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Dwarven Forge Dungeon Terrain

Manager D.
user 7377737
Minneapolis, MN
Post #: 79
A couple of years ago I met a guy who had an amazing D&D room setup. He and his girlfriend were big gamers and a significant amount of their basement was a dedicated gaming area. They had nice shelves, couch and table setup, a lot of figures, and Dwarven Forge dungeon terrain (which come painted.) I had never seen Dwarven Forge products before, and they looked great.

He told me that in lieu of his friends getting him normal birthday and Christmas gifts, he had them pool their money and buy him a box set of DF terrain. He got 2 boxes a year as gifts, and when I saw his collection, he had 2 stacks that went up to my chest...perhaps 12-14 sets. At the time they were around $60 -$80+ per, so that collection represented a pretty good investment. Seeing his setup was very impressive. I have a decent paying job, and although I wanted it, I could not bring myself to take the plunge. Since then, the price has gone up ($135/$149 for starter sets), and it has been off my radar until now.

Dwarven Forge has started a Kickstarter for a new type of terrain. It's not made out of the heavy resin that the original ones were.

http://www.kickstarte...­

The pieces look good, seem very durable, and are now a lot more affordable. It also comes either painted or, more importantly to me (as I am a painter), unpainted at a cheaper price. As is common with Kickstarters, they have value breaks the more you order and stretch goal add-ons as more people participate. I just thought I would share this to the group in case anyone wants to get in on it.
Troy S.
SkullThrone
Minneapolis, MN
Post #: 26
The Kickstarter does look like a great way to get your self some terrain. I saw these guys at GenCon last year:

http://www.kickstarte...­

http://stores.lrterra...­

I believe it's the Legendary Realms Terrain that spawned Dwarven Forge into action, they have the same pieces that the Dwarven Forge are offering in their kickstarter already for sale (the Dwarven Forge KickStarter price is a better deal though for entire sets).

I like the looks of the terrain, but I think the "walls" get in the way for seeing whats going on (especially in hallways), and storage of the terrain, but there is no denying the cool factor, as well as determining cover or line of sight.

I've been debating on taking the terrain plunge on the "building my own" front for some time, using the Hirst Arts molds:

http://www.hirstarts....­

If people have these molds already, and would be alright with pooling resources and molds to make this venture more financially viable, please start/open a new thread on this forum...or I may open one on Crafty Geek, to see what the interest level is...As I don't want to hi-jack this topic. (I might not open it for some time, due to personal projects chewing up most my free-time, but if some does want to take the lead on this, I'd definitely try to contribute...despite already having way too many projects going on at this time).

I did create the topic over on crafty geek, here's the link:
http://www.meetup.com...­
Troy S.
SkullThrone
Minneapolis, MN
Post #: 35
After kicking around in emails with you for the last few days...I'm pretty sure I'm in at the $260 level...Doh, Damn you KickStarter, between this, Shroud of the Avatar, and Myth gonna be an expensive couple months.

Myth: http://www.kickstarte...­
Shroud: https://www.shroudoft...­ (kickstarter ended, but you can still join in here)
Manager D.
user 7377737
Minneapolis, MN
Post #: 81
Hah! It's a good deal though. It's enough pieces to have a good size map without having to recycle, and the bonus pieces make pretty close to another set.

I like the Hirst Arts stuff. I don't know anything about casting, but being of around average intelligence, with some trial and error, I am sure I could figure it out. There are a number of sets that would be good for indoor or outdoor terrain pieces too. I would not be against trying it out.
Troy S.
SkullThrone
Minneapolis, MN
Post #: 39
Looks like Myth took off and reached $900K...I did my part on that one, and I also jumped on the Dwarven Forge and I'm setup to get 5 set + bonus stuff on that one...expensive day yesterday...now I have to avoid KickStarter for a while.

I still would like someone in town who does cast their own terrain using Hirst Arts molds to "step-up" and help me and a few others get a mini group going, as another $100 to $300 on another hobby is going to be tough for me to convince my wallet to cough up, especially with me knowing next to nothing (I've seen a few YouTube videos and some others from Mini-Wargaming)...So I'd need to feel like its something that I would/could do on my own before I shell out anymore money.

Even if someone has the molds to "lend" for an experiment I'd be willing to give this stuff a try...but I'm also fine with holding out for a few months, since once I start I'm going to want to go at it full speed...which will no doubt cost money.
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