Dunkelstadt - How to build a secret passage
A very special surprise
And down we go into the crypts of Dunkelstadt...
It doesn't always have to be treasures or traps hidden under the tiles of the modules. You can also build in secret staircases and passages.
Tip: Because of its thickness of 4 cm, module 8 is best suited for building a secret passage.
Instructions from Thomas (Thommy) Doll
You need thatScalpel
Tinker or carpet knife
Cut out secret passage
I use a sharp carpet knife to cut vertically into the joints between the tiles, thus detaching a block of three tiles from the module.
Cutting is easier if you first work with a sharp scalpel.
Loosen floor tiles
This is the most important step! The cutting lines should be exactly right.
After I have drawn the cutting lines, I detach the two floor tiles that will later hide the secret passage.
This covering should have the same thickness as the steps. I chose 0.5 cm here.
I also remove the remaining third tile. However, not only 0.5 cm thick, but in such a way that only the floor of my later walkway remains. I also make this 0.5 cm thick.
Later, I will engrave a kind of cave entrance into the cut-off block.
Carve out stair treads
Now I can cut out slice by slice from the rest of the block to create the steps.
I use a biro to press the tile pattern and the joints of the steps into the material.
Entrance to the catacombs
I draw an archway in the cut block with the third tile and roughly break it out piece by piece with the help of the carpet knife (Attention! Keep the broken pieces!).
Now I glue the stone arch back into the module in its original position.
By the way, hard foam is not sensitive to solvents.
Cladding the entrance (supports for the cover)
I cut two small angles out of the fragments and glue them in front of the stone arch. They serve as a support for the covering by the two floor tiles.
It is advisable to glue the small angles from below, with the cover in place, so that the tiles are then level with the rest of the floor.
Painting and assembling
Now paint the stairs with the floor tiles and the stone arch. You can also paint the side walls in front of the arch. As always with the Dunkelstadt modules, this works fastest with the "dry brushing" technique.
Then the detached piece with the stairs is glued back into its original position in the module.
After painting the rest of the module, the secret passage is no longer visible.
Your Thommy from the ZITERDES team hopes you have fun making and painting.
Your crafted results
Thommy (then still at Thomarillion) at the craft workshop at the SPIEL in Essen
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