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Posted by Nofby, on 2008-06-07 15:55:27


I have finished painting the buildings for my Victorian street set. ( Well only part of a street) and they need doors, window frames, glass/resin panels and other decor. But I've completed the basic part. Heres a few pics...... I am planning on making cobblestones for the road area. I was thinking of giving it a dark grey wash of paint, then adding cobblestones over that. Has anyone got any ideas of how I could go about this? I had a few things in mind...... 1. Carve stryrofoam with hot wire tools- I don't have the budget at the minute to buy any ( If I would, it would be at Marc's shop), and I think they are american shipped only. 2. Cut out little rectangles of medium corrugated card, stick them on and apply plaster over. 3. Individsual clay stones. If anyone has any advice or suggestions, it would be highly appreciated as the cobblestones will really add to the look of the set.

Posted by Woolly Monster, on 2008-06-07 17:36:51

Styrofoam and a hot wire would be very fiddly for individual cobbles, and it would be tricky to do it large pieces because of the nature of a basic hot wire tool (unless you buy one with all the fancy attachments). Baked polymer clay shaped into individal tiles glued to your set floor would work well. You could use scrap pieces of clay in any colour to save money, because you can paint them afterwards to make them look like stone (as opposed to just using grey polymer clay, which would look flat coloured and like clay). Cardboard is a good plan too, although I'd suggest something more solid than corrugated board, like mount board or cheap grey board. For a really cheap soultion you could also make paper-mache 'clay' by soaking shredded old newspapers in watered down PVA glue for a few hours, stirring occasionally. Squeeze out some of the liquid and spread a layer of it over your set floor, then draw cobbles into it with a pointy object. When it's dry, paint it with a layer of PVA glue to strengthen and seal it before you paint it.

Posted by bobharling1, on 2008-07-17 16:30:48

pretty sure i saw some links to a site in the handbook here, for making molds for cobblestone

Posted by Nofby, on 2008-06-08 10:41:49

Thanks Ceri! Some great possibilities. It may be very expensive to use poylmer clay. I'll have to see.

Posted by catizone, on 2008-06-08 10:56:00

At the scale you are working, the high to slighter lower sides ratio, would be very small. Might be easiest to sculpt a small section in clay and make a rubber mold. Then cast plaster and put the various casts together, turning them as desired to break any perfect uniformity. Wait...better idea. Make about three slightly different "stones" in SuperSculpey...with a handle as part of it. Bake. Then roll out a small sheet of clay, and use the cobblestone stamps to press your pattern in. Pour in a thin layer of mask rubber latex. Strip and repeat, and then put together. Perhaps better would be to roll out a sheet of SuperSculpey from the remainder of the box, and press yopur stamp in. THEN, bake that, and you'll be able to dry the latex with a hair dryer with no fear of melting the clay or waiting longer for it to dry. Don't forget to talcum powder the latex before removing it so it doesn't stick to itself. Best, Rick

Posted by Nofby, on 2008-06-08 11:15:50

Thanks Rick! Thats a great idea. I will ponder over all these suggestions and decide which will be best. Thanks both of you.

Posted by CookedFilms, on 2008-07-01 02:44:08

Hey, Incase your still having trouble with your cobblestones. I have attached several pictures of a medieval set that I created, I made the cobblestones simply using cut up its of cardboard and then painted over them. Its very simple and easy to do but still very effective.

Posted by castlegardener, on 2008-07-01 03:25:21

That looks like a great set. Where can we see more photos?

Posted by Nick H, on 2008-07-01 06:05:58

Somehow that set feels like it comes from the same world as Castlegardener's medieval set. I'd like to see a normal sort of horizontal view!

Posted by Nofby, on 2008-07-01 10:02:59

I agree, great one! For the set I've finished already, it dosen't need cobblestones, just damn window frames and doors! x( The set I'm working on now is a bar set, which I have given myself 1-2 months to complete and the next is a back-alley/street corner set which will need cobblestones. So I will take your advice too and eventually decide which will be most suitable. It does sound very appealing, so thanks for the notice!

Posted by Nofby, on 2008-07-01 10:09:17

Just thought I would update with the new pictures of the finished set, from the rather crappy photos I took before...:P Like I said, the windows, window frames and other decor has been put on the back-burner until I have the time.

Posted by CookedFilms, on 2008-07-01 23:49:44

Hey, Your Set Is looking really great Nofby. Looking forward to seeing it fully complete. Thankyou for the interest in my medieval set, Im in the process of getting my wesite published onto the net, which has alot of my photos and videos on it. Il let you know the URL when its ready. But in the meantime I have attached some more photos showing the entire set. In the last two are photos I have already added backgrounds as it will appear in the movie. Thanks

Posted by I_make_cartoons, on 2008-07-04 11:39:07

the bbq skewer fence is a cool idea :D -marc ---- does it count as work if you enjoy it?

Posted by hemble, on 2008-07-16 00:56:37

I don't know if you still looking for idea's on the cobblestone but I do cobble stone in 1/6 (12") scales and this is what I do. Sorry no pics 1: Get some foamcore peel the cardboard of one side then start cutting out shapes either with a model knife or scissors. 2: When you have what you need glue them to the area you want as the road and start gluing them down, placing 2-4mm gap and let them dry over night. 3: Get some plaster of paris and mix a solution so it's like pancake mix and then get a good size brush and dab it into the plaster then start brushing over the foamcore. This will make the plaster fall into any nooks and crannies and give the feel of the "stones" being compressed into teh siol over time. 4: Once all the plaster has dried I spary the whole area with Matt black ant type will do and then spray Tamiya's Dark brown over that once the balck has dried. Then Dry brush using Dark Grey again any type will do then let dry then dry brush very lightly using a Light Grey. Now let this dry for 24hrs then give the whole lot a wash of a 70/30 mix of Dark brown(70) and matt white(30)and let dry and there you go nicely done cobble stone. You can also add sprinkles of static grass to simulate natural grass growth. hope this helps you out. Ron