As in the previous build of this scene, I printed up a pair of columns using my 3D printer, the measurements of which matched the altar.
In terms of scale I made the skulls that sit atop the columns with a newly acquired liquid resin printer which can offer a final product with exceptionally more detail than my other 3D printer. The Ann Darrow figure was one that I had made on my 3D printer
earlier and had turned out to be the correct scale for this scene.
I built the vinyl Kong kit in the typical way
after I had carved the cast in Ann Darrow figure out of its right hand. I accomplished this quite easily by warming up the part with a heat gun which allowed me to cut it out the softened vinyl with a hobby knife. I also use this technique to trim the 'flash'
from the various parts in the kit. Using the heat gun again, I curled the now empty hand to accommodate a tree trunk (not built yet) that I will place in Kong's grip. Using modeling paste, I filled any voids left behind after I removed the Darrow figure.
I partially filled the lower leg section with plaster of Paris to give the figure a little more heft and to provide a solid footing for the
wooden dowels I'd later insert to act as standing pins..
I made the base from a 13 inch wide by 16 inch deep sheet
of one inch foam board insulation which I framed with 1 inch wide x ¼ inch pine for durability. Once I placed the completed altar, I inserted a 3/4” thick piece of wood to mount Kong onto since the foam board simply wasn't sturdy enough to support
the figure. I drilled two holes where the dowels I had inserted into the underside of Kong's feet would be into the 3/4” wood and then secured it to an insertion pit I had carved into the foam board.
Detailing the base was probably the most time consuming part of the build up. I made two dead trees, one of which would be in Kong's right hand to suggest he had just ripped it
out of the ground in his fury. Each have aluminum wire armatures which I wrapped with yarn to bulk them out a bit and provide an anchoring point for the epoxy clay I would apply later. I painted them with carpenter's glue which I allowed to dry before building
them up with the epoxy. While the epoxy was still pliable, I gently scribed the trunks of each to suggest tree bark, knot holes and the like. I used a medium gray undercoat with a dark brown wash to bring out the texture and glued frayed cloth to a few limbs
to resemble hanging moss.