by John "Scarab" Salmond

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 you're safe because of the local enforcer with the mullet watching over the place. Then you can top it off with a good night's 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 complement it. Well, Ra knew quite a bit about the subject so the idea was born. The idea of putting it on the Privateer Press forum as a work-in-progress project 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.

Materials Needed:
White glue
Balsa wood
Styrene sheets
Styrene tubes
Clear plastic
Joint compound
Static knife
Sifted Sand
Toilet paper

Part 1: The Structure
The first thing we needed to do was build the structure which was constructed out of foamcore and attached to quarter in masonite (1A).

It needed to be in three pieces so work could be done on the inside if needed. I decided to not build any inside rooms because it cannot truly be done to scale (1B). Whenever I have made rooms for 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.

Part 2: The Details
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 (2A). 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 (2B). Cutting the singles 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 (2C). The doors were made from solid pieces of balsa and then scoring lines in them to simulate wood planks (2D). The hinges are made from styrene. The rivets are made from melting spare sprues and stretching them. The rivets wee then glued on and cut after drying (2F).

Part 3: The Paint
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 to 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 into the selected areas (3A).

I decided to carve the 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 (3B). Kanuck on the forums gave a lot of specific input along the way that had a lot of influence especially with the rock work (3C).

Part 4: The Earthworks
Now it was time to do the ground work. The wagon tracks were suggested to be by Pancreasboy on the Privateer Press forums (4A).

Part 5: The Final Details
The signage was made by Nobody and the names come from some individuals on the forums: I-am-Robot cam up with 'Joe's', Bedrock Bully came up with the 'Double Deuce and Wewantthefunk came up with 'Too Many Rivets' (5A, 5B, & 5C).

This will be a piece that I will add to from time to time in the future. If you have specific questions please ask, I am more than happy to help. This is a brief tutorial because several points were covered on the forums. Thanks for all those who made suggestions, complimented the work and gave encouragement along the way.