Dungeon dressing: Statues and sarcophagi

These are actually little Christmas decorations.  The shorter angels are resin ornaments (part of a nativity scene with animals, shepherds, etc.) that came pre-painted and with little loops of string glued to them, sold at Jo-Anns craft stores around Christmas time.  The taller ones are plastic decorations.  You can get them at most craft stores too.  Just remember that craft stores sell seasonal items about four months ahead of the holiday usually have sold out of such things a few weeks before the holiday.  Halloween and Christmas stuff is always great pickings.

These are good for tombs, graveyards, and generally as stand-ins for any statue.  I’ll probably use the mas placeholders  for dormant gargoyles too.  No sense giving things away with actual gargoyle minis.  The second resin angel has a sort of messed up face (the quality of the castings is very varied) which I think is kind of creepy.  And the taller angels, especially the ones with the banners, are a little weird looking too, with melon-heads.

Next up, some Sculpy sarcophagi.  I just made the rough shapes by hand. For the hieroglyphs, I pressed the bottom of a scarab beetle toy that is decorated on the bottom with hieroglyphs onto them.  The beetle is from an “Egyptian Toob” of toys I found at a craft store.  Most of the contents of the Toob make great dungeon dressing too.

These obviously took almost no time to make; just the 15 minute baking time to harden them and then a quick coat of paint.

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  1. Very cool.

    More and more, I find a lot of useful mini stuff at craft stores. Those kits of beads can make nice dungeon details, etc.

  2. I dig your resourcefulness. Those look really great!

  3. Those sarcophagi came out brilliantly, and without knowledge of how you did it would probably look very difficult to recreate. As christian wrote, that’s resourceful!

  4. What, you didn’t do each hieroglyph by hand? Slacker! Nicely done, Mike.

  5. Love the sarcophagi! They look good enough to eat too.

  6. […] already posted some completely scratch-built sarcophagi, but my favorite one is the plastic model from HeroQuest, which I painted to help bring out the […]


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