Items used for this project:
White Styrene (or plasticard): .118 thickness
GW dead grass
Battery powered tea light candle
The first thing I did was create a chaos star template in photoshop and I made sure to keep the dimensions the same as a small blast template.
You can download a copy of this template by visiting our forum.
Once I printed the chaos star I cut out the shape and traced it onto a sheet of plasticard. Then with an exacto knife I carefully cut out the star. Once that was done I filed down the edges with an emery board and then carved cracks and chips into the plasticard star with my exacto knife to give it a used and ancient look.
At this point you can simply paint the star up and use it in a game but I wanted to build mine up on a base and add lighting to it so that it gives the effect that something is trying to come in from the warp via the portalglyph.
The base is made up of layers of cork board glued to a squared 50 x 50 base. I carved out a hole at the bottom of the base and then made sure that each layer of the cork board could fit in the insides of a battery powered tea candle light. Once I had the cork layers aligned properly I glued them into place.
|Here is a model for scale reference.|
|Here is how the light will look beneath the star.|
Here's how the final piece looks with models around it.
In all, this project took about 2 days to complete. The first day was spent cutting out the star and adding in the chips and cracks. Then I shaped and glued the cork layers to the base. The next day I painted the star and cork layers and once the paint dried I added the sand, skulls and flock. Not a bad representation of a portalglyph and it sure beats using a small blast template, especially if you are going for a cinematic gaming experience. I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did building it.