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TheTerrainTutor21 Mar 2014 4:48 a.m. PST

Hey Guys,

I've been working on a new tutorial series on building foamboard buildings and ruins. This is what I've got online so far …

Planning and Basic cuts –
Small Scale Details and Large Scale Damage –
Detailing Floors –
Adding Floor Supports & Damage –
Basic Joins –

There's plenty more coming including design in depth, interior design, fortifying, texturing, basic painting, weathering.

I also did this one for folks who just want to knock out a load of box buildings quick and easy …

Tips for Quick Building Foamboard Ruins –

Hope you find them useful!

Rhoderic III and counting21 Mar 2014 5:18 a.m. PST

I watched the quick-building video a few days ago, and it cracked me up. Never stop being you. laugh

PapaSync21 Mar 2014 5:51 a.m. PST

How about one on using printable (card/paper) building terrain as skins over foam board. I think it would go a long way for folk who want to put together quick good looking buildings. Like for city streets etc.


Xintao21 Mar 2014 5:52 a.m. PST

Great stuff.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2014 7:15 a.m. PST

I've used the printed paper "skins" over foamcore with good success. You just have to be careful with your dimensions on the paper skin and the foamcore walls.

The church and industrial building in these blog postings from 2009 were done using that technique.



PapaSync21 Mar 2014 9:09 a.m. PST

Very nice Col. Did you use hot glue to build the foamboard structure or pva? Also did you used vee cuts to make the different angle bends? I'm assuming the 90o joints were butt end glued?


Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2014 12:56 p.m. PST

Papa Sync,

I used PVA glue in all the construction. For the right angle joints I used a lap method described on the old Major General's web site. Basically you cut one side of the paper and the interior foam out so that the other wall nestles into the cut-off and the other paper layer on the first wall overlaps the second wall, sealing the foam core interior. I hope I explained this clearly enough.


J Womack 9421 Mar 2014 10:12 p.m. PST


I actually bought a tool from FoamWerks that will make that rabbet cut for you. Works pretty well on standard foamboard.

BigNickR22 Mar 2014 9:27 a.m. PST

Fantastic as always Mel. The "falling away" tile floors blew my mind. I've always thought foamcore stalingrad terrain was kinda the "beginners level" introduction for terrain, Not anything BAD mind you, just VERY easy.

But I've changed my mind with your videos and will revisit my older stuff and see if I can't jazz it up some with added pieces using some of your techniques!

TheTerrainTutor25 Mar 2014 3:11 p.m. PST

@Col – great work mate

@BigNickR – Go for it mate, it's dead simple.

Added another tutorial to the list guys ….

Interior details & Depth in Design –

Hope you find it helpful folks


Personal logo Rebel Minis Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Mar 2014 7:56 a.m. PST

awesome Mel, thank you!


TheTerrainTutor07 Apr 2014 2:42 p.m. PST

Cheers Mike.

Hey guys, added a few more tutorials to this build …

Hiding joins with filler, bevels and rabbiting –
Interior design and Design in Depth –

Almost got the build finished, just got a few more things to cover guys.

Cacique Caribe07 Apr 2014 2:52 p.m. PST

How about adding a "skin" of raised stucco texture wallpaper like this?



And it seems to have the adhesive on already!


Tyler32611 Apr 2014 5:09 a.m. PST

I build the foamcore and then for stucco finish , I trowel on spaclking compound.Let set and then paint over.


Andy ONeill14 Apr 2014 7:07 a.m. PST

I use some exterior textured paint for stucco/cob.
Or sand, polyfilla and a cheap craft acrylic.
Overbrush lighter, particularly in the centre of panels.
Stain over once dry for the darker bits.

Those tutorials are really good.
I particularly like the pins tip for cutting.
I don't follow why anyone would think they were funny.

Rhoderic III and counting14 Apr 2014 8:26 a.m. PST

I don't follow why anyone would think they were funny.

If you're referring to my reply, I think you may have misunderstood it to be an insult, which it was not. The quick-building tutorial is funny, and I mean that in a positive way. Mel made it funny in editing, adding "fail level" text notices to go with the goof-ups he made during the course of the tutorial. Entertaining and educational. I have nothing negative to say of Mel or his tutorials.

TheTerrainTutor22 Apr 2014 2:45 p.m. PST

@Cacique Caribe – I used wall paper in the past to go effect but I've gone too far on this project for that stage now mate.

@Tyler326 – looks really nice mate, I'm doing something similar with filler.

@AONeill – Cheers mate, I do much the same. I don't think he was being insulting about the funny remark :o)

@Rhoderic III and counting – If you can't take the Bleeped text out of yourself, who can you take it out of! That's actually one of my favourite vids. Cheers mate!

TheTerrainTutor13 May 2014 12:52 p.m. PST

Hey guys,

Added a few more quick build tutorials to my foamboard builds playlist …

Formboard Additions –
Lollipop & Sticks –
PVA/Sand/Grit Texturing –

Most definitely more to come but in the meantime, hope you find these useful guys!


TheTerrainTutor29 Aug 2014 7:50 a.m. PST

It's been a while since I've done any work on the beast but I managed to finish off the building detailing and then concrete texturing.

If you want to know how I did the concrete texturing, it's stippled with watered down filler, obviously there's a tutorial on youtube – YouTube link

hope you like the update guys.

Xintao29 Aug 2014 7:59 p.m. PST



Sealion07 Sep 2014 2:38 p.m. PST

Fantastic!! Keep posting ;)

Lion in the Stars07 Sep 2014 7:05 p.m. PST

holy crap!

I can't believe that is foamcore! Well done, Sir!

Gamin Dave11 Oct 2014 2:56 p.m. PST

@Terrain Tutor, Thank you for sharing!

TheTerrainTutor12 Feb 2015 2:23 p.m. PST

I've been quite a while but managed to get the beast rubbled up ….

Obviously there's a tutorial, there always is lol!

YouTube link

all the main work is done, so now it's time to get the beast painted, hopefully more pics soon guys :-)

Wargamer8404 Jan 2020 3:16 p.m. PST

Hello to everybody.
I write here to have your opinion. I am realizing a "sample" ruin, to test the process, the dimensions, the thickness of foamcore and thickness of model "extra parts". The idea is to use for 28mm WW2 on eastern front. I post here some pics and I wish your comments and complains.
Sorry if I not used a WW2 miniature.

trenchfoot06 Jan 2020 11:06 a.m. PST

I started experimenting with textured skins a while ago, they can look very realistic
TMP link

Wargamer8406 Jan 2020 3:17 p.m. PST

This is an update about an even smaller test building.
With Plaster, Acrilic paint (grey+green) a black wash and various drybrush.
Please let me know your opinions.

Sgt Slag08 Jan 2020 9:06 a.m. PST

Very nice work! Be sure they get a lot of table-time! That quality of work deserves to be played upon, over, and over, and… Cheers, Wargamer84!

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