The Black Tower – Part 2 – Construction Continues

The numbness of my hand is decreasing a little bit, so I have to hurry and continue to write about the Tower before I lose control of my hand again.

After the tile work and the second floor, it was time to move to the outside of the tower. I wanted to add some kind of  “teeth” to the tower to give it a sinister feel. I used blue foam to cut simple rectangles and glued those on.

It looked kind of stupid that the dentition of the tower jutted from the edge without supports, so I added blue foam columns underneath them. The first ones were straight blocks which didn’t look good. I cut new ones that had a slight curve outwards at the bottom, and it worked.

It’s always good to add some details to plain surfaces and give some texture to the walls, so I cut small tiles from cardboard and glued them here and there. The aim was to have a chipped plaster look wherein tiles become visible as time wears out the plaster.

Then I covered the whole thing with filler and made sure that the tiles remained visible.

Here is the Tower after sanding. As you can see from the pics, I was so enthusiastic about the construction that I worked all night to get it right.

The front stairs were quite straight forward to construct. I cut a space for the stairs (see below) and built them up from blue foam (Tip: I used a mini to get the scale right). I then added some filler and sanded them.

To finish off the building phase, I used a sharp knife to cut vertical lines and gaps to the base of the Tower. Now the Tower had a rock solid looking base!

Even nowadays I’m always excited to paint a big terrain object, and I remember how scared I was to start painting the Tower. It was the most challenging part of creating the Tower and there were a few times when I thought  “this isn’t my cup of tea”, but that’s the topic of my next article!



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  1. klarg1 said:

    What kind of filler did you use to cover the foam? I’ve tried a few terrain projects with pink foam, and I keep having trouble getting the paint to stick right over the long term. (tends to form bubbles over time.) Maybe a filler coating would help.

  2. JCooJCoo said:

    It´s ordinary filler which can be used to fill small holes on walls and stuff. You can find it it any DIY store, just ask.
    Hhmmm, I cant image a reason why paint would bubble (except heat), do you mean chipping? What kind of paint are you using? I have nowdays sifted to DIY wallpaints because you can have any color you want, those stick very well and are more stronger than ordinary hobbypaints. Those doens´t even cost much.
    I think that filler coating could help BUT it means more work (spreading, drying, sanding) and it might cracle if you use it too much.

  3. klarg1 said:

    Definitely not chipping. I’m using low-end Liquitex acrylic paint for terrain. I’ve seen it form blisters as it pulls away from foam insulation over time. If I cut through one of the bumps, it is clear that the paint has pulled cleanly away from the surface of the foam.

    I figure that a hard, wood filler surface will skip the problem. (Or do you mean spackle, which is similar, but designed for plaster/dry wall?)

    Thanks! I’m enjoying the series

  4. JCooJCoo said:

    Both spackle and filler work, just check that the shrinkage (did I spell it right?) isn´t too much..

    Funny, I have never encountered such a problem. Try the spackle/filler or just change your paints because all that I can think of is that the reason behind this is the quality of the paint. It might be too thin and when painted on the foam surface tension causes shrinkage and forms the bubbles with air OR you have angered the Terrain Gods and you have to do wierd woodoosorcery to get back in to their favor….

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