It all began during a trip to the local Dollar Tree store, where I found this nifty battery operated LED light set and these crystal snowflakes. They gave me an idea for some sort of courtyard with glowing crystals growing in it.
I then picked up this large wizard figure in a trade, thinking I would use it as a statue; but then I started to think about the possibility of having water shoot from his hands and turn it in to a fountain of some sort.
I began construction by making a cork base out of two 6"x 6" cork tiles. I then glued tin foil on it to help with the reflection of the LED lights. I then added cork walls on the sides and made a divider for where the battery pack would sit. Next, I added cork risers to support the floor of the fountain's courtyard.
At this time I also made sure all the seams around the courtyard were well sealed with glue, so no light would leak out. I spread a sand and grit mixture around the edges as well, to help seal them up.
When the superglue dried, I clipped the filaments where they came out of the the back sides of the hands so they were flush and would be hidden when I painted the wizard, which I did next. I then put this aside and worked on painting the fountain and courtyard. I painted the courtyard black first to help contain the light; then everything was painted dark gray and then drybrushed with lighter grays.
When the fountain and courtyard paint were dry, I glued the wizard in place and glued the loose end of the filament to the translucent surface of the fountain. When these was dry, I spread Woodland Scenics Water Effects on the filament to make it look like streams of water, and put a layer of Water Effects in the fountain basin.
I also cut up sections of the crystal snowflake and made some small crystal outcroppings to stick in the courtyard. I was very happy to discover that the clear snowflake plastic worked well with my Plastruct plastic cement. I then used some of the Water Effects to glue these crystal outcroppings into the holes I had made earlier in the courtyard.
The final step was to apply "Snow" and some icicles here and there around the piece to help it blend with my other Frostgrave terrain.
|Shown with Reaper's Anirion, Wood Ef Wizard, for scale.|
In case anyone wants to do something similar, here are a few things I'd do differently if I was to do this again: First, I'd pay more attention to making sure the LED lights matched up with where the crystal holes would be; I just kind of jammed the lights in and hoped for the best. I would also line the underside of the courtyard deck with foil as well, to help get more light reflection underneath. Lastly, I would paint the inside of the fountain before I sealed it up with the translucent under-surface I glued on. It doesn't look bad, but I wish I had panted it the same gray that I painted everything else, or perhaps black. As it was, I didn't think to do this until too late.