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Yes, I know it had been done and done pretty well, but I had to add my own style to this wonderful game.
Instead of making cookie cutter pieces that would be molded and mass produced I decided to make each piece completely unique.
I also did not want to stick to wheat, sheep, brick, wood, and ore, but expand out to encompass a variety of tile designs. Sorry about the early posting but I would like to enter this in a few contests and this new voting system seems to favour the early birds.  Please stay tuned for the completion of this instructable.  I just added the docks, boats and black widow robber, check them out!!   Led powered Settlements and Magnetized Roads coming soon!


 
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Step 1: Materials

White Oven-Bake Clay- 3.75lbs
Various Clay Working Tools
Paint Brushes
Heavy Duty Aluminium Foil
Various Acrylic Paints
Resin
Various Resin Dyes
Mod Podge
Foam Board
Disposable Cups
Stir Sticks
Fake Grass (for models)
Sand Paper
Small Rasps
Exacto Knife
4'x4' hard board
8' chair rail
350 magnets
Resistors
Led's




Step 2: Tiles

Picture of Tiles
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There are way to many pieces to go through them all step by step but I will go through the various techniques I used to make them.

 I used an orginal tile from my Settlers game to act at a template.  
Cover the tile with foil to protect it from damage and to easily remove the tile when you bake the clay.

berty120114 days ago
Awesome!
Wolfbane2211 month ago
will fiberglass resin do for the robber?
ardnon1 year ago
This is incredible. Can't wait to see the LEDs and cards
I've never played it myself, but it looks like a very similar concept to the Sid Meier's Civilisation Pentalogy.
robbert2292 years ago
Thanks for the inspiration, I am in the progress of building my own. Mine is made out of clay also, it seems though that a lot of people are using resin for theirs, so I ask what is better clay, or resin? PS thanks for such a good guide, its hard to find anything this good online for Settlers of Catan.
KneXtreme2 years ago
Wow! That's impressive. I'm a huge fan of settlers and this is the most impressive 3D board I've seen.
mstyle1832 years ago
good luck.. impressive
This looks so awesome!
Very very nice, and inspiring enough for me to try it. I'm using these heavy duty ultra embossing bead things that you melt into goo instead of resin (since I really have no clue where I could get or how to use resin). I'll post pics when I'm finished.
Kaisei13 (author)  Lord Jon Bigglesworth2 years ago
Hobbby lobby carries resin, so does micheals. I have never used embossing beads before, I will have to look into that. Can't wait to see pictures! Thanks for reading!
unreal_ed2 years ago
If you're interested, I could send you pics of the actual "3d" game. My roommate has it at home and I've played with it.
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Kaisei13 (author)  unreal_ed2 years ago
Thanks, I have seen some pictures of the real one online as well.
AJBrawlLvr2 years ago
Is that Crater lake? (Mt Mazama)
Kaisei13 (author)  AJBrawlLvr2 years ago
Nice job! I was losing hope that anyone would recognize it.
I wasn't sure if it qualified...guess it did! thanks again!
nerorising2 years ago
Ah, good to see the UT fans on the page!!! Love your tiles they are pretty detailed indeed.
seamster2 years ago
Is that Bevo?
Kaisei13 (author)  seamster2 years ago
Correct!!
Ha ha! I only knew that because your team had a great second half on Saturday, and mine had a miserable one!

I love Settlers, by the way. That is a very detailed board you've got there. Nice work!