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Building a Stargate SG1 System Lord Palace

Postby Whiterook » Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:04 pm

Building a Stargate SG1 System Lord Palace

Every good System Lord needs a nice crib!

So what is a system Lord?

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A hierarchy of the galaxy's most powerful Goa'uld, each controlling and operating from their own region of space. As the Goa'uld have a feudal society, these areas are constantly in dispute. Various System Lords are almost constantly in conflict with one another; if one Goa'uld is forced to abandon a planet, another will often take his or her place

The System Lords form the highest level of authority within Goa'uld society; with lesser Goa'uld, Jaffa, and human slaves in their service. They meet together on rare occasions to discuss their mutual interests and enemies.

Currently active System Lords include (but are not necessarily limited to) Anubis, Baal, Bastet, Kali, Morrigan, Olokun, Svarog, and Yu. Yu has been a member of the elite group the longest, for more than 1,000 years. Deceased Goa'uld who were once at the level of System Lord include Ra, Nirrti, Cronus, Apophis, and possibly Heru'ur.

From time to time, there has been a single System Lord who dominates the others. Ra was called the "Supreme System Lord" before his death.

The subject of this tread is the building of a System Lord's Palace, somewhere on a distant world. Be warned, however: This one is going to take awhile! It will be a diorama, likely around 5 feet X 5 feet.

Hope you enjoy the ride.
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Re: Building a Stargate SG1 System Lord Palace

Postby Whiterook » Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:39 pm

The first step on this journey was to see if I could acquire a Great Adventure of The Lost Kingdom Playset by Soma...of China. There are two versions that were out there...a United Kingdom version of the playset, and a United States version....both reportedly had slightly different components. If I read between the lines correctly, the UK version was the better one to get. However, I got the USA version and I am absolutely fine with that!

I've been seeing these sell for about $60+ USD online in the secondary market, and I was lucky to pick this one up for $9.99 USD! It was "well loved", let's say :lol: :shock: :lol: as the box looked like it was run over by a couple Ice Road Truckers...but the pieces themselves were in great shape. There was some issues with breakage in some small areas, but hell...this is going to see it's fair share of scratch-building anyway!

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Great Adventure of The Lost Kingdom Playset


Covering approximately 21-1/2 X 16-1/2 inches, this is a fairly decent playset for young kids, made of injection blow molding. The detail is pretty impressive,as well. The walls of the temple are adorned with hieroglyphics, figures, and a great sun disk over the central doorway. Of course, it isn't "fine detail", and why would it be? ....it's a kid's set! But that is soon to change.

I am planning on painting them, and a host of cosmetic retouching. The walls will definitely need to be weighted down significantly, to ensure they stand secure.
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Re: Building a Stargate SG1 System Lord Palace

Postby Whiterook » Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:54 pm

So, upon unpacking the components, there were a lot of noticeable dust and cobwebs, and I wouldn't be surprised if more than Lego-style Egyptians made a home in the box at one point! :o

Starting with the very front of the System Lord palace, there's a front entrance of the playset that is pretty cool....

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The three entrances provide great chock points for any crazy SGCers to try and get past!

The statues on either side of the three doors are stand-alone pieces, and will require some work to de-kiddify. The United Kingdom version of this playset supposedly came with more figures.

You will note that mold-formed artwork is fairly pristine in appearance. Way too smooth for my taste, even if I weather the crap out of it so, there will perhaps be a generous amount of scribing and sculpting of stone wear and roughness....the plastic is real thin so, I ill be limited in what I can take off the surface. The lines of the edges are too perfect, as well. You will also notice some mold lines that will need attention, too. Actually, I am rather excited to see just how far I will be able to bring this!

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Excuse the tablecloth....my wife is Italian...take it up with her (if you dare!).

The great thing about components like these, and the reason for getting the playset in the first place was the options it gives to build upon. It is the starting bones.
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Re: Building a Stargate SG1 System Lord Palace

Postby Whiterook » Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:12 pm

Beyond the front entrance to the System Lord Palace, the inner compound area is quite intriguing, though will need a lot of conversion to make it look and act more along the grander lines I want. The feature is a vault upon a throne-like platform. The idea I have for it is to use the vault (pictured below) as the Sarcophagus room... this coffin-like tech is actually a regeneration apparatus; which is also a great scenario in itself!!!

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System Lord Sarcophagus Vault


It has some of the best detail on the whole playset!

Take note of the architectural detail on top of the System Lord Vault. Gorgeous detail!

You may also note that there is only one door at the moment...the other one fell off due to the damage you can see from the top and bottom doorway framework :lol: :o :shock: The inside has some of the minimal color, with gold walls. The door bulges out a bit from the blow-molding....in fact, you can squeeze it and feel the air rush out of the little hole you see on the top edge. All these little things can be overcome, with skillful modeling and scratchbuilding.

