A blog to discuss my many wargaming projects.
How many, you ask?
And I'm adding more
all the time.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Barbie's Elven Watchtower in 25mm
About a year ago I found this Barbie Rapunzel tower at a yard sale, and I bought it figuring I could make something from it some day. Well, with my number of painted Reaper Bones fantasy figures growing, I've started thinking about using them in some games, and I thought it might a be a good time to actually do something with this Barbie tower. I wish I could tell you more about it, other than it said, "Barbie Rapunzel" on it and was copyright in 2002. It had a Barbie head in the tower that was on some sort of flip-up spring mechanism (which I had removed at some point soon after getting the toy). When I searched online for something similar, all I could find was the Barbie Enchanted Tower, which stands 20 inches tall. This one is much smaller, coming in at only 8.5 inches tall; and where the big one opens up to create a play area, this one doesn't open.
To begin with, I glued the tower to an old CD. I then added a few pieces to complete the tower look. To the front panel, to hide the barbie logo, I added a cardboard door, and a set of old plaster terrain stairs I had lying around. Also, to the upper level, I added a plaster stonework circle, which I had. I added a small metal jump ring to the door to make a handle, and a small square of wood to the upper floor to make a trapdoor.
Shown with a 25mm Reaper Bones figure for scale.
When all the glue had dried, I sprayed the whole thing with Krylon Matte Black with Fusion. I then dry-brushed it with three different layers of grey, working from darkest to lightest. My final step was to do a very light dry-brush with white on the corners and floral carvings. I then painted the door and the roof with blue.
At first I was going to cover up the embossed rose bushes with clump foliage glued on, but I actually ended up liking the carved nature of them (one each side of the door), and I thought they helped the Elven appearance of the tower.
The finished tower shown with some 25mm Reaper Bones figures for scale.
I did however, glue some foliage on the back of the tower to hide the Mattel logo and copyright information.
All and all I'm very pleased with how this came out. It was fun little project, and will make a great addition to a scenario.
I've been a gamer since my high school days in the 70's. I'm married to Jennifer, and reside in Maryland. I am co-author, along with Buck Surdu, of "GASLIGHT" and several of its supplements, and "Look, Sarge, No Charts: WWII", and "LSNC: ACW". I also wrote the "Thunder & Plunder"; half of our Pirate rules, "Blood & Swash"
I am a founding member of the HAWKs wargames club.