Building the dragon’s lair

The following picture drew a flurry of “how’d you do it?” questions on Twitter this morning:

In case you don’t recognize the tiles themselves, they come from the old Dire Tombs set of Dungeon Tiles by Wizards of the Coast. The higher platform is an 8×8 tile from that set; the lower platform—slightly hard to see in this particular photo—is a 2×8 tile depicting stairs with the braziers at either end.

To form the columns, I bought a bag of 1″ wooden cubes and 2″ wooden dowels at the Michael’s craft store in my neighborhood. I drilled holes the diameter of the dowels through some of the blocks. Then I inserted dowels into the holes:

I then threaded another wooden block onto the exposed part of the dowel to form a pillar 1″ square by 2″ tall. I used a dowel instead of glue so that I could pull off the base to form a column 1″ tall as needed.

The little white clips are cord organizer clips manufactured by 3M. I found mine on the hardware aisle at Target. The gap in these clips is just right for lightly securing tiles the thickness of WotC’s Dungeon Tiles. They come with double-sided self-adhesive strips. I used these strips to attach the clips to the wooden blocks that would form the tops of the columns.

And that’s pretty much it! I just slid the cips onto the appropriate tiles and arranged the whole scene on the table. Simple, cheap, effective.

6 Comments on Building the dragon’s lair

  1. carolinacharlie // August 10, 2010 at 11:09 am // Reply

    Never thought of using dowels + drilling holes (!) in my 1″ cubes — I just tape the cubes together. Nice setup, tho!

  2. Great idea, simple too. Good option for those using ghetto style stacks of books, boxes etc. for height.

  3. carolinacharlie // August 10, 2010 at 11:12 am // Reply

    One question: did you use poster gum to adhere the tiles on the lower level to the black foamboard?

  4. Very cool idea. And it makes for a nice 3d realistic lair.

  5. Very cool idea, will create something similar.

    Keep up the good work!


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