So, last night I completed the painting and assembling of The Big Cave, my first subterranean bit of terrain. It’s a 12×20 inch (60×100 foot in game terms) cave with an underground lake. I couldn’t glue it down because you can’t glue wet blocks. I’ll glue it tonight when I get home. If I get home. We are down a car and my daughter was supposed to pick me up from work today, but she called in sick, so I’m not sure I have a ride or not… But that’s not game related.
Anyway, it’s a very simple cave, but should be large enough to do something reasonably interesting, and definitely should be large enough for a decent battle. I hesitate to take a photo because some of my players read this blog, but I might. I mean what is it gonna hurt? They’ll see it as soon as I plop it down on the table anyway.
It wasn’t a big deal to make, but it used a lot of my blocks. I am continuously amazed by how many blocks it takes to do anything at all. Making these underground blocks is a pain because besides all the effort involved in mixing the plaster, pouring it, scraping it, demolding it and finally cleaning the molds, these blocks require pasting elements together and they never fit exactly right, they chip when you try to put them together and the glue always seeps out and messes up the block. Once you get glue on the plaster, it messes up the painting since paint adheres to the plaster much, much better than to the glue, which results in fades splotches on the finished block wherever you happened to spill the glue.
Also, it’s easy to forget when you are putting the finished but unpainted blocks that you spent hours casting and assembling the dang things.