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Some Easy Dungeon Props: Books or Tomes

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I took this idea directly from DMGInfo and put a couple small twists to it based on what my home game players might like. Plus, I think they make pretty cool props for a dungeon that might be a library or wizard tower or whatever. It's an experiment, so the execution is a little sloppy on some of them, but I learned a lot so if I ever decide to do a new set (which I likely will) I can take what I learned to make a much better finished product. 

 

I started with craft sticks(popsicle sticks) cut into 1cm x 7mm pieces and used a cereal box for the book covers. On some of them, I cut up bits of the cereal box to add dimension. Superglue to keep it all together. 

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In hindsight the cereal box I used was pretty cheap and wanted to warp and split into layers. Next time I may use a thin chipboard, or card stock.

 

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Here they are all primed up, ready for paint. 

 

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Some of the designs are just decorative, while others are leather straps and buckles that bind the whole book, metallic corners to help "protect" the covers' corners, etc.

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I apologize for the dreadful lighting on these. I used the same acrylic paints I use on my minis. Next time I'll use craft paint because craft paints are thicker and go on thicker, which you definitely want. Spent a lot of time waiting for layers to dry. 

 

I used metallics for the raised bits on the finished ones above and I am pretty happy with the first set. 

 

The second set will have some more ambitious designs such as reptile scale book covers and:

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an eye sculpted out of green stuff! The more I use it, the more I love it. It allows me to add all sorts of little details to things as well as fill gaps.

 

 

I'll post the finished shots once I get the last of them painted up. 

 

I hope you enjoyed this and are inspired to craft your own props for your dungeons/games. Happy Crafting!

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Impressive!  I've tried painting details on little blocks to represent books, but the depth of detail element for bindings, straps, corner protectors, etc., really adds a lot.  Very nice.  :)

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