Alrighty!  Scenery!  You either like or don’t.  Or you are ambivalent.  When it comes to D&D or roleplaying, scenery and miniatures seem to divide opinions.  The fact is, without even a grid, you aren’t going to be doing much in D&D 4E.  Luckily for me, the guys I play with like miniatures, and I like making models and scenery.  It was always my favourite part of Warhammer, a hobby I took up but never actually played.  I just liked making the cools stuff 🙂

I threw some 3D terrain down in our first game and it was a hit.  In the second encounter I had some tall rock spires which were really just for flavour and and to move fights in certain directions, but Jin (Euan) decided to use his mega acrobatics skills to start climbing them and flipping around the battlefield!  Nice.  I didn’t really design the spires to have people on top of them, but that is now a consideration for future.

So here is the basic breakdown.  You will need:

  • High density styrofoam
  • Thin MDF base (optional, but provides structural stability/weight)
  • PVA glue
  • Hot wire cutter
  • Saw (power or hand)
  • Plaster
  • Primer or flat black spray paint
  • Acrylic paint in the colours you need.  Eg, I had a rust coloured red, yellow, black and white

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2011 19 Mar

D&D – Dark Sun: First Game

Author: Matt Categories: Dark Sun

When :

17 March 2011


Euan’s house


Matt (DM), Drew (Lactose the Intolerant), Thom (Phye) and Euan (Jin)


I won’t go too much into the story here as Euan will be publishing a narrative account of the evening’s play.  Let’s just say there was flipping and dying.

A few points before starting.  Most of us haven’t role played seriously in quite a few years.  For a couple of us (me included) it was back in junior high school, ie 20 years ago, so we are kind of finding our way.  One thing we do need to try and do more of actual role playing, rather than meta gaming which is easy to fall into after playing a lot of Euro board games recently.  Having Euan and Thom in the group is going be a great help as they have RP’ed more than the rest of us, and when a couple of people get into it, it makes it easier for the rest of the group to pick up on the cues and go along with it.

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