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.

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