Project: Medieval castle in 1/72 scale – PART II

I would like to show you second update with building of medieval castle in 1/72 scale. Enjoy!  

Project of my medieval castle is still alive. Progress is slow but when I have a free time, I’m trying to do something with fortress 🙂 In FIRST POST you saw baseboard and basic terrain construction process. Today you will see more terrain-related work and castle walls.

1. Terrain

I decided to use Woodland Scenics pigments to paint almost all my terrains. I am a big fan of this company and whole woodland system. Pigments line contains 10 colours in 118 ml bottles. Maybe in the future I will prepare a short review.

Pigments must be applied on white surface. I used 1/8 mix with water (1 part of pigment, 8 parts of water). Colours are fantastic and transitions are really smooth. It’s definitely one of the best time/effect techniques. Of course there are still many possibilities to improve the final effect. Practice, practice, practice…

Next step – base painting in water colours. I used different shades of green and airbrush. In next post I will probably make „rest of water” with resin or other specific. Additionaly I painted wooden boxes to improve overall look. I am really happy because it finally looks like serious piece of terrain.

2. Castle walls

I decided to start construction work with the easiest structure – walls. Core of each building/fortification is XPS foam (3mm or 3 cm). I did some calculations and height of wall Is 11.5 cm in 1/72 scale. That’s around 8 meters in real. To cut everything I used simple knife. For assembling I used polymer glue.

Another question – how to make wall stones/bricks? Whole castle project is a big modelling experiment for me so I decided to check a few different ways.

First – walls made-by-hand. I used knife, pencil, pen, chisel and a few other tools. It was ok but very time consuming. Moreover it is hard to diversify shapes and to keep them „realistic”.

Second – dremel machine. The same as above, just a bit faster.


Third – Green Stuff World and rolling pins! This is it! 🙂 Small but insane useful tool designed for projects like my castle.

I’ll try to prepare short review of pins in the future. Here I’ll focus on the walls. One of the most important things with rolling pins is base material. At start I used Milliput epoxy putty. It’s very similar to green stuff.

+ Keeps shape very well

– Hard to apply on big, flat surfaces

– Too expensive for my project (I need around 4 kg of putty)

I had to find something else (mainly because of costs).  Finally I decided to buy Koh-I-Noor modelling clay.

+ Very good price
+ Easy to apply on flat surfaces

– Sometimes it cracks so additional post-processing is necessary

Modelling clay is not the easiest material to work with but it’s insane cheap. For walls I used 2 kg of this material. It took me a few days because clay is drying 24 hours. I fixed all cracks with Vallejo Plastic Putty.

Above you may see picture of wall made-by-hand (left one) and made by rolling pin (right). Difference is colossal, isn’t it?

I decided to try some different painting schemes (again – Woodland Scenics pigments). I still did not find optimal colour mix but working on it 🙂

Next step – towers. It will be HARD. Really I have no idea how to do it well. I will keep you updated here or on our Instagram.

Feel free to leave your comment, opinion, advices and questions 🙂 I will be really grateful! Below photo of wall and 1/72 miniature.

Stay tuned!

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