Join me as I try and explain my cave-battle-map-drawing-method using actual English words. This is the first episode in my new, laid-back, “Let’s Draw” tutorial series, where I talk through how I go about drawing my battle maps. It’s been too long!



Watch on YouTube for hyperlinked shortcuts:

4:02 Define your outline (pencil touches paper)
4:11 Draw the wall-ground line
4:57 Draw the wall cross-section line
6:10 Detail your cave wall
10:32 Detail your cave floors

13:17 An alternate style (my old method)
16:25 How I draw stalagmites
17:50 – Stalagmites method 1
18:14 – Stalagmites method 2
19:40 How I draw rubble


I have been travelling a lot recently and the lack of a dedicated filming space has stopped me from committing to making videos. My solution now is to just make the best out of whatever space (and time) I have, but that is done at the price of quality.

As I go I plan to rectify whatever issues present themselves, such as the poor audio quality here (fear not, a portable microphone is on my shopping list!) So, please leave your feedback below! For now, I hope you still find these valuable in some way.

About the author

Ross McConnell

DM, aspiring artist, and founder of 2-Minute Tabletop! I love drawing, writing, and worldbuilding, and this is the website where all of it comes together.

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  1. Hi Ross,

    I have recently stumbled across your work via Pinterest and am impressed. Do you draw on A4 and scale it up after scanning it into GIMP? How do you do this and what sizes allow for the correct grid sizes?

    Keep up the good work!


    1. Correct, though I usually draw on A3 these days and scale it up. You want to scan it at a high DPI to do so, and then once you’ve set your DPI you will be able to easily calculate your grid size. 🙂

  2. Cheers mate. That is a big help and thanks for the prompt reply. I will keep watching your tutorials to learn more. GIMP is the next thing. I need to get my head around.

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