Friday, December 1, 2017
Tear Down this Wall! - Rebuilding Compound Walls
I had a lot of different wall sections for Middle Eastern Compounds that I made over the years -many different sizes, shapes and colors. Some mounted on tiles - my Afghan Village compounds for example - some single pieces.
I rarely used the village tiles. They turned out to be too inflexible and harder to transport and set up than necessary. All the different walls, compounds and colors didn´t really fit and they are not a good match with my new desert terrain mat.
So last week I butchered all the different walls and standardized them.
Work began by dismantling the wall sections, removing them from their bases. Most were on cardboard bases that had warped consirably due to painting, turning them into unattractive pieces.
I got rid of all the cardboard, slashed up the tiles into compounds and wall sections and began cutting PVA-bases. The picture below shows how many walls were involved:
Work was split over several days. At one point I had to take a break because I had a blister forming on my index finger from cutting the PVA. Fortunately I stopped soon enough and was able to continue working the next day when the irritation had gone.
After all the bases were prepared, I started mounting them. At that point, I had standardized their size, but you can still see the very different colors - Most of the walls were kept raw white and not even painted. Shame on my past self ;) Terrain was never my strong suit.
After gluing, sanding and priming the pieces, I commenced painting and treated the wall sections with the airbrush.
After everything had dried, the sand received some treatment with drybrushing and washes. Finally, I added some flock and let all of it dry. After a few hours of work, I had transformed all the ugly pieces to a new standard:
Ironically as I looked for space to store them neatly, I discovered more wall sections that I had missed on the first search. But I´m done with walls for the near future, they´ll either follow at a later point or find their way right into the bin.