First Person to Talk About “Too Much Free Time” Gets Hit With a Bat

I recently played a game I’d read a lot about called The Downfall of Pompeii. It’s a silly, light game in which you first fill up Pompeii with citizens and then try and get them out as Vesuvius erupts. On the board there is even a volcano into which you can chuck unfortunate citizens.

Well, in the game I’m always going on about, Mission: Red Planet, your astronauts can be killed in various ways. Dead astronauts go to the “Lost in Space Memorial”, which is just a spot on the side of the board. After having a volcano to throw dead folks into, I felt that the LIS Memorial needed to be something better than just a little pile of colored disks.

I decided to make something of my own. To start with, I’d need an image. The game has a steampunk design to it, so I wanted something like that, or at least something kind of Art Deco. A call for help turned up a nice photo of a tomb I could use. I spiffed it up in Paint Shop Pro with some added decoration and voila, I now had a monument worthy of commemorating those who gave their lives for Mars colonization.

(Five bonus points if you can ID the rockets.)

Next I printed it out onto sticky paper, stuck to Elmer’s Illustration Board, sprayed it with clear coat, and mounted it onto a box! Here it is in action!

In this photo you can see a bit of the back. I used a Penguin Mints tin for the container.

I think it came out pretty good!

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5 Responses to First Person to Talk About “Too Much Free Time” Gets Hit With a Bat

  1. Lanf says:

    Isn’t that the rocket from “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians”?

  2. Andrew Weiss says:

    That turned out very nicely, indeed, Dave!

  3. David Thiel says:

    I’m shocked that I can’t I.D. the rocket; it’s not from “Rocketship X-M,” “Destination Moon” or “When Worlds Collide.”

  4. Dave says:

    Thanks for the compliments!

    The rocket is from Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

  5. David Thiel says:

    Oh, son of a biscuit. How in the heck did I miss that? As you know, that’s one of my favorite films! (Hangs head in shame.)