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TOPIC: Ladder Set
#14065
Ladder Set 7 Years, 11 Months ago  
You've probably read my post on more stairs, and now I will mention a variety of ladders we might like to see for our DF set-ups. As always, if anyone knows of an existing miniature that fits the bill, please share the name and manufacturer, a link, or a picture.

Ladders are another way of giving our parties access to and exit from different dungeon levels, and can evoke different settings than stairs. Metal ladders might be found in a sewer, or in a dwarven/gnomish "industrial" dungeon. Wooden ladders might be found in the lower depths of catacombs, or where the party of medieval scholars originally entered the ancient ruins. Ladders might also be trapped, or force characters in heavy armor to make STR and/or DEX rolls to successfully climb the ladder.

I'm thinking ladders should come in two varieties -- metal and wood. They could have three configurations -- fixed to a wall, fixed to a square column (a full-height Pedestal), or "freestanding".

The fixed metal ladders should be metal rungs set in the stone of a standard 2"x2" wall piece or a square column.

The fixed wooden ladders should be complete ladders (uprights and rungs) set flush against (or leaning on) a standard 2"x2" wall piece or a square column.

Freestanding ladders are complete ladders (of either type) rising from a base -- a sort of column. The base might be a circle or square of "stone", or it might be a whole 2"x2" floor tile.

Wooden ladders should, of course, have at least one broken rung.

Have I missed anything? Have I gone completely mental? Have you any additional thoughts? Please share.
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#14066
Ladder Set 7 Years, 11 Months ago  
Hi jackattack -

Those are great ideas !!

Wanting ladders myself, I've added some inset metal rungs in the walls (with pilot holes) simply by using a small paper clip (the radius at the end loops works well). I found that roughing up the clip with sandpaper helps black primer adhere and then a wash of pewter paint and brown ink to weather and voila !!

For wood ladders, Games Workshop has a good one in their Seige line (you can even cut it in half and get 2 the right size).

- Mike
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#14067
Ladder Set 7 Years, 11 Months ago  
I would argue that stone ladders, e.g. carved into the wall, would be more likely than metal.
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#14068
Ladder Set 7 Years, 11 Months ago  
The material a ladder is made of is highly dependent upon the tech level of the period being modeled and gamed.
If your game is running in a "pure" D&D medieval era, then certainly, wood and dressed stone in the dungeons, and rock in the caverns - unless it is a dwarven cavernhold, in which caase, wood or metal MIGHT be found.
If your game is post-apocalyptic, ANYTHING could be used to build a ladder.
In a D20 Modern era, metal in the sewers and basement dungeons, wood in basements and caverns, stone in caverns and VERY ANCIENT dungeons. You might even find a folding ladder (if you can find or make a miniature for it).
In a sci-fi era, steel in the corridors and accessways, wood on low-tech planets, and stone or rock in the caverns.

See ya!

Jim
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#14069
Ladder Set 7 Years, 11 Months ago  
See, this is why I enjoy the forum -- I missed stonework ladders completely. Being the greedy so-and-so I am, however, now I want metal AND stonework ladders!



Above are the first two of six ladders available from Games Workshop.
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#14070
Ladder Set 7 Years, 11 Months ago  
How about bone ladders for necromancer lairs. Or ladders made from dismembered arms for even more nasty necromancers.

Rope ladders are another choice, with the rope being made of twisted metal wire.

Or, going back to the necromancer thing, rope ladders made from the intestines of corpses.

I don't know why my mind keeps going back to that sort of thing today, but I think it's time to watch Army of Darkness or something. :D
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