Category: 15mm fantasy

Overlooking Features

The only thing worse than adversaries attacking you from elevation is when you can’t immediately access that elevation yourself.  The half-a-level rooms of my dungeon were designed to allow for one room to overlook the room below.  Open doorways dropping ten feet to the room below are against fantasy-OSHA...

In the Pits

One of the nice aspects of the half-a-level pieces shown in the last post is that it gives you a chance to incorporate even more three-dimensional challenges.  Flat painted with deep pits shown in perspective are nice – need to do some of those some day – but nothing...

Half A Level Onwards

In the grand old D&D tradition, going down a level in Castle Meatgrinder means going up a quantum step in difficulty.  You won’t find black dragons or pit demons on level II.    One of the few sops to metagaming tolerated at my table is that understanding that you...

Flooring, Inserts, and a Little Juxtoposition

One cheap and easy, and light on the storage requirements, method to add more flavor to the 2.5d dungeon is to use inserts.  So far my dungeon has five of these clever little devices.  Rather than an unending series of black floors, these pieces of cardstock can be dropped...

Puzzle Statue

There are few things more certain to distract a party of dungeon plunderers than a strategically placed statue.  A statue pointing to something with a sword, on a half-circle dais, and holding a glowing blue lantern?  That’s like crack for adventurers.  There’s got to be some treasure or a...

Paging the Lizard King

Doors are both boring and time consuming.  I really didn’t want to do them, but they are probably the single most important feature in the dungeon, so it had to be done.  After fiddling around with a bunch of designs for self opening doors that didn’t really work, I...

Castle Meatgrinder – The Mad Wizard’s Garden

Here’s a quick and dirty little project to spruce up a dungeon – an enchanted garden full of mysterious and arcane fauna that should give the players some interesting things with which to interact.  Some may want to kill the characters, some to talk to them, and they may...

Support My Dungeon!

Relax, it’s not a Patreon call.  These ten support columns are cheap found items glued to washers. They are called wooden dowel pins, and you can find them online or at any local hardware store.  In the hands of a woodworker, they would be used to pin wood joints...

Dungeon Dressing – Bits and Bobs

The two simple beds now have plain spun sheets and rather harsh looking pillows.  The sheets are facial tissue stiffened with watered down white glue, and the pillows are simple squares of cardstock.   Easy peasy A few more accutrements for the wizard’s amusement.  The not-a-palantir-honest on the left is...

Dungeon Dressing – Barriers to Entry

My dungeon corridors are really wide.  At 2.5 inches from wall to wall, that equates to 12.5 feet using the scale in common use today.  What to do when you want to force characters to march single file?   Making separate tiles for bottlenecks doesn’t appeal, so instead I...