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Posted by ben whitehouse, on 2011-01-11 18:45:04

Cool tutorial on making buildings out of foam board

Found this tutorial earlier. It is pretty cool. It is intended for miniature work but I don't see any reason why it cant be scaled up, either way I'm sure somebody will find this of some use. ______________________________________ ______________________________________

Posted by Strider, on 2011-01-11 20:38:47

Wow... that is INSANE!!! I wasn't sure what this was going to look like, but I certainly wasn't expecting THAT!!! :o :o :o

Posted by Nick H, on 2011-01-11 21:27:20

Amazing to get those results at such a small scale. My "small" scale mini-sets are 1:24, which is 3 times the size... He mentions using something called Featherboard, which is paper covered urethane foam, that he uses to press in brick patterns. It's clear from what he says about paints and solvents that it is urethane too, and not polystyrene, but i searched and could find nothing. All the foamboard I could find is styrene foam inside. Styrene foam behaves differently when texturing it, so urethane foam would be better. Nice trick, using the old brush ferules - I use bits of tube to press in scale patterns, but never thought of using the brushes. One building is kind of weird - it has a orangish brick pattern on it, then that surface is partly peeled away like plaster falling off, to reveal a different kind of red brick underneath. I didn't quite get that one.

Posted by Strider, on 2011-01-11 21:57:31

That might have been a 'patched' brick wall. I see those around here in the really old part of town (Belleville grew up around a brickworks, so the oldest parts of town are made entirely of very ancient brick). Sometimes sections of wall were damaged and then repaired decades after being built, with an entirely different kind of brick. Though if it's a very irregular patch, like a broken area, that would be weird... usually it would be in a rectangular shape or filling in an old window or door frame. I was also thinking about urethane foam.. I made a brick wall once from builder's foamboard from the hardware store, by peeling off the facing, but it had a tendency to want to spring back to flat if I just pressed into it... I had to actually cut away what I wanted to be recessed. think you'd have to use something like Balsa Foam in thin sheets to get that kind of effect. I'd probably want something thicker than the very thin foamboard he uses.

Posted by Nick H, on 2011-01-12 01:07:48 This is the one.

Posted by Strider, on 2011-01-12 01:35:22

Yeah, he was definitely going for a patch, but no bricklayer would ever do that. Unless it was some crazy drunk bricklayer who just wanted to hurry up and get the job done. And strangely, the patching brick looks older and crumblier than the original brick@!!!

Posted by Nick H, on 2011-01-12 03:30:49

Apart from that, it looks like some really nice setmaking. Mike - check your email, I have a question for you.

Posted by I_make_cartoons, on 2011-01-12 06:59:46

Hah, I thought the photos at the start of the tutorial were reference photos before I started reading, wow :o

Posted by Dean, on 2011-01-12 08:01:41

Great find, Ben! I'm looking to make an old stone wall with an inset old wooden door for a college project I've just started this week. The brief I have to work from is a passage from the book 'Steppenwolf', by Herman Hesse, if anybody has read it. This tutorial will be very helpful.