“Champagne! In victory one deserves it, in defeat one needs it” - Napoleon
I have taken photos for each step of the building-making process, so as to make it as clear as possible for anyone interested in making his own buildings!
I reckon that it is an easy process - but believe me, I have ruined many buildings up until now, and yet I have plenty more to learn! If you face any problems while making them please feel free to contact me! I do commissions!! :-)
So, time for me to start:
The first and most important material you will need would be good old coffee!!!A nice cup of good blended coffee (especially if you work late at night as my self does)!
* A ball point pen
* A steel ruler
* X Acto knives
* Sheets of foamcore cards. I usually use 0.5cm sheets, for durability reasons. This width, tends not to warp when you apply materials on it (plaster, colours).
* 0.5cm Card (windows and doors casings)
* PVA Glue
* UHU Stick glue
* Vallejo's White Pumice
* A big Flat brush
* Acrylic colours. I personally use Crafter's Acrylics. They come in many colours and they apply really well on the house's surfaces.
* Cotton buds!! Yes, yes, cotton buds. I personally use them for the chimneys - you know the three spikey things... :-)
* Balsa wood. I use 2mm sheets, for my second's storey floor.
* Plastic doors and windows. I personally use Wills materials - OO Scale. In this tutorial I will use Wills SS86 Doors and windows kit
* Plastic floor tiles.I get them from a local manufacturer here in Athens. They come in 30x30cm pieces, 3mm height and they get cut very well and hold their shape, without warping!I believe you can find sth similar in your local store, wherever you are!
I believe that this is what you will need in general. In case I forgot about sth, I will mention afterwards.
Now, we are ready to move to the third step!
3rd Step - Placing the templates and cutting
Use UHU stick glue to glue the house templates. After the cutting, take off the paper templates from the foamcore.
4th Step - Cutting the templates
I use a sharp X Acto blade and a steel ruler, so as to cut the doors and windows cases (gaps). Be very careful while doing this! You either may lose a foamcore sheet or a finger. What suits you best! ;-)
After doing that, remove the paper templates, and let the foamcore sheets ''free''!!
After cutting the walls, use PVA glue and pins to attach the wall compontents together.
Simply apply some PVA on the places you want to be glued and after that stick the pins to the side of the walls for better stability. Before applying the pins, remove the pins heads!
In this photo (I apologize for the blur photo - it was taken late at night), I am showing 4.2cm height foamcore pieces that I used in order to be able to make a second floor in my building.The second floor will be made from balsa wood (2mm sheet). The exact height of the foamcore pieces (4.2cm) might vary, but I used a kneeling firing figure for reference. When you want to put figures in the buildings, you will want to be visible behing the windows slits! I know it seems generic, but the building is made primarily for wargame reasons. When I improve myself I'll try a different approach on this aspect of building making! So please be tolerant! :-)
In this photo sequence, I am showing you what I used for the doors and windows casemates. It is 0.5cm card. The dimensions may vary to taste, but what I did was:
Doors: W:2.5cm H:0.3cm
Windows: W:1.5cm H:0.3cm
In this photo sequence I am showing the application of Vallejo's White pumice ''plaster'' on the buildings' walls. It can be applied very easily, with a simple flat brush.
After the application you need to let it dry overnight. After that paint can be applied.
For the inner part of the house I decided to use some spray paint to finish it quickly. Being afraid of not ruining the foam parts while doing this, I first gave the ''naked'' foam parts a simple coat of acrylic paint.
The outcome was not very successful, but since I will be using it for wargames purposes, I wouldn't bother so much about it! :-)
11th Step: Making the chimney
12th Step: Painting the building (Outer walls)
In this step, I painted the buildings' outer walls with Crafter's Acrylic 'Country Maple'. This colour would be the base colour.
13th Step: Making the second floor
14th Step: Outer walls drybrush
15th Step: Painting the doors and windows casings
Using some White colour (any acrylic colour would do), I painted the doors and windows casings.
16th Step: Making the windows shutters
17th Step: Painting the doors and windows
18th Step: Gluing the windows
In this step I used some 'Super' glue to glue the windows in the window casings, in the inner part of the walls.
19th Step: Painting the second floor
With some dark brown acrylic paint, I painted the second (wooden floor).
20th Step: ''Washing the doors and shutters''
21st Step: Making the roof
22nd Step: Enhancing the doors and window shutters
23rd Step: Gluing the second floor.
24th Step: Painting the chimney
25th Step: Gluing the building's components
26th Step: Drainpipe!
27th Step: Painting the roof
28th Step: It's raining wash - Badab Black Wash!!!
In this step I used GW's Badab Black Wash, in order to 'weather' the roof and the chimney a bit.
29th Step: That's it really.... :-)