Sunday, June 8, 2014

OSR Cover Models

I found some images in mountaineering books that I thought you might find interesting.  The clothes and expressions are goofy, but the positions are precarious.  These guys aren't taking on a dragon by themselves, heck, I imagine some of them won't make it to the dungeon entrance.


  1. Yes, these are some classic mountaineering and climbing illustrations from old texts on climbing in the Alps and elsewhere.

    That said, they show the rudimentary technique and equipment of the time, and can be very informative for players whose " climbing equipment " is equivalent. That is, hemp rope and a few metal spikes.

  2. These guys are scaling hills almost naked compared to modern climbing athletes.

    Thanks for these, they are invaluable as always.

  3. I love all this public domain art you collect here. It's great for creative inspiration, even if I never have time to do anything game-related with it.

  4. Hey thanks, all. I hadn't thought of it, but you're right, their primitive gear would be very similar to that of adventurers.

    @ninjasridingdinosaurs: Sweet. I'm hoping that if you do get time the resources on my blog will help save some of that time by making handouts and props easier to make too.

    1. Yup - Inspired to work up some descriptions of the historic techniques and how they may apply to PCs.

  5. These make me think of Fafhrd and the Mouser climbing - what was it? - IIRC The Fang - in "Swords and Ice Magic".

  6. Yeah, I forgot about that, Stardock!

  7. Here's some commentary on a few historical and general climbing techniques, as inspired by this post - thanks!