Saturday, March 12, 2011

Hirst Arts Goodness

I get a fair number of comments on my Hirst Arts dungeon. So I thought I would share my most recent creation/addition.

I need the capacity to make some irregular shaped rooms. So I custom made these pieces from the HA octagonal mold to fit my modular dungeon design.

I also tried my hand at an alternate doorway.

I'm hopeful to put these in action during our next session on Wednesday night.

You can click twice to embiggen.


  1. These look fantastic. Which moulds would you recommend for a beginner starting out? I'd like to get into this, but I'm a bit overwhelmed by the large selection that Hirst Arts has available.

  2. @Kiltedyaksman - Those are pretty dang nifty. Is that from the octagonal tower set?

    @Sean - The selection is indeed huge. My advice would be to pick a simple project that you like the looks of - a project that Hirst has one mold for, and go start.

    I started with the Basic Gothic dungeon (, and it grew from there. If I had it to do all over again, I'd have probably started out with the field-stone sets, rather than the Gothic blocks - but that is just an preference issue.

    - Ark

  3. Hi guys,

    If your asking for my opinion, I would begin with the fieldstone molds. I think the fieldstone do a better job of representing "every" dungeon where the gothic feels a bit more specific. It's all personal preference. I like the medieval feel of the fieldstone.

    Start with Fieldstone wall #70 and floor #260. You'll need #71 if you want a door and some basic accessories. My entire dungeon was made with the first two above.

    What you see above is a combination of 70, 260, and the octagonal mold #77. However, I've custom fit pieces from #77 to make this happen and fit my modular dungeon design.

    Personally, I knew I wanted to make a module dungeon so I never built any of the structures intended with these molds. I went right for what I wanted. You need to really think through your design for maximum flexibility. Also, if you have no experience working with plaster(s) you'll have a learning curve. Chat me up when the time comes.

  4. Thanks for the advice, guys. I'll do as you suggest and go with the fieldstones to start with.

    Thanks, too, for the offer, Kilt, I'll certainly take you up on it when the time comes to start casting.

  5. No worries. I'll help you with anything you need.

    Talk to me before you buy plaster too.

    we have a kickstarter going to sale basic sets