Sunday, 27 May 2012

Module B4: The Lost City in 3D.

Making the most of an unusual day off yesterday I got round to laying out the Torchlight Resin scenery collection to see what could be done with it. I used the first level from the Tom Moldvay module B4 as a template and just about pulled it off.

I'm still shy of short corridors, but that can be remedied by running a couple of the longer ones down on the bandsaw at work; also 5 of the 6 4x4" rooms have been made up with corridor corners so might be prone to getting knocked out of alignment in use.
I have a small confession to make regarding these corner pieces, they are actually home cast in dental plaster in an RTV silicon mould created using one of the resin originals. I'm in a bit of a moral quandry in this regard, even though I stand to make no gain from doing this I still feel slightly uncomfortable producing copies of someone elses work without permission. But on the other hand the products have been out of circulation for 25 years and the opportunities for acquiring more are slim to say the least, its taken me 5 or 6 years to get to the point where I can attempt even a small layout like the one above.
In an ideal world I could contact the original sculptor and ask him directly, but I am led to believe that he sold the moulds and all rights to an American company in the mid nineteen eighties and after that the trail goes cold. Any sagacious advice would be warmly received.

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