Long road to the Harbor City, part II : Groundwork

The planning is over and i have gathered my tools and materials. It´s time to make a rock solid base for my harbor houses!


I like to use this technique a lot because it´s so dead simple and looks good. Just take a ballpoint pen, ruler, knife and some blue foam. You can use sandpaper to smooth the surface but that´s optional. Draw guide lines for the brickwork:

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Then draw some kind of brick pattern on the wall. Be as creative as you can and draw different sized bricks. This way the wall will look much more realistic. After this take a sharp knife and cut the foam following the lines. After this retrace the cuts with a pen to widen the cuts little bit. Now you have a nice brick wall!

HINT: You can also use the end of your pen to push few of the bricks inside of the wall. Then just retrace the lines with a pen and the wall will look older and beaten up. I didn´t do this and i regret it now. I also like to use this technique when i´m making brick roads.

HINT: Don´t cut too deep and don´t make too wide cuts because if you do, you will have a hard time when you start painting the wall. It´s quite hard to make the paint flow in to the deep cuts to cover the blue or pink color. If your base color is dark, as it usually is, the color of the foam is very visible!

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As you can see in the picture, i also made little “tooths” at the ends of the wall section. This way the walls locks on each other and creates more sturdier construction. Here is a finished wall:

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Base and the floor

I like to use MDF as a base for all my terrain. It is little harder to work with but it´s sturdy and more importantly, it rarely warps (alltought IT IS possible, believe me!). I glued my walls straight to the MDF without any extra support. But some weight over the walls and let the clue dry completely. Use strong glue because the whole structure will be quite heavy. I used 2-part epoxy glue.

When the clue was drying i used the extra time to draw the floor plan of every house to 1 mm plastic sheet. This will create the base for the floor. Cut the plan with scissors (with bigger parts it´s easier to use scissors than knife) and glue it on top of the walls.

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Remember that you can add details as much as you like. It takes always more time but i think that it is worth the effort. I added arched doorway and stairs to the smiths house. Be sure to have a miniature at hand to check that your details and of course the whole construction is on scale!

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The foundation has been set and there is no turning back!

Next up: Part III, “Holy crap it´s windy! Where are the walls?!?”



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