Dungeon Command Hirst Arts Tiles: Blood of Gruumsh

featuredAs I was making this set of Dungeon Command tiles, I kept wondering: is this the last set? I don’t have any special insight or insider knowledge, but I do know that there haven’t been any new sets announced. So for right now, I guess the answer is, yeah. I guess that’s kind of sad because I do like the game. On the other hand, I have some potentially exciting news. If you’re going to Origins, Word Boardgame Con, or Gencon this year, you can see all my Dungeon Command Hirst Arts tiles in person! I’ve sent them to one of the “learn to play” guys, and he’ll be teaching the game using the tiles. If you’re going to be at one of the cons, more specific info can be found at the end of the article. But let’s dive into what you’re really here for. The pictures… (as always, click for bigger)

So, I always start with the “Start” tile, for obvious reasons. This tile is kind of plain, though the grate did have me brainstorming, and I did get to use the cool stone door from mold 85.

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Next up, we have the other small tile in the set – the storage room. I used barrels, a box, and a pile of sacks, also from mold 85. One thing that was difficult about this tile was arranging everything in the storage room so that a mini could perch up there, but still keep it looking random.

I also added a couple of levers to open the doors, just for fun.

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Next, the throne room. I agonized over whether to include the dais that the throne is on, considering that it may get in the way of mini movement. In the end, I decided (obviously) the the dais added more than it complicated. So it stayed. The throne was inspired by this post over at Ben’s RPG Pile. I will also add that the symbol that you see painted on the throne is Gruumsh’s.

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Finally, my favorite tile, the water tile. I have never incorporated water on any of my Hirst Arts stuff, though I have for other things. For the stagnant pool, I scattered some smashed tiles in the trough, painted as normal, then did a final dry brush of light green and dark green. Then, I added the Envirotex Lite with a tiny dab of light green in it to add a little color to the water. I’ll let you judge for yourself whether it was successful or not.

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Putting it all together (with the Undead set for a complete board) and you get this:

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Owlbear and Ogre vs. Dracolich? My money is on the Dracolich. Sorry.

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Defending the throne of Gruumsh from the zombie invasion.

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Yeahhhh. You probably don’t want to open that door…

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And there they are! You can find the pics of the other sets, plus some other Dungeon Command ramblings here.

Here is the info if you’d like to see the tiles live and in person at Origins or Gencon. If you need more info, contact Tom here:

Origins:
Dungeon Command Tournament and Open-Play at Origins
WHERE: Board Game Hall, Rogue Judges Arena
WHEN: Friday, June 14th at 12pm
HOW: Show up ready to play! We will have a tournament as well as open play for those wishing to learn / not play in a competitive setting. I’ll have at least four copies of the five released sets, plus extra individual minis. Oh, I almost forget — some promos for giveaway. WHAT: Dungeon Command Tournament and Open-Play.
Open-Play — Just show up, warband or not. I will be teaching the game to anyone who wishes to learn.
Tournament — The tournament will follow the published WotC rules

Gencon:
Dungeon Command Tournament and Open-Play at GenCon
WHERE: Board Game Hall, Rogue Judges Arena
WHEN: Saturday, August 17th at 6pm
HOW: Show up ready to play! We will have a tournament as well as open play for those wishing to learn / not play in a competitive setting. I’ll have at least four copies of the five released sets, plus extra individual minis. Oh, I almost forget — some promos for giveaway. WHAT: Dungeon Command Tournament and Open-Play.
Open-Play — Just show up, warband or not. I will be teaching the game to anyone who wishes to learn.
Tournament — The tournament will follow the published WotC rules

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