There were an abundant amount of turtle and tortoise files available and since I could alter their shapes somewhat in the software that makes the
printable file, I ended up choosing a tortoise file that was a bit thicker than I needed but I could squish it down to suit my needs. The head of the tortoise looked a lot like the Kiaju Gamera (which just wouldn't do) so I ended up cutting off the head once
the print was completed. I sculpted a new neck and head for it out of two part epoxy clay while trying to avoid it resembling Mitch McConnell too much. Alas, I failed. Anyway, for the eyes, I went to my doll eye stash and inserted a 8mm sized pair into the
figure before the epoxy set.
For the next step, I printed the tombstones and crypts in resin due to their fine detail and small
size (~1/4” tall) which would have been next to impossible using a filament printer. I made the dead trees out of multi-strand copper wire that I painted gray after twisting and trimming the wire into tree shapes.
I decided that I wanted the tortoise to be emerging from the River Styx with the newly dead on its back. This required some removal of its hindquarters to give it the illusion
of it emerging from the black water. I came upon the idea of filling a shallow tray with soupy plaster so I could push the truncated tortoise into the plaster which I laid a piece of plastic wrap as a barrier between the tortoise and the plaster facilitating
it's easy removal later on.