Okay, prototype number one completed. Time for another.
So after reviewing the previous thread other ideas I decided I really want to make the keep.
I found the six-inch cork round and roughed in the water and then cut away the cork where I had drawn water in the picture. Then after finding an appropriately sized tube to create the tower, I transferred the shape of the tower sticking out of the water using a stencil I made from the drawing.
Then I outlined the cut tube on to the cork and cut away the inside edge to seat the tower piece.
I fit some cork pieces I cut from a sheet I have used. I roughly matched my drawing. Then after making sure I had them where I wanted them I pin them down and trace them. Then applied super glue between layers.
Here’s the start of it compared to the drawing …
The cork elevations are just super glued at the moment. But once I shape the slopes of them I will seal the cork with glue.
Here’s the cork shaped:
I sat over a box top and scraped the corners down with a sculpting tool. I made sure to rough up everything.
To make the transitions smoother I added sand to the surface.
After adding yet more sand to the cork make the terrain more uneven and textured I gave it all a wash of brown.
It muddies the details a bit … pun intended … but the end result is a nice transition of the three levels of cork on either side.
Those will get broken up by a few tree stumps. A couple are just rotted out husks of tree stumps,
The Parapet or Battlements of the Keep
Considering that the tower itself is not very wide at 2.625 inches across … which is 12 feet and roughly the equivalent of a small living room or bedroom … I wasn’t sure what I would use to make the parapet of the keep. My original idea was to just use a Pringles tube which is slightly wider than the tube I used for the tower. I would build the buttresses connecting the two tubes with some wide toothpick-forks (great for appetizers) and fill in with green stuff or Sculpey.
However, I remembered that the office had a bunch of coffee lids for our cups supplied by our Water/Coffee delivery service. So I checked one of them out this morning.
The inside ring of the lid matches the tower and the overall size seems perfect.
See for yourself:
The cut and placement is a dry fit and the lid is only loosely taped to the tower.
But I think it’s a damned decent match.
The buttress will still be a combo of green stuff and wooden toothpick/popsicle sticks. And with the outer layer of stone to be added to the tower still … I think it will be perfect.
Stay tuned for more …