Long Road To The Harbor City, Part VII: First Round Of Details

The houses have reached the point where I can start to add little details on them. These details are not mandatory when making terrain but are very important for creating a convincing environment!

The Merchants stairs looked little bit empty so I decided to add some kind of hand railing to it. I started it by cutting 1 cm long pieces from 2mm wide plastic tube and glued those on to the stairs.

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At the start of this project I thought that the merchant should have some kind of storage space for his merchandise and the underside of the stairs would be a great spot. But if you are going to storage something valuable you should protect it also. That’s why I build steel bars under the arches from the same plastic tube what I used for the railing. I also added vertical styrene strips to the bars. Then I cut small bolts from thin plastic rod and clued those in place to the vertical strips. Easy and very nice looking!

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There used to be keychains which were build up from little steel balls. I had one laying around in some corner so I dismembered it and glued those individual balls on top of the plastic tubes. If you look close enough the next picture you can see that i glued very short plastic rods to the upper part of the rods to act as a support for the next phase.

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You can buy small chain from any DIY-store and at a reasonably price. I strongly recommend that next time you visit this kind of store, grab some chain because it´s very versatile in terrain making and with miniatures. I grabbed my chain and from the top started placing it to the small support rods. This way you don’t have to glue anything yet so you can scrutinize the result. After the result looked good enough I glued the chain in place.

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So here is the stairs new and improved look. You can also see that I added little ornament above the Merchants front door.

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The ornament was made from 1mm balsa. Because these houses are harbor houses, I wanted the ornament to resemble something marine. I planned to combine an anchor and steering wheel and here is what I drew.

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I transferred the design to the balsa and prepared myself for the cut process.

Hint: glue a piece of paper to the back side of the balsa sheet. This prevents the balsa from breaking when you cut it. I hope that I would have knew this hint before my project. I broke the design four times before I figured how to support the balsa. Live and learn!!

I used modeling saw to cut the design. Push the sawblade through the balsa, attach to the saw and carefully start sawing.

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Then some glue and we have our first ornaments!! I made two for the both sides of the house

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There was the first round of details. The next few articles will also include some detail work because all of the three houses need some nice interesting add-ons

As always, comments and critiques are more than welcome!

Next up: Let´s build a BIG window!




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