Methada Pt. 2
July 1, 2007
Along its Eastern border the Protectorate of Menoth has 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 14: The Warrens under the Small Courtyard
The area below the small courtyard can be handled in any number of ways. The easy way would be to forego the area under the courtyard and make it a permanent fixture by gluing it into place. The height and level of the floor can be maintained by cutting a number of 1-9/16" squares and attaching them to sides of buildings A, B, C, E, F, G and H like was done to support the stairs. Then glue the floor to the tops of these supports.
Another way is to create small rooms beneath the small courtyard using 1/4" Foamcore. I chose the harder way—then again, I am stupid. You can configure the rooms anyway you want or you can do what I did and use the diagram below.
Step 15: The Guard Building (Building I)
Use the following diagram to cut Building I out of foamcore.
Step 16: Officer Quarters (Buidling J)
Well you didn’t expect them to billet with the rank-and-file did you? Use the following diagram to cut Building J out of foamcore.
Step 17: IJ Assembly
Use a hot glue gun to assemble Building I. This is an odd-shaped building. When it is assembled, a bird’s eye view of it will show that the side walls overlap the back wall and that they are right angles to one another. You will also see that the right-hand wall is the widest of all the walls and is the cause of the building’s odd shape. The front wall overlaps the side walls.
Assemble Building J. When assembled the configuration of the walls should form a square. Be sure that the front wall is facing the front of the fort and that the right wall is on the right when looking at the building from the front, etc. Attach Building J to Building I. 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. 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.
Attach the IJ structure to Building B as shown in the photo below.
Step 18: The Barracks (Building K)
Use the following diagram to cut Building K out of foamcore.
Step 19: The Western Ramparts (Building L)
Use the following diagram to cut Building L out of foamcore.
Step 20: KL Assembly
Use a hot glue gun to assemble Building K. This one is pretty straight forward, just remember that the sloped roof runs toward the back of the fort and the doors go on the inside (we forgot that on the last fort and the skorne took that one over pretty easily). Refer to photo below if necessary.
Assemble Building L by connecting Buildings D and K with the inside wall. Next, attach the left portion of the outside wall to Building K and the right portion to Building D. Connect the two outside portions with the center section. Refer to photo below if necessary.
Fill all of the gaps and edges with wallboard plaster. Sand the assembly when the putty is dry.
[Insert KL Puttied photo here] [Insert KL Attach photo here]
Step 21: The Eastern Ramparts (Buildings M, N and O)
Use the following diagram to cut Building M out of foamcore.
Use the following diagram to cut Building N out of foamcore.
Use the following diagram to cut Building O out of foamcore.
Step 22: Assemble M, N and O
Use a hot glue gun to assemble Building M. The inside and outside walls cover both side walls. Refer to the photo below if necessary.
Assemble Building N by attaching to Building M to Building K. Refer to photo below if necessary.
Assemble Building O by attaching to Building M to Building J. Refer to photo below if necessary.
Fill all of the gaps with wallboard plaster and sand when dry.
Step 23: The Large Courtyard
The easiest way to find the dimensions of the large courtyard is to place the superstructure on a large piece of foamcore and trace the inner dimension and cut it out.
With everything cut, assembled, puttied and sanded it should look like the photos below.
Step 24: The Caverns Under the Large Courtyard
As with Step 14, when all of the buildings, to this point, have been joined you will have a tall ring of structures. The next thing to do is create the understructure to support the floor of the Large Courtyard. As with Step 14, the level of the floor can be maintained by cutting 1" x 5-3/4" pieces of foamcore and attaching them to sides of buildings D, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, and O like was done to support the stairs. Then glue the floor to the tops of these supports.
Another way is to create the caverns beneath the large courtyard using 1/4" Foamcore. I chose the harder way—that’s right, I am still stupid. You can configure the caverns anyway you want or you can do what I did and use the diagram below.
Afterthoughts: I am really happy I chose an asymmetrical design for this project. I wanted the fort to look like it had been built out of the natural rock (you’ll understand better in the next and last part of this tutorial. We will wrap this tutorial up in Part 3.