By Scarab

Tutorial Date 6/4/06

The tired traveler always needs a place to stay between cities. Why pitch a tent when you can grab your supplies at Joe’s, repair the chink in the armor at Too Many Rivets and then get in a few chance games, darts and the finest ale in the land at the Double Deuce. You know your safe because of the local enforcer with the mullet watching over the place. Then you can top it off with a good nights sleep upstairs.

Well this idea was hatched while I was reading and learning about the IK world with my friend Ra. The thought of a Roadhouse sounded cool because you can build so many other things to compliment it. Well Ra knew quit a bit about the subject so the idea was born. The idea of putting it on the Privateer Press forum was to get input and get to know some of the fellow terrain junkies. There was a large amount of input that was received and I got to know some people along the way. Thanks to all those who added to this project.

Techniques Used:
Doors, Hanging Signs, Painting, Shingles, Stonework, Windows


Foam Core

White Glue

Balsa Wood

Styrene sheets

Styrene tubes


Paint Brush

Clear Plastic

Joint Compound

Carving tools

Craft Knife

Static Grass

Sifted Sand

Toilet Paper



The first thing we needed to do was build the structure which was constructed out of foam core and attached to quarter inch Masonite.

It needed to be in three pieces so work could be done on the inside if needed. It was decided to not build any inside rooms because it cannot truly be done to scale. Whenever I have made rooms for a building it has always been with a separate piece so you can have it to scale and sometimes a little bit bigger to accommodate stands.

The smoke stacks needed to be put in place before anything else could be done. Think of it like a real house, you do the structural work first before the finish work. The windows were done by creating a stenciling process with styrene glued to foam core. I wanted to see if this process would work because I know there are other processes you can use. The glass was then glued in place between small strips of balsa wood.

The woodwork was next in the process. Cutting the shingles and applying them was probably the longest step in the process. This was all done using balsa wood. Lines were made on the roof so there were reference marks to keep the shingles in a relative uniform look. The doors were made from solid pieces of balsa and then scoring lines in them to simulate wood planks. The hinges are made from styrene. The rivets are made from melting spare sprus and stretching them. The rivets were then glued on and cut after drying.

Before I began painting I applied joint compound to the bottom level so it had time to dry so the stonework could be carved into it. I wanted a warm feel to the Roadhouse so it was painted in browns. The shingles have a dark brown coat with a dry brush of tan and then lightly dry brushed with a light gray. The ‘mold’ look was done by dry brushing green in selective places and then gluing ground turf to the selected areas.

It was decided to carve to stone instead of using prefabricated molds. This allowed a more random look to the structure. Lighter painted rocks were the final choice and some of the same colors were used in the rocks that were used in the wood to tie the two together. Kanuck on the forum gave a lot of specific input along the way that had a lot of influence especially with the rockwork.

Now it was time to do the groundwork. The wagon tracks were suggested to me by Pancreasboy on the Privateer Press forum. It was done by using toilet paper and white glue. After the glue and toilet paper were applied a piece of thick styrene was used to make the tracks while it was still wet. After it was dried and painted the mud effect was done by using Envirotex.

The signage was made by ‘Nobody’ and the names came from some individuals on the forum; I-am-Robot came up with ‘Joe’s’, Bedrock Bully came up with the ‘Double Deuce’ and Wewantthefunk came up with ‘Too many rivets’.

This will be a piece that I will add to from time to time after this. If you have specific question please ask, I would be more than happy to help. This is a brief tutorial because several points were covered on the forum. Thanks again for all those who made suggestion, complimented the work and gave encouragement along the way.

John ‘Scarab’…