First, I grabbed my tub of plaster -- no fancy brands needed here. The container I bought from Hobby Lobby was pretty big for $3. So, using the Hirst Mold #62 & their casting instructions, I started pouring my bricks.
After many, many fills later, I had enough blocks to form the base of my temple. This is one of those projects it would've been handy to have 2 of the same mold.
Some of the pillar pieces did not line up very well, so I filled the gaps with spackle & then sanded it down to help blend everything in.
Using a hot wire cutter, I formed a piece of rock that the temple was built on. To give it a little more texture, I rolled a crumpled ball of aluminium foil along the edges. Here is the before:And after:
On to painting: to get a marbled look to the stone, I sponge painted everything. I loaded my sponge with a few different colors at once so they would blend a little bit better than doing one color at a time.
For a monument inside the temple, I took the Perseus figure from Reaper Minis, snipped off the base piece, then glued him to an extra foot piece from the pillar mold.
Finally, after painting I assembled the whole structure.
Around the edges I added a mix of coffee & tea grounds, then painted them to match the stone color.
A couple random patches of grass & turf, then it's done.