Chris Palmer After completing my mermaid tail arch from a air of mermaid dolls from the local Dollar Tree store, last month, a lot fof olks asked what I planned to do with the left over mermaid top-halves. I considered this as something of a challenge, and so set about thinking about possible terrain projects to make from partially naked plastic doll halves.
Inspired by the cover of the Ghost Archipelago cover, featuring a band of heroes facing off against a band of snakemen natives, I got the idea to make one of the doll halves into some sort of snake-man goddess idol.
The first thing I needed to find was a suitable snakeman head, so I made another trip to the local Dollar Tree to see what I could find. I wasn’t able to find a plastic snake I could use, but I did find a suitable plastic lizard that had just the right head and neck pose to go atop a human torso.
With lizard in hand, I began to construct my snakeman goddess idol. I began by cutting down an old CD, and hot-gluing a piece of pine bark mulch to it to serve as a base. I then cut the head of the lizard, and pulled the head off the doll. I had to cut the neck of the doll down a little to fit the lizard head, but once things looked good I glued the lizard head in place with a liberal amount of hot-glue to help fill any gaps and blend the shape to the body. I then hot-glued the torso to the hunk of mulch and glued the arms into a satisfactory position.
Next, I drilled couple holes in the top jaw to insert a couple toothpick fangs, and then used some Milliput to help blend all the joints and blend the mulch to the base. I also sculpted a little sacrifice basin at the base of the idol, and glued some small rocks on the base.
When all the Milliput was dry, I gave the piece a spray with Krylon Camouflage with Fusion “Flat Black” spray paint to act as a primer. And when that was dry, I sprayed the idol with some stone textured spray paint.
When the stone texture was dry, I painted the idol with some Folk Art “Grey Green” craft paint, and then applied some washes of Citadel “Nuln Oil”, and “Green” ink. After that I glued some course sand to the base. When the sand was dry, I painted that, and then drybrushed highlights on to the statue and base. When the paint was dry, I glued some various foliage all over the base. Then, when the weather warms up, I will give the piece a spray of Dullcote to seal it.
I’m really happy with how she turned out considering she was a spur of the moment make-use-of-a-leftover inspired construction.
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