Old Castle Wall

Whilst painting the numerous castings of the Woodcutters Shack, and waiting for them to dry, I made this old brick castle wall for my next diorama. Entirely made of cardboard, paper, plaster and cement. The iron gates will follow.









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  • Cheez, Robert. You continue to outdo yourself!

    Seriously, that is a phenomenal accomplishment.

    I hope you will post some notes on how you accomplish the look.

  • The wall looks terrific Robert. You are an artist.

    Next time you build something like this I’d love to see a step by step tutorial.

  • edited April 2018
    Nah....can't be a model....must be photos from your most recent vacation ;-).......WOW. well done

  • Robert, Like I have said earlier, I am looking for a hint in your pictures that this is a model. I cant' see any. I am going to get on board and wish you would do a step by step tutorial on this also. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Superb! There is so much to take in. Thanks so much for sharing.
  • Beautifully done. I echo the sentiments of others, please teach me how you achieve such marvellous results.
  • absolutely fantastic. it doesn't look like a model at all. please do a step by step on this.
  • I notice you neglected to mention the scale; 1:1, right? Amazing...
  • Ok, on general request and by kind permission of Brett, a small tutorial. Fortunately I had already taken these photos for an article to be published in a Belgian train modeling magazine....

    The base of the wall, the bricks the pillars are made out of cardboard. Glued with white wood glue.

    Between the layers of brick a small strip of paper to ensure equal distance between them. Red base color on the bricks, then a variation of tones, the brickwork joints are plaster and pastels.

    The plaster side of the wall is done with a mixture of plaster, cement and diluted white glue. Then several washes pastels and color pigment powders. Applied very carefully. Less is more !!!

    The branches are dried roots of raspberries , the bushes come from my garden. They are a kind of moss that grows on branches of trees. Dried , colored and sprinkled with green.

    This is not a copy of a real wall, but my impression of a plausible one. One that would suit my needs on the diorama. ( with some SW kits !!!) Costs, nearly nothing.....just building pleasure.

    If there are more questions, please fire away. :wink:



















  • edited April 2018
    The thickness of matboard (.065"/1.6mm), used by picture framers i.e. my wife, works out to be just about the correct thickness (height) of brick (HO)

  • Genius Robert!...beautiful work and wonderful tutorial....
  • wow. at first it looked to me like you were cutting the bricks from styrene strip, but cardboard is a lot cheaper....
    i'm gonna have to try this sometime. thanks for sharing your techniques.
  • i guess the only remaining question is, what scale is this in?
  • O . !!!!
  • Fantastic Robert. Thanks for the tutorial.
  • The thickness of matboard (.065"/1.6mm), used by picture framers i.e. my wife, works out to be just about the correct thickness (height) of brick (HO)


    This implies HO but inquiring minds want to know for sure. Also, what's your secret for gathering up enough patience to do this using individual bricks??? Absolutely incredible.
  • An iPod full of progressive rock ,fusion and classical music.....
  • Sounds like your musical tastes are as broad as your modeling skills! ;^)
  • Again, outstanding work Robert.
    Most importantly I really appreciate seeing the "how" that gets us to your final result.
    Well done, and thank you for sharing!
  • I have often returned to your posting because it contains a wealth of information, and it serves as a great example of what it takes to create a "look"! You literally build each brick to obtain it - sometimes there are no shortcuts. That's a great lesson for all of us. (Observation broken down into units that can be built up to recreate a look.) Thank you for sharing these photos.
  • Thanks BILLR. I am glad it is useful. That 's what a forum is meant for, right....?
  • All I can say is WOW !!!!
  • Dear Rockin' Ed, now you made me blush.... And don't we all want to share our knowledge ? Of course, we're on the SW forum.... :smiley:
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