I've spent the last week getting enough wall sections cut from cardboard and foam core to prepare for assembly (I figured I'd get them all assembled in one sitting). During the "cardboard corrugation coverup" step of the process on the 1x1 pieces, I was getting impatient with the drying time for the white glue and decided to experiment for an easier solution:
Expanding upon Scotty's hot glue techniques, including using it on the underside of the walls for grip, I tried wrapping it around to the sides of the corrugation, effectively replacing the white glue and sand with a layer of smoothed-over hot glue... and it works fantastically! It not only gives it the weight needed to keep the pieces from being blown over by a slight puff of air, but it eliminates the need for the white glue and sand (and the drying time inherent). I also used a couple of computer desktop hard drives for weight to keep the pieces flat.
As an added bonus, you can reshape the hot glue as needed before painting, and it creates smooth sides to the wall sections as well!
...and as an added caveat, I almost ran out of glue sticks before I finished the sections...
(I'll try to get some pictures up as soon as I have a chance)
and finally, the Bottom-Up View (to show detail of hot glue on bottom - ignore the 1/2-inch markings) imgur.com/gRxdqFJ
I have yet to paint them (I hope to accomplish that tomorrow), but I hope this conveys the general idea. I think Scotty did something similar in video 116 (I hope that's right) where he makes gridded tiles out of paper towels, toilet paper, glue, card stock, and (of course) cardboard. He used hot glue to affix the corrugation cover-up card stock strips to the edges of the tiles.
Got the 1", 3", and 6" sections painted (going to wait on the 12" sections for the moment). Not really super-tidy around the edges, but I can accept the final product. I used absolutely no primer spray, so I did not seal the foam core with white glue... I simply painted over the raw foam and hot glue, which gave a natural porousness and weathered look due to the foam pores.
Phase 2: "Dark Grey" (more of a medium, really) heavily "moist-brushed" onto tops of "stone blocks" only imgur.com/odv0u5p
Phase 3 (final): "Grey" heavily "moist-brushed" onto tops of "blocks" only imgur.com/PODMdJR
I like how the three colors not only produce a more natural shadow in the indents, but create a variegated effect which resembles the variations of coloration in natural stone... Although when I make more sections, I think I'll use the afore-mentioned card stock around the edges instead of trying to smooth out a tidy hot glue surface.
They look great so far! Are you going to add a few highlights to them, or leave them as is? I think a minimal amount of highlight along the top edge and maybe a few of the tops of individual bricks would add quite a lot to them. Be sparing with the highlight of course.
Might want to try it on one first, just to make sure you'll like the final look, but that's just my opinion.
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT