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In this step by step tutorial we will show you how to build multi storey buildings from basic materials
We Built This City - from cork tiles
Scritto da Democratically Elected Republic of Players
Versione inglese     |     30.04.2020

These buildings can be used in any conflict involving the urban area. The basic materials for this build are 6mm thick cork tiles (bought at a hardware store pack of 6, 305 mm square, for $13AUD) Cutting and sanding tools, pencil, ruler, square, hot glue gun, Liquid nails (water based), mounting card(any thick card will do) bamboo bbq skewers (square variety), toothpicks and icy pole sticks

From one tile you can make two corner pieces with some accurate measuring and cutting. Firstly make a template for your window size. I was lazy and used the end of a small steel ruler to avoid tedious re-measuring.

Once you have your windows and floor spacing marked divide your tile into two parts and sketch a jagged line from the corner of one part to its opposite corner. These are the walls of one corner piece

Divide your tile into two parts. When dividing the tile make the cut as accurately as possible as this will be the final corner of the building. Cut all windows out now and pin the two parts together with hot glue (faster) or liquid nails (allow 30 mins to dry)

The finished cut out pieces of the new building

The corner glued together and sitting on some 3mm MDF for a base

The inside of the building so far

Glue your corner to some 3mm mdf. Toothpicks cut in half and super glued to the mdf can be used to provide some stability if needed. Drill pilot holes in the cork walls to assist with positioning.

The corner now firmly secure to the base

Next add the flooring. Begin by using hot glue or liquid nails to attach some bearers (square bbq skewers) on the pre marked floor lines. Most of the windows are marked at 20mm from the floor as this seems to be a model friendly height. break the ends of the skewers to represent shattered wood before you attach

Now add some card flooring. This can be scored to represent floorboards and cut to create damaged sections and hot glue or liquid nail in place.

To complete the floor add further bearers, appropriately damaged, to the underside

As an added bit of detail add some thicker paper as a ceiling if required.

Now for some detail to the outside of the building and battle damage. Use some thin strips of mounting to represent the facade. These were glued with LN to enable some adjustment as needed whereas hot glue allows none. Using a drill with various sized bits allows good effects for the battle damage. Cork tiles are great for this.

Close up of dameage done to the tile

With the corner based, and for a bit of detail, now add some polystyrene foam and create a base for the rubble piles. Carve a slot into the foam and position it on the damaged edges of the building.

While this is drying add some windowsills, made from mounting card, to the windows. Major battle damage should be completed now so the facade and windowsills can be cut to size

The building so far

By now there should be a collection of bits of cork, card and skewers from the build. Sweep these up and utilise them for the rubble piles, along with some broken icy pole sticks or coffee stirrers to look like destroyed flooring.

Using liquid nails add these bits to the foam bases and allow to dry, preferably overnight, to allow the liquid nails to dry completely. While waiting, begin the other corner following the same steps. A few pics of the progression of the other corner piece.

Sagging floors added to other corner

Other corner piece atttatched to base and foam work completed

Now using the fine sand (forgot to mention before) and a watered down mix of LN add some texture to the building. Achieve this evenly by making a sieve from a stocking and a piece of cardboard tube so that only the finest dusty particles can get through. Tackle each section of the building piecemeal otherwise it becomes very messy very quickly (having discovered this from past mistakes)

Allow to dry completely, overnight preferably, then give the build a brush and anything that falls off wasn't meant to be there or can be glued back on

The finished structure, now to paint

Give the builds an undercoat of cheap acrylic fence finish. For a different effect this time I'm trying dark grey instead of the usual mission brown

Fence finish is a great cheap undercoat for your terrain

Follow this up by a heavy drybrush of Kaiser Colour Cool Grey. After this you can add cracks to your building by using a stylus or large needle. Then successive layers of Beige and, as the final light dry brush, Eggshell.

The two finished pieces

Laid out in "street front" with some of the fire/explosion markers

The two finished pieces

Patrol cautiously advances through the ruins

Street to street warfare

There are many ways to apply the basics of this tutorial to buildings on your battlefield. Different windows facades and edges limited only by your time available and of course research!

Gatehouse and bridge

An Italian farm

Another corner piece

Articolo proposto da: Democratically Elected Republic of Players
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