Let the Modern City Rebuild Begin!
I find a real joy in making my own scenery for my wargames. There's a tremendous satisfaction to be had in creating a nice bit of scenery out of the materials that others would throw away. This, of course, suits my budget too! Unfortunately, I'm coming to the end of my stash of reclaimed old POS foam core. On the one hand, that's quite a sad situation. On the other, it's great to see just how much stuff I've been able to build with it all over the years.
It does, however, mean that I'm coming to the more warped and damaged sections. This wouldn't be much use to many modelers. However, as I'll be covering my buildings with my trusty cereal packet card, these kind of dents don't bother me like they used to. And I'll be designing my buildings with the usual level of joints. These work to resist warping that has arisen from using old foam core that began life hanging from a shop ceiling and has spent many, many months in storage in my garage.
It's worth pointing out that this is probably the most time-consuming part of my build. I know that the wise among us will draw out full blown plans. I don't. I'd like to say that there is some clever reason why this is the case, but I can't. It's for a simple reason really.
I can't get my head round it.
Seriously. I can figure out all the joints and the best method of construction as I start laying it out. It comes naturally. But when I try to make a scale drawing, my brain begins dribbling out my ears. Maybe it's an impatience to get on with the actual task at hand. I don't know. Maybe it would be quicker to try and figure this all out on paper beforehand. I just know that I work better this way.
Here goes everything...
I've said it before and I'll say it again. You really do need a sharp knife to cut foam core. And a nice steel rule so you cut the foam core and not the ruler. It's also really important to realize that you're not going to cut it with a single pass of the knife. You'll need three cuts. The first cuts through the top layer of card. The second cuts through the foam layer. Your third cut goes through the final layer of card. Sometimes you might need a fourth cut. If you're cutting a window section out of the piece, it'll take longer as you make sure you cut properly. Make sure as well that you keep the blade as vertical as possible while making your cuts. In the next photo, you can see the main sections cut apart from each other. I prefer to work on a separate piece at a time as it's a lot easier to rotate it, rather than keep rotating the ruler and blade every time I need to make a cut.
This morning I returned to the project and had a thoroughly enjoyable time cutting out the remaining sections. Laid out on my cutting board, they look like this:
The following few photos show what the assembled building looks like with a dry fit. And if you're wondering about the small triangle in the top of the picture is all about, it's for inserting above the door. I didn't add any joints for it as it fits at a rather delicate corner of the building and I wanted to make sure that its structure wasn't compromised. A small section like this will glue on fine enough. I hope!
As always, thanks for stopping by and keep checking back to see my progress in future posts!