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!