Chris Palmer Over the past couple weeks I have been working on making a Ruined Wizard’s Tower out of 3 hexagonal gift boxes that I bought at the local Dollar Tree store. For a while I had been contemplating how to make a traditionally cylindrical wizards tower out of the cork tiles I’ve been using to make my Frostgrave buildings; and all attempts at bending the cork into a tightly curved shape had been unsuccessful. Then it hit me that I could possibly use a multi-sided geometric shape to give the idea of a circular tower without it actually bring curved. I just needed to find a form to work from, as doing such a complicated structure freehand, making all the sides, angles, and measurements come out right with my measuring and cutting skills, would be difficult.
And then I found these boxes…
I began by cutting the boxes into a rough ruined tower shape, and then glued the lids of each box to the underside of the box above it, so the tower could be easily taken apart and reassembled. I also glued the “ground floor” box to a cork base.
I then began covering the sides of each “floor” of the tower with sections of cork tile.
On the ground floor I also added some interior walls, and the ruins of a wood stair case.
My last construction step was to add rubble and debris all over the base of the tower, and a little on each floor.
After all the glue was dry, I sprayed the entire thing with black spray paint. When that was dry, I began drybrushing the stonework with dark grey paint.
I did two more successively lighter shades of grey drybrushing on the stonework, and then did three levels of brown drybrushing on the wood parts. Lastly, I painted the shingles and the metal bits.
And here is the end result, shown with a Reaper 28mm figure for scale:
I’m really happy with how this turned out, and look forward to using it in this Saturday’s Frostgrave game.