If you take note at the columns in the previous and following picture, you will see that the back sides of these columns are open; they will require sealing up, most likely with trusty spackle! As mentioned earlier, I'll have to weight down a lot of these components somehow....I'll have fun figuring that out.

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System Lord Throne Area


NOTE: THE COMPONENTS WERE JUST PLACED IN POSITION, WITH NOTHING LOCKED INTO PLACE.

One of the biggest alterations needed comes at the front of the shrine's columns, which have multiple figures in bas relief. Right now, they the look like something from the Carnival.

Looking through the center openning, you will note some treasure...actually, I thought it is pretty cool looking.
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Re: Building a Stargate SG1 System Lord Palace

Postby Whiterook » Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:16 pm

And now, the interior of the palace.....

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Overall, what a cool palace, with what could be a deadly inner compound. Of course, This isn't the exact layout I am planning, but rather the layout shown on the box. I likely wouldn't go to much bigger with the inner compound, however, as the rest of the diorama will have other components...the SGC needs to make their way to this bad boy, after all!

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The outer walls have some decent detail to them, as well, but will require some refab!

09. Outer Walls, SystemLordPalace008.jpg


I am looking forward to scratchbuilding and tricking these components out! :D
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Re: Building a Stargate SG1 System Lord Palace

Postby Frizzenspark » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:30 pm

Wow, you've got alot of work ahead of you, but far, far, less than you'd have starting from scratch.....

You might want to try to re-cast some portions; possibly casting in sand.

There is textured paint to coat the surfaces, though remember these will be well-maintained, as they are lived in...
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Re: Building a Stargate SG1 System Lord Palace

Postby Frank » Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:31 am

So you did get it after all, a bit cartoony but a great place to start. Looking forward to seeing this take shape.

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Re: Building a Stargate SG1 System Lord Palace

Postby gcooley » Tue Sep 25, 2012 4:36 pm

Yes, you got it! Interesting, as this is not the US version I got. My set did not include the side walls, but had many more colossi, unless you didn't include them all in the photo. Also, there were several bags of Lego figures and detail like weapons, headgear and such. All those bits were probably "choking hazards" and possibly dropped. I would gladly give these to a kid of the right age. I think the temple gate is worth the price all by itself. The inner temple does require a lot of work, like closing up the hollow pillars. Duplicating the square shape is not hard. I cast "cartouches" from slabs of epoxy putty to decorate wooding columns. I used the blow-moulded doors with the hieroglyphs as the master for lifting detail. Not great, but it worked OK.

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Re: Building a Stargate SG1 System Lord Palace

Postby Whiterook » Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:22 pm

gcooley wrote:Yes, you got it! Interesting, as this is not the US version I got. My set did not include the side walls, but had many more colossi, unless you didn't include them all in the photo. Also, there were several bags of Lego figures and detail like weapons, headgear and such. All those bits were probably "choking hazards" and possibly dropped. I would gladly give these to a kid of the right age. I think the temple gate is worth the price all by itself. The inner temple does require a lot of work, like closing up the hollow pillars. Duplicating the square shape is not hard. I cast "cartouches" from slabs of epoxy putty to decorate wooding columns. I used the blow-moulded doors with the hieroglyphs as the master for lifting detail. Not great, but it worked OK.


Thanks all! :D

GC.....actually, everything you see there is everything I got, except not pictured are the little Lego-like figures and their accessories, which came in a baggie. Many of them were actually decapitated so, apparently the Mummy got to them!

I was happy to see the side walls come with this...the sides should hold up on their own without too much tweaking, but the tops will have to be death with big time. And yes, that whole front palace facade section is definitely worth the price, alone! For under $10+ shipping, it's provides a great starting framework.

Frank.....yeah, it is rather cartoony ...all fixable to degrees that should prove fun eye candy! Half the fun of this is going to be in the scratch building and conversion.
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Re: Building a Stargate SG1 System Lord Palace

Postby Whiterook » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:17 pm

Another thread repaired, with newly attached pictures. This (and all the other threads I've been working on) has been great, in terms of re-engaging with a lot of my work from the past; and re-energizing some projects like this one!!!

I had the privilege of having dinner with Scott several weeks back, while he was in Connecticut for a week. We discussed my Stargate SG-1 miniatures game concept, and him mentioning he'd love to be a player in any scenario my devious mind comes up with. I have since started to finally put down rules for play (28mm miniatures); and I'll get to work on the playset as soon as I am fully back on my feet again. I think what I'd like to do is set this up on a folding-leg card table in a small diorama, and start testing out the rules!
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