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Re: Home made tiles

Postby Maike05 » Friday October 12th, 2012 3:55am

leo wrote:
Downloaded tiles from various links and arrange using your favorite publishing program (I did this to get the most tiles on 11 X 17 Sheet)
Print the tiles onto glossy paper from a color laser printer.
Sprayed the poster board with adhesive.
Placed 11 X 17 glossy paper onto poster board (press down with books or something heavy)
Let dry for about fifteen minutes and start cutting.

Worked really well and didn't cost much at all.


This is exactly how i proceed, and i now have dozen of home made tiles :)


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Re: Home made tiles

Postby leo » Friday October 12th, 2012 7:17am

I was thinking of plastic or some sort of covering to protect them, thanks for the suggestion. Very easy and inexpensive way to expand the game without having to pay hundreds of dollars for expansion packs from ebay.
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Tile Making

Postby Asriel » Sunday January 17th, 2016 9:43am

[This topic was merged from Board index ‹ Special Rooms ‹ Project Forge on 6/12/16.]

Hi guys, first post ever in this forum!
I grew up with HQ and I recently took interest in the game again. Been a DIY guy and all, and owning just the Game System, I'm planning on recreating the expansions for personal use of course. Everything i don't own i'm gonna buy except minis from the Game System I'm gonna recast. What I find trouble making though are the tiles and i can't figure out a way to make them myself. Printing on cardboard goes beyond my skills and I would like to ask for your help if you know anything on matter. I wasn't able to find any tutorial of sort on the net, so here I am!
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Re: Tile Making

Postby clmckay » Sunday January 17th, 2016 10:48am

I tried tile printing when I moved to a larger square size.

The cheapest way is to just print it out (from the files here at the inn) on cardstock, then laminate it. Not as sturdy, but serviceable.

Another option I tried briefly, was to print it out on cardstock, then use spray adhesive to mount it to basic posterboard. Nice and sturdy, a tad tricky though.

Finally, I broke down and had the tiles printed on cardstock for me. I used Print Play Games. It's really not all that expensive, especially if you do the double-sided printing option to save on material cost. Quality is awesome going this route.


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Re: Tile Making

Postby cynthialee » Sunday January 17th, 2016 1:00pm

I print on paper then glue the tiles onto cereal box cardboard with spray adhesive. It is the fastest easiest way to get the tiles I want. I have a large collection of tiles I made this way. Comes in pretty handy.
I thought about professional done tiles, but then I keep coming back to the fact that other than my Master Dungeon Tile set from D&D, most tiles see one game and are then filed away.
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Re: Tile Making

Postby StratosVX » Sunday January 17th, 2016 2:05pm

You could also try printing them and mounting them on chip board. It's more durable than cardboard. I haven't done this yet, but I plan to.


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Re: Tile Making

Postby Asriel » Sunday January 17th, 2016 4:40pm

Thank you all for the quick response! By the way, i saw that there is a separate section about tiles but i can't seem to find anything there. If an admin wants, he may move this topic if it's in a wrong section.

cynthialee wrote:I print on paper then glue the tiles onto cereal box cardboard with spray adhesive. It is the fastest easiest way to get the tiles I want. I have a large collection of tiles I made this way. Comes in pretty handy.
I thought about professional done tiles, but then I keep coming back to the fact that other than my Master Dungeon Tile set from D&D, most tiles see one game and are then filed away.


I was thinking about that, but I had doubts of its durability, and ofc its glossy finish.

clmckay wrote:The cheapest way is to just print it out (from the files here at the inn) on cardstock, then laminate it. Not as sturdy, but serviceable.


What product do you use for the lamination process? As I said, I have never worked with delicate cardboard projects apart from several shelves I've made, but then I just used simple spray paint for a finish.
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Re: Tile Making

Postby clmckay » Sunday January 17th, 2016 5:47pm

Asriel wrote:What product do you use for the lamination process? As I said, I have never worked with delicate cardboard projects apart from several shelves I've made, but then I just used simple spray paint for a finish.


Wal-Mart.

Cheapo 3M brand laminator and cheapo 3M thermal laminating pouches. Then cut to size. The end result does have some gloss to it though. However, if you have kids that touch or play with your stuff, it's very easy to clean.

I would assume any department store world-wide would have them as well.

It all depends what you're looking at for: quality vs cost. But the US KK and RofWL just had super cheap card stock tiles. Could laser print that at a print shop and not tell much difference.


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Re: Tile Making

Postby Bareheaded Warrior » Sunday January 17th, 2016 7:10pm

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Re: Tile Making

Postby Asriel » Monday January 18th, 2016 5:58am

Bareheaded Warrior wrote:I've just spotted this on eBay, what do you think?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/141858199866?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT


They seem nice and on the right price, buy I'm the "stick to the original" guy so :/.
Thanks for your advice clmckay, it was more than useful!
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