This is the larger of the two stones, and comes in at just over 5 inches tall. The base is a Warbases 60mm MDF round. The groundwork was a PVA and sand mix, painted over with Citadel Stirland Mud, one of their range of textured basing paints.
I basecoated the stones in Citadel Dark Flesh, a now-discontinued colour, and drybrushed successive layers of Foundry Native American Flesh 120 A and B, to duplicate red sandstone of the sort found in the Northern Isles.
The smaller stone was prepared and painted in exactly the same fashion as the larger, and both were given blotches of yellow lichen to give a weathered and timeworn look. There are patches of what I can only assume is intended to be moss on the surface of the sculpts, so I have painted them with Citadel Castellan Green. I followed with an overbrush of Straken Green and a light drybrush of Nurgling Green to finish. Tajima1 Tufts, Wild Grass and Moorland Diorama Elements, completed the basing of both stones.
The smaller stone comes in at just over 3 inches tall, and is likewise based on a 60mm round.
After some discussion with Curt, who gently broke the news that 'fits comfortably within a six-inch cube' isn't quite the same as 'fills a six-inch cube', it was apparent that I'd have to pull something else out of the hat. And so I made a quick decision to rustle up some more Celtic fringe terrain, viz., an Oratory Chapel of the sort common up and down the coasts of Scotland, Ireland and Wales in the Early Medieval Period.
|Not quite Westminster Abbey.|
I incised the stonework pattern into the polyfilla, and sealed it with PVA and water mix. While this was drying, I scratch-built a door from bamboo cocktail sticks with a loop of fuse wire for the handle, then got to work on basing and painting. The base is a Warbases 6-inch MDF terrain base, and the chapel was given the same paint job as the standing stones. Phew! Just in time!
|I'm on the property ladder! Iona Chapel!|
Yep, I made Ev go back and do more stuff to fill his cube - I'm a real slave driver. I'm sure the Romans didn't whine about their cubes. You see them sending in just a couple milestones and calling it done? Jeez, look at that freakin' colosseum for cripes sake! There must be a least few dozen cubes worth there. ;)
Seriously, beautiful work, Ev. I really like this red sandstone colour you came up with - it gives a very eye-catching effect. I had no idea that the sandstone up in northern Scotland was like this, how very cool!
That scratch built chapel is brilliant. The texture, the door, the groundwork - I think it's awesome. I can't believe you cracked this off in such short order. BIG kudos to you, mate.
25 points with another 5 points for the scratchbuilt chapel. Great stuff, Evan!