Watching Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was a fun, if trying*, way to pass time while slapping paint around on the tiles for Castle Meatgrinder. The tiles were spraypainted earlier in the day, with some trepidation.
*Fun spy flick, but a mistake to put on a movie with that many subtitles in it while you try to paint something.
Worried for nothing. The craft store sells a nice foam-safe spray paint in a dark gray. After spraying these boards, you can dust them with a black and light gray for an easy mottling effect. The boards were ready for use, at that point, but I slapped down some brown and gray on the floors, too, to add even more texture.
Now that's when the fun really starts. Right now, these tiles are fine, but with some crazy set dressing we can turn these barren halls into weird shroom forests, spider holes, and the all important lair of the mad wizard Scruyu B'dee.
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With respect to the arch-wizard demon-lich, Scruyu. There was a time when I would have tried to come up with a serious and ominous sounding villain name, the sort of name that would be memorable, without sounding ridiculous. One thing my years hunched behind a DM screen has taught me is that it can't be done. Any name you come up with will be twisted into a parody name within five minutes, and that's the only name the players will remember. These days, I save them the work and just give them softballs.
Whatever helps them remember the names during the breaks between game sessions, you know.