D DMs D&D: Ikea TJENA + Dwarven Forge pieces = easy and cheap elevation
Quick and dirty tips time. Tons going on at our house (minor bathroom remodel, yay!) so, though
this would be better as a video walkthrough a la Nate, since I do not have a video setup or time to quickly fake one, we’ll be one half step better than the Theater of the Mind: a Medium post with some snaps from my phone.
Dwarven Forge and other 3D terrain lovers, get yourselves
the little paper organizer set from Ikea known as TJENA. It’s just the right size to work with Dwarven Forge terrain! The five pieces from the TJENA set provide a rising landscape well-suited to Dwarven Forge terrain.
Piece 1: The Tray
The tray is about 2.5 floors high, so it works well in combo with stairs ( search for ‘stair jack’ to find sets with these little step pieces) or where a raised area with a railing is desired. Flipped, the tray is good for lowered areas, but doesn’t exactly match the grid. To hide any awkward fits, use terrain trays or bank pieces or ledges to create an overhang.
Piece 2: Low Square
Nice for a one story building where the roof is what you’re interested in. (I’m using an old 2" elevation block to hold up the hidden back end of the stone terrain tray for this shot.)
Piece 3: Medium Square
These work great with small terrain trays on their sides to provide wall texture.
Piece 4: High Square
Anyone who tries to get all the way up here sure better like arrows. (Also, yay for the variety of stairs Dwarven Forge has offered over time. Keep ’em comin’.)
Piece 5: The Big Tjena
A super handy piece. You’d want to reinforce it inside if you were sticking heavy stuff on top, but it takes this big floor on top just fine. Again, works great with a small terrain tray for wall texture. For stair variety, I’ve used whiskey stones for one of their few legitimate purposes: terrain. Useful to keep in your DM ‘mixed bits’ kit; I use ’em all the time to support things, indicate pillars, etc. If you don’t already own some that taste like the inside of your freezer (and bring that sad flavor to your drinks), I bet you know someone who does. On its edge the big Tjena piece is very tall. With a floor piece on top it’s 35' in game terms. Unfortunately the narrowest side doesn’t match our grid as well, so this should be used on the edge of a build or in a forgiving location in the overall grid. When the big Tjena is on its side, the short edge is a bit easier to work into a grid.
Okay, dungeonmasters, hie thee hence to ye olde Ikea and start blowing your players minds with more multi-level builds!
p.s. I bet
the GRÅSIDAN set from Ikea would work even better, all being 2" tall, but I haven’t gotten one to play with yet.
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As of late August I have gotten to try the GRÅSIDAN pieces and they’re great!
“But, Dinah,” I hear you cry, “where will I store all these pieces?”
;) That’s the life changing magic of tidying up… Flip them over and Konmari your drawers!
Now doesn’t a stealth roll like that spark joy?