A long time ago in a world far, faraway…
There stood a lonely tower on the edge of a deep and mysterious cliff. The lower part of the tower hanging dangerously over the edge. It looked like the construction was merely held together with some ancient magic… We can only guess who or what was living in this tower… What we do know is that the unique inhabitants did their job with bitter pride. They are the defenders of wisdom, the watchers in the dark, the protectors of written words. And if the old stories are true… then sometimes, in the darkest hour, you can still see some lights flickering in the small windows… and you’ll feel the watchers watching you.
I wanted something to enhance my fantasy bookshelf. A building that could come straight out of one of the stories. But I wanted to give it a meaning, a purpose. So, I came up with the idea of a tower that watches out for trouble on the horizon.
I made this watchtower on the friendly to use Townsmith website. First, I sketched out my idea on paper and then I used the Townbuilder tool and started building from the lowest floor up. I placed some pegs on the parts for easy positioning after printing. Then, with just a simple click, you’ll get the stl-files you need.
I printed the floors separately on my Prusa MK2,5 in a light gray PLA from Colorfabb. I did not need any supports which was super cool! I only had to print the lower part of the small towers separately and glued it in place.
Next up was electronics, I “borrowed” a small Christmas light cord from my girlfriend and with a little bit of tweaking I could fit it in the tower. With the staircase holes in the different floors of the building it was easy to place the lights as I wanted them.
I glued most of the hanging floors together but next time I might use some strong magnets. Then I panted the tower with a base coating and finalised it with a wash for shading and I painted some vines, moss and some grime to give it a more weathered look and feel.
I really enjoyed the process from start to finish and will definitely use Townsmith for future projects. I’m looking forward to the updates with new exciting parts to make my D&D campaigns a lot more impressive!