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.
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.
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.
Here the completed altar
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.
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.
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.
Let me know with a comment what do you think.