How did you build your Abu Simbel?
It looks very good, clean and crisp.
Thanks for the compliment! For the Abu Simbel miniature and the other temples I followed the same method. I did a scale drawing of the layout after studying the original monuments in great detail. Since this was to be a portable tabletop piece I did not want to make a 100% percent accurate model. The final dimensions are 24 inches by 24 inches and about 16 inches high. The miniature gaming pieces from Crocodile Games’ War Gods of Aegyptus are about 1 inch tall and the rules require 1 inch grids for character movements; i.e. doorways and stairs need to be at least 1 inch wide and deep.
I drew templates for the sections and cut them from 1 inch thick pre-fabricated urethane insulation foam sheets. Assembly was just like making a layer cake using hot melt vinyl glue to assemble the sections. The foam is very easy to carve and shape with Exacto blade, bread knife, hacksaw and Dremel tool and sands up quite nicely using any type of industrial sandpaper. Distressing with various rasps/tools as well to imitate the rocky look. Once assembled, the whole model was coated with a brushed-on mixture of white glue and colored tempera paint of yellow and brown. While this was still wet the whole model was dusted with a dry mix of powdered gray grout and dry tempera powder of white, yellow and brown to achieve the sandstone look; makes a huge mess so prepare accordingly. Once dry the excess was removed with brush, pounding and shaking, retaining the powdered grout mix for other models and terrain pieces. II went a little crazy with the interior as it has twisting passageways and secret “hidden” chambers and a naos or inner sanctum for a gilded god statue of Horus. The top is removable in two sections to access the interior. I also tried to duplicate the look of the original monument’s Hypostyle hall with the standing Osirid figure columns. All of the original figures (seated Ramiseid figures, Osirid statues, Sphinxes, Baboons at top and Ra-Herakhty above the portal) and repeated architectural details were sculpted out of Super Sculpey acrylic baked polymer “clay”. [You can find pre-made Egyptian miniatures online through various vendors.] The molds were RTV Mold Max 30 from Smooth-On. The final figures are of polyurethane resin plastic (Smooth – On brand Smooth Cast 320 two part resin). Colored tempera/grout was added to the resin mix and touchups were done with acrylics. For the seated figures I did only one master figure with a blank for the separately made interchangeable god faces.
Overall probably about 150 plus hours in the Abu Simbel temple and roughly $150.00 US in materials. I'll put up some WIP photos. Enjoy!
The WIP shots are quite telling the story
I really like the result.