue that will harden and protect the foam as I spray them.
Three fully completed wall sections. 3 out of dozens. This is gonna take a while.Three fully completed wall sections. 3 out of dozens. This is gonna take a while.
The biggest piece, this gateway. This took a while to paint up.The biggest piece, this gateway. This took a while to paint up.

Week 4: Catching Up.

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Wow. This whole corona business had for a short while made the local internet unbearable and then the router took a turn for the worse but with that fixed, it is time to resume my weekly updates but a tad accelerated to catch up on lost time.

This is the finalized area 3. This is the first of 2 large areas.This is the finalized area 3. This is the first of 2 large areas.
As I have said, this is quite a large area.As I have said, this is quite a large area.
Area 5, the throne room, is under way.Area 5, the throne room, is under way.
Area 3 has left quite a pile of things to do. 1. Paint the foam bases and 2. put the pieces in primer.Area 3 has left quite a pile of things to do. 1. Paint the foam bases and 2. put the pieces in primer.
I hate it when pics are uploaded sideways but anyway, the walls being painted have been started.I hate it when pics are uploaded sideways but anyway, the walls being painted have been started.

These take a while to upload cause reasons so I will try to upload the other weeks as often as I can until I have caught up. So until next time.

Week 3: Progress! Yay!

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After what felt like a drag, the second area is completed!After what felt like a drag, the second area is completed!
Yeah. Our heroes are in for quite a fight.Yeah. Our heroes are in for quite a fight.
With area 2 done, area 3 has been started and this is the start of the outer wall defenses.With area 2 done, area 3 has been started and this is the start of the outer wall defenses.
What I like is that the top of the battlements is wide enough for the SDE bases to fit.What I like is that the top of the battlements is wide enough for the SDE bases to fit.
While area 3 is underway, the walls that have been given a coat of primer are now being painted.While area 3 is underway, the walls that have been given a coat of primer are now being painted.
Here is area 3. This is SUCH a paint in the butt to make so far! That is that so see you all next week.Here is area 3. This is SUCH a paint in the butt to make so far! That is that so see you all next week.

Week Two: This is getting messy

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As what can be guessed at by the title; working with plaster pieces is a messy affair. The liquid nails that is easy to rub off dries in the pores of my hands and fingers and the dust is getting everywhere; even with a vacuum attached to the band saw, it is still a messy affair.

I have found labels where these plaster pieces came from. When I tried looking on the internet, I get nothing related to this. I think the company folded after the dot com bust back in the early 2000s.

Long story short, the first area is done for this unplanned dungeon/ castle keep.Long story short, the first area is done for this unplanned dungeon/ castle keep.
The foam that will be visible has been painted with a 50/50 mix of paint and glue to act as a sealer.The foam that will be visible has been painted with a 50/50 mix of paint and glue to act as a sealer.
I love these low angles. It gives the perspective that the area is rather large.I love these low angles. It gives the perspective that the area is rather large.
And this is the final image as of week 2 of this build. Area 2 has come along rather quickly and early next week (this week), area 3 would of been started. See ya next Sunday.And this is the final image as of week 2 of this build. Area 2 has come along rather quickly and early next week (this week), area 3 would of been started. See ya next Sunday.

The build-up: Week One.

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So apparently I have to upload 1-2 pics at a time or else for some reason, it won’t upload at all. Fair enough. I am also limited to 12 entries. Ok.

With that out of the way, let’s resume progress from what is now last week.

When I began, this was a peaked pile. Time to shrink the pile some more!When I began, this was a peaked pile. Time to shrink the pile some more!
Last Monday, as can be seen here, I was in full swing in producing hex tiles to be trimmed, making gates and the half height hex pieces in general as wel.Last Monday, as can be seen here, I was in full swing in producing hex tiles to be trimmed, making gates and the half height hex pieces in general as wel.
Not bad for a days worth of work. Also, yay for bandsaws. Trimming the gate was made easy thanks to that.Not bad for a days worth of work. Also, yay for bandsaws. Trimming the gate was made easy thanks to that.
The overall plan evolved into creating one area at a time that are 18The overall plan evolved into creating one area at a time that are 18"x18". with this being hex based, I can add and shrink as I please.
This is the 29th of January and space was quickly becoming a problem.This is the 29th of January and space was quickly becoming a problem.
And we now come to yesterday where the basic hexes are nearly done and the walls are under way.And we now come to yesterday where the basic hexes are nearly done and the walls are under way.
As usual, space is a premium and I have multiple gates and entranceways that are drying. Next update will be next Sunday. See ya then.As usual, space is a premium and I have multiple gates and entranceways that are drying. Next update will be next Sunday. See ya then.

The beginnings

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This project started off on the whim more than anything else. Back in December 2019, I was contacted by a friend who wanted to thin out his collection of plaster terrain dating back to the 90s from The Dwarves Stonecutter if I remember the labels correctly. I will change once I find another label.

Anyway, to tell a long story short, I have recently ended a massive project where I was making foam hexes using the hex terrain tool kit and after a single night of planning, I dove straight into the project.

The other contributing factor to this decision is my growing collection of chili or SD (super deformed) minis from Super Dungeon Explore. With the background explained, lets get into the details of this massive project!

The collection from the 1st edition starter and from Ninja Division's recent master class releases. Note, this is back in December this was taken.The collection from the 1st edition starter and from Ninja Division's recent master class releases. Note, this is back in December this was taken.
Some testing to see if this could remotely work. Here are 4 of my finished heroes and some plaster pillars. I say it will work.Some testing to see if this could remotely work. Here are 4 of my finished heroes and some plaster pillars. I say it will work.
This MDF gauge is what is used to slice the hexes to their proper size. My plan is eventually to make stone walkways with grass on both sides and to do that, I need to see how tall the plaster walkways are when compared to the height of a half height hex. Close enough for my liking. Check 2.This MDF gauge is what is used to slice the hexes to their proper size. My plan is eventually to make stone walkways with grass on both sides and to do that, I need to see how tall the plaster walkways are when compared to the height of a half height hex. Close enough for my liking. Check 2.
Now the beginnings. Here are 4 regular hexes grouped together.Now the beginnings. Here are 4 regular hexes grouped together.
Now how does a pathway look on these hexes and with a figure on them. I say good.Now how does a pathway look on these hexes and with a figure on them. I say good.

Next is one of the opening gateways for height and width testing. I say very good.

I also have several stairs where I plan to make stands that will allow these figures to climb stairs and not topple comically back down.I also have several stairs where I plan to make stands that will allow these figures to climb stairs and not topple comically back down.
With testing done, onto the gluing. Here, I am using a brand called liquid nails; a general adhesive that so far has worked well for me.With testing done, onto the gluing. Here, I am using a brand called liquid nails; a general adhesive that so far has worked well for me.
The angle isn't great but the gateway has been started.The angle isn't great but the gateway has been started.
Now here we have floor tiles started and trimmed to shape as well as the gate. That is that. More to come tomorrow.Now here we have floor tiles started and trimmed to shape as well as the gate. That is that. More to come tomorrow.

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