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Leadpusher Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2012 7:46 p.m. PST

At one time I saw an article on making roof shingles. Now that I need it, naturally, I cannot locate it. Can anyone help?

CeruLucifus19 Nov 2012 9:29 p.m. PST

There are many but they all amount to cutting cardboard rectangles the size of roof shingles in your appropriate scale, or, bigger, if you are willing to accept a cartoony look that is less work. Then apply them to the roof like, well, shingles. Some people cut a strip of cardboard then do cuts part way across, so the singles can be laid down in strips instead of singly.

This article by Robert Provan from Matakishi's site shows the basic idea, though his shingles are a little oversized for the scale. The shingle roof build starts just after the halfway point: link

Matakishi's farm buildngs have shingles a little more to scale, though he cheats on the roof cap -- he uses a long cardboard strip folded lengthwise instead of modeling shingle roof caps.

In real life the shingles we wargamers model are usually wood, which are called shakes. Here's Black & Decker article on installing 1:1 scale shake roof caps; the roof cap starts at step 8: link

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2012 9:58 p.m. PST





Captain DEwell Inactive Member20 Nov 2012 5:03 a.m. PST

Oh, sorry, my mistake.

I thought this was a welcome health update from The Editor.

PIG IRON STUDIO Inactive Member20 Nov 2012 6:54 a.m. PST

Buy sheets of pre-cut shingles from It turns a complete nightmare job into a bit of a faff.

richarDISNEY Inactive Member20 Nov 2012 8:40 a.m. PST

Thanks Dan!
Good articles.

AndrewGPaul Inactive Member20 Nov 2012 8:54 a.m. PST

Those Warbases tile strips are the mutt's nuts! Four different styles, and each sheet has a double-width strip for the roofline. I also finished off my buildings by painting a sheet of adhesive label paper gunmetal, them cutting strips of that to act as leading.

I believe Fenris Games will be doing something similar in styrene, including non-flat tile patterns.

CeruLucifus20 Nov 2012 11:38 a.m. PST

PIG IRON STUDIO or AndrewGPaul, do you have a link to the shingle products from Warbases? I looked on their web site but do not see them.

woundedknee Inactive Member23 Nov 2012 4:10 a.m. PST

Ditto, I can't find roof shingles on their website.

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART23 Nov 2012 6:45 a.m. PST

If you are modeling contemporary roof shingles, you need something that is NOT wood. They are usually asphalt based.
I use masking tape (not the blue stuff). Either pre-notch a strip or cut individual shakes and apply. Add a generous amount of black acrylic paint and boom-instant roof. Instant as in an hour or two.

AndrewGPaul Inactive Member28 Nov 2012 2:07 p.m. PST

They're not on Warbases' website, but they sell them at shows; £2.00 GBP for an A4 sheet. You could try emailing them.

Mythicus Inactive Member29 Nov 2012 8:50 p.m. PST

Rusty stump makes quite a few roof O, HO, and S scale.

Muncehead05 Jan 2013 1:35 p.m. PST

Late addition but look on the Battleflag site for extra packs of card shingle strips they sell for their wild west buildings.

Dark Knights And Bloody Dawns Inactive Member21 Jul 2014 6:21 a.m. PST

Here's the warbases link…


Heisler22 Jul 2014 10:00 a.m. PST

I use three sources for my shingles:
Wild West Scale Model Builders – Wild West Shake Shingles (these are lasercut heavyweight paper)
Branchline Trains/Laser-Art Designs
Builders in Scale – Truewood Shingles (lasercut wood strips).
Branchline makes different styles of shingles as well, like fancy diamond cut patterns. I usually use the O scale versions but S Scale will work just fine as well.

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