Polystyrene also has the added benefit of being strong while easy to shape and glue together. The end result has been an easily assembled entrace to my Dwarven hold - Karak Thorinkin. A few extra cuts here and there allowed me to fill out the board - which I've now rotated to have the longest edge facing forward, while some balsa wood blocks provide a great looking stone facing.
|Progress so far - initial assembly followed by the first layer of Filler|
|Pre-made Balsa wood blocks from Spotlight a local craft shop/warehouse - balsa wood glue also works on polystyrene|
|Door to the hol with Statue (not yet glued) in place. Initial layer of filler not quite finished (ran out). Door and area around it will get various runes carved into them for added detail|
|Small outcrop - perfect size for a warmachine or an Anvil of Doom. Will get walls placed around it|
|Top down view of right side showing assembly process - PVA glue and wire|
|Top view of left side|
|Scibor miniatures excellent Dwarven terrain pieces|
|Cheap wire (3mm) essential to giving any polystyrene model strength. Just cut off a few lengths and insert them through the various pieces for added strength. Coat the wire in PVA glue for a bit of extra binding|
|First attempt at a Balsa wood wall|
|The various sized pre-cut Balsa wood pieces that I am going to use for walls and other fortifications|
Polystyrene is also fairly easy to source your local recycling centre should have some lying around, various department stores will also have some from items unboxed and put on display (get in quick before they bin it though) - as will other shops, and your always bound to know someone who has brought something recently that came packed in the stuff.
1. Another layer of filler
2. Make and position the battlements/fortifications