I needed a base for my recently finished T90A and fancied an urban street scene.
I didn’t really have a plan, I just needed an area of street with some sort of blown out building to act as a backdrop.
I started with a piece of 2cm thick pink insulation form cut to size, using the T90A as a rough guide.
I made a mark for the road edge at an angle – it gives a bit more interest to the scene than just straight on.
Now I knew how much space I had to work with for the building I set to work, cutting the walls from scrap 3-5mm blue insulation foam.
As I hardly every measure, lots of test fitting with figures and the T90A to get the sizes right.
Once the building sides were cut to size, I scribed brickwork and added detail. This is supposed to be a wreck so I wasn’t too careful.
Once the detail was scribed in, I assembled it. I used PVA and held the pieces in place with pins till the glue dried. I left mine over night to make sure it was thoroughly dry.
Next I worked on the pavement. I wanted this to look chewed up too.
I had a delivery of Tight Bond – a woodworking glue that I’ve seen a lot of people using for woodworking projects on YouTube. I gave it a try on a test piece and its a *very* secure bond. Make sure you wipe of any excess before it dries though.
I glued the pavement and house down and knocked up a broken bit of fence from off cuts of plastic sheet and rods.
Now I needed to think about rubble. You can buy ready made rubble scatter, but where’s the fun in that? I dug out my gravels, sands and pebbles…
Next I chopped up random bits of rod, pipe & sheet and bent and distressed them.
For the rubble piles, I used ready mixed polyfilla, sand and tiny flakes of gravel and pebbles. I added PVA to help it stick.
And blended the edges with polyfilla.
Whilst the rubble was still wet, I embedded my debris. I wanted to give the impression of an explosion inside throwing rubble and debris onto the street.
I added other random pieces to the other rubble piles and some tiny 1/72 bricks. Twisted florist wire adds to the clutter.
And the build part was done.
I started with a grey UMP undercoat. The nice thing about the UMP/Badger primers is that they are acrylic base and wont eat foam so there was no need to protect it before hand.
Next I blacked out the road and preshaded the building and pavement.
I then airbrushed progressively lighter shades of grey over the stonework and rubble. Finishing off with a pure white for the final highlights.
Once this had dried, I started to pick out the detail starting with the bricks and wooden beams.
Finally I gave the metal pieces a rusting.
I let that thoroughly dry and then gave the base a wash with black brown acrylic.
Not forgetting the ruined interior.
Once the wash had dried, all it needed was a few clumps of vegetation and some grey, black and white filters to tie everything together.
I lucked out and snagged another sunny day for some photos.
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