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TableTop Terrain Buildings

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Here i am going to teach you how to make cheap and easy to make miniature tabletop terrain buildings
 
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Step 2: Building

Grab some polystyrene and cut it up to roughly what shape you want.
If your building is a ruin, break off some of the styrene for a damaged look.
If you going for an undamaged structure make the edges and cuts clean and straight.

Look at reference images of real / fictional buildings and begin to slice of pieces of styrene to add more details to the structure

Make sure your craft knife / Scalpel is sharp to make cutting easier and to prevent the little balls of styrene from breaking apart while cutting.

Once you are happy with your pieces, glue them to the MDF base / Foam board base.

Step 3: Painting

For the first coat of paint apply a black paint over the entire structure.DO NOT LEAVE A SINGLE WHITE SPOT UNCOVERED
After the black paint is dried.Use a dark grey paint and dry brush it onto the building until the building is mostly grey,with the cracks and grooves showing black.

Dry brushing- touch a small amount of paint on the brush and wipe off the excess on another surface until the brush is nearly dry,now brush this small amount of  paint left on the building.

Allow the grey coat to dry.

Now dry brush a small amount of light grey onto the corners or edges,this is to make the highlights pop up the stone edges,giving a more 3D look.

Allow to dry Again.

Above are image examples of the 3 stages of painting. Base Coat, Dry Brushing and High Lights.
technokaur4 months ago
I cant thank you enough i wouldve been happy with the grass making trick, i dont know if thats somethin model makers just know but its so effective!
sharkdanger (author)  technokaur4 months ago

your welcome :)

I actually learn the grass trick from youtube. but the original recipe needed 1 tube of green paint.I didn't have any green paint.So i used food dye,which was so much more stronger :D

i would suggest ground foam rubber for ground cover. Model railroads have used it for years ( after walking away from saw dust) Any good hobby shop will have it.
sharkdanger (author)  PolarExpressSteamer4 months ago

Yes, the foam rubber thing does give a better texture. but cost wise, i guess saw dust would be free (that is if you already have some at home from sawing). :P

Looks fantastic! Now I know how to make my Bonsai tree look like it's growing out of some ruins... :)

sharkdanger (author)  jjdebenedictis4 months ago

Glad i can help.

Mind sharing some pics of it when your done? would love to see how it turns out :D

Dwargh4 months ago

Thats's fanTAStic!

I want to make similiar structures in the future!

What I still don't get right is, how you apply the base coat, dry brush and high-lightings. What is the difference between applying the base coat and "dry" brush - is it only the color? Or is it another technique you were using?

Thanks in advance for your help :)

keep it up!

sharkdanger (author)  Dwargh4 months ago

The base coat is just normal painting,make sure you cover all the styrene in black (This is to give the illusion of depth after its complete).

The Dry brushing is were you wipe off most of the paint from the brush and roughly apply it on the base coat (This is to give the stone its main colour-grey).

High lights are applied on edges where the light will hit it (It is applied very gently and very lightly using the "dry brush" technique ).

Hope this helps. you can also look up dry brushing on youtube :)

Now that's what I call a lucid explanation! ^^

Thanks! That helped me a lot! :)

akri4 months ago

superb work (y)

Wow... that is one great use of foam and POP. Thank you so much for sharing.

patsheldon4 months ago

this looks so easy to make. I'm sure I could pull it off. THANKS for the share!

patron_zero4 months ago

Very nice models !

Mielameri4 months ago
I'm blown away by how great this looks! Nice ible!