Welcome to my Tilescapes page. Although I have really enjoyed my other terrain system that came to be known as 2.5D (short simulated walls on the tiles that represent where the walls are but don’t interfere with play or block the vision of the players at the table.) My thinking evolved to make my craft as versatile at the game table as possible. I realized that I sacrificed quite a bit of that versatility by adding walls. With Tilescapes I decided to go more isometric and only define the space by the tiles and archways, doors, windows and building fronts (The term fronts is derived from Hollywood where they only build the front of a building for a set). This gives me ultimate freedom when assembling tiles as I don’t have to worry about where the walls fall.
If Tilescapes is they way you want to go I still recommend picking up all the basic craft supplies from my crafting supplies page. This page contains materials you will need specific to Tilescapes.
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The first thing you will need is the cork. 12X12 sheets can be cut in many different size tiles as shown in my videos. Here is a nice pack of cheap cork at my Amazon affiliated link. Do not let the negative reviews of the cork bother you. Most of the negative reviews deal with the fact that the double-sided adhesive with the tiles will not keep them on the wall. We are not using the tiles for that purpose so no worries.
I also like to use cork placemats from Ikea. You can quickly lay out an area without having to use 4-6 tiles. Unfortunately, Ikea doesn’t sell the cork placemats online. The good news is that you can pick them up at my Amazon affiliated link if you don’t live near an Ikea.
Elmer’s Glue-All is an essential part of the craft. I paint the glue on the tiles and let it soak in. Once dry to the touch paint the other side and let that side dry to the touch also. An important part of drying the tiles includes adding weight to them while they dry. If you do not add weights they will curl. A fan blowing on them can speed the process considerably. You want to make sure the tiles are totally dry before painting. The tiles should be stiff and thud when you flick your fingernail on them.
A fan blowing on the wet tiles can make a huge difference in the time it takes for the tiles to dry. Here is a nice 15 inch fan you can use for that process. I like how the fan can be turned to face downward, so it gets maximum airflow on the tiles. I also how the fan has faster speeds for even quicker drying.
Although I prefer the cork for the texture it gives you can just as easily use EVA foam. The foam is not as stiff as the glue soaked cork but it takes paint very well and has the advantage of skipping all the prep steps (soaking tiles in glue and base painting black) as the foam is already black. I tend to use foam when I need intricate patterns as the foam does not have an irregular surface like the cork. 5mm-6mm thickness is what you need.
I have become a huge fan of EVA Foam blocks. I spray paint them black and use my Tilescapes stamps to create textures on them. Here is a vid showing the technique