Remnants of the past – Simple Dungeon tiles for DnD

I already mentioned in my Crypt of the Damned tutorial that I also have a collection of simple dungeon tiles. They were my first attempt at dungeon crawl paraphernalia and intended to be used in our DnD sessions.

Initially, I made five rooms, each 6 x 6 tiles which each tile measuring 3cm by 3 cm. Each room features a different tile pattern. I also made some matching corridors, one with a nice mushroom cluster. Finally some L-shaped corner pieces and T- and X-junctions allow for more interesting layouts.

How to get dungeoneering


  • Extruded polystyrene of 1cm thickness.
  • A sharp knife (X-acto or carpet knife).
  • A sharpened pencil.
  • A steel ruler.
  • Thick cardboard for the loose tiles.
  • Green stuff for mushroom patches.
  • Cheap acrylic paint (Grey, brown, black, white, red).
  • Something to give the polystyrene a rock like texture. A piece of crumbled tin foil will do.
  • Wood glue.
  • Fine sand or soil.
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A so called “Rockinator”.

Slice and dice -building the tiles

First, cut all the room shapes out of the sheet of polystyrene. The idea is to keep the knife at a rather narrow angle to prevent the polystyrene from ripping or tearing. You want a clean cut.

Using a pencil and the ruler carve the tile pattern into the foam. Add cracks and blemishes, remove some of the foam to depict missing tiles. Any tiles that are loose and protrude over the floor level are now cut out of the thick cardboard and glued in place using wood glue.

Cover all areas showing open ground with wood glue and sprinkle on some sand or soil.

Onwards to painting. I followed my usual routine for the stone floor and the wood. If you use soil, you can leave it at this or add more variation with pigments, just as I did with my Crypt module.

Here we go, some simple dungeon tiles. You can further improve them by adding walls and accessories. Check out the second part to get some ideas.

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Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

2 April 2014 at 5:42 am

Lovely & simple as well. Nice work.

9 April 2014 at 12:43 am
– In reply to: GregJ

Thank you. The time spent vs. result ratio works out nicely with this technique.

3 April 2014 at 1:44 am

Nothing is complete without a nice mushroom cluster, really. 🙂

3 April 2014 at 1:51 am
– In reply to: sylirael

Indeed. I see you are well versed in the art of mushroom clustering looking at your nail art tuts.

3 April 2014 at 1:52 am
– In reply to: daggerandbrush

Heh – that was Ooly’s genius, but I always think that there are quite a lot of parallels between miniature painting, and painting miniature designs on your nails. Also between making up your face, and working highlights, contouring, and face detials into minis!

16 April 2014 at 6:26 am

Looking real good. Really love the “Rockinator” always used real rocks for that, but this should give an even more natural look. Thanks for the tip!

16 April 2014 at 7:09 am
– In reply to: Burkhard

Thank you. The “Rockinator” is one of the few things that comes free in life, but actually works ;P.

16 April 2014 at 10:37 am
– In reply to: daggerandbrush

It is amazing. Would never have thought about that, but I can not wait to try it out!!!

16 November 2015 at 8:22 am

Very nice

16 November 2015 at 9:05 am
– In reply to: imperialrebelork

Thanks for commenting. Glad you like the tiles.

16 November 2015 at 11:40 am
– In reply to: daggerandbrush

They’re awesome and inspiring

18 November 2015 at 10:03 pm
– In reply to: imperialrebelork

Always good to read that my stuff can be an inspiration. Thank you for your kind words.