Rocks & Rivets Pt1
by John "Scarab" Salmond

The logs snapped under the tremendous stress of tons of metal. Crashing to the ground, the lumbering hulk braced for impact. Blue streaks bolted from the thick undergrowth that hungered for the destruction of the metallic intruder. This was not the first time for the attackers, they were seasoned warriors in the trapping and dismantling of these beasts. This was the first time they had to defend their home, which made for a more vicious onslaught. The Colossus slammed his hammer to the ground attempting to smash the advancing horde.

I a not a writer by any means. Just thought it might be fun to give you an idea of what we were trying to do here.

Well, this all started back in the first part of 2006 when I fist saw the drawing of the Trollkin Village when I was introduced to the Iron Kingdom world. I wanted to make one of those villages. I was stumped on how I was going to make the walls that I wanted so I did other projects first. I continued to struggled with the walls for some time until Nobody and I decided to do a project together back in August. I am keeping this simple. I have used other techniques with some twit on them from other tutorials. I am going to focus on how I did the walls and the towers.

Materials Needed:
Joint compound
Wood carving tools
Balsa wood
Oatmeal containers
Plaster of Paris
Styrene tubes
Sheet styrene
Plastic wrap
1" x 2" wood strips

Step 1: The Base
Prepare the masonite base by beveling the edges. Once this wa done I drew the layout that I wanted on the base. I glued the oatmeal containers in place where I decided they needed to go. Once the towers were dry and in place I applied a layer of joint compound on the tower similar to what I did on the tower in my Port Aerie tutorial. After the first layer dried I applied more layers at about a quarter of an inch thick until i had about three quarters of an inch of joint compound. NOTE: I would like to mention this up front. Every time I applied joint compound to anything or made something I sanded it so it was smooth before I moved on or applied any more compound.

Part 2: The Walls
I measured how much wall I needed so before construction of the wall. I made a mold out of wood wrapped in plastic wrap so the joint compound wouldn't stick to it. I laid some plastic wrap on the table before placing the wood for the mold. I then added the joint compound in the mold about a half of an inch thick. After it was dry I removed it from the mold and applied ore mud on one side at a time. I kept flipping the slab of joint compound over and applied to each side. I also sanded the piece randomly to achieve a flat surface. In the picture it shows a similar mold that I created that was used for the walkways and the front slants on the main wall. (2A)

Part 3: The Towers
I used a hacksaw to cut the walls to the desired length. Once they were cut I put them in place by gluing them to the towers and the base by using joint compound.

Part 4: The Wall Bases
After the walls and towers were in place I made cast for the front of the walls. I wanted them slanted based off of a Knight Templar Castle I saw on the History Channel. I used a hacksaw again to cut these up. In the picture you see the construction of the base and how I used joint compound to glue them in place.

Part 5: The Stones
I made sure everything was sanded after the structure was assembled. I then carved the walls and towers with a flat woodcarving tool. This was done to give the feel that the stone were carved and shaped by the Trolls before being placed. (5A & 5B)

Part 6: The Walkway
With the raw walkway pieces I cut supports for my walkways that would be on the interior of the village. I then cut and glued the walkways in place with whiteglue and carved them like the rest of the village. (6A & 6B)

Part 7: The Roof and Groundwork
After the walls and towers were complete I worked on the roof and the groundwork. The roofs were construct of cardboard cones. On top of the cardboard cones layers of twigs were applied to resemble a thatched roof. Rocks were then applied to the ground in front of the structure. I did not do that in the village. I wanted to give a feeling of the interior being taken care of and lived in. (7A, 7B & 7C)

Part 8: The Painting the Structure
In preparation for painting the structure I made two paint mixtures of 50/50 paint and water. One was a medium/dark gray and a dark green. I applied the gray in random fashion on the structure and occasionally would dip my brush in the green and apply the green and then blend the paint boarders If this is the first time doing this I would recommend you practice on a scrap piece. After painting the main color I went back and dry brushed a light gray over the entire piece. (8A)

Part 9: The Vines
I used several techniques from other tutorials in doing the landscaping. the vines are from the Bunker tutorial using the eggshells for the vines. These vines are a variation of the method by adding the visible branches. (9A)

Part 10: The Trees
The trees are a variation from the Floating Earth WIP posting that was posted on the Privateer Press forum in June of 2006. You will be able to see this method in the upcoming Floating Earth tutorial that will be on the Terrainthralls site in January 2007. Sorry, but I wanted to save this method for that tutorial because it is the main focus of that piece. The groundwork is also from that piece. (10A & 10B)

Part 11: The Door
The door was constructed using the method mentioned in the Roadhouse tutorial with a twist. I made the front emblem from green stuff and punched the rivet out using the method of the Water Tower tutorial. (11A & 11B)

Over all of this piece was created using methods from other tutorials that myself or another Terrainthralls have created. That is one of the reasons some of my explanations are simply in nature. I wanted to show what you can do by using previous methods from other tutorials with a twist. Here is a list of previous tutorials that I used their techniques to make this piece:
Towers—Port Aerie
Carving structure—Port Aerie
Structure painting—Bunker
Constructing of Parts of the Structure—Bunker
Trees/Bark—Floating Earth & Khador Wilderness Fort
Dirt—Bunker & Floating Earth
Grass—Floating Earth
Wood Barricades—Khador Wilderness Fort
Rivets—Water Tower

Thanks to Jon Paul "Klepto" Klepacz for letting me use his Trollkin for some of the shots.

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