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Thursday, 20 January 2011

Making Walls

Making Walls

Making walls is an easy guide to follow. Another piece of terrain scenery I desperately needed for my war games table was Walls however to buy commercially manufactured Walls tends to be rather expensive and I was not prepared to shell out that sort of money. After giving it some thought I came up with the idea of using N gauge railway ballast and to be honest I am rather impressed with the results. I hope you enjoy this tutorial.

Walls of all types have often played important roles on many battlefields. Sometimes they can offer shelter to troops that can get to them first, but they can also affect the movement troops. 

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 1 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 step is to paint your cut pieces of hardboard with Polycell Textured Ceilings Course Effect.

3. Once this is dry paint all the base with Humbrol No. 110 Natural Wood, allow to dry and then lightly dry brush with Humbrol No. 103 Cream.

4. The next step is to varnish your bases with Ronseal Diamond Hard Varnish, matt clear.

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5. The next stage is to get some N gauge ballast which can be bought from any model railway shop. You then need to mix this up with PVA glue.

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6. The next stage should come with a warning as its extremely messy, however it's also very easy all you have to do is put the mixed up ballast and PVA glue in a rough of line then using your fingers shape into a wall.

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7. The last stage is to apply PVA glue to the edges of the base and apply flocking I use Noch Summer Meadow Grass.

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Tools

Pencil
Tape measure
Wood saw
Rasp
Paintbrushes
PVA

Materials

Hardboard
Polycell Textured Ceilings Course Effect
Ronseal Diamond Hard Varnish, matt clear
Noch Summer Meadow Grass
N Gauge Model Railway Ballast

Humbrol Colours

Humbrol No. 110 Natural Wood
Humbrol No. 103 Cream