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OSL200009 Sep 2017 9:57 a.m. PST

Hi Im planning on creating my own Alamo compound 25mm using foam core. (Too expensive to buy the resin alamo compound)
My question is does anyone know of any good articles or websites that may assist me in using foam core and or building the alamo compound? Also i do plan on buying the Alamo chapel and then building the compound out of foam core. Thanks

Giles the Zog09 Sep 2017 11:58 a.m. PST


sorry, shouting

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2017 1:36 p.m. PST

I own the Warhammer Alamo book. There's not much detail on how they built the models. And they used plywood, not foam core. They only built the chapel, the log palisade and a couple of walls, enough to do separate scenarios for the North Wall, the Chapel, and the interior of the fort once the Mexicans overran the walls. I bought the Hudson and Allen model on sale. It's really worth money as the pieces can be used for a whole variety of periods and campaigns, even India and Afghanistan. My advice is to save up your money and look on eBay or wait for a sale. Believe, me, it's a big enough project just to paint the thing!

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2017 1:41 p.m. PST

OSL2000, there's a good article in Wargames Illustrated Issue 313, November 2013 about building an Alamo model in 40mm out of foam core. If you don't have the issue, PM me and I'll send you a scan of the article.

Henry Martini11 Sep 2017 3:16 p.m. PST

The shouting is forgivable, Giles: it's a long way from Herefordshire to the USA.

Storyforu05 Dec 2017 9:21 p.m. PST

I'll just leave this here YouTube link

Yowsa – $300 USD

More inspiration

Storyforu05 Dec 2017 9:31 p.m. PST

Also, this

Lion in the Stars05 Dec 2017 10:10 p.m. PST

I think you will find foamed PVC much easier to work with than foam core. A brand name is Sintra, I bought a whole 3mm 4x8' sheet of the stuff at an art supply/blueprints store for $50. USD It's flexible enough to roll that 4x8 sheet into about a 2 foot diameter circle, so you can get it home.

If you've built some of the Plastcraft ColorED models, that's foamed PVC (check their Malifaux and Carnevale ranges for semi-historical pieces)

Foamed PVC can be cut, sanded, bent with heat, and is pretty enormously strong. If you make a simple 4" square box without a top or bottom, it's strong enough to stand on! Takes paint easily, too, and because there's no paper on the foam it doesn't wrinkle with paint. Use a drop of super-thin CA to stick things together once you have the pieces lined up.

I think Antenociti's Workshop still has the blog entries of making their huge Infinity boards, and those buildings are almost all foamed PVC.

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