Recently, I was in a tournament and one of the vital parts of my army was the “Shard of the Herdstone”. To represent it, I needed a “Herdstone”. Think of a despoiled portion of Stonehenge.
Now, materials became a bit of a pain in my ass. I went to a hobby shop to get ‘sculpture foam’, and no luck. I went to a “foam mart” (it exists….seriously) to get foam. I only needed a small block and they sold large sheets/ blocks for quite a large amount (hovering near 100 usd.) Next, I went to a ‘train-store’ where they sell model trains. They had no sculpture foam, but did have large chunks of Styrofoam.
Sick of driving around town and the tournament only 1 1/2 days away, I got the styrofoam and started to brainstorm.
When I set to carve the ‘foam’, i realized, I don’t have many hobby tools, seeing that I started the hobby about one year ago. I used a bread knife to saw and hack into the foam and made an absolute mess in the kitchen.
I made a base exactly the dimensions of a CD case. The herdstone size is in much dispute in the beastman community, so I erred on the side of caution and made it a bit smaller than I’d like, but still conservative. Seeing as it’s terrain, I didn’t want to abuse it, or be accused of abusing its’ size.
Here’s where things got a bit tricky. Normally, I would prime the object in question with a fine coat of spraypaint black…but spray paint does some nasty things to styrofoam. It eats through it and deforms the shape pretty fast.
My solution: Elmers glue and roller ball black ink. Both are very viscous substances, and this would create something of a layer or shell around the styrofoam. Protecting it from just flaking into oblivion.
Since I was in a hurry, I placed the Herdstone while ‘drying’ in the oven with only the pilot light on. It worked and the material dried up fairly quickly without cracking.
Here are some finished results.
For the small amount of time I had, I’m pretty satisfied. I’m not sure if these are good enough to go back into and work more.
It was suggested to me by a friend that I work in soapstone, and could whittle it down pretty well and even carve runes realistically in it.
At anyrate, the stone needs more ‘flavor’. Blood smears, vultures, chains, runes etched into it’s surface, excrement splattered…you name it.
for now, this is my first go.