This is certainly the most elaborate model of the stone temple and finally, after all this great waiting, let’s see how I created it!
I do not remember exactly where the idea came from, since it’s been a long time, probably from diablo, as well as other parts of this location.
When I created the model I was also trying to make the video, which you can find on the website, here or on the youtube channel.
The fountain has a diameter of 7.5cm, so it goes to occupy 3×3 squares on the playground.
The 3D model
The model is anything but difficult, and there is nothing new that I have not already shown in the past, but it is a particularly long job compared to others.
The base of the fountain consists of 2 cylinders, one slightly smaller than the other, on which the bricks lay. I started making a brik from a cube, that I modeled in the sculpt mode, with the scrape/peak brush, after this I placed it on the edge of the cylinder. Then with the spin tool I made copies of it to cover the whole circumference.
To fill the empty spaces between the bricks and avoid printing problems, I placed another cylinder inside the bricks.
This is not the best way of doing this work, unless you did some math and determined earlier how long the bricks should be to cover exactly the whole circumference. This is very risky. I would recommend instead using a curve and, with the modifer array applied to the brik, create the row of brikcs all around the cylinder.
I then filled the fountain with another cylinder to create te blood inside.
I placed the pedestals in 4 points, taking the model from a column I had already done and eliminating the excess parts. To these I added some plates with embossed symbols, which I created randomly at the moment.
Over the pedestals I placed 2 statues of cultists.
I will not dwell on how I created this since I made them in the same way as the cultists, of whom I have already spoken.
The only difficulty here was to place the arms so that they held the amphora, given the large size compared to the statue. The amphora are made from cylinders to which I gave shape with loops (ctrl + R).
From the amphorae I let out a cascade of blood, made from a cylinder with various loops (ctrl + R). I then used some torus to make waves in the blood.
In the middle I placed an additional fountain. The base is a sphere and the body is a cylinder. For the stoup in this case I used a semi-sphere, to which I applied the solidify modifier to give it thickness.
I then put a cylinder as a filler and, with 3 cubes and the modifier subdivision surface I created the gush of blood. Then I also put the torus for the waves.
The model of the fountain is finished, but it require further work for the 3D printing.
To avoid having hard-to-remove supports I decided to print the cultist statues separately, including some of the blood. So, with a very thin cube and the boolean modifier in subtraction mode, I cut the blood stream at the height of the feet of the statue.
The 3D printing
I printed the fountain in 3 different pieces: the fountain, and the 2 statues of the cultists. In all cases I used the 0.2mm high layers without brim, while the supports were needed only for the statues, in the lower part of the tunic that was slightly raised from ground.
The way I made the cut, however, simplified everything: it was enough to rejoin the blood in the part of the fountain and the one attached to the statues to achieve a perfect alignment.
Before gluing the statues I painted the lower part of the tunic as I would not have had the physical space to do so later. I then glued the statues and only then I painted all the rest.
To paint I used both the colors of Citadel and Tamiya:
- Dark brown
- Abaddon black
- Warpstone glow
- Evil sunz scarlet
- Khorne red
- Mechanicus standard grey
I have not used any particular technique, but the result is definitely surprising, although the painting is not exactly precise.