Methada Pt. 3

By Nobody

August 12, 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.

MATERIALS:

1/4" Masonite (as big as you want the base to be)

1/4" Foamcore

1/4" x 1/16" Bass wood strips

Bamboo skewers

Thin styrene

Thick card stock

Styrofoam

Paper Mache (Celluclay)

Wallboard plaster

Hot glue gun

White glue

Caulk-type adhesive

Step 25: Attach the Structure to the Base

Now it is time to attach the structure to the base. Klepto gave me a product called Better Than Nails. It comes in a caulking tube and has a stronger adhesive hold. It also takes longer to cure than hot glue takes to cool which would give me the kind of working time I needed.

Step 26: The Internal Levels

This step is very labor intensive. If you don’t want to have rooms in your towers and hallways in your walls you may want to skip this step and go directly to Step 27.

As mentioned before concerning the lower and upper courtyards, you probably want to measure each of the areas and cut each custom piece as you go. When you are finished you should have a lot of pieces like in the photo below.

Each building or hallway may have more than one level (besides ground level). They will be marked as Building D Level 1, Building D Level 2, etc. The floors are separated by wooden supports made of ¼" basswood cut to various lengths (shown in each graphic below) that are glued directly to the level below it.

Step 27: The Walkways

The walkways atop the walls were made using bamboo skewers. First make a small support frame using ¼" x 1/16" bass wood. Then cut lengths of bamboo and attach to frame. Be sure that the bamboo passes about 3/16" over the side of the wall. It is not important that they all be exactly the same length. A rough appearance looks even better. Repeat this for sections E, F, G, L, M, N, and O. If you skipped Step 26 the inner walls will help provide support for your walkways but you will need to make supports along the outer walls. You can use ¼" x ¼" basswood or scraps of foamcore. The photo below show examples of both sides of the walkways.

When the glue has dried cover the walkways with a thin coat of wall mud. Leave some of the bamboo uncovered to give the appearance that some of the mud has worn away over time and exposed the wood below. When the mud has dried, sand the walkway smooth.

Step 28: The Parapets

Buildings A, C, D, I, and J have parapets. The floors of each parapet were made in the same manner as the walkways, i.e., basswood frame, bamboo, and wall mud (don’t forget to sand them). The walls were made of foamcore using the dimensions in the graphics below. When cutting the ¼" spacer in each (as shown in the graphics) to accommodate the floor, don’t cut completely through the foamcore. Just cut deep enough to get through one coated layer and the foam and remove.

Use a glue gun to glue the walls together as well as the floor into the spacer. Use wall mud to putty any gaps and sand when dry.

Step 29: The Rocks

I began to worry about the final weight of this piece and began to look for a light-weight alternative for the rocks and decided to make them out of foam. Cut foam to look like rocks and attach to the outer walls with the same adhesive used to attach the structure to the base.

Fill gaps with Celluclay. When dry give the rocks (as well as any exposed foamcore foam) two coats of white house primer. Use white glue to affix dirt to any surfaces you want to have dirt.

[Insert Rocks 2 photo here]

Step 30: The Two Metal Roofs

The two sloped roofs were made out of sheet styrene. The motorized wench for Building H is kluged together using parts from a popular pump kit. I primed them Black and added a coat of Steel with some spotty rust. For more information on how I paint rust check out my "Tanks for the Memories" tutorial.

Step 31: Painting the Structure

I used three colors of spray paint to paint the structure. I started from the base with Khaki, decreasing the amount of paint as I rose in elevation. For the second color I started from the top with Almond and decreased the amount of paint the closer I got to the base. I applied Sand randomly around the model. Note that the primer applied in Step 29 prevented the spray paint from melting the foam.

Step 32: The Woodwork

I used bass wood to make the doors, trap doors, and floor joists. I added small styrene rivets to the doors. I painted all of the wood Flat Brown and highlighted it with a mix of Ivory and Ochre. The rivets were painted Steel. I then glued everything in place.

Step 33: Finishing Touches

I then highlighted all non-wood portions of the structure with a mixture of white and ivory.

Afterthoughts: If I were to do it again I would not have had all of those rooms and walkways! Being able to "Play inside" is horribly overrated. I was happy with the way spray looked and that it didn’t melt the foam. I also liked how easily everything sanded down after puttying.

I am looking forward to starting my next project. ‘Till then,

Nobody