Monday, May 5, 2014

Altar of Evil: Figure 93 of 265

    As I mentioned in my previous post, it's been a busy few weeks for me, but I was able to knock out the Altar of Evil from the Dungeon Dressing set; creeping ever so slowly to my 100-figures-completed mark.
     I prepped it in the usual way; soaking overnight in some water with a couple drops of dish soap added, and then giving a light scrub with a soft toothbrush and rinsing, then drying.  As you may remember from previous posts, I ran out of my usual Krylon Flat Black Camouflage with Fusion spray paint a couple weeks ago, and I was unable to find a replacement can of it. (I hope Krylon hasn't stopped making it!) So, I got a can of Krylon regular Flat Black Fusion, which I hoped would be the same as the Camouflage variety, but it turned out it wasn't.  I sprayed this peice with it, and as expected, it left it tacky, even after a few days of drying.      
    I glued the alter to a 1.5 inch by 3/4 inch black-primed metal base, and glued this to a tongue depressor for ease of handling during painting.
    In looking at the alter, I decided I didn't want to make it the usual dull grey carved stone.   So, I got in my head to do it as black marble, since I felt I had had success painting my Stone Golem as marble.  
    I began by painting the whole piece with black craft paint to hide the tackiness of the primer.
    Next, I drybrushed the whole altar with GW "Shadow Grey" to bring out the highlights
      I added white striations and some speckling next, trying to give it that "marble" look.
     I painted the the skulls on top with Ceramcoat "Bronze".
     Next, I drybrushed the skulls with Ceramcoat "14K Gold".   I then got out my bottle of Apple Barrel "Apple Maroon", and with my small drybrush I dabbed in a stippling way on top of the altar to add a blood stain.  Lastly, I painted the metal base around the alter with Folk Art "Medium "Gray".
     When the piece had a few hours to dry, I painted the whole thing with Ceramcoat "Matte Varnish", and when this had dried overnight I sprayed the altar with Testor's "Dullcote"
     I'm pleased with how this came out, as I think it has a good "evil" look to it.   And best of all it was a nice easy piece to paint that I could complete in a day.

Figure 93 of 265: Complete


  1. Very nice effect. You're creeping up on that 100 mark!

  2. I hate to be that guy, but...Altar.

    1. No, don't worry; I appreciate it. I'm an admittedly lousy speller, and can use all the help I can get. I do these posts in my limited free time, so don't always proofread them to the extent that I should.
      I think I have the "Alters" all corrected now. :)

  3. The marbling effect looks really good! And I think you managed to get a bloodstain that's adequately creepy without going overboard or completely dominating the piece.

    1. Thank you! It's hard to know just how much blood stain is enough, so I'm glad you think this looks just right.