Friday, 30 October 2015

Tutorial : Walls

A very quick tutorial on how to make very quick walls for your battlefield. All you need is:
  • Base - I used plasticard, but you could use any non warping material like mdf/ply
  • Extruded polystyrene - but you could use foam card as an alternative
  • A couple of textured stones
  • Craft knife
  • PVA glue
  • Sand
  • Thin card
  • Matchsticks
  • Bitz
  • Black, white, green, brown paint
  • Basing materials (whatever matches your models - so I've followed my usual guide)

 Step 1.

Cut the polystyrene into thin strips and then press down upon them with a textured stone to create a textured stone look

Step 2.

Cut the strips into small blocks (in hindsight mine were a bit too big). Cut the plasticard base to your preffered size.

Step 3.

Build the walls as if you were a builder... Stack the blocks with a layer of PVA between, remembering to stagger their position. When constructed add some thin card squares along the top of the wall. Whilst the pva is still wet, sprinkle on some sand which will nicely fill the gaps between the blocks.

Be creative, have some fun with the construction and always do some image research in advance. I typed in "crumbling  drystone walls", "wall and wooden gate" etc into Google Images.

The gate is simply made from cut and snapped matchsticks and pva'd together.

Step 3.5.

I should really have added some bitz here, perhaps a spike or two on the wall pillars, a perched bird, a skull or discarded weapon on the floor or a signpost or such. These extra details make a huge difference as they can add to the narrative of a piece, but also are a pain in the arse to paint!

Step 4.

Painting. Unfortunately I lost my wip photo of this, but basically don't prime with a spray on undercoat or else the polystyrene will shrivel away. You could coat the walls in pva or a sealant first if you want to spray. A spray undercoat does have the advantage of better coverage, especially between the brick gaps. I painted a dilute grey acrylic over mine first and then dry brushed up to a pale grey.

To really make them pop, just add a few washes of green and brown to create a weathered appearance.

Step 5.

Basing. Again I don't have any photos of this stage, woops, but check my guide out. Obviously it's best to match the basing to how you base your models or other scenery. In addition I've added some small roots and pieces of moss to jazz up the detail and final appearance.

And ta-da, that's walls done.