So I hit the web and found several paper models, including a good looking one from Marco Scheloske. Now I know that the symbols around the ring are not accurate and all, but it had potential and I liked it. To simplify things a bit, I printed the two faces of the Gate and glued them on foam core. Carefully cut out, it's nice and sturdy.
Now for the Stand I wanted something a bit more durable than the paper one from Marco. Then I remembered an article I read on the Reaper Miniatures website, The Craft - How to make a Field Stone Wall. Here's my adaptation of this technique to a stonework Stargate Stand.
First, I drew a plan of what I wanted. d20 is played on a 1 inch grid, and it is reflected in my layout.
|Stand template, incorporating a 1" grid.|
|Basic shape of the stand in 2" insulation foam.|
|Outlining the field stones|
Then came the cutting. Each stone was contoured with a fresh exacto blade, in a rough V-channel. Once this was all done, I used a small stone with sharp edges to texture the whole thing.
|Stones contoured and textured.|
|Stones pained black over "Antique white"|
|Grey drybrush, black wash and brown wash.|
|The completed stand with Gate and Jaffas|
Finally, we never played that game of SG RPG, but it was of fun project and it makes a nice display stand for my Jaffas. I guess "build it and they will come" is not always true.