One of the biggest things when making scenery, is the delicate balance between how easy it is to play over, against how accurate it is to the source material. If we were making dioramas it would be a lot easier as it would be all about the accurate depiction, but as the throne room is for gaming over it needed to have areas that are easily accessible and no falling over model syndrome. With the steps I've gone for aesthetics rather than getting models on them, as it would increase the step size by a multiple of 5 !
Above you can see all the basic structures have now been built, and placed in their eventual final positions, having built all the sections as separate pieces, it's allowed me to work out what pieces need to stay separate for ease of photo's in the future.
As you can see above, these are all the pieces that will be stuck down to the base board, the large stairs corridor and edge of a room are already stuck down and I painted the sections separately for ease and being able to get the brush in on some small tricky areas. The throne isn't stuck down yet as I still have some work to do on there.
Above you can see the piston structure that I'm using to have the dais able to move forward for when watching a poor victim of the Rancor.
Now some of you were enquiring about the process, so I actually remembered to take photo's of all the different stages. Above you can see the basic board construction, this was all glued in place with PVA glue, and then left overnight to dry fully. I used a Stanley knife to cut out the sections, and sandpaper to finish off the edges.
Next I added a skim of wall filler over the whole structure, to add a nice texture, you may need to do this in several stages, as you run out of places to hold the piece, that isn't already covered in filler ! LOL
Once all the filler was dry, I gave it all a base coat of GW Zamesi Desert, and then left to dry.
Next I gave a wetbrush coat of GW Ushabti Bone, a wetbrush coat is similar to a drybrush, but you don't wipe the brush on a cloth, so holds a lot more paint. If you've never tried this before, have a scrap piece to practice on, until you learn how the paint will flow.
Lastly I gave an all over drybrush of GW White Scar, in shadow areas you can leave this coat off, especially if it's a small piece.
Lastly the above pictures show how you can easily get in to photograph these areas once in place.
Last time you may have seen Jeff and myself talking about an old model kit, while I was looking for some reference pictures I happened to find these pictures of the kit, as you can see this kit went a lot more on the function side than I have.
That's all for this post, so until next time stay safe and have fun !