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Sunday, November 11, 2012
Zombie City - Cheap Buildings and Roads
An example of my setup so far
Okay guys, so today DVD would like to show you the beginnings of the city for my zombie project. All of the terrain you see above is made from cardboard I’ve been collecting. So far I have a total of 11 buildings put together which are still yet to be textured, painted and finished, and enough roads finished to easily give me enough street layouts for this table twice over with many variations. And the best part, so far I’ve spent under £5 to get to this stage.
First up are some of the buildings. These are some of the simple cardboard structures I’ve put together. I decided not to have roofs on these, just for ease of use and for storage purposes (which I’ll explain later). Also I have made the window ledges slightly exaggerated; this is because I eventually will be making some barricades which can be placed onto them and in the doorways. They are yet to be finished, but I plan to coat them in something (probably newspaper) to give them some texture before being painted. As for painting, I’ll probably paint them all a same generic grey or something as I don’t want them to represent specific buildings and therefore gain more versatility of use from them. Eventually I may make some signs or something (Like police station, Hospital etc.) which I can attach to, and remove from, each of them, giving me more versatility with them.
Also, I designed the buildings to stack within one another like Russian dolls, to save on the limited storage space I have left. This is the other reason why I didn’t bother with roofing them.
Next up are the road sections. Again all of these are made from cuts of cardboard, and then covered in black sugar paper (you know the stuff you painted on at school), with the road markings simply painted on.
Cardboard road section
I did this as I thought it would not only save time painting, but reduce much of the warping I would have should I simply had painted them. I also feel the paper itself is of a decent tarmac colour, and to me, the papers texture also kind of resembles tarmac. After that I simply just painted on the road markings with some white emulsion I had lying around.
Various road sections
The roads are technically finished, however I may start to add some little details to them in the future, such as man holes, tire marks etc. For now though I’m going to try and get the buildings finished off soon, get the barricades sorted, then try to find some random stuff to fill my streets with.