3D printed altar miniature of a small temple – Small village setting

3D printed altar miniature of a small temple – Small village setting

The first thing we are going to see in the temple is the altar, the main cause to the change of the soldier tower.

At the beginning I was thinking to make a small altar, no wider than 2.5cm, but I saw immediately it was too small. So I started to work to 5cm wide version.

The 3D model

The body is really simple. The first thing to do is to determine the size of the upper and lower parts. I then created the main body with some cubes, to make the stone slabs.

3D model of the main body of the altar

Then I added the details. First I worked on the columns, using the braziers model.
Let’s see quickly how I made them. First I created a spiral curve, joined with a second circular curve. The second curve create the volume of the first one. Then, whit the command “mesh from curves” I made the mesh.

3D model of the brazier near its split up model

Another details I added is the dragon bas relief. I choose him because it was the easiest to start with. Maybe in future I’ll make others altars with different bas relief.
To make the dragon I searched some reference image, for every part of the body, that I joined together in the end. I used planes to make the models and then made an extrusion to give it thickness.

3D model of a figure of a dragon, with the vertex highlighted

Here the completed altar

3D model of an altar decorated with a dragon bas-relief and some braziers

The 3D print

To 3D print this miniature I had to solve a problem. I wanted the highest details for the dragon, but I didn’t want the support, due to the shelf.
So I printed all with layer 0.1mm high and divided the model in 2 pieces, 3D printing the lower pieces lying down.

The miniature is perfect and I just needed some drop of glue to glue them.

Painting

Since the altar is made from stone, the main color is grey. I added some gold paint for the brazier and the black for the dragon.

3D printed miniature of the altar with the bas-relief dragon, front view

3D printed miniature of the altar with the bas-relief dragon, lateral view

In the latter photos you can see the different layer of the top and bottom part.

And now a surprise. I made some ceremonial objects that we are seeing in the next articles. If the temple was quite bare, now it’s perfect.

3D printed miniature of the altar with some ceremonial object, canldes, censer, jug, plates and potions

Let me know with a comment what do you think.

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