Friday, 1 December 2017

Tiles - a tutorial

Hi all

Recently I was I asked by Joe from Zabadaks Zombie World to give a tutorial on how I did the roofs on the houses in my Urban Project.  With one more roof to do I was happy to do it so here we go.

First of all I cut some 6mm thick blue insulation foam in to 2x rectangles to the required size in this case - 9x15.5cm.


I then took a large flat head screwdriver.


using the blade of the screwdriver at an angle, I pressed down and slightly toward the top of the roof



going down in columns to produce a look of overlapping roof tiles, then go along the row.


I then use a cheap emulsion - Rustic Red from Poundland to provide the main colour, weighting the roof sections down to avoid warping, I then "wash" it liberally with a homemade dark brown/black wash, before drybrushing the whole thing with Rustic Red.


While the paint is drying I cut two long pieces of card (cereal box card) the length of the roof (15.5cm) by 2cm, scored down the middle of each length of card. I then chopped one piece into 2cm chunks and added a 3cm chunk as well.



Glue the 2cm chunks to the long piece of card, shiny side to shiny side. Overlapping the "tiles" so they look like roof tiles make sure you start at both ends and meet in the middle.


Use the 3cm "tile" to cap the middle section


I had already made the next few pieces so my apologies.  The chimneys are made from 1cm thick blue foam, in a 1x1x2cm piece. cut the base to the angle of the roof and cap the top with a small length of drinking straw.  Score the foam to look like brickwork and paint the whole thing with Rustic Red and brown wash combo to match the roof.  The TV ariel I made from a cocktail stick.


The satellite dish was a small cut off of blue foam and using my "not" dremel I scored the front so a concave surface was produced.


I then glued the foam to a cocktail stick and stuck an old wire from a set of headphones into the back before painting the whole lot black.



The whole lot get glued together (not to the walls) with PVA



So that's how I made the roofs for my houses, hope it wasn't too boring a post for those of you who didn't request it. Joe I hope you found it useful buddy!

With regard to other bloggers.  I found this in Tesco, Simon "Blaxcleric" have you and Greg "The Wargame Addict" got together and started producing my favourite tipple?


Finally, I've now completed all the requirements to be a practicing paramedic - degree, transition to practice, interview and registration with the HCPC.  5 years of hard work and commitment have paid off and here we are!


hope you enjoy
dGG

31 comments:

  1. Well done. Personally I've a 100% CPR failure rate.

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    1. Tbf Phil, most people’s stats are not far off that inc mine...

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  2. Congratulations Andy! :-)
    Simon and myself got our heads together and thought the wine would be a fitting reward for all your hard graft - it was the least we could do ;-)

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    1. Well it’s a very decent effort lads well done

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  3. Congratulations Andy, all your hard work paid off ! Great SBS on how you did your roofs

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  4. A wonderful post. Very informative tutorial. Many congratulations on becoming a fully qualified paramedic. You guys are heroes in my book.

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    1. Thanks Bryan, for all your kind comments

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  5. Top post tutorial and congratulations.

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  6. Really well done on making the grade Andy, fantastic news! Fabulous tutorial too. :)

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  7. Very well done, Andy, and I'm pleased my adventures down under have finally borne fruit, or rather booze ;-) Great tutorial, and yet another wonderful posting to your tip top blog!!

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  8. You should be making this stuff professionally.

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    1. Hahaha. I’m honestly not sure my back could take all the hunched over posture!

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  9. Thanks for the tutorial, concise and easy to follow; now all I need is some blue foam!
    Also the added bonuses of all the bits and pieces were great too!

    Congratulations too on having the patience to wait for you confirmation on being a Paramedic, it did take a while didn't it ?

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    1. No worries buddy, I got my foam from an underfloor insulation place online, cost £5 for a massive sheet (2x4’ I think maybe bigger) and that’s delivered.

      Thanks mate, yes it did take forever at least that’s what it felt like!

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  10. Congrats on the big work milestone. Fantastic.

    And thanks for the tutorial. I've learned a lot. Most appreciated.

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  11. Sorry Andy - bit late on the comment.

    Firstly, congtaulations on attaining full paramedic status. All that hard work was worth it.

    Secondly, thank yoy very much forvthe tutorial. I was curious as to how yoy'd made your roofs and wouldn't have guessed it was blue foam. I do think I need to get some of this stuff. This is the 6mm thick insulation foam, yes?

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    1. thanks very much Jez, yes the hard work has paid off ;-)

      yes this is the 6mm blue foam I bought from an underfloor heating company

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  12. Great Little tutorial and Congrats to the paramedic degree!

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  13. Congratulations on the qualification and on the tutorial!

    Did you consider offsetting every second row of tiles, to produce an "overlapped" appearance? It looks good anyway, but I'd have been tempted to do that.

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    1. Thanks C6.

      I wish I had thought of that, will try that next time I think

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