Skorne Sacral Stones
by Amanda "Dori" Salmond

The army is deployed and ready for battle. Morlyth takes a moment for meditation and to consult the ancestors who's words will lead his mighty troops to victory...

This all started after a No Quarter came out talking about the Skorne. There was mention of sacral stones in there and that got me thinking about some kind of alter terrain piece. Hope you enjoy this tutorial and can take something from it.

Materials Needed:
1/4" masonite
Joint compound (wall mud)
Carving tool
Greenstuff
Metal rods
Paper
Sand
Whiteglue
Field grass
Static grass
Foam
Brass Tubing
Superglue

Step 1: The Base
First take your masonite and cut out the shape you desire and file down the edges. You may want to seal the masonite with an acrylic laquer of some kind before proceeding. There wasn't any sealing done to this wood to prevent warping. Weights were used on the edge to keep it flat as it dried.

Step 2: The Form
Take a foam piece and glue in the cent of the masonite base. After it dries take your joint compound and apply it generously on and around the coam tapering it down towards the edges. You can put a fan on the piece to speed the drying process up. Dumbells were placed on the edges of the wood to prevent warping.

After it dries completely you can begin carving. The lines on this were kept in the same general direction with random angles to give it a sandstone feel (2A & 2B).

Make sure that when doing your final detail work you add the wind blown grooves found in standstone and cracks. Also make sure the edges are rounded as found in sandstone. The next photos shows this step (2C).

Step 3: The Stones
Now on to your stones. Make a block out of the joint compound. These stones were sanded down to the desired shape. You can use your X-acto knife to make the fine carvings. The gems were made my making round balls out of greenstuff and using a small brass tube and pressing down on the ball. Make sure to dip the tube in water first so it doesn't get stuck to the greenstuff. After curing the gems were glued to the stone with superglue. The stones were then glued down with whiteglue. The next photos are the first arrangement of the stones (3A & 3B)

Step 4: The Paint
Before painting you will want to apply loose small grain sand in areas where it might gather due to the wind.

The painting was done with a light brown first and then a dark brown wash over top. The wash was 50/50 water and paint. After it dried it was dry brushed with various colors of lighter browns. One thing to note is keeping the area close to the stones darkness where it would be less travelled.

The flags were made out of regular white paper and metal rods with green stuff and superglue holding the joints together (4A).

Here is the final piece. Hope you enjoy,

Dori