Issue with creating modular tiles

Issue with creating modular tiles

UkDungeonBuilder
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June 11th, 2018, 3:02 pm #1

I’m in the process of making a set of modular dungeon tiles (fieldstone walls with worn floor tiles) and when I assemble the floor tiles in a 3x3 grid they seem to be larger than 3” x 3”. This means that the more tiles I have next to each other then more the issue grows, has anyone ever come across this and does anyone know how I can fix it?
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Roga Danar
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June 12th, 2018, 10:12 pm #2

That sounds strange.  I have used the worn floor tiles before with the fieldstone walls but haven't run into this problem.  I believe Bruce starts with a perfect 1" square and uses that as the basis for his tiles (at least that is what I would do), so it should be the correct size. Are there any gaps between the tiles when they are together? Could there be a problem with the cast and there is some extra flash on the bottom?  How off are they?
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June 13th, 2018, 12:38 am #3

They are off by the smallest amount, to be honest It could easily be human error in building the tiles. Have you any tips for making sure everything is squared up? I’m hoping to make 3” by 3” tiles that will fit together perfectly.


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June 13th, 2018, 7:01 pm #4

I like to use a "jig" made out of lego blocks. I can then press floor tiles very snug into the perfect 90 degree corner of the jig. This ensure everything is square. Take a look at this picture of Bruce's Wizard Tower build

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June 13th, 2018, 11:04 pm #5

Yeah, use a lego-type block (the store brand for cost or "duplo" sized ones work really well) to make a square corner and straight sides.  Legos are metric-ish, so you won't be able to make a box and have your 3" of floor tiles fit inside :D  (tried it...)  

Other than that, too much glue can cause your measurements to be off too.
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UkDungeonBuilder
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June 13th, 2018, 11:31 pm #6

Thank you so much for the advice! I’ll invest in some Lego hopefully it works out!


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June 16th, 2018, 8:24 pm #7

Also realize that any amount of glue, no matter how thin, placed between the floor tiles is going to elongate the total length of the laid bricks.  It will hardly be noticeable in small instances but as you continue to lay floor tiles next to each other time and time again, that small amount of added space caused by the glue will gain exponentially.

My advice, if you need layouts to fit perfectly into exactly measured 1"tiles, you may need to sand the sides of your floor tiles ever so slightly to attribute for the glue being placed in between.

Happy building!

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