Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ruined Building #2

The original intent of the city project was to have a nice, new city to battle over. Building intact structures was taking a bit longer than I cared for, so in order to get some buildings on the table I opted for ruins. These ruins are built from Styrofoam packaging. 

Like all of the ruins, this is based on a 12"x 12" piece of double corrugated cardboard with the edges covered with masking tape to hide the corrugations.

The Styrofoam packaging was simply broken into various shapes and then arranged on the board in a pleasing fashion. Damage was inflicted upon the foam with a razor blade and my fingernails. I like the foam packaging because the outside has a fairly smooth surface, but when broken it has a very uneven look which helps it make look battered and broken.

Once the damage was done the pieces were hot glued into place. Drinking straws were glued in various locations as electrical conduit; old, electrical wires were glued into the ends of the straws to simulate old, electrical wires. Metal fencing pieces were jammed into the foam and glued into place in various areas. Other bits of debris and old keyboard keys were attached for rubble. Chunks of foam and sprue rubble are also used.

The top of a contact saline solution bottle was attached to the "roof" for an HVAC- thingy.

Once assembled the entire piece was given three coats of textured paint. the great thing about the textured paint is when applied to the flat areas of the foam buildings it fills in and helps hide the fact that it's beaded Styrofoam. When it's painted on the rough parts it takes away the "individual ball" look of the ripped foam, making it look more like crumbling concrete.

Once dry the concrete walls were drybrushed from dark grey to light grey to white; fences and HVAC-thingy were drybrushed silver, the conduit was painted dark green and drybrushed to a light green and the wires were painted red and given a very light dry brush of off- white. The keyboard keys were painted blue.

Once the base painting was complete, I stuck some weird Japanese stickers here and there. They wouldn't stay, so they were superglued into place. Light drybrushes of brown and green were applied to various parts of the piece to break up the grey and to add weathering. Burnt Sienna was drybrushed onto the metallic parts to simulate rust.

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