Some words about this thread.
I translated a thread started in an Italian forum (Triplo zero - Triple zero) by a totally crazy guy (you will understand why reading and seeing THIS thread - he's one of the best painter-builder I've ever seen).
Because of my job, my under construction REAL house and my just built new daughter, and, last but not least, my not-so-good English, you'll find errors (ok, a lot of errors...
) inside my post.
Please, send me a PM to correct it.
If some part it's not so clear, please send me a PM again.
Now let's go!! Medieval Village – 1st Part
This guide is thougth to show some fundamental techniques about construction of scenic elements, simply using polystyrene. You’ll find some hips & tips about how to work with this material, and a step by step guide for scenarios.
Every project needs an idea or inspiration to start. Surfing through the web, I found some months ago this awesome website of a German artist: http://www.fantasy-gelaende-modelle.de
Searching between his works I found, in the fantasy section, an awesome and beautiful village, and I decided to construct it with some differences, adding of course this guide.
Because of my “professional deviance”, I decomposed the principal structure in smaller blocks, to be built one after the other. So this project is divided in different posts, and everyone of them will show one block, one step by another.
Don’t worry, every section can be developed with very small variations as an autonomous scenic element.
Usually, when I build a scenic element, I start with a short-cut model to bear clearly in mind the dimensions of the piece. Because I am not able with free-hand, I use to create a CAD version. From some months ago I’m working with the very light, transportable and free SketchUp (GoogleTM).
In a while I have created a first version to well understand volumes of the pieces to build up.
This first post shows the entrance tower. Compared to the German website model, I have decided to reproduce a tower that seems like a building I know very well, the Floriańska tower in Cracovia.
The guides will be useful only to build the necessary pieces. You’ll think about painting when the model is completely finished.First part – the Tower
- Polystyrene: thickness 2 cm (note of the translator; 1 inch = 2,54 cm, so we’re talking about 0,8 inches)
- Polystyrene: thickness 4 cm = 1,6 inches
- Cornflakes cardboard (or similar)
- Vynil glue or hot glue
- Polifilla or putty (optional) (note of the translator: Polifilla is a commercial brand of cellulose powder filler/putty)
- A stone (optional)
- Balsa wood: thickness 4 mm (0,16 inches)
- Plasticard: thickness 1 mm (0,04 inches) (note of the translator: Plasticard is a commercial brand for polystyrene thin sheets http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plasticard
- A hard plastic tube, with a 2 cm (0,8 inches) or more diameter
- A pen
The very first thing to do is to create the tower central body, with the underpass. When you’re working with polystyrene, to achieve a more realistic aspect you have to camouflage junctions between polystyrene plates. To obtain that, usually I create buildings with “slices” one over the other.
Junction between two plates will be, once the piece is texturized, the dividing line between two lines of bricks and, lead on the eyes (note of the translator: I’m not able to find a better translation, but I don’t like it), it disappear.