With Bolt Action having taken off in my local gaming group in Halle, we figured we’d need some scenery to fight over. Some ruins of buildings are often the most evocative kind of scenery you can imagine, and so I sat down last week and built one. Not just any ruin though – I really wanted to go to town (pun unintended) on a challenging piece. Here then, dear readers, I present you the fruit of my labour.
The walls were built out of foamcore – the stuff that architects use to create their mock-ups. I found it relatively cheaply at a local scale modeling store, and it’s really the best material to make decent buildings out of. That brick texture was made by pressing a ballpoint pen into the thin card layer, which is simple but also immensely tedious work.
Doors and windows were cut out with an x-acto knife, taking measurements roughly in keeping with the size of the models and their bases. Once all the basic shapes were done, I glued them onto a plasticard base with a liberal application of PVA.
The floor, doors, window panes, roof tiles etc. were all made from cardboard, kindly donated by some of my Warlord boxes! Other materials used were bits of plaster that were left over from another scenery project, barbecue sticks (don’t know how they’re called in English) and good old styrofoam.
Of course, with it being an art gallery, the interior is the focal point of this building. I had my girlfriend pick some paintings that are no older than the Napoleonic age – as I’d like to be able to use it for that era of wargaming as well – then downsized them and printed them out. Then they were stuck onto thin cardboard, provided with a gold trim aka poor man’s frame, and stuck onto the walls.
One thing I am going to add before calling it completely finished is to add a makeshift ladder so that the top floor can actually be reached. Other than that, it’s on to another piece of scenery!