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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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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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