WARNING – POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR DEATH HOUSE
At the end of the Death House module for Dungeons and Dragons, the players find themselves in a ritual chamber in the dungeon underneath the house itself. The ensuing fight in the chamber is a climactic part of the story and I wanted to present it properly to my players. So, I decided to try my hand at making a Matt Mercer inspired table top set up.
What I Used
- Artminds Pink Mini Glue Gun
- Acrylic Paint: Gray, Red, Black
- Paint Brushes
- A Snack Sized Box of Nerds
- Supla Pack of 50 Unfinished Solid Wooden Squares Tiles
- WizKids Unpainted Pillars
- D&D Adventure Grid
Step One – Creating the Altar
The first prop I worked on was the sacrificial altar. I got thrifty with the altar and cut off the side of a snack sized box of Nerds I had from my stash of Halloween candy. I used this as the base of the altar. For the top part of the altar I glued two wooden squares together with a glue gun. I painted the base and the altar with gray acrylic paint and then glued the two parts together. After the gray paint dried I did a wet wash with black acrylic paint. I then added a few spots of red paint with my finger to create blood stains on the altar.
Step Two – Making the Platform
After creating the altar, I worked on making a platform for it to sit on. I used cardboard from previous Amazon.com boxes to cut out the shape. I painted the platform gray, and did a wash with black paint. I then lined the platform up with the D&D Adventure Grid and used that as a guide to paint rock-like squares on the platform.
Step Three – Painting Pillars
I had previously bought four packs of Unpainted Pillars by Wizkids. I painted the pillars gray and did a wash with black paint.
Step Four – Draw the Map
Finally, I used dry erase markers on the D&D Adventure Grid to draw the map of the ritual chamber. I decided to upscale the map so there was more room for the final fight. Another change I made was I did not include the hole in the west wall that houses the shambling mound. For my run through of Death House I switched out the shambling mound for a shadow demon.
Step Five – Have Fun
I had a lot of fun creating this set up for my players, and they seemed to enjoy the visual representation of the fight. I plan on making more props for Dungeons and Dragons in the future.
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