Very cold here tonight, so there was no way I was going to be anywhere but home, so I got some work done on my little wooden fellows. As I posted a few days ago, I'm trying to build my collection of dungeon furniture. When I was looking at the braziers I made recently, all I could see was "magic sundial." I'm a lover of old school D&D and Holmes has a magic sundial in the dungeon that is included in the Holmes version of D&D. So here is a magic sundial for my dungeon, and my tribute to one of the most important people in the early years of D&D.
I prefer not having walls on my dungeon all around it, but at the same time having the flat floors only does lack for some visual interest when you get a big dungeon on the table. I decided to make some "walls" that I could slide up against the walls of the hallways and the rooms every now and then just to give the impression of walls without blocking the player's view of the board (which is what I don't like about 360 degree walled dungeons, that and the fact that you can never see what's in the corners of the room!).
A larger project I am working on is some tribute pieces for OD&D, Holmes D&D, Moldvay D&D, 1st Edition AD&D, and Gary Gygax in general. The sun dial piece is a tribute to Holmes as I said before. The image in the next picture should be recognizable to all old school D&D players. Love it or hate it, this is a wall piece depicted in the classic Gygax module, the Tome of Horrors. If you haven't played the module, I won't spoil why this is such an iconic image from the module.
Construction was pretty easy, painting was a pain. It's just a regular wall like I described above with the large lady bug shape glued onto the wood. Then I used small beads to make the horns on the head, with the two pieces of horn pointing "down" accomplished by splitting one of the beads and gluing one piece on each side, giving the illusion of horns pointing downwards. I based the painting off the following image of the wall piece from my favorite D&D artist of all time, Erol Otus.
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