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?

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Marnik

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Ok, I am just going to throw out one more idea that has not been mentioned but I have done as a background for model kits. It would work as well for a stop motion set but may be too time consuming for a large set. I have made a stone wall by carving it into MDF. I know that sounds miserable but it actually goes faster than you might think. What I did was to draw out the pattern of stone on the MDF and then take a dremel with a narrow cutting tool and cut grooves into the MDF that follow the lines I drew. Then I come back with a larger cutting tool in the dremel to soften the edges and create any texture on the stone. This may be too much work for a brick wall but thought I would throw it out there anyway. I have attached a picture to show how it looks.

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Both are great results, John! 

Nice Nosferatu kit there. 

John Douglass said:

Ok, I am just going to throw out one more idea that has not been mentioned but I have done as a background for model kits. It would work as well for a stop motion set but may be too time consuming for a large set. I have made a stone wall by carving it into MDF. I know that sounds miserable but it actually goes faster than you might think. What I did was to draw out the pattern of stone on the MDF and then take a dremel with a narrow cutting tool and cut grooves into the MDF that follow the lines I drew. Then I come back with a larger cutting tool in the dremel to soften the edges and create any texture on the stone. This may be too much work for a brick wall but thought I would throw it out there anyway. I have attached a picture to show how it looks.

There is a product made for model railroads that is basically a rubber mold of a brick wall, shaped to interlock with itself. You pour plaster in the mold (you get several molds)  and when the plaster hardens, you pop the wall out, trim the flash and fit the pieces together to form straight walls, corners, windows, etc. Easily painted with acrylic. The same company offered some sort of stain that was quite realistic. This was something I used several years ago so I am not sure of the brand, but similar kits should still be available. If not at your local hobby shop, try eBay. I hope this helps:

http://www.linkaworld.com/catalog.htm

Thanks for that tip, Wallace. It so happens I have to make a brick wall for the little film I'm working on, and I was dreading having to carve the whole thing or make individual bricks. 

BTW, this subject came up several times on the old site. Forgive me for forgetting who shared the idea, but someone talked about doing a realistic wall by peeling the paper layer off a piece of foam core, then scoring the underlying foam into bricks or stones or whatever. A couple layers of paint and some detailing and the texture of the foam did a pretty good job mimicking masonry.

There are large sticker sheets available (model RR shops or online) that look like brick, stone, etc. I am not sure of the cost, but a sheet of such stickers, stuck to foam core or cardboard might be a real time saver! I like the method you describe too.

I have seen those ready-made latex molds before but had forgotten about them! They look like a great option!

Yes, I was surprised how fast I could make enough pieces to make a building facade. I made three walls and half of a roof using those rubber molds. You can stick the plaster pieces together with water, but I used white glue. I suppose rubber cement would also work. My local model RR shop had a rusty brown stain for the finished pieces. The plaster would kind of soak it in and it would not only color the brick, but also seemed to strengthen the plaster. When I ran out of the stain, I used acrylic to finish it. It looked good on screen. I remember thinking that it would probably "blow up real good" with a fire cracker, if filmed in slow motion. 

I use Kapa lined foamboard strip off the paper backing and then lightly score the brick design I then underpaint with a blue/grey acrylic and then use a dry brush with iron oxide/indian yellow golden acrylics to pick out the brick check this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/arcimboldi/5864270330/in/set-721576242...

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