In an effort to help out our local store in creating terrain, I present to you a destroyed Monoltih
Destroyed Monolith (Isometric View 01)
Destroyed Monolith (Isometric View 02)
Destroyed Monolith (Side View)
The reason for making the Monolith was that currently one of our local's store gaming boards only had the Citadel Wood and Hills set to use. I usually want at least 1 terrain piece that can be considered a 3+ or 4+ save. Thanks to a Necron player, he donated one of his older Monoliths. You'll note that this Monolith has been painted slightly differently. I don't know how to identify the parts of the Necron parts that well, but I'll do my best to give explanations.
First, I think most of you will notice the lack of green. As you'll see from this shot of the Necron crystal I went for more of a red color scheme. It was primarily inspired by the recent White Dwarf issue (issue 34.
On the Games Workshop site, I saw a rotating image of a Monolith that used a brass color for the middel sections of the Monolith. So I did my best to duplicate that color scheme. I didn't want to make it entirely black, as typical Monoliths are. So I base-coated the piece in the Foundation paint Adeptus Battlegrey, then did a coat of Boltgun Metal and Chainmail, to get that metallic look. I finally heavily overbrushed/drybrushed Chaos Black. In my opinion this color scheme is what a model with "living metal" should look like.
I do like the look of this destroyed gun used in the Gauss flux arc. I used a friends lighter to get that melted look, which suggested that it took a shot from a Melta gun or lascannon. Right now I don't like my paint job, so I plan on burning it again to give it a more authentic look. The other destroyed weapon to me was supposed to represent damage as the Monolith was destroyed (versus rolling a weapon destroyed on this model).
One of the most difficult yet fun aspects was trying to make this model/terrain a game playable one. First, I cut the model in half (or should I say less than half). That way I could make another one if I needed to or if this project looked terrible. Although I don't have any WIP pics, I made efforts to make the Monolith flat so you can put models on top of it. This included propping the piece on a several large rocks (which I found in a parking lot) and using an actual level to make sure the piece was close to being..well level. I also used the Necron Crystal and one of the other pieces from the Monolith to prop up the brass colored plyons for better stability. As you can see, I'm comfortable in putting two of my Sniperfexes up on this destroyed piece.
Finally, I thought I'd present a few quick pics to demonstrate the game playablity of this terrain piece:
Carnifex sneaking around to shoot at Ork
Winged Warriors assaulting a Vindicator
Termagaunts assaulting a unit of Orks (isometric view)
Termagaunts assaulting a unit of Orks (top view)