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"Norman" Rockwall WIP


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 1:54 pm    Post subject: "Norman" Rockwall WIP Download Post Reply with quote

I wanted to make a backdrop for 3-4 figures that would be usable in Western Europe (even in Normandy...apologies for the title...) and transportable. I decided on an unpaved street section with a walk (just wide enough to hop of the way of a carriage) and a rock wall with capping. Rudi strikes a pose:
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I used a section of bookshelf - laminated particleboard as the base. On it I cut a slice of wood that would be the sidewalk and sealed it. I grooved out the back to accept a slotted metal bookend, cut to size.
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My mixture is a combination of Plaster and Floor Leveling Compound (available at Home Depot, etc.). It's much more sturdy than plaster alone, but you need to cut the Leveling Compound with the softer Plaster or it's impossible to carve. I made casts of the low curb sections, buttered the sidewalk and did "a lot" of carving.
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I went through a couple of small interchangable screwdriver bits carving the mortar surrounds. The rock wall (11 x 2Cool is carved plaster/leveling mix. The capping started as some wood half-round that was buttered with the mix and carved.
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The wall section is screwed to the metal bookend.
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The stone sidewalk cobbles are polished smooth with age....I used mostly oils with some acrylics in the painting. I've got to do some final weathering and work on any suggestions that you guys may come up with.
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"Hey, where are all of the French Babes?"

Now I've got the backdrop...it's time to do up some figures! Thanks for your suggestions, guys.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 2:06 pm    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

Great job! Very realistic!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 2:36 pm    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

The carving work is tremendous! That stonewall looks too real.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 3:49 pm    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

Looks cool!

Nice pun on the title, but I was a little disapointed not to see a 1930's motorcycle cop giving a kid a lollypop or something along those lines. Laughing

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 4:09 pm    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

really nice work , i agree the stone work is really nice :)
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 5:11 pm    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

Exceptionally great work! The rockwork is tremendous, it looks as real as it could get IMHO.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 5:29 pm    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

That is very well done. You are a true stoner.Uh..Mason. Great looking wall section..
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 5:54 pm    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

That is one nice dio piece Doug. I've
commissioned Tracker47 to do a similar piece, one were I can "plug" my SST rock wall into the base he creates for me.

Yours is fantastic, the cobble wall looks incredibly real.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 9:50 pm    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

Looks great Dougmo! Do you think you could post a full tutorial? As far as weathering goes I would lightly dry brush here and there, maybe use some green flocking for moss, toss in a few weeds sprouting out of some of the cracks add some litter.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2006 4:14 pm    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

I appreciate the kind comments, guys. As for the tutorial:

-Start out with rocks in your head...
-Look at a lot of pictures of streets and walls. There's a series called "The Most Beautiful Villages of" ...Normandy, Provence, Brittany, etc are some of the titles (Thames and Hudson). Lots of good stuff here.
-Experiment with a mix that you like and that you can carve, based upon your subject.
-Find a radio station that you don't easily tire of and get busy carving. I did most of mine with a small screwdriver, the kind with multiple tips stored in the handle. I wore a couple of tips out...
-Use a Dremel to "bounce" across the top of the cobbles to give them some texture. In the end it's what looks good to you. It will take a long time, but the end product is nice. I suppose I should find someone to cast this and share it with everybody...
I hope that this provides some inspiration, guys-

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