This drawing of a dungeon served as inspiration.
The illustrations of Francois Baranger were also a reference.
As was this video game art.
Just some sheets of foam and a 1:12 scale Orabona.
The platform begins to rise.
The first layer of foamcore vaulting.
The next layer of vaulting mirrors the first.
The third layer of vaulting and side archways.
The layers are attached to each other and the stair unit is built.
This custom-made adjustable tool helped to form the irregular ceiling sections.
Preparing to test the paper mache technique with foam scraps.
The stairs get a paper coating.
The whole model is turned upside-down so the ceiling can get coated.
Walls and ceiling coated. Starting the floor.
Test photo of completed chamber.
Completing the throne itself. Beaver teeth, Sculpey tusks, and laser-cut symbol.
Built this scale miniature crate too but didn't use it.
Davey Robertson sets up to photograph the completed miniature.
The finished, dressed set.
About 200 small animal bones plus model railway talus and snow.
Dollhouse-scale skulls of caribou, elk and moose made by Jessy Dion on Etsy.
We very much doubted that attempting to digitally fake up a photo of Rhan-Tegoth's throne room would yield satisfying results, so we decided to build a miniature and really photograph it. For convenience it was built at traditional dollhouse scale: 1 inch equals 1 foot. The miniature was 56 inches wide, 32 inches high and 36 inches deep. From the very beginning we included a little scale cut-out of Orabona to help keep everything in proportion. The cut-out was based on a photo of Matthew Henson, the African-American arctic explorer who was Robert Peary's right-hand man in discovering the North Pole.
Built from sheets of polyethelene foam, with foamcore board for rigidity and polystyrene blocks for the stairs, the whole thing was then covered in mulberry paper saturated with acrylic polymer emulsion to mask the seams and give it a uniform stone texture. The ivory throne was also made of foam blocks, topped with a sheet of cardboard with the glyph of Rhan-Tegoth laser-cut into it. The glyph was inspired by the work of graffiti artist Retna. For mammoth tusks we used actual beaver teeth, plus longer tusks formed out of Sculpey, all tied together with artificial sinew.
About 200 small animal bones from rodents, birds and snakes were scattered over the stairs and floor, along with model railway talus. We cast chunks of "ice" using polyurethane resin, and added some broken glass we found in the parking lot outside HPLHS headquarters. Excellent dollhouse-scale skulls of caribou, elk and moose made by Jessy Dion add to the litter of bones on the floor. There is a life-size replica of a wolf eel skull peeking out at the top of the stairs.
HPLHS cinematographer Davey Robertson took the official photograph. The only digital augmentations to the final image were compositing in Orabona and adding some symbols carved into the wall above the stairs.