Methada Pt. 1
June 17, 2007
Along its Eastern border the Protectorate of Menoth as constructed a series of fortifications to protect the righteous from the denizens of the Bloodstone Marches. Methada is one of those fortifications.
This is a pretty big project but it is like eating an elephant—It can be done if you take it one bite at a time.
1/4" Masonite (as big as you want the base to be)
1/4" x 1/16" Bass wood strips
Thick card stock
Hot glue gun
Step 1: The Base
Cut your base to the size and shape you want and bevel the edge. I used 1/4" Masonite. It will need to be approximately 2’ x 4’.
Step 2: Controlled Chaos
I could see a project of this size getting out of control in a big hurry if I didn’t stay organized so after I made up the blueprints I cut and bagged each building. These are some of the bags.
Step 3: Dry Fit
OK, in theory this should work. In reality it could turn into a giant pile of garbage. So, to keep myself from wasting a ton of time only to find out it wouldn’t work I taped all of the parts together and put them in their places. I was relieved to learn that everything fit.
Step 4: The Tower (Building A)
Now that we know everything will work let me bring you up to speed on how I got to this point. Use the following diagram to cut Building A out of foamcore.
Step 5: The Gate (Building B)
Use the following diagram to cut Building B out of foamcore.
Step 6: Building C
Oh sure, like all of the buildings are supposed to have a name. Use the following diagram to cut Building C out of foamcore.
Step 7: ABC Assembly
Use a hot glue gun to assemble Building A. Remember that you have two pairs of sides. The wider pair should overlap the edges of the narrow pair for form a square top and bottom. Refer to photo below if necessary.
Assemble Building B by attaching the Walkway, the End of Walkway Support, the Doorway Base, the Doorway Walls and the Arch Panels to the Gate Front. Now glue the Gate Back into place. Glue the entire structure to the side of Building A. Refer to photo below if necessary.
Assemble Building C by attaching the Door Wall to the two Side Walls. Note that the Side Walls have an angled edge that fits against the angled edge of Building A. Attach Building C to Building A. Refer to photo below if necessary.
Fill all of the gaps and edges with wallboard plaster. Make sure you cover all exposed foam so that it won’t melt later when you spray it. Take special care to apply a thick coat of putty to the curved top of the gate to fill all of the gaps. I used a small hobby spatula to apply putty in the small windows. Sand the assembly when the putty is dry. I used a needle file to get inside the windows and doors. I got a little ahead of myself by doing the door. We’ll get back to it in the second part of this tutorial (looks pretty good though doesn’t it?).
Step 8: Mess and Assembly Building (Building D)
Use the following diagram to cut Building D out of foamcore.
Step 9: Section E, F and G
Use the following diagram to cut Building E out of foamcore.
Use the following diagram to cut Building F out of foamcore.
Use the following diagram to cut Building G out of foamcore.
Step 10: Service Elevator (Building H)
Use the following diagram to cut Building H out of foamcore.
Step 11: Assemble the Stairs
This step could be the most miserable part of this project if you let it. My advice to anyone making this staircase would be to cut the stair supports using the diagram below and attaching them to their assigned buildings. Then I would complete Step 12 and then make the steps by measuring and attaching each riser (the vertical boards) individually, then I would do the same with the pads (the horizontal boards). For those you who don’t want to go that way I have also included the dimensions for the risers and pads. Either way you chose you should attach all of the risers first and then all of the pads. I made the risers and pads out of heavy card (illustration board) because it was easier to make precise cuts.
Step 12: Assemble D, E, F, G, H and Stairway
Use a hot glue gun to assemble Building D. Start with the Main building, then assemble the Small and Angled additions as shown in the photo below.
Assemble Building E.
Assemble Building F by attaching to Building E. Refer to photo below if necessary.
Assemble Building G by attaching to Buildings E and D. Refer to photo below if necessary.
Assemble Building H.
Attach Stair Supports to Buildings D and H.
Attach the risers and pads to make your stairs as shown in the photo below.
Fill all of the gaps and edges with wallboard plaster as instructed at the bottom of Step 7.
Step 13: The Small Courtyard
Attach Building H to Building B and Building C to F.
When all of the buildings, to this point, have been joined you will have a small ring of structures. The next thing to do is create the floor of the Small Courtyard. The easiest way to do that would be to place the superstructure on a large piece of foamcore and trace the inner dimension and cut it out (be sure to leave a little extra 1/8" material to allow for where the floor butts up against the slope of Building A. For those of you who need a hard and fast blueprint refer to the graphic below.
With everything cut, assembled, puttied and sanded it should look like the photos below.
Afterthoughts: You can get an idea of the scale of this fortress by the figures in some of the pictures. The stairs should prove to be the biggest challenge. Also don’t forget the little adjustment you will need to make where the courtyard floor butts up against Building A. Other than that this project is pretty straight forward and if nothing else will give you ideas to help with your projects. In Part 2 we will tackle the large upper courtyard.