A Handcrafted Mausoleum and Graveyard

The first Monday of the new year demands something special, and thanks to Avalus we have it. Behold the wonderful mausoleum and graveyard to accompany his Wizard Manse and Observatory.

No town frozen by magic and populated with the undead is complete without a graveyard. So here is my interpretation. I tried making it creepy but also quite peaceful compared to the other buildings that are in ruins.

Again mostly cardboard, with a wooden base, a leftover from furniture. The tombs are just — stuff I had around. I wanted to avoid any real life imagery for the headstones, so I used several established fantasy designs. The fence is pieces of foam and some cocktail sticks a flatmate bought years ago and never used.

Sneaky bit: The mausoleum is removable. Actually, for storage purposes but it might be used for some reveal in a game with a gamemaster.

Also, one work in progress shot. Making these kinds of roofs is actually really satisfying. Just cardboard strips cut with some irregularity and then bend and warped a bit und finally glued to a roof substrate. Just handling the house to take the photos makes me want to make another small house just to have an excuse to build another roof. :D

So let’s take 2020 to the grave!

©Avalus, all rights reserved.

©Avalus, all rights reserved.

©Avalus, all rights reserved.

©Avalus, all rights reserved.

©Avalus, all rights reserved.


  1. voyager says

    What a fabulous creation!
    Personally, I think the year 2020 doesn’t deserve such a whimsical resting place.

  2. Tethys says

    I am very impressed with the creativity. Creating an adorable Gothic chapel from mostly found materials is ingenious, but I think the paint work is the part that really completes the effect.

    The roofing IS perfect. I’m particularly delighted by the arched windows.

  3. kestrel says

    Oooh this is really neat. I love it! Some day… when I grow up… I want to learn how to do little scenes like this. Looks like a ton of fun.

  4. avalus says

    Thank you all for your kind words :)

    @ Kestrel: Grab some carton, glue, cheap acrylics and a knife and go for it! :)

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