About 3 month ago when myself and my gaming chums decided to make the leap to D&D 5th edition I naturally thought that I'd be running our first dungeon as DM. But my friend Phil stepped up to the plate and offered to DM the Lost Mines of Phandelver and allow me to play, which hasn't happened for quite a few years.
I had a great time playing in the dungeon and it was nice to be on the other side of the DM screen, despite my awful dice rolling.
However in this time I had the sense to buy the first official D&D 5th edition campaign, read it and also prep all of the required terrain, buildings and models that I would need to run this beauty.
I've read a few online posts regarding this campaign and there has been a mixed view as to how good this first campaign plays, most of which are more negative because of the open way that the campaign is described and to be fair I agree that WoTC have left huge amounts of the campaign for the DM to decide who/what/where happens next. But I also feel that this allows a DM to add a personal touch to the campaign and make it fit in better with his/her own DM style and also how their players play.
Any way enough of the chat.
Shown below are some pictures of the village of Greenest that I built and painted for Episode 1 of the Hoard of the Dragon Queen.
Unpainted and part built fort from the village of Greenest.
Wall defences and spiked hills.
Painted walls and defences.
Greenest Fort, painted and assembled.
Overhead view of the village, no houses added yet but you can see the fort, river and bridge.