Itar’s Workshop Egyptian Pylon

Having purchased the Egyptian Tomb from Itar’s Workshop, I knew what to expect from the Egyptian Pylon. Like its smaller cousin it’s cast in resin from a mold that utilized the Hirst Arts Egyptian blocks. It is much more impressive and you pay for the added height! I was fortunate to pick mine up on sale from frpgames.com.

As I note in the Youtube video, there was an odd amount of resin on one side of its internal divider/support, which had no effect on its appearance. I took a little time in scraping at its mold lines with an Xacto and then painted it with Applebarrel craft paint (Sandstone). Placing it on wax paper, I liberally brushed on Minwax Polyshades Antique Walnut floor wax. The first coat was not as liberal as intended as I missed a few spots, so I went back over it MUCH too liberally, The result, I have to admit, is rather sloppy.

However, if you play Crocodile Games Wargods of Aegyptus it should have strong appeal. Besides using this in Warhammer FB as a bit of Khemri terrain, it could be part of the construction of a Necron tomb world. It’d definitely fit in for any pulp skirmish games featuring archeologists probing its ancient secrets. For dedicated Wargods or Tomb Kings players though, the question becomes: Do I buy a resin piece or two from Itar’s or buy the Hirst Arts molds myself and cast the bricks to build my own Egyptian structures?

The sale price and my wife’s impending art unit on Egypt answered that for me, besides general laziness and not wanting the hassle of casting and assembly. Personally I would rather get two more Egyptian Tombs or an Egyptian Tomb and the new Egyptian Gateway that Itar has released. They would cover more real estate and though less impressive, would create an overall better board. The Egyptian Pylon has two doorways on it, leading me to question what a pylon is exactly and what it’s used for. Are the doors purely decorative? Wikipedia holds the answers! From the briefest of research, Egyptian temples had two of them. I don’t think I’ll be picking up another myself, but instead checking back to see what new structures Itar unearths.

Itar’s Workshop Egyptian Tomb

I think I won a few other items that Itar’s Workshop makes on eBay and then checked out their website. Then I ordered a few more things including the Egyptian Tomb. At $11.99, if it turned out poorly, it would not be much of a loss.

The Egyptian Tomb arrived fairly swiftly. It is lightweight, resin, and based off of a Hirst Arts Egyptian blocks design with hieroglyphics. Any worries I had were quickly allayed. I do have a couple of the Hirst Arts Egyptian molds, but not the one(s) used to make this. On the inside of the tomb there is an interior wall of resin bisecting it and providing a lot of support. The model had a few air bubbles and a little flash on it. Scraping some resin off the bottom edges revealed more air bubbles. This is par for the course for resin. With both Armorcast and Forge World, I can easily start whittling away the actual model itself trying to get rid of the small honeycombs of air pockets.

I painted it with white craft paint and then Sandstone Apple Barrel craft paint. After it dried, I painted on some Min Wax Walnut stain and let that seal. The effect was mostly what I intended, but to really have the polyurethane stain settle into the hieroglyphics on the sloped walls I had to position it on its side and apply more stain one wall at a time, otherwise gravity would pull the liquid down its sides whereas I wanted it to pool in the depressions.

Overall I think it turned out pretty nicely. There is no escaping that you could buy the Hirst Arts mold(s), cast the blocks, and make something very similar yourself, but it is nice to also just be able to buy a one part model, quickly paint it in less than 20 minutes, and then have something cool for your Tomb Kings or Crocodile Games figures to fight over. The pricing seems in line with what Armorcast charges for its Egyptian line.