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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-02-11, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, so I'm about to have a crack at making my first bit of decent scenery for 40K. I want to make a ruined building, I've made all my rough plans and I was about to start sourcing all of my materials when I got a bit stuck. What do I use for the walls/floor?

I'm guessing that this may sound like a stupidly rookie thing to say but as I mentioned, first time attempting this. Also though, I'm not a complete idiot and I know a little bit about some of the materials I've seen suggested so far. I just wanted to get a bit of a discussion out of it, rather than trying to dredge the internet looking for someone to say what I want them to say.

At the moment I'm leaning towards foamboard. I've seen ceiling tiles can look really good, but they do react pretty extremely if any aerosols or plastic glue gets onto them (I was wondering if a coat of paint would be enough to protect it from that), also though... its quite brittle and I dont want to make a really nice bit of scenery that just snaps to bits if someone looks at it funny. I've considered hardboard as its pretty structurally sound and would make for a decent lasting piece of scenery, but I was concerned about it warping if something spilled on it, or even just too much change in the atmosphere. I've had similar concernes about using cardboard.

What have other people been using, and what did they find afterwards? did it look how you hoped, is it more durable than you expected or did it just explode as soon as you picked it up? I'd appreciate any input I can get on this please as I apparently suck at finding my answers manually or through 'search' functions.

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I use cardboard, for the flooring press down hard with a Biro or Black Rollerball pen so when I wash with thinned brown paints the pen shows through and you get a nice floor board effect.

With the ceiling tiles I also use cardboard and coat them in PVA or Modge Podge and some fine sand before painting, they do warp a little bit but as I use these for Fantasy i envisable it as a poor provincial town so doesn't look to out of place
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if you get thick corigated cardbord then make the design, and then cover it with filler then use a old big brush to poke it to make the concreate effect it works

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this is the best thing for thinner walls , very strong, very light, can be glued with pva and painted.

and if you want shine cover it with this

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I do most of my building with foamcore. Same stuff architects use, except I get the cheap stuff from the dollar store. It cuts and shapes brilliantly. If you're going to spray paint it, seal the exposed foam at the edges with PVA glue or thick paint.
I have also used double-thickness corrugated cardboard for a couple of ruins, because I wanted the effect of the corrugations at the edge so it looks pre-fab. It works pretty well, but if you don't want the exposed edges it becomes less convenient.
Both can warp if you use too much glue, but if you make sure they're pressed flat while they dry, you should be fine. I use way too much glue most of the time, so I know of what I speak.

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Thanks guys, I think I'll deffinatly be checking out those resources (its a lot cheaper than my local model shop) and I was think of using foamboard anyway... but I was worried about the edge. I think I will try experimenting with the sanded filler/cardboard idea too. I would have expected the water would have warped it too much but it looks pretty good.

Thanks guys, I'm really looking forward to starting this project. As usually I've skipped a stage of starting small and I'm too excited about doing this more elaborate piece of scenery first.

So we've discussed foamboard and cardboard. What about stuff like those polystyrene ceiling tiles or light wood, like balsa wood?

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