Chris Palmer While on a trip to the local Dollar Tree a couple weeks ago, I noticed some Barbie-like Mermaid Dolls in the toy section, and was struck by the intricate molded detail on their tails. Having had recently read about the upcoming Frostgrave rulebook, Ghost Archipelago , I thought that these tails might make some sort of neat sculpture or totem of an ancient nautical themed civilization for use with the new rules. And, so I began my first Ghost Archipelago terrain project.
I started by removing the tails from the upper torso. They are just held in by a plastic button, so easily pull apart. I then created a base out of an old CD and a couple 1.5 inch washers. Next, I cut the tails down so they would sit, and cross, at just the right angle. After that, I cut off part of one fin to help give that ancient crumbling look. I then glued the tails to the base, and also glued a pattern of plaster hexes into the center to help hide the hole in the CD. I then filled the broken fin piece and the part of the tail where I cut it from with a bit of cork, and then covered the cork over with hot glue. Lastly, I glued the brown fin down, and then covered the hot glue with some white glue, and sprinkled a little fine sand on it to help the broken stone appearance.
I then coated the base with white glue and then covered it with a coarse sand mix. When everything was dry, I sprayed a base coat on the piece with some dark brown camo spray paint.
It was then just a matter of giving everything a drybrushing of progressively lighter shades of tan. Afterwards, I glued some foliage to the base, and bit of vine to the top of the arch. I then sprayed the piece with some matte varnish.
I’m really happy with how this turned out, and look forward to next Fall when the rules are released and I will get a chance to use it in a game!