Coming up with a variety of new materials for your terrain environment is critical. After all, you don’t want to stare at the same humdrum pieces game in and game out: different building materials means different color schemes. Ben turned to The Google for a little history lesson and came up with ivory as yet another world resource. Let’s see how he’s begun adding this material (and more wood) into his new game board.
We’ve already settled on the natural stone (otherwise known as “casing stones”). That limestone is the core material for our walls and floors. Thanks to the RPG community, Ben also started introducing wood into the setting. And now we’ve got ivory as yet another building material (hooray). Here are some possible fits.
Ben has already made a series of ornate heavy stone doors for his tomb but decided he needed a simple alternative. If you think about it, there are plenty of common areas that simply don’t require a Fort Knox style entrance. Try these steps:
- Use the rickety old door from Hirst Arts (Mold #81)
- Paint it the Stronger Wood scheme for a somewhat sturdy feel
- Create two simple door supports
- Add a hieroglyphic brick for some message intrigue
- Slap on some optional stone décor or keep it simple
- Now that’s a nice door
Religious zealots need their space too. Ben has a couple of nice existing fieldstone options but this was his first tomb top attempt.
- Grab the column top from Mold #84
- Sand the bottom down so the piece can rest flat
- Prime it black
- Apply a flat coat of Bestial Brown (straight on but avoid big cracks)
- Put on a flat coat of Bleached Bone (straight on but feather it out with your brush)
- Dry brush on Skull White
- Allow for a couple exposed but subtle crevices
- Adorn with an appropriate object of suspense for a final touch
The Gothic mold series has some great options too (#41, 42 and 80). Ben made a couple in the ivory motif. These also work nicely as special décor or as bases for statues. The gothic ones just seem a tad large for tables or altars but it’s dealer’s choice of course.
The Hirst Arts Egyptian pieces have an intentional gritty sand blast coating to them. That bumpy effect somewhat works against our ivory desires. The paint job normally works best on a smooth casted surface. No worries though – Ben thinks this idea is still a winner.
- Use the column from Mold #99
- Cast two toppers and a half a column
- Apply our ivory paint scheme (as noted above)
- Build a taller staggered wall to rest it against
- Imitate the partial column top from our inspiration
- Not bad, ey?
- Add this beauty to your column collection
See how great a room looks now with all our new materials diversity. That sand color no longer dominates our landscape. Benny like.
Questions to Ponder: What are some common room types that could use our simple wood door? What object would you place on your ivory altar? What do you think of our latest column – does it work with the rest of our tomb theme?