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Monday, 3 December 2012

Making American Civil War Blockhouse

Making American Civil War Blockhouse

Below is a tutorial on Making American Civil War Blockhouse (ACW). A very good friend of mine from the Grimsby Wargames Society built an American Civil War (ACW) blockhouse for his 15 mm figures and so inspired me I just had to build one for my own 10mm figures.

ACW Blockhouse

ACW Blockhouse picture 1

ACW Blockhouse picture 2

ACW Blockhouse picture 3

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ACW Blockhouse picture 5

Making ACW Blockhouse

1. The first step is to cut your bases to the desired size either using MDF or hardboard in my case I used hardboard and cut it to 6 inch wide by 6 inch long once you have cut your bases to the desired size you then want to proceed to rasp the edges to give it a smoother appearance.

2. The next phase is the glue the tiles spaces on to the hardboard using a glue gun at edges of the base.

3. The next step is to texture your base. I have done tutorial on basing.

4. Then using foam board I cut the basic shape for the blockhouse which consisted of two basic squares the first being 2 1/2 inches long and the height was 1 inch the second square was 2 inches long and 1 inch high I then glued and pinned the two squares together.

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5. Once the foam board had dried I then cut up the reed window blind to fit around the top square of the blockhouse which was glued in place with PVA

6. On the lower square I cut strips of cardboard to imitate wood planking and also made a small cardboard door

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7. The reed window blind was cut to appropriate lengths to be glued to the tile spaces to make fencing.

8. The main building and the fences were painted in Humbrol No. 67 Tank Grey and dry brushed with Humbrol No. 160 German Camouflage Red Brown.

Making ACW Blockhouse picture 4

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Tools

Pencil
Tape measure
Wood saw
Rasp
Paintbrushes
Glue Gun

Materials

Hardboard
Polycell Textured Ceilings Course Effect
Ronseal Diamond Hard Varnish, matt clear
Noch Summer Meadow Grass
PVA
Foam Board
Cardboard
Reed Window Blind
Tile Spaces

Humbrol Colours

Humbrol No. 110 Natural Wood
Humbrol No. 103 Cream
Humbrol No. 67 Tank Grey
Humbrol No. 160 German Camouflage Red Brown