Dungeon Command Hirst Arts Tiles: Blood of Gruumsh

featuredAs I was making this set of Dungeon Command tiles, I kept wondering: is this the last set? I don’t have any special insight or insider knowledge, but I do know that there haven’t been any new sets announced. So for right now, I guess the answer is, yeah. I guess that’s kind of sad because I do like the game. On the other hand, I have some potentially exciting news. If you’re going to Origins, Word Boardgame Con, or Gencon this year, you can see all my Dungeon Command Hirst Arts tiles in person! I’ve sent them to one of the “learn to play” guys, and he’ll be teaching the game using the tiles. If you’re going to be at one of the cons, more specific info can be found at the end of the article. But let’s dive into what you’re really here for. The pictures… (as always, click for bigger)

So, I always start with the “Start” tile, for obvious reasons. This tile is kind of plain, though the grate did have me brainstorming, and I did get to use the cool stone door from mold 85.

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Next up, we have the other small tile in the set – the storage room. I used barrels, a box, and a pile of sacks, also from mold 85. One thing that was difficult about this tile was arranging everything in the storage room so that a mini could perch up there, but still keep it looking random.

I also added a couple of levers to open the doors, just for fun.

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Next, the throne room. I agonized over whether to include the dais that the throne is on, considering that it may get in the way of mini movement. In the end, I decided (obviously) the the dais added more than it complicated. So it stayed. The throne was inspired by this post over at Ben’s RPG Pile. I will also add that the symbol that you see painted on the throne is Gruumsh’s.

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Finally, my favorite tile, the water tile. I have never incorporated water on any of my Hirst Arts stuff, though I have for other things. For the stagnant pool, I scattered some smashed tiles in the trough, painted as normal, then did a final dry brush of light green and dark green. Then, I added the Envirotex Lite with a tiny dab of light green in it to add a little color to the water. I’ll let you judge for yourself whether it was successful or not.

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Putting it all together (with the Undead set for a complete board) and you get this:

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Owlbear and Ogre vs. Dracolich? My money is on the Dracolich. Sorry.

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Defending the throne of Gruumsh from the zombie invasion.

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Yeahhhh. You probably don’t want to open that door…

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And there they are! You can find the pics of the other sets, plus some other Dungeon Command ramblings here.

Here is the info if you’d like to see the tiles live and in person at Origins or Gencon. If you need more info, contact Tom here:

Origins:
Dungeon Command Tournament and Open-Play at Origins
WHERE: Board Game Hall, Rogue Judges Arena
WHEN: Friday, June 14th at 12pm
HOW: Show up ready to play! We will have a tournament as well as open play for those wishing to learn / not play in a competitive setting. I’ll have at least four copies of the five released sets, plus extra individual minis. Oh, I almost forget — some promos for giveaway. WHAT: Dungeon Command Tournament and Open-Play.
Open-Play — Just show up, warband or not. I will be teaching the game to anyone who wishes to learn.
Tournament — The tournament will follow the published WotC rules

Gencon:
Dungeon Command Tournament and Open-Play at GenCon
WHERE: Board Game Hall, Rogue Judges Arena
WHEN: Saturday, August 17th at 6pm
HOW: Show up ready to play! We will have a tournament as well as open play for those wishing to learn / not play in a competitive setting. I’ll have at least four copies of the five released sets, plus extra individual minis. Oh, I almost forget — some promos for giveaway. WHAT: Dungeon Command Tournament and Open-Play.
Open-Play — Just show up, warband or not. I will be teaching the game to anyone who wishes to learn.
Tournament — The tournament will follow the published WotC rules

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8 Responses to Dungeon Command Hirst Arts Tiles: Blood of Gruumsh

  1. Teos Abadia says:

    That’s pretty incredible! I’m inspired, and I really dig what you did with the green in the water. I also need to post my pictures for that water fountain project!

  2. Alton says:

    These are absolutely amazing. I remember playing on the Citadel and the Court of the Storm Lord Hirst models last year at GenCon for the FTDM matches. It made playing it that much more fun. Expensive hobby though.

    • Benoit says:

      It’s got a little bit of an expensive start up cost (to buy the molds, mostly, and also casting material) but the biggest expense in my view is time. Which I don’t mind spending because it’s enjoyable. 🙂 Per hour spent, it’s a pretty cheap hobby (as are, I believe, all RPG related hobbies).

  3. So amazing, Benoit. That’s upper tier terrain hobbyist skillz shining through there.

  4. Nicely done! This is the kind of thing that really brings games alive.

    I too have cast a fair amount of Hirst Arts stuff, though I never cease to be amazed at how long it takes just to cast the blocks. It has been a while, but basically I figured that to make modular dungeon pieces (not for any particular game, but compatible with Descent and usable with RPG games) I’d be casting plaster all day long. Which is okay by me if it is a project day, but a bit tough to get done weeknights.

    One thing that I contemplated as a shortcut was to glue a printout of floor tiles to 1/8-inch tempered hardboard (the dark brown stuff available in giant sheets at the local home improvement store) and then build up the walls. The trick with taking this shortcut is getting the floors and walls to have a similar appearance. I figured that lowering the weight of a set by doing this was worth the trade off of losing a bit of 3D, but looking at your nasty green water I’m no longer so sure.

    I don’t know if you mentioned this in a previous post, but I’ve got two pieces of advice to anybody who takes this kind of project on:
    1. Make sure your walls and floor are square so that the pieces will fit well together. Legos are simply fantastic to assist in doing this. (luck for me my daughter is not yet 3 and doesn’t find her legos on my workbench. Yet.)
    2. If you’re going to take on a project like this go ahead and get a giant box of dental plaster. The stuff is much less brittle than plaster of paris and you have a variety of choices in color.

    One of these days I’ll actually get my modular dungeon built…

    Nick blogs at Spotting Round.

  5. Aaron says:

    Hello could you list the hirst mold numbers used to make this? I’d also be interested in knowing the ones to make the other dungeon command sets as well
    Thanks

    • Benoit says:

      Mold 40 – Basic Block and Mold 201 – Floor Tiles are the main molds I use for the walls/floors. The decorative stuff is all in the Gothic Molds line except for the stuff from Mold 85 – Cavern Accessories.

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