Dungeon Accessories: Slimy & Wet Terrain

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Just last Saturday, I had to trudge out to the garage to get some stuff, and noticed that I had left some of my terrain making supplies on the bench from the Gencon Fourthcore Deathmatch models I made. One of the pieces I made used a product called “Envirotex Lite” for the pools of boiling blood. As I was boxing everything up to bring inside, I had a small brainstorm. Why couldn’t I use it to make small puddles that could be placed on terrain pieces to create areas of wetness or slime? A little paint could add some color, and in my tests with it earlier this year, it held its “puddle” shape as it dried. I decided to give it a shot. And it turned out great.

This is a super easy craft that takes less than 10 minutes to do. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Envirotex Lite – this is the stuff that’s spread on wooden bar surfaces. You can get it in the wood crafts section of your craft store. It’s a bit pricey, so wait for a 50% off coupon. Don’t worry, it goes a long way.
  • Mini (6 oz.) plastic cups
  • Disposable stirrer – I used a small dowel I had left over, crafting (popsicle) sticks would work fine too
  • Paint
  • Parchment Paper

First, you’ll need to make a measuring cup to mix your Envirotex Lite (EL) in. Nest two cups and pour in 1/4 oz of water (1.5 tsp). Make a line on the outside cup, then add another 1/4 oz, and make another line. If you want, you can also make two lines at the 1/2 oz and 1 oz water lines for “double” batches.

Now you’re ready. Lay out your parchment paper, and nest an empty “blank” cup in your marked measuring cup. Add equal parts of each bottle of the EL. Add a tiny bit of paint to the end of your stirrer (see below – remember, you can always add more) and mix vigorously for at least two minutes. I wanted mine to look like green slime, so I used a dot of green paint.

This is all the paint I used to color it.

When you’re done mixing, let the mixture stand for about 10 minutes to let the bubbles surface. Then, pour it out onto the parchment in dollops. It will be the consistency of honey. Use your stirrer to make some rough shapes; come back about 45 minutes later and make sure your shapes are still there – use the stirrer to shape them again if you need to.

Give the EL 24 hours to cure completely, and peel off the parchment. I was surprised at how flexible the finished product was. I’m not sure what to compare the feel of it to. It bends like taffy. If you stretch it a little bit, it will bouce back into shape, though I’m sure with enough pulling it would stretch out of shape or break. Sorry, that’s the best I can do. At any rate, I was a little surprised because I expected it to be hard like plastic. To store it, you’ll need to layer parchment paper between the slime patches because it will stick together if you don’t.

Edit: You should NOT use these on a poster map or dungeon tiles. They will stick to it, and most likely tear your map/tiles when you try to pick them back up. Only use them on a vinyl mat or 3D Dwarven Forge pieces.

What I made was 1/2 oz of EL (1/4 oz from each bottle), and got more than enough “slime patches” out of it. This was easy and definitely a success.

As always, here are some ideas on how to use the terrain slime:

  • Moderate Acrobatics check to move through it/stand up in it, or fall prone
  • Difficult terrain
  • Moving through the slime doubles your speed for a round (slippery shoes!)
  • Moving through the slime lets you shift your speed immediately as a free action (more slippery shoes!)
  • The slime is randomly flowing across the floor (easy to do by moving the pieces around, and when used in conjunction with another mechanic, makes for a dynamic terrain hazard/power)
  • You can only harm the ooze monster in the room when standing in the slime
  • Simple foreshadowing – there’s an ooze monster in the NEXT room
  • Drinking the slime lets you use the “Ooze Incarnate” power (Dragon 375) Drinking it a second time in an encounter only lets you use the movement part of the power, and drinking it a third time turns you permanently into an ooze. (There should be some hinting that it’s not a good idea to keep drinking it)
  • Apply the slime to your armor to make it Slime Armor for one encounter (AV2)

How would you use the slime terrain?

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5 Responses to Dungeon Accessories: Slimy & Wet Terrain

  1. Generic Fighter says:

    Hmm. Maybe anyone standing in it or walking through it takes Acid damage as it Eats away at their shoes/feet?
    Or it smells REALLY Bad, so creatures in or adjacent to the Slime take a penalty to attacks.
    Or it could be sticky, so anyone who moves through it is Slowed or Immobilized until they take a Standard Action to take their footwear off(If they are barefoot this can be a problem!:P ).

  2. Ben says:

    Absolutely love these step-by-step articles for us little guys. Another beauty. I have a box of that material in my closet so hopefully this will nudge me to finally try it. And great effect ideas by the first poster (sticky was the best one).

  3. Alphastream says:

    I wonder if there is some way to prevent the sticking to paper. Could it be painted with a clear sealant on the underside? Or even all over?

    • Benoit says:

      Yeah, I’m intending to find some sort of solution to this problem, I just haven’t had the time yet. I may end up recommending a different material.

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