Dungeon Assembly

You may be wondering how to connect the walls and other various pieces together and how to connect everything to the base/floor.  I will share my preferred way with you, but feel free to do whatever works best for you.

Other papercraft terrain products have used paperclips or bobby pins to attach their walls together.  Paperclips are cheaper, but bobby pins are easier to use and provide better results.  And in our thin parts, only bobby pins will work.  In fact, some types of bobby pins may not quite work.  Sometimes the flared end interferes with the thin parts (i.e. doors & curtains), so for those pieces, I clip the flared end off with wire cutters/side cutters.

If you use an automatic paper-cutter and our files, your walls will have little holes & flaps spaced every 1″ along the top edges of the wall.  There are also cut lines showing for these little holes & flaps. Using these guide holes you will be able to connect your walls together using one or two bobby pins along the edges/corners.

The thin parts (doors and curtains) have vertical “channels” along their sides.  These channels are designed to accept bobby pins which can be used to attach them to the walls or other thin parts.

So that’s how the walls and doors attach to each other.  But how do the walls attach to the base?  I have found that the most versatile method is to use magnets.

There are a few different ways to use magnets to hold your dungeon together.  The differences focus on how you want to make your base board.  Pegboard makes a useful base board.  This can be found in your standard big box lumber/hardware stores in 4′x8′ sheets for around $18.  You can have the store cut these large sheets into six 24″x32″ boards if you ask.  That makes each 24″x32″ board $3 each.  Using pegboard also gives you a bunch of holes that can be used to locate your dungeon walls.  Handy!

The other option is to use a thin sheet of ferrous metal (i.e. tin or steel) and glue it to a base (i.e. cardboard or foam-core).  Be sure to protect the edges of the sheet metal because they can be sharp!

No matter what material you use for your base, you will need to attach your floor sheets to the base.  You can print the floor onto sticker sheets or you can use regular paper and use spray adhesive or glue to attach the paper to the base.  (If you are using pegboard, make sure each hole lines up with the center of each 1″ square.)

Once your base is ready, you will need to decide what to attach to the inside of your walls.  One option is to glue magnets to the inside of the walls aligned with the magnet guides that are printed on the wall base.  1/4″ diameter disk magnets can be purchased inexpensively on eBay or online ($0.08- $0.10 ea).  Another option is to use self-adhesive magnetic sheets and cut them into small pieces.  A third option, if using the pegboard base is to glue little piles of iron filings to the inside of the walls.  (Be aware that the magnet guides are printed on OUTSIDE of the wall but you will be gluing your magnets/iron filings to the INSIDE.)

After your walls are complete, it is time to attach them to the base.  If your base is made from pegboard, you will be able to place your walls on your base and then reach under the base and insert a magnet into the corresponding pegboard hole.  If your base is made from sheet metal, your walls will stick anywhere you want.  If you use sheet metal for your base, you will need magnets in your walls.  If you use pegboard for your base, you don’t need magnets in your walls because the magnets will be in the pegboard holes.

Using magnets to attach the walls to the base board, and bobby pins to attach the walls to each other will give you an incredibly sturdy dungeon.  As you can see here, the walls will stick to the base even when the base isn’t flat!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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