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So my Reaper order came in yesterday, and with it my Altar of Evil.

I was very surprised to learn that the 'back' of the altar is the hollow part, not the bottom...

I decided to make another long wall and attach it so that it can stand in the middle of a room and not look odd...


So I got out the Instantmold, and Apoxie Sculpt


My daughter the paint minion wanted to see the Instantmold in action, so she ended up doing all the work!

We heated the instant mold in hot water, mushed it up, made a pancake, and then she pushed the long side into the mushy instantmold with firm pressure all around. When we judged the instantmold to have set, we carefully peeled it of the altar.

Then she mixed up the Apoxie Sculpt and pushed it into the mold firmly. We looked for air pockets through the mold, and did not see any, so we left it to the side of my painting area to cure overnight. We made too much apoxie, so I used it to half fill the alter.

I put it in a clamp to get it square and left that overnight to cure as well.

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So this evening, she popped it out and we looked at what she had done.

The details came out very nicely, but unfortunately, when she had pushed the alter into the mold, she did not push down on the inside part of the hollow... Since Bones material is flexible, the piece had bowed inward, leaving the removed piece to be bowed inwards.

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Not sure if you can see the bow in the pics...


I am impressed with the level of detail the instantmold captures....


So we chalked it up to a learning process, and re heated the Instantmold and did a new impression. Then filled that with Apoxie Sculpt.


Comments and thoughts welcome!



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Cool. I'm a big fan of Instant Mold, and have used it with Instant Putty to run off many little bits of my own work that were good enough to put on the table for sale. So I'm not surprised you got good results. It's good stuff.


As to the altar, I'm surprised to learn that the backside is hollow. But I suppose it could be good, as-is, as a sort of counter space in a Necromancy Shop or Heavy Metal Curio Store, where they could keep supplies or extra stock below, and the cash register on top.

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Nice mold (and learning experience). I might have to get some molding materials and give it a go.



As to the altar, I'm surprised to learn that the backside is hollow. But I suppose it could be good, as-is, as a sort of counter space in a Necromancy Shop or Heavy Metal Curio Store, where they could keep supplies or extra stock below, and the cash register on top.


I saw the hollow and immediately thought hidden chamber. I like your shop idea!

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Neat! I'm looking forward to seeing how the second attempt turns out.

Well here you are!

I just popped the new piece out of the Instantmold and took some picks:


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There is no 'bow' in this one, though it looks like I didn't press the Apoxie Sculpt in hard enough. There is a new 'crack' in the center panel, that is not on the original Altar. Something else learned, but at least it looks good!


Going to start cutting up the failed piece first to test the 'tool-ability' of the cured apoxie sculpt before I work on the good cast....


Stay tuned!



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Okay, Color me impressed!


I set out to test the 'tool-ability' of the apoxie sculpt on the failed cast, and as far as I can tell, it acts like a hard plastic or even a resin, but doesn't seem to have the brittleness.


I started out trying to carve it with an X-Acto knife, and it carved about as well as the previously mentioned materials. Not Easily, but with a little bit of pressure, the blade shave off pieces as though I was whittling a piece of hard wood, like Ash or Oak.


I then put a couple of bits into my Dremel tool, and ran it at a low speed setting. First with a carbide cutter bit, and then a courser bit.

Again I had the same feeling of working with hard wood, I had half expected to get some 'splintering' with the course bit, which is why I tried it after the fine carbide cutter, but that didn't happen.


Here are some pics of the failed cast after doing all I felt able to fo with a circular cutting / sanding tool. From here on in, it would be filling and sandpaper. Compare them to the pics above to see what was removed.


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Those are the 2 Dremel bits I used.

(CashWiley reminded me once that I should show people what I am using when making this kind of post)


Now to start on the 'good' cast. (I still have the mold in case I mess it up...)



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Very cool, George!


I picked up some Apoxy Sculpt off Amazon the other day and it was delivered last night, going to try it out with a few different things.



That looks very promising!

Thanks guys!


Ub3r, be careful when you start with the apoxie sculpt, it is very sticky at first!


So I started working on the good cast, filing and sanding to try and get it set up for attaching. I also looked at the Altar itself and carved a little away fro each side, as well as along the base, trying get the best fit I could. I knew that I was going to need to do some patch work, so the thought was always in the back of my head. I knew It would be needed to try and remove the smooth edges left by the tooling.


Here is where I am at right now:

The Carved on Altar:

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I can see why the Frogwarts folks like the bones so much for their conversions.... If only the fine detail came out a bit better...


The Altar with the new side propped up:

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The 'new side' will be a little thicker than the original, but it is a piece of dungeon scenery, and I doubt anyone will inspect it at close range, except of course all of you!


Still a little work left to do, but I had a good opportunity to take pics before I forgot...


Comments welcome!


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Thanks again all!


So here is the next update.


I glued the piece on with gel super glue, and then tried to cover up all the gaps and errors with Green Stuff.

The Extra Firm Clay Shapers I got recently really helped with this! If you don't have a set, I recommend getting some if you use GS alot...

I then pressed a handy rock into the very very thin coat of GS to try and give it some texture...


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I then broke out the airbrush and sprayed Reaper Grey Liner thinned 50% with my water / flow improver mix.


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That is where it stands now.... I painted it on one handle, but it was at a bad angle, so I cut it off, and rebuilt the handle.... That is where the spots of no paint are from.


How did I do?


It came out pretty well if I do say so myself.... :poke:


Comments welcome!



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