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I've made a few simple ruined buildings out of simple corragated cardboard, the kind with the wavy patterned centers that most boxes are made out of. This material is cheap or often times free, large quantaties available, and relitivly easy to work with. This can really cut down your costs and time if you want to make a city-fight type board.
You can even use the basic building templates that you find in the BGB or GW's online site, or just make them up as you go along. Cut out squares and rectangles so that you can glue them together, cutting out square doors and windows. Easy enough, right? Lets get a little more intricate.
If you want to have the building to like its made out of large, cinderblck-type bricks, its pretty simple. Draw a brick pattern on the building and use you hobby knife to cut them out. Push a couple of the bricks into the wall, crushing the wavy cardbaord beaneath it to simulate irregularites in the blocks. Try tearing off chips of the corners of the bricks to give further irregularites and minor details.
If you want to make it look like the building is made out of concrete covering metal siding, the concrete being blown/torn/crumbled away, its easy to do with cardboard. Draw irregular shapes in the building where you want the metal to show through. Use your hobby knife to carefully cut just the top layer of cardboard, tearing if off to expose the wavy part. Paint the wavy parts metallic to the flat greys of the walls and youre done.
What about crater and blast marks, eh? Draw a rough circle of where you want your blast mark to appear and use your hobby knife to cut an "X" in the cardboard inside the circle. From the edges, make cuts towards the center of the circle and push them in with your finger. It should roughly look like a blast that radated out from a demolished center. Pain the area with some diluted white glue to keep the crater pieces where they are if you want to, but this is not really nessicary. Maybe sprinke some fine sand into your crater before the glue dries to give the crater more texture, but again, not nessicary.
After I'm done modeling the cardbaord, I use the fleck stone textured paint on the parts that i want to look like granite or stone. Unfortunatly, the fleck stone takes awhile to dry, so I suggest modeling a few buildings at a time and texturing them all at the same time. Alternativly, you also could use white glue and fine or semi-fine sand to texture the surface, which would dry faster but requires a bit more work. After the texture is dry, apply a coat of black spraypaint for an undercoat.
To actually paint the building, I use those huge bottles of acyrllic paints, which are reletivly cheap in the crafts section of Wal-Mart. A light and dark grey work well. Apply them with a large, flat paint brush that you can also find for cheap in the same section. Apply the dark grey paint first, covering most, if not all of the black. Drybrush the lighter grey ontop of the darker grey and you'll have some believable texturing.
It isn't Golden-Demon grade stuff, but it'll be believable enough for you and your buddies to fight in without having to proxy your city terrain.
Hope this helped!
Agreed. Some pictures would be excellant.Originally Posted by urbanknight
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i did something like you said here
a couple of days ago with some card board boxes it is quite easy and if you are looking for free buildings almost go with this!
but they dont kook amasing but they could if you took time on them
foamboard is so much better than cardboard. it takes half the time to cut or less. it is also easier on your blades so you don't have to switch them. also, it ias good to get the rock effects spray paint. it looks really good so far for me.
Yes, foamboard is better and nicer and easier to work with, make no mistake about that. But that being said, foamboard does have its disadvantages: that its expensive and not readily avaliable to everybody. Cardboard is VERY cheap, if not entirely free, easily accessable in massive quantaties. If you mess up a building...don't cry, theres plenty more where that came from...That was my point.Originally Posted by XenomarinesKiller
Yes, foamboard, airbrushes, sculpting tools, and lots of time to make the model as realistic as possible is, of course, preferrable, but not many people have those things. If you're a part time gamer (like once a month, as time allows >.<;;; ) like me, then a fast, cheap, and relitivly easy city-fight board made primarily of cardboard and cheap acyrillic paints might be good for you. If you have the time/money/effort to make super-realistic terrain: use foamboard. Otherwise, cardboard can offer a cheap/fast/effective alternative.
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