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Goober4473
2011-03-30, 12:36 PM
I decided to make a steampunk wizard costume, and I wanted a spellbook to go with it. I decided on my D&D 3.5 Spell Compendium, which I leather-bound, and then attached various awesome to. The result:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/526357/Steampunk/Spellbook_front02.JPG

Some additional images:
The back: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/526357/Steampunk/Spellbook_Back01.jpg
Open: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/526357/Steampunk/Spellbook_Open.JPG
Entire costume: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/526357/Steampunk/Wizard.bmp

The gears are plastic (Legos and another toy gear), the thing on the spine is a thermometer (to make sure my spells don't overheat), and the hinges on the other side act as latches, with screws passing through for nuts to screw onto.

Now I'm beginning to make more of these books, starting with the 3.5 Tome of Magic. Eventually, I'd like to do GURPS Magic, Arcane Power (D&D 4e), Mage: the Awakeneing/Ascension, etc., but for now I have easy access to 3.5 D&D books (Complete Arcane, Draconomicon, The Book of Vile Darkness and The Book of Exalted Deeds all lend themselves nicely to this).

Here's a picture of the Tome of Magic so far:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/526357/Steampunk/Book2.JPG

And a closeup of the gears: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/526357/Steampunk/Book2_Close.JPG

These gears are cardboard, and have the vestige symbols of Orthos and Halphax carved into them.

So that's all for my adventures in steampunking D&D books/spellbooks so far. But, I also need something to do with them all, since I only need one spellbook for my costume, so I'm also wondering if there is any interest from others in aquiring one of these (i.e. is it worth eventually trying to sell them or not?).

Ninjaman
2011-03-30, 12:55 PM
Looks quite good.

Dvandemon
2011-03-31, 10:15 PM
They do look good but, personally, just slapping gears, parts and leather on something doesn't exactly make it steampunk; it could be overkill the way you did it. Also, it's not brown enough :smalltongue:

Icewalker
2011-03-31, 11:12 PM
I'd say Dvandemon is about right. However, those vestige marked gears are awesome. That was quite a genius idea.

Goober4473
2011-04-01, 03:03 PM
They do look good but, personally, just slapping gears, parts and leather on something doesn't exactly make it steampunk; it could be overkill the way you did it. Also, it's not brown enough :smalltongue:

My first one was using whatever leather I had lying around, so it's probably not brown enough, but hey, not everything steampunk needs to be brown, espcially since it's supposed to be part steampunk, part D&D.

But I feel like the addition of nuts and screws, gears, hinges, and other doohickies pretty well captures at least part of the steampunk aesthetic (the gadgety part anyways), and having a thermometer to make sure your spells don't overheat is fairly punkish.


However, those vestige marked gears are awesome. That was quite a genius idea.

Thanks. They were a huge pain to make, but oh so worth it.