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Make a Dungeon Diorama with foam - and 3d printed miniatures

In this tutorial I show you how to easily make a good looking dungeon diorama. This is also very suitable for table top gaming.

You just need a few supplies. And I use 3d printed miniatures as the various furnishings in the diorama.

I also have a video tutorial on this project. I show you how to make this diorama. That video is at the bottom of the page.

 

3D printed parts have come a long way in the past several years. And now you can easily get all kinds of great looking miniatures custom printed for use in table top gaming and other things like dioramas.

This picture shows the completed dungeon. I have taken the picture in low light so you can see that the cauldron is lit up with an LED.

The dungeon

A couple of things to note here and I will show you all these techniques . First off the floor of the dungeon is divided into squares which makes it very suitable for table top gaming. Secondly the walls of the diorama have a great stucco texture. I will show you how to do this and how to paint it so it comes out great.

This picture shows a closeup of the textured and painted wall.

The textured wall

Also, all the miniatures in this diorama are 3d printed. I will take a closer look at these in the second part of this tutorial. Finally, I will show you how I modified and wired up the cauldron so it lights up.

The glowing cauldron

 

Here are the miniature printed parts I received for this project. They are from Hobgoblin3D. Perfect for a dungeon diorama or for tabletop gaming in the 28mm scale. In part 2 of this tutorial will take a closer look at them, paint them, modify them, and show you the easy process for getting 3d printed parts without having a 3d printer.

Hobgoblin printed 3d plarts

These are miniatures by Hobgoblin3D You can check out their facebook page here

 

To make the diorama (Parts and Materials)

  • Sheets of one inch thick foam - I use foamular which is available at Home Depot. An exact same foam is available online. It is blue rather than pink: Dow XPS foam
  • Liquitex Super Heavy Gel To achieve the stucco wall texture
  • Paints: Black, Gray, White
  • Tools: Hobby knife, and Glue or Hot glue gun.

 

NextOkay, Let's build the diorama (continue)

You can also watch the video tutorial:



 

How to make Dungeon Terrain Tile

This is some spectacular terrain that looks great. And it is just styrofoam and two colors of paint. I show you how to make terrific terrain tiles like this for dioramas or tabletop gaming. How to make dungeon tiles

 

Dow foam

DOW Craft Styrofoam Foam Sheets, 1 x 24 x 48, (4 sheets)

  • 1 Inch Dow Craft Styrofoam Foam Sheets, 1 x 24 x 48, pak 4
  • High density Dow Styrofoam craft foam
  • Boxed and Shiipped to your door
  • Over sized packages, low actual weight, but UPS calculates dimensional weight of approximately 30-35 lbs
  • Paintable

 

Liquitex

Liquitex Matte Super Heavy Gel