Skorne Sacral Stones

By Dori

8/13/06

This all started after a NQ 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.

Techniques Used:
Flags, Rocks, Stonework

Material

1/4" Masonite

Joint Compound (Wall Mud)

Carving Tool

Green Stuff

Metal Rods

Paper

Paint

Sand

White Glue

Field Grass

Static Grass

Foam

X-acto Knife

Small Brass tubing

Super Glue

Sand

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.

Take a foam cut out and glue in the center of the wood. After it dries take your joint compound and apply it generously on and around the foam 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.

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

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 green stuff 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 green stuff. After drying the gems were glued to the stones with super glue. The stones were then glued down with white glue. The next photos are the first arrangement of the stones.

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 darker where it would be less traveled.

The flags were made out of regular white plain paper and metal rods with green stuff and super glue holding the joints together.

Here is the final piece. If you have any questions you can contact me at Dori@terrainthralls.com