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I have been looking for scenery on a couple of places and found some really good scenery for fairly low prices.
However, the scenery is made out of Polystyrene, which I haven't had much experience with.
A friend of mine tells me that GW paints dissolve polystyrene. Is this true? If so, is their a suitable alternative to GW paints.
Also, is it a good material for scenery or does it get damaged too easily (pros and cons)?
GW spray paint, or to be specific any spray paint, as well as plastic and super glue dissolve Polystyrene. Acrylic pot paints don't though. Polystyrene's main problems are its texture if you are using expanded Polystyrene (ie all the little balls) and its lack of durability. Post up some pics so we can see what you got.
Easy to cut when you have the right tools (ie hot wire, or very sharp knife)
Can be sprayed using pot paint and an air compressor
Melts when it comes into contact with a solvent (ie spray paint, many glues)
Texture and crumblyness of expanded (white) Polystyrene
Hard to cut with the wrong tools
In my experience it is best used in combination with other resources. For example a polystyrene hill will get tatty and break, but a Polystyrene hill on a hardboard base wil last a lot longer, even if the base is no larger than the bottom of the hill. A layerr of diy filler over the top of your polystrene can hide the give away texture and provide some strength, but also negates a lot of the advantages of Polystyrene in the first place.
Some people actually like the effect you get when solvent comes into contact with polystyrene, it looks like acid has erroeded your scenery, but make sure you are in a really well ventelated place if you try it!
Non expanded Polystyrene (ie the blue and pink stuff) negates a lot of the problems associated with the white stuff, but while it easy to find in the US is much harder to find in the UK.
Have a look at the scenery thread in my sig.
That stuff looks interesting and very good value for money. I can't see the texture from here, but a coat of textured paint (ie paint with sand in) and a dry brush and you'll have some good cheap scenery to be getting on with! Good find. Post up any results you get.
(ps updated post above)
As to type, if you can get it, use the pink high density stuff. GW had an article on thier old website where they made a castle out of the blue high density sheet. I'll see if I can dig it up.
It may be worth going straight to fomecore/foamboard though. With a sharp knife and a metal ruler you can make some simple but effective pievces very easily. Its still quite cheap, stronger and better suited to making walls.
I always found that the pink/blue stuff is expensive. Foam board is good but I couldn't find any online when I looked.
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Are you in the UK? I got mine from Hobbycraft
HobbyCraft A1 White Foamboard - Arts and Crafts Products | HobbyCraft
£6 is not exactly cheap, but out of that one A1 sheet I got three or four buildings. I've posted one here.
Yes I'm in the UK (so's shas). Thanks for the link, I'll probably order some and get going straight away. (well, not quite straight away but I will order some).
Thanks for your help, last question, should I use a piece of hardboard/wood for the base or can I use the foamboard?
You can use foam board to base, but I really, realy, realy would use hardboard or MDF if at all possible. It gives the whole buildings much more strength and makes it last so much longer. Pop down to Homebase and get them to cut a sheet up for you, it's still pretty cheap