As most of you will know, dungeons can take many forms; natural caverns, the nest complexes of giant insects, crypts/tombs, sewers, catacombs under a city, castles, temples and much much more besides. But one of the most commonly recurring types are probably mines – from the mines-cities of Dwarven civilisations to the less spectacular mine tunnels of humans and other races. Also pretty much all underground complexes have to be tunnelled out when they are first made so mining paraphernalia can often be found in other dungeon types too, especially if the dungeon in question is still under construction or being extended.
It occurs to me that this introduction really needs to be tapered to a point before it gets too long – Mine-Carts. I'm making Mine-Carts for my dungeon set-ups.
Here's some Work-In-Progress pictures and then I'll ramble on a bit more after the pictures
^ The wheels and … is 'chassis' the right word? Are made from some cheap imitation Lego bits, I'm in the process of adding some extra bits from model kits for details
^ I used a cavalry base as the starting point for the 'bucket' bit of the cart – not only do the sloping base-edges provided a perfect angle for the sides of the Mine-Cart, but since I'm planning to run at least 1 adventure in which the adventurers will get to ride in Mine-Carts the dimensions of the cavalry base will allow for 2 human size miniatures to be placed inside. The sides and floor of the 'bucket' are made from coffee-stirrers.
^ A flat not-quite-lego piece was glued to the bottom of the 'bucket' to so it could be easily fixed to the 'chassis'.
^ The assembled Mine-Cart so far, at the moment I'm looking for some hooks to add to the back and front
I'm going to make 3 more Mine-Carts and maybe a small steam engine (inspired by the ones in Fable II and III) to pull them. Messy is also working on a pump-wagon as an alternative way to pull the carts along.
I will also be needing to make some track for the Mine-Carts to run on and I've got some other mining equipment in the works which will allow me to my dungeon set-ups a mine theme