What do you guys think is the best way to make brick walls? My first idea was sculpt in plasticine, make a latex/silicone mold and then fill up with plaster. However I think this might be too heavy? I've also tried rectangles of foam stuck to a wall and then plastered over, but it looks too exact. Are there any other good techniques?

Thanks,

Marnik

www.morilyon.blogspot.com

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Marnik,

What scale do you want the set to be?  One-sixth?  You might look on some of the modeler websites, (model railroad, architetural models, etc.) for ideas.  David Neat has some very good information in his website: google his name.  

If you check archive of posts from the new board you will find some links to exactly this.  It is always best to search the board before you haul off and ask for help: it is not only good board equitte, but it will show the other members you value their time and that will make you known as a stand-up member. 

Knowing the folks on this board, I am sure you will get lots of feedback because they are just that kind of people.  The same questions get asked over and over again though, so it gets rather old for folks to keep answering them when the person asking hasn't done some very basic research before they ask. 

The other issue is that you always need to give as much information as possible about what you are looking for if you do finally decide that there is no satisfactory answer that you can find after a thorough search.  It will help get you a detailed answer without having to wait for people to ask you what the requirements are.

Sculpting a wall in plasticine or other clay is certainly a good start. For the mould, to save on expensive silicone rubber, make a skin mould supported by a plaster jacket. To cast the walls themselves, instead of plaster, use polyurethane resin or rigid polyurethane foam. You end up with very strong walls at a fraction of the weight of plaster.

MartindeMadrid, I did have a look before I posted and couldn't find anything about bricks - perhaps I was searching in the wrong place. In any case, apologies for any annoyance caused! Thank you both for your suggestions. I will definitely be trying that McTodd - is polyurethane easy to paint?

Thanks

Marnik

Dead easy to paint! The rigid foam forms a skin, so that every detail of the mould is picked up. You can use any modelmakers' paints: oil-based, acrylic etc. I've even used it with modelmakers' acrylics sponged on to give a rough look to the colour for - appropriately enough - a miniature brick wall! You can also mix acrylics into the foam beforehand to tint it, very useful to give it a base colour. You can see my effort here:

http://mctoddanimates.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/at-bleedin-last.html

Nice pyro, McTodd. Get stopped at airports much? 

I give them a wide berth...

That is wonderful, and I think I owe you an apology.  Sometimes searching the board, even the new one, can be difficult.  I hope you find the information you seek.

Marnik said:

MartindeMadrid, I did have a look before I posted and couldn't find anything about bricks - perhaps I was searching in the wrong place. In any case, apologies for any annoyance caused! Thank you both for your suggestions. I will definitely be trying that McTodd - is polyurethane easy to paint?

Thanks

Marnik

Ditto to what Grecodan said!  Nice tutorial, too.  Where did you get the high-speed camera?  I loved the "Caution" sticker on the front of it.  Just TOO cool.

McTodd said:

Dead easy to paint! The rigid foam forms a skin, so that every detail of the mould is picked up. You can use any modelmakers' paints: oil-based, acrylic etc. I've even used it with modelmakers' acrylics sponged on to give a rough look to the colour for - appropriately enough - a miniature brick wall! You can also mix acrylics into the foam beforehand to tint it, very useful to give it a base colour. You can see my effort here:

http://mctoddanimates.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/at-bleedin-last.html

That's awesome! Thanks guys. 

Marnik

www.morilyon.blogspot.com

A good easy way to do it (albeit not the cheapest because of the material) is sculpting it from Kapa Line. You take one side of the board off and sculpt bricks out of the foam in the middle. It's paintable and because of the board on the back glue-able to wood. 

HERE IS A WHOLE TUTORIAL ON IT: 

http://davidneat.wordpress.com/materials/surfacing/kapa-line-foambo...

Another sollution would be to sculpt the brickwall in plasticine, make a plastermould and use liquid latex for the final result :)

Hi there,

I like to just lay a 1/8" or so skim coat of drywall compound over a thin plywood backer.  After it dries, sand it a little to even the thickness, and with a straight edge, scribe whatever brick pattern you want into it (scribe halfway through the skim coat at most).  When you are happy with the pattern, paint it the color brick you want it to be.  After the paint dries, you can scrape out any paint that gets into the grout line with the same scribe you used to score the lines.  Don't worry if some paint chips off the front brick face at this point; it's all part of the fun.  Next, take some ash from a fireplace (just the fine stuff), and dust the bricks.  Rub it now into all the nooks and crannies, lightly buffing the brick face clean in the process.  Stop a moment to enjoy how cool it looks now (you just pointed your brick).  To set it all in place, spray it lightly with a clear lacquer spray.  You are good to go.  I have one pic from when I was making a distressed chunk of building, but you can go as crazy as you want.  I think a big bucket of compound is 10 or 20 bucks and will make you a cities worth of bricks.  If I can find other pics I'll post them (I'm running projectors right now).  I think there are some at my site...

Enjoy,

Ted

trikfx.com

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