Here we have the latest additions to my Biblical town, the burial caves. Based (with artistic license) on sites at St. Étienne’s Monastery and Ketef Hinnom in Jerusalem.
As always built on Sarissa tiles, using MDF in various thicknesses, greyboard and expanded polystyrene (aka Styrofoam).
First a panorama of the whole thing.
From left to right, the path to the top.
The entrance to the royal tombs. The pillars are styrene tube with resin capitals, the doors are Bethlehem olivewood.
The entrance to the common tombs, and ‘high place’ above. Rock faces are resin, from gamelink2012 and cih008 on eBay. Look out for the Pharoah eagle owl...
Inside the ‘common’ cave…
…and a close-up of the largest chamber showing the benches where the bodies were laid. Bodies are made from Green Stuff, from press moulds made from Crom's Anvil slaves ‘shrouded’ with cigarette papers and PVA.
The King’s funeral. The king is a converted Chariot/Magister Militum figure intended to stand in a chariot. The others are a mixture of Xyston and Donnington and Essex, and perhaps some others. I’ve long since lost track of where stuff came from! Firebowls from Crom’s Anvil/Cp Models on sections of Fenris brick columns.
The Royal Tombs from above…
…and a close-up of one of the bone repositories, filled with whole skeletons, chopped up skeletons, skulls from Alternative Armies and/or Crom’s Anvil, wood shavings (6mm dowel and pencil sharpener!) and bits of bent wire.
The High Place, with Donnington priestess and Crom’s Anvil brazier…
…and with fire, in case I want to bury King Asa of Judah,
“Then in the forty-first year of his reign Asa died and rested with his ancestors. They buried him in the tomb that he had cut out for himself in the City of David. They laid him on a bier covered with spices and various blended perfumes, and they made a huge fire in his honour.”
(2 Chronicles 16:13–14).