A while ago, I wanted a cheap prop Gate to use in a game of Stargate d20 RPG (sadly discontinued by AEG).
So I hit the web and found several paper models, including a good looking one from Marco Scheloske
. Now I know that the symbols around the ring are not accurate and all, but it had potential and I liked it. To simplify things a bit, I printed the two faces of the Gate and glued them on foam core. Carefully cut out, it's nice and sturdy.
Now for the Stand I wanted something a bit more durable than the paper one from Marco. Then I remembered an article I read on the Reaper Miniatures website, The Craft - How to make a Field Stone Wall.
Here's my adaptation of this technique to a stonework Stargate Stand.
First, I drew a plan of what I wanted. d20 is played on a 1 inch grid, and it is reflected in my layout.
|Stand template, incorporating a 1" grid.|
Then using a large kitchen knife and an exacto blade, I cut the shape into a 2" blue foam insulation block.
|Basic shape of the stand in 2" insulation foam.|
Next came the drawing of the stones. I drew at the top of the sides flatter stones that continued on the top of the stand to simulate large flagstones.
|Outlining the field stones|
Then came the cutting. Each stone was contoured with a fresh exacto blade, in a rough V-channel. Once this was all done, I used a small stone with sharp edges to texture the whole thing.
|Stones contoured and textured.|
After that, I painted the everything with DecoArt "Antique White" and then painted each stone black,
|Stones pained black over "Antique white"|
and drybrushed grey, with a black "magic wash". I added a brown wash here and there at the base of stand. I also added some static grass, which is shown in the last pic.
|Grey drybrush, black wash and brown wash.|
Here is the final stand, with the Gate and a force of Jaffas coming through, lead (from behind of course) by Apophis in his golden armour...
|The completed stand with Gate and Jaffas|
Finally, we never played that game of SG RPG, but it was of fun project and it makes a nice display stand for my Jaffas. I guess "build it and they will come" is not always true.