I decided I needed some buildings to represent a town for my Ancients project. So this past weekend I found some old wood offcuts and purchased some wooden dowel and made some simple buildings suitable for an ancient setting. With these buildings I used some moulding paste to help:
- Cover up the gaps in the wood from my schoolboy woodworking skills
- Create texture for the tiled roofs.
|My test model a small temple|
|With the exception of the pillars (made from wooden dowel) the other materials are wooden offcuts.|
|A moulding paste was used to give texture (a new approach with these buildings)|
I got the moulding paste from an arts shop. It has the consistency of smooth peanut butter and I both painted it on and layered it on with an old paint brush.
|The moulding paste used. It is water based and remains flexible.|
Here are some photos of the process of creating the buildings...
|Wood offcuts are made into a building.|
|The moulding paste gets applied and the roof is crisscrossed with a toothpick to give the impression of tiles. This has to be left over night to dry.|
|A sand coloured base coat is painted on|
|A suitable terracotta coloured paint is applied to the roofs|
|A brown wash is applied to the buildings|
|Windows and doors are painted on in a dark grey as I find black to be too harsh a colour. Then a wash of the original base coat colour is applied to the walls to lighten them up a bit. My original brown wash had been a bit too dark.|
|Orange is lightly brushed onto the roofs to help pick out the texture and lighten the terracotta look.|
|The columns get a coat of dark blue followed by a thinned coat of light blue. A brown wash is quickly painted around the windows and doors, no precision painting here!|
|The buildings are given a coat of PVA glue, then once dry they are ready for the tabletop.|
- One and a half hours cutting the wooden blocks and gluing them.
- Half an hour applying the moulding paste and leaving the buildings overnight to dry.
- A final couple of hours one evening to paint the buildings.