Chris Palmer Following up on the post I did earlier this week on making bookcases for our upcoming Frostgrave Library scenario game, I cobbled together a ruined bookcase as a kind of prototype to see how easy it would be to make a few of these. After all, it is supposed to be a library that has sat unattended for a thousand years, so there is going to be a little bit of a mess here and there.
I began by taking a pair of pliers to a couple tongue-depressor style craft sticks; breaking and snapping them into small pieces. I then glued these into a bookshelf looking configuration onto a black-primed 3"x1’5" metal base.
My next steps was to make some books. While I didn’t have the patience to make a full bookshelf’s worth of books, I thought it would be easy enough to make about a half dozen to give the impression of books being scattered about. To make the books, I simply cut little rectangles of balsa, and then cut slightly larger double-sized rectangles of thin cardboard that I carefully folded over each little balsa piece and glued on like a cover.
After everything was dry, I stained the wood bookcase pieces, and then painted the books. I didn’t take a lot of care in painting everything, as I wanted it to look a bit of a sloppy mess. After I painted everything, I slopped some Citadel “Nuln Oil” wash here and there, and when that was dry, I went over the piece with a light white drybrush to give it a bit of a frosty look.
I’m very happy with how it turned out, and it was simple enough that once I finish my main bookcases, I make make a couple more.