The Wizard’s Manse and Observatory

I have something wonderfully whimsical to share from Avalus,

A wizard manson with an observatory:

All made from cardboard, leftover foamboard and a few bits of fly netting and translucent paper for the windows. I did not make many photos of the building process.

It was really fun to craft models again and over the next month or so I created a handful of different buildings.

When I was younger I was a regular tabletop wargamer. Over the years, the gaming fell away, but the crafting and painting of miniatures and terrain pieces stayed, if somewhat periodically. In the first week of the lockdown, some stuff in my flat broke and I had to order replacements over the internet (something I do not like to do). And then, when I had a few boxes and other carton pieces, ready to be thrown away, inspiration struck.

I am not sure yet, what I will now do with them, as I don’t really play more than once a year. Probably gift them to my gaming friends.

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©Avalus, all rights reserved.

©Avalus, all rights reserved.

©Avalus, all rights reserved.

©Avalus, all rights reserved.

©Avalus, all rights reserved.



  1. says

    Wow. That is beautiful. My hat’s of to you.

    I used to do D&D table-top gaming too, although without miniatures, just with paper. I do miss it and such beautiful miniatures would surely greatly improve the experience.

  2. says

    Can you scale the observatory tower up to life-size? I have a great location on my property where it would go. I feel like that building is a place I know -- it’s quirky, old, and a bit inefficient. Seriously: love at first sight. Great job!

  3. avalus says

    Thank you kindly :)
    @Charly: I do pen and paper too. The house was meant for “Frostgrave” that has a few miniatures.

    @Abbey: Can I book you to wail scarily for the next installment?

    @Marcus: Well, I think that can be arranged, there are enough matieals behind most supermarkets. I do not know how good cardboard holds up in the outside, though. Also there is the firehazard of badgerforge to consider. ;)
    But yeah, your feeling was spot on: quirky and old was my plan. Like a house rammed another one at an odd angle and they stuck together.

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