Monday, 27 July 2009

15mm Village How-To

A nice how-to for Mid-East/North-Africa villages is up on the Mad About Gaming blog.
I found it quite informative.

I hope to try the same thing this week using cork tile instead of the foamcore.
Two reasons:
  1. I don't have any foamcore kicking around. But I do have some cork.
  2. I'm hoping that I can get a more dilapidated and "chunky" feel from the cork vs. the smooth lines of cut foamcore.
The plan is that I actually have a game this friday night with a few mates; so I need to be on top of terrain.
If all goes well, there should be some work-in-progress shots over the next few days.


  1. I'm not certain how well you'll go with cork, but corrugated cardboard should also work well. Once covered with filler it should be tough enough to survive a bit of battering too. If you're worried about trying to fill the corrugated ends in with the filler, use masking tape to cover them up and then apply filler over the top.

  2. I can second cardboard as a quick, readily available, and noteably cheap alternative to cork and/or foam core. I find that pizza boxes tend to do quite well.


  3. Thanks for the feedback guys!
    I have done some cork buildings, just haven't posted them up yet.
    I will have to try the cardboard option though - the cork is a little thick.
    I'm worried about it going soggy with the filler, but I guess I'll just have to try it and see, rather than worrying and never trying it!
    Are you selective about the bits of the box that you use? Or is the whole thing. I've alsways shied away from the oily, yet delicious base of the box.

  4. I am not sure about the pizza places in your area, but the ones around me put a corrugated paper insert in the boxes that collect stray cheese and oil (keep this, it makes good roofing for 28mm stuff).

    The stuff that escapes this has seldom wrecked a project. In fact, it has added a sort of realism to the projects as the oily spots create those random discolorations that occur in weathered buildings.

    The primary advantage to pizza boxes is that they come in such regular dimensions that you almost don't need a ruler. For example, the sides of a cardboard pizza box are generally about the same height as a residential building story. I was able to cobble an entire bombed out WW2 village from two medium pizza boxes and two night's work. Hot glue gun helped.

    BTW, once the cheese dries on the corrugated paper inserts, it can be easily painted as roof moss or other debris. Don't worry about spoilage there, it's like school glue though that does make me question it edibility.


  5. Thanks Eli.
    My local shops don't do the liner, so I've only ever used the lids.
    One of the pizza shops uses a corrugated carboard for the box that's perfect for 15mm roofing. The only issue is geentlyyy peeling the top layer away from the corrugations.
    It's decided; I'll defintely give cardboard a go next then!

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  7. I very much suggest hot glue for use with cardboard - fast and slid hold and no real need for superstructure to hold building up.


  8. Thanks for the tip Eli!
    I think I actually have two hot glue guns that have been purchased at various times that have never seen action.
    Sounds like the perfect excuse to dust them off and give them a go.
    I'll have to post how things turn out!....probably not for a couple of weeks though.... :(