Joined: 11 Jun 2010 Posts: 2 Location: Royersford, Pennsylvania
My dad used to do this stuff all the time for his model railroad. Its tough work.
Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:23 pm
Joined: 01 Nov 2008 Posts: 174
If you want bricks at around 1/12 or 1/6th scale an easy way is to get either some styrofoam ceiling tiles or some foam core.
If you are using foam core peel the paper off one side.
Then you can simply draw the bricks on with a biro. The biro crushes the foam creating your mortar sections. paint the whole thing the mortar color and then dry brush with the brick color. Dry brushing is where you wipe nearly all the paint off the brush... that way it won't go into the mortar cracks... you can do a couple of passes with progressively lighter colors to build depth and highlights.
latex house paint shrinks as it dries and will warp foam core like crazy so I would stay away from that but cheap acrylic paint from an art store is fine and can be cut with water, so its easy to clean up and doesn't smell.
You can glue foamcore with a hot glue gun if you are careful, but its better if you try to make it slot together. I usually slot it together and then hot glue it on the back. Sometimes I'll add battens from wood to keep things stiff.
If you look at the church interior I made here, I went for a stucco look, so I used spackle to seam the edges of the foam core and then put sand in the paint I used on the walls to add texture Thats 1/6th scale, the guy getting eaten is a gi joe figure.
Slip to 3:30 to see it.
I made the fighter plane interior the same way but with some plastic kit parts glued on. Skip to 4:20
The spaceship interior that you can see in this one behind the puppet is foamcore. The door with the yellow black markings on it is a tupperware lid. The equipment boxes are tape cases and altoids tins. Go to 1:00
If you care, this guys space suit is made entirely out of plumbing pipes from homedepot
You can also buy big sheets of textured brick material from hobby stores depending on the scale you need. Dolls house suppliers have some crazy stuff too.
If you are feeling really crazy you could just make a small section of wall, then make a mask latex or silicon mold and then cast sections in plaster or poly resin depending on your needs and tolerance to nasty chemicals.
If lazy you can just find a brick texture on the internet and print it out and paste it on some cardboard. If you can get the lighting about right, this actually works way better than it should.
Just try not to get any of it in your eyes or on the carpet.
I just realized there are bricks made exactly how I described here at 5 minutes. I didn't peel all the paper off and then I painted patterns on the paper to make it look like a wall where the plaster fell off to reveal the bricks.
The alien eggs are plastic easter eggs covered in somekind of good, I can't remember what I used... and the tentacles are gummi worms coated in vaseline with the action played in reverse
I should have made a bigger wall section so I could shoot at an angle, but I probably only spend a day on this shot.
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