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The Bar: Part 2

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

The bar, now done, WITH DETAILS!
The bar has been a perfect scenario piece and is now complete. I ended up trying some techniques that I’ve not done before.  I was pleasantly surprised with the results as you’ll see further down.  This article could also be called “Craft Sticks”, as I used many of them to make the windows and porch step details.

Floor installed and some details started on the outside windows

inside window details and door details

Another shot of the detail work for the windows

Finished paint job

Paint job on the inside

Painted Floor with the wash on it

One of the big differences on this piece revolve around the flock, I strayed from my normal woodland scenics route and and used sand.  Sand as in I bought a 20 pound bag of it for $3 and use that instead.  Now, some drawbacks of this are related to using sand, but I think the effect outweighs the drawbacks.


  • Cheap
  • Painted to suite need
  • Comes in large quantities


  • Weight
  • Has to be painted

The process is much the same as flocking, glue + sand on the areas you want.  The catch is, that I used 4 different shades of brown starting at a dark chocolate brown and moving up to a tan color at the end.  I used less and less each time I applied a color to get the effect below.

Sand + Paint = nice looking flock IMO

Added grass over the flock

Small deck plus flock detail

So far the bar has offered a great place to use for bar scenarios.  In the future I hope to get my hands on a set of furniture to use inside, when I do, I’ll be sure to post about it here.  Also, the more and more I do pieces with bases, I realize that foamcore needs to go for bases, at some point I’m going to make the jump to MDF/HDF boards for bases just for the sake of durability.  More to come on this.

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Ship Board: Part 2

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

In our last Ship Board: Part 1 article we left off having made significant progress in building two scale ships for our “Ship Board”.  This article will start off where the last one left off and it will take you another large portion of the way through this process.  It has honestly turned out to be a huge undertaking and I don’t think we knew what we were in for.

Large Steps where added to get up to the top of the captains quarters

We opted for large block steps that are functional in terms of miniatures rather than make actual steps that match the scale of the ships.  This is something we strive to do with all of our terrain, make it usable.

Foam Core used to help build a sturdy hull on the ships

In this case we used foam core and slit the inside to give it the right amount of bend so that we could fit it to the front of the ship.  We used two of these pieces to create a proper front end to the ship.  This was an easy way to cover up the somewhat uneven foam surface that we cut.  Plus this will go a long ways towards our final product having a somewhat armored hull.

Applying liquid nails to hold the foam core hull to the ship

Smoothing out the liquid nails to an even coat

Using the slit foam core to help bend to fit the front curve of the ship

Tape to hold the foam core in place, not pictured are the boxes used to help hold them in place while the liquid nails sets up

As you can see in the pictures, this gives the ship a more definite shape and a smooth surface, this is what our goal has been and it looks pretty good thus far.  Something we also didn’t consider was the weight of each ship, it grows every time we work on them.  Liquid nails adds a good amount of weight, and their size is also a factor.

Finished product on the front end

Same process on the back of the ship

This article is best shown with pictures, there isn’t a whole lot of explaining I can do, but it shows our ships essentially in finished built up form.  We are pleased with the results thus far and we have two identical ships up to this point.  In the future articles we some plans to make them each slightly different to make each ship unique.  At some point we’ll need ship names too…..this could be interesting…..

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Fancy Bridges for Sartosa Board

Monday, January 18th, 2010

So, not to be outdone by our Simple Bridges, Paul decided to one up me by making fancy bridges to go along with our Sartosa terrain.  One of the reasons he wanted to do this was because he likes sculpting in pink foam and likes the challenge of creating curves, something that I try to avoid because of it’s difficulty.  We figured it would  add a bit of a different look and function to our Sartosa terrain, in that it would provide a means for cover and also not be a simple wooden bridge.  This whole project was made with pink polystyrene, toothpicks and liquid nails.

Profile of the Bridge

Bridge Platform

All 3 parts of the bridge together with stones being drawn on them

Assembly was straight forward using toothpicks in the sides to hold the platform level while the liquid nails were used for the adhesion.  The tricky parts are after there.  It started with the drawing process with a ball-point pen to sketch in some masonry lines.  This can be seen in the pictures above and below.  There was no rhyme or reason to it, he just sketched them on there, you can be creative in this area, you could make it look like small bricks or larger field stone type like ours or whatever works for you.

Base coat + drybrushing completed

Detail painting complete

Painting was pretty simple, we started with a black base coat, a dark grey dry brush, a lighter grey dry brush and then the fun part.  As you can see in the last photo some of the stones are colored to represent wear and tear and some of the different stones that might have been used and I think moss/mold/etc.  Either way, the effect he got turned out pretty neat and really….we don’t have color in most of the terrain we make, just look back at a few articles and you’ll see lots of brown and grey….and sometimes green.