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PostSubject: How to make crates and barrels with polystyrene   Wed 18 May 2016 - 23:59

Finally… This is for you, Chief Tugboat! Wink
But I also hope others will find it helpful!

In this tutorial I want to show you, how I make my crates and barrels with polystyrene.

Those are the tools I use :
- a sharp mechanical pencil
- a little blunt pencil
- a scalpel
- a flat and thin piece of wood (I use a cocktail stick from which I cut off the top)
- a carving instrument


And for the barrels different tubes to cut out the basic form out of the polystyrene



I will show you two different ways to make crates and barrels.

Crates

1) Cut a piece of polystyrene into shape.



Crate 1

2) With the scalpel cut the planks into the polystyrene.


3) Deepen and highlight the spaces with the normal pencil.
And maybe add some knotholes.


2) Add some wooden texture with your flat impressed mechanical pencil by scratching over the surface.


Crate 2

Repeat step 1).

2) With the scalpel cut the planks into the polystyrene.


3) With the cocktail stick and carving Instrument (for the corners) push the polystyrene in.


4) Add some more planks on the pushed-in parts with the scalpel.


5) Deepen and highlight the spaces with the normal pencil.


6) Add some wooden texture with your flat impressed mechanical pencil by scratching over the surface.


Paint the crates in your desired color.


Some more crates I made.
On some of them I added holes at the end of the planks to illustrate nails.


Barrels

1) Cut out some round shape.


2) Cutt off some material on bottom and top.
(If you like, you can flatten the surface with some sandpaper.)


Barrel 1

3) With your scalpel cut a circle on top of the barrel.


4) With the cocktail stick push the polystyrene in.


5) Add some planks on the pushed in parts with the scalpel.


6) With your scalpel cut two steel strips around the barrel.


7) Cut planks into the polystyrene with the scalpel.


8 ) Deepen and highlight the spaces on the sides and the top with the normal pencil.


9) Add some wooden texture with your flat impressed mechanical pencil by scratching over the surface


Barrel 2
(This is truly not the best barrel I made with this way, but I hope you can see my intended procedure… Wink )

Repeat step 1) to 6).

7) With the cocktail stick push the complete side of the barrel in.


8 ) Cut planks into the polystyrene with the scalpel.


8 ) Deepen and highlight the spaces on the sides and the top with the normal pencil.


9) Add some wooden texture with your mechanical pencil.


Paint the barrels in your desired color.


Some more barrels I made.


So…
I hope you like this little tutorial.
As always : Comments are welcome!!
And if you made some crates and barrels with this tutorial, I would be happy to see some pictures of them!! Wink
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PostSubject: Re: How to make crates and barrels with polystyrene   Thu 19 May 2016 - 5:23

LOOKIN' GOOD! AND a FINE use for all those little scraps of foam. I'll have to give it a try.   thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: How to make crates and barrels with polystyrene   Thu 19 May 2016 - 7:14

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LOOKIN' GOOD! AND a FINE use for all those little scraps of foam. I'll have to give it a try.   thumbsup
I'm curious to see your result!
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PostSubject: Re: How to make crates and barrels with polystyrene   Thu 19 May 2016 - 7:35

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I'm curious to see your result!
cheers

So am I. Since I never or rarely can bring myself to throw out scrap pieces, it would be TERRIFIC to come up wit a new use for the stuff.   clown
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PostSubject: Re: How to make crates and barrels with polystyrene   Thu 19 May 2016 - 7:47

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Since I never or rarely can bring myself to throw out scrap pieces...
Sounds familiar...
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PostSubject: Re: How to make crates and barrels with polystyrene   Thu 19 May 2016 - 10:16

There you go:




...it was quick enough. The only time consuming part was waiting for the black base coat to dry...it's raining like The Great Flood here.  clown
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PostSubject: Re: How to make crates and barrels with polystyrene   Thu 19 May 2016 - 12:51

Great!!!
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I like it!!
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PostSubject: Re: How to make crates and barrels with polystyrene   Thu 19 May 2016 - 13:50

Thanks, Dragonhunter! Next time I won't make it quite so elongated...I hope.   What a Face
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PostSubject: Re: How to make crates and barrels with polystyrene   Fri 20 May 2016 - 8:58

DeafNala wrote:
Thanks, Dragonhunter! Next time I won't make it quite so elongated...I hope.   What a Face
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PostSubject: Re: How to make crates and barrels with polystyrene   Fri 20 May 2016 - 9:19

Oh stop it.  I have way too many resin, plastic, etc barrels and crates to get caught up in making my own, too.

Nice work both of you.

although now I see the broken barrel... I only had one model of a barrel that had been damaged. I'm thinking they would be very common in most locales like Mordheim or Big Toof.
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PostSubject: Re: How to make crates and barrels with polystyrene   Sat 21 May 2016 - 1:48

Von Kurst wrote:
Oh stop it.  I have way too many resin, plastic, etc barrels and crates to get caught up in making my own, too.

Nice work both of you.

although now I see the broken barrel... I only had one model of a barrel that had been damaged.  I'm thinking they would be very common in most locales like Mordheim or Big Toof.

Thank you!!

I do not own a single bought crate or barrel.
Although my friends told me that there should be shops in the internet, where you can buy them very cheap...
Shocked Wink
But I like building things on my own.
My entire houses and terrain pieces are made by myself and I don't think, that I will ever buy one...
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