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Hey guys (and girls) I was wondering what materials I would need to make a few buildings for real cheap (small budget) could I use cardboard? If so what else would i need?
-The Red Weeping
You could use cardboard, but it won't look as good as other materials... if you really want to, check this out. I would recommend using plasticard (I don't remember what it's actually called in the US, but it's something different like sheet styrene), it cuts cleaner and looks better, I think. I can't find it, but somewhere on GW's site they have a scenery tutorial about it.
Oh, and this will make things especially easy...
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-The Red Weeping
You can goto Michiles(sp) and buy foamboard for like a $1. You can get black spray paint from Lowes for $1 too. So far the spray paint has not eatten the foamboard. So far my friend and I have made 14 buildings with the templets that The Salmon Thief posted. Another fiend gave us some textured paint(that you can buy at Lowes also its like $9 a can). The textured paint really pops when it is dry.
Why use science and education when ignorance and superstition will work just as well.
I usually just use sand from the beach or my kids sandbox for textured paint. You only need about half a teaspoon or so to get a really good look. I find it actually helps make the peice your working on a bit stronger, but that could just be my insanity coming out.
K, this is what I use. Im a cheap skate but I've been crankignotu scenery for a while-
Foamcore/Foadboard/Sheetstyrene- Styrofoam board with Paper coating. Get lots, its' thicker. Harder ot work with than Plasticard, but looks better for buildings and is cheaper.
PVA Glue- Elmers white Glue is fine for most of it, you'll see why. Just don't use Rubber cement, Paints casue it to give and detiriorate.
MAsking Tape- This is used ot hold pieces otgheter while they dry, and can aslo be tucked here and there to add to structural stength.
Exato Knife- THick, heavy duty with Heavy duty Blades. The thin ones aren't as great.
Metal or Metal Edge'd 12 Inch Ruler- For guiding the Knife
MEtal or Metal Edge Yard/Meter Stick: For long lines, and guiding the Knife blade safely.
With all that you can do LOTS and LOTS very quickly and easily. I can turn out three-five buildings in a 3-4 hour time span most the time.
Plasticard, Medium width and density: Makes great, Easy-to-cut-and-use bases for buildings. WAY better than Masonite for your average hobbyist without a garage,shed, or powertools. PLUS you can use it in strips to trim your buildings when there migth be uneven windows.
Slate Rock: Throw it at the ground in a Zip-Loc Heavy duty bag and you've got instant rubble.
Textured Paint: Can buy it in cans (Can warp Foamcore) Or buy a bucket from Home Deopt or somewhere, then pour about a cup into a disposable glass, and 1-2 Spoons of sand or dirt and your good, takes a lil longer, but the effect is better. I warped a big project with spray textured. But I might've just screwed up.
Metal Hobby Twine: Can get this in hobby stores or clothign departments. it's just a spool of thin metalw ire, cut 3-4 lengths the same ize, twist around each other and you've got instant barbwire. Need Wire Clippers for this.
Toilet Paper/Paper towel Rolls: Make great Industrial sized Pipe.
Small PVC Hobby Tubing- Get at Hobby shops, not too expensive at all and can be used as struts, supports, Cannons, whathave you.
Cardboard(Any, Box is best)- If you tear the "top" pf a sheet of Carboard off you'll see the little ridged part between the sheets of brown paper. If you rip off both sides and look at it, y ou can make it into Sheet Metal with just a few metallic paint brush strokes.
Ok with all that, which without optional stuff should run you...25-30 Bucks your golden for a good number of projects, espceially urban. IF you indulge ont he optional stuf fyou can do a City Scape in just a few days.
Hope this helped. Email me at ReturningEpithat@Aol.com if you want to see some pics fo what i did with justy the minimum I told you about. Good luck!
Don't forget Basswood in addition to all the other material mentioned above. For helpful stuff, look at drafting supply stores and art stores that cater to architecture students. You know what they end up doing for ALL of their projects? Building models out of foamcore (foamboard), chipboard and basswood. Bass has some other cooler properties. Flat pieces can be bent into shape, and if secured properly, can create really modernist-looking stuff. (Who wouldn't want to start a fight around the Sydney Opera House?) It's also sold in square stock and dowels, great for creating girders, stilts, and other building effects. It even comes in sheets textured like building siding.
And never underestimate the usage of paper or fabric. If anyone remebers Earth: Final Conflict and those awesome alien sets that looked organically grown, here's a jaw dropper: It was all done with stretched fabric! How about the new Gugenheim Museum in Bilbao (http://www.kirikou.com/bilbao/guggenheim13.jpg) [URL="http://www.kirikou.com/bilbao/guggenheim13.jpg"]or the Disney Music Hall in L.A?
Paper! Ribons of regular Typing paper, I kid you not. And when curved, it strengthens to the point of being structurally viable for a model building. I know that's kinda high on the "duh" facotr, but no one uses it anyway.
A note when using these: just a drop or two of Elmer's will do you. Stay away from CA (superglue) or more intense adhesives, as these can stain or deform these materials as they dry. The trick is to put something together so it holds itself together with little glue, either springing itself into place, or everything pressing against itself. Take an arch, no mortar, just friction and gravity. THe miniature ones need about the same abount of glue as the big ones.
I've built incredible finals using just the materials mentioned above and here, all curvy and fanciful, awesome for doing a ruinied Tau or Eldar cityscape. Okay, so here comes the rant. To avoid hijaking this thread, I'm just gonna leave a warning. I'll summarize here and expand elsewhere. If you dislike preachy @$$holes, skip this portion and preserve your current opinion of me, and move on to the next post.
That Imperial Neo-gothic is getting a tad overdone, and with the new CoD kits, you're gonna see a lot of them. In a hobby that costs as much as it does, it costs far less to use some other materials and some imagination. And on top of that, it's more of "you" on the table, rather than having your table handed to you in a $75 shrink-wrapped box. Believe me, it feels intensley gratifying to see something you created from absolute scratch, and you can be assured that it's completely your own design. No offense intended to the guys who use the boxed buildings, I just want you all to use your full potential as opposed to your soon-empty wallets. That's the end of my soapboxing, it wasn't so bad, now was it? So I thank you if you read this part, and wish you all happy building.
Last edited by Slithyr; August 13th, 2006 at 03:17.
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Thanks.. working on buildings... so far have
1: cardboard "glass manufactorium" (hence unusual amount of sand)
2:a foamboard "tank manufactorum" (large door)
3: a styrofoam substance "lascannon bunker"
4: a foamboard "heavy stubber/ autocannon bunker" (guns actually made up of cut pieces of radio antenae)