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    Avatar photoAndrew Beasley

    O.K. – First things first, I’m the daft dad in the title so comments On this are not needed

    For some reason I’ve offered to paint up a set of the flat dungeon tiles from TTCombat as part her Christmas present to be used in the D&D group she plays with rather than build a set of 2.5D dungeons from foam card.

    Though the actual painting does not worry me, I’m at a bit of a loss as to what to add on the odd tile to give it a more lived in look while still being usable for figures. So far I have:

    a) Scorch marks as the group is known for setting things alight

    b) An odd book / potion bottle

    c) A bone or two (with and without rats)

    d) Blood splashes and the odd pile of entrails

    e) Puddles both of water and ‘something icky’

    f) Weapons

    g) Patches of lichen / mushrooms / weed type things

    I’m not planning on all of these (though I will have a better idea to numbers when the bits arrive) but all of these feel a bit old fashioned and trope TBH.

    So, can anyone else think of other bits that are flat and would not get in the way of the model bases?

    Avatar photoThaddeus Blanchette


    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    Avatar photoGaz045

    Graffiti? Spell signs and incantations chalked on the floor…… think pentagram and salt circles etc And gratuitous blood trails with remains………broken and discarded weaponry/armour too?

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    Avatar photoRhoderic

    Generic debris, like potsherds, broken sticks, nondescript fragments of wood, scraps of parchment/papyrus/paper, shreds of fabric (possibly remnants of old burial wrappings) and suchlike.

    Incidental little creepy crawlies, here and there. The kind that would be easy to sculpt one or two of, then make more of using a press mould.

    Avatar photoGeof Downton

    Stuff that is personal to her – eg. a representation of a favourite toy, pet or pop star.

    One who puts on his armour should not boast like one who takes it off.
    Ahab, King of Israel; 1 Kings 20:11

    Avatar photoAndrew Beasley

    Stuff that is personal to her – eg. a representation of a favourite toy, pet or pop star.

    Maybe I should have explained that my sweet daughter is thirty, a professional archaeologist (so the pot shards are a great idea) and a part time Viking and Free Company’s reconstructionist

    Like all daughters – she is still my ‘little girl’ though 🙂

    Avatar photoDarkest Star Games

    She sounds pretty awesome!

    When placing bones, see if you can make some of them belong to other races, like goblins or orcs (probably only noticeable by the skull), or a dwarven skull with attached beard.  If the dungeon is hewn from rock perhaps some glittery quartz deposits?

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    Avatar photoGeof Downton

    Maybe I should have explained that my sweet daughter is thirty

    I realise now I should have said “stuff which is, or was, personal to her”.

    I have a son who was thirty one last week – but when I paint  and model stuff for him I do like to remind him of his embarrassing past, so if I were doing dungeon tiles for him the Spice Girls would definitely make an appearance!


    One who puts on his armour should not boast like one who takes it off.
    Ahab, King of Israel; 1 Kings 20:11

    Avatar photoNorm S

    Coins, gold, treasure, gems and green slime.

    mirror mirror on the wall


    grid grating


    Avatar photoLogain

    Well I’d start with a theme and work from there. What sort of campaign setting does she play in? Loose floor tiles/stones, holes etc add a lot of character. Maybe some runes or glyphs? A floor mosaic?  One cool feature Ive seen on a couple board game tile sets are painted air ducts/smaller passages that provide alternate routes. It takes a little planning but helps those little characters/creatures shine a bit. What a great project!

    Avatar photoJohn D Salt


    There might be possibilities in placing patterns of footprints to tell a bit of a story.

    For example, a trail of footprints leading to a place where there is some broken glass, a patch of something icky, and the vaguely-discernible outline of a body.

    Or two trails of footprints, one small and one much larger, leading to a knot of confused footprints, a patch of blood, and bits of a hobbit skeleton.

    Or footprints leading to a wall on which one can just make out the graffito “DRAGONS ARE A BUNCH OF WA” next to a large scorch mark.

    All the best,


    Avatar photoOldBen1

    I did two things that were easy and also pretty flat.  Plastic weapon sprues are great for broken weapons in the corner of the tile.  I also glued some grass tufts between the cracks as well.  I also tried adding mud by mixing sand, glue, and dark brown paint on some of the tiles.  A quick dry brush makes it look like collapsed walls.  It really breaks up all the grey.

    Avatar photoAlan Hamilton

    Toadstools, fungi, a ripped discarded pack with archaeologist tools spilling out, bottles/flasks, a large egg, a broken large egg (what came out of it?).

    Dungeon detritus – goblin (etc) poo, discarded food containers, abandoned camp fire, religious (or other) idols & statues.

    Avatar photoAndrew Beasley

    Surprised no one mentioned PPE – the last pic of her I saw she was in a white suit with full respirator and hard hat due to asbestos and COVID…

    Seriously though, (as if her working kit is not serious!) a big thanks to all – the tiles have been picked so I hope to make a start next week so I’ll spend this weekend ordering some bits (esp as AA have these bits on offer).


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