This past week I decided to groom my terrain collection with an authentic rusted corrugated steel shed. As you all know I love making warhammer terrain. Especially warhammer 40k terrain. I can make one in less than 90 minutes so let’s get to it.
Here’s a list of the materials we’ll be using:
o A block of polystyrene (insulation foam) or regular Styrofoam
o 18 popsicle sticks
o 2 strips of cardboard 3 inches high and 12 inches long
(the amount of cardboard given to you in a pizza box would be more than plenty)
o Utility knife and scissors
o Paint brush
o Black paint
o Grey paint
o Brown paint
o Rust colored paint (or just a red and brown mixed could work too)
o Silver paint
o Green paint (something that resembles moss color)
I’d loved to see things look blown up and partially wrecked and destroyed, so if you’ve looked at the shed and said “man this looks really beat up” you’ll know it was made by Miniwargamer Dave. Kay, nuff talk and more building then wrecking I say. Let’s get to it.
Step 1 Prepare and cut the cardboard.
Cardboards are usually flat so you’ll have to peel one layer of the flat sides off in order to expose the corrugated look of the inside. You’ll see the corrugated part once you start peeling. Use a sanding block or sandpaper to sand off any excess bits in the grooves. You can size the cardboards strips however you choose.
Step 2 Glue Styrofoam to cardboard
Cut 4 blocks of Styrofoam equal to the height of your cardboard strips and glue them together.
Step 3 Attach wooden rafters
What you are going to do is to glue down the popsicle sticks to the Styrofoam.
You’ll have to glue 4 sticks underneath the 5 horizontal ones. Those I had to break at both ends then glue together and onto the Styrofoam blocks. Next is glue 10 sticks horizontally-5 on each side.
Step 4 prime the walls/roof with black
Next step is you’ll have to prime your walls black. Cut and shape roof parts as beside the shed. Depending on the glue you’ve used the popsicle stick roof will be sturdy enough to drybrush a few accent colors. Use 2 shades of brown and a lighter green to resemble moss. Next paint the Styrofoam grey to resemble concrete.
Step 5 Paint on the rust ( the best part by the way)
Paint the walls a dark red for the first layer of painting. Don’t worry about making it perfect because you’ll be adding many layers. Next drybrush a dark brown. Finally drybrush a silver grey to certain parts only saving a lot of the “rust” exposed. In the end you should end up with 2/3 rust 1/3 metallic color showing through.
Repeat the same for the roof . Then glue on the roof pieces. Let it sit to dry for a good 20-30 minutes.