|English Civil war Watermill in 28mm scale|
The key word in the whole process is patience! (I suppose that is true with nearly all terrain making projects). I first of all make a framework of foam board. I use this for all my buildings. It is light and strong and easy to cut with a sharp scalpel. It is important to know that you will be making a stone effect at this stage because the frame needs lots of extra bracing because otherwise it will warp badly if you don't.
|A well braced foam board frame for a 54mm Rourkes Drift building.|
I leave this to dry overnight as the joints do come under alot of pressure so it is important to make sure you have good strong joins. I then get Daz Pronto air dried clay and roll it out to maybe a 1mm thick sheet- just like pastry!
|I use a wooden rolling pin and grease proof paper.|
|covered in Daz Pronto clay.|
The clay will take about 12 to 24 hours to dry completely so it can be carved. If the bracing wasn't good enough then the walls will slowly warp and possibly some of the joints come apart. There will then be no choice but to start again!
|draw out the stone pattern|
|an example of extra detail|
Anyway, once you have completed the carving all you have to do is paint it. I usually go for one of two colours- grey or sandstone.
Saying that, I did have to re create South African stone walling for Rorkes Drift and that involved a far more intricate scheme-
|South African Walling|
The sandstone finish is a yellow ochre base, washed brown followed by two highlights of cream and sand. The grey finish is a base coat of meduim grey, washed brown and then highlighted a lighter grey and finally a light brushing of white. I can also add weathering with water streaks amd dirt to give it a bit of age or I may want to highlight something on the building. That is it.
What follows is some examples of the stone effects and where I have used it:
|40mm Spanish chapel. Stone with added pillars and pantile roof|
|20mm Arnhem inspired bridge- see weathering on stone|
|28mm European church|
|28mm Lord of the rings inspired hall- I was pleased with the animal carving|
|same hall from the side- the figure you can see is on a horse so the building was big!|
|Spanish walled town- the arches on the walls add real interest.|
|28mm church found in York, UK|
|York city gateway|
|gateway from straight on.|
|small crusader diorama|
|stone bridge in 54mm|