I’ve been running a D&D 5e campaign with my son, and I’ve been using flat maps and scrawls to set up the scenes. Well, as a miniatures wargamer I wanted something better — but I couldn’t very well drop hundreds and hundreds of dollars to cover a tabletop with dungeon crawl terrain…not that the idea isn’t tempting, mind you! And then I watched a video by Professor Dungeon Master about his “Ultimate Dungeon Terrain” system.
This is a compact dungeon tile that fits on top of a Lazy Susan turntable, and provides a 3D tactile map focus for your games – a base on which you could stage your scenes. I loved the idea, and I figure I can also use the same terrain tiles for a range of skirmish games, and even create some for Two Hour Wargames adventures. Yes, the Battle Board maps are cool -- but 3D Battle Boards are better!!
Now that I have an Ultimate Dungeon Tile, I need stuff to go on top. Since the current DND 5e game is going to the Underground, I thought — let’s do some tabletop terrain to match! Brian at Weird War 2 has picked up some sponsors for his channel and using a discount code got some 3D printed underground terrain from Dungeon Artifacts — some “Mesmerizing Morel Mushroom Trees” and cave walls. I based the terrain, and then added some detail bits inspired by a video by Wyloch’s Amory – clever things like using pushpins and brass tacks as mushrooms. This will double as Alien plants terrain for my 5150 games.
More dungeon terrain! I got a set of 3d printed cavern walls and just finished painting them - I like how they turned out. I'll add the Mantic Abandoned Mine set to finish off the collection before moving on to a 5150 terrain set using the same UDT approach.