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I've recently started playing Heroica with my sons, and we want to take this further, so I'm looking for some suggestions on modelling a graveyard or crypt room.

As an example, here's a model of the official "study" element on a 6x6 plate:

Heroica Study Piece

In general, each room is designed to sit on a 6x6 or 8x8 plate, and will have path elements on it for the characters and treasure to be placed.

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Crypts don't offer a lot of color possibilities, I think, so I'd try to take an approach using texture. Replacing bricks with plates, and then some of the plates with 1x1 round plates or empty space gives a "broken stone" feel.

Obviously, crypts also need coffins. You can use a 1x2 plate with a 1x2 tile on top for a closed one, or a 1x1 tile and 1x1 plate and put a slightly angled 1x2 tile on top to give the impression it's been opened.

Broken-down wall in front, coffins on the far side.

You can try making a few "entrances" as a stone roof supported on pillars. Again, there are some 1x1 round plates to give a hint of a carved relief along the top.

Another common bit of crypt imagery is a catacomb with endless recesses carved into the wall for bodies. A 2x1 plate sandwiched between two 2x2 plates gives a similar effect, and there are several options for what to put in the blank space - or just leave it empty.

A stone arch with pillars, and a wall with a small recess.

For the end I'd imagine a fancy raised altar where the necromancer / lich / mummy / etc. is. Some bright colors here will really stand out even if the build is simple.

High altar on an 8x8 brick with a gold pedestal; on top is a red gem.

For a graveyard outside the crypt, I'd use a combination of the same arches, some simple gravestones, and some of the tall, thin trees from Fortaan. Using some 1x2s with 1 stud you can get a good gravestone layout.

Five gravestones on a 6x6 forest space.

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These are great - I'd almost wished they were separate answers so then I can upvote them all ;) –  Zhaph - Ben Duguid Nov 10 '11 at 18:19
    
Neat, but seriously, it needs a spider - no graveyard is complete without a spider. –  Joubarc Nov 10 '11 at 19:03
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@Joubarc: Spiders are actually a standard Heroica monster, so I didn't feel a need to add them. :) –  user23 Nov 10 '11 at 19:13
    
Come on... It needs slime creatures. –  Grandpappy Nov 10 '11 at 19:19
    
I'll need to check these games someday. (Honestly, I haven't been that impressed by the other LEGO games so far) –  Joubarc Nov 10 '11 at 19:40
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Here is my first take on a graveyard. The graves aren't too great, as the fence is what I wanted to show all along. In case it's not obvious, it's attached to a Brick 1 x 1 with Stud on One Side and then it's jumper-plate-jumper-plate-tile. Unfortunately, that doesn't actually work1 (that's one of the drawbacks of LDraw modeling, it won't tell you)

Heroica graveyard with impossible fence

So if you need fences, you could use something like this, but I don't like it that much:

Heroica Graveyard with telescope fence

And since I'm determined to show fence ideas (I can't figure decent tombstones), I can also propose these two (which would probably both be rejected by LEGO quality as they stress parts):

Heroica Graveyard with grille fence Heroica Graveyard with lattice fence

One other solution is of course a simple wall:

Heroica Graveyard 6x6 with wall

And finally, this is another take on the 8x8 plate:

Heroica Graveyard 8x8

1. Why it doesn't is left as an exercice for the reader. Should be easy.

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Is that jumper fence supposed to use 1x1 plates? If so, wouldn't it require a 1x1 plate with a hole in the stud? –  Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Nov 11 '11 at 13:34
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+1, the window in the grille is a great effect. –  user23 Nov 11 '11 at 13:45
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@Zhaph-BenDuguid My guess it that the 1x1 can't connect to the 2x1 in the middle as they don't have hollow studs. –  Pubby Nov 11 '11 at 14:32
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Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 and Pubby8 are correct, a 1x1 plate with a hollow stud doesn't exist. There is a Plate, Round 1 x 1 with Open Stud which would be a suitable replacement, but it exists only in white. –  Joubarc Nov 11 '11 at 15:08
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Using fence elements to make fences? Where's the fun in that? –  Joubarc Nov 14 '11 at 10:49
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The official set Heroica Ilrion (3874) takes place in a sewer leading to a crypt with a vampire boss and altar set-piece:

Vampire microfig in the Ilrion final boss room

It has also added coffins, using a 2x1 plate with a jumper on top (mechanically they're treasure chests that have a chance to spawn enemies):

Bat on top of a coffin

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