Dec 1

Building Mordheim Church

Church,Mordheim Buildings
Author: Ashton Sanders

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Mordheim Church Floor ConstructionThis is my second building that I am creating for my Mordheim Board and this is my second post. I’m calling it my Mordheim Church. It isn’t going to have a (playable) ground floor. Instead, the second floor has collapsed down upon it in most places. Here are a series of images as I go through the process of creating a destroyed wood-panel floor. You can click on an image to enlarge.

The idea is that a piece of the meteor crashed through this building, and destroyed the back wall. This also caused the second story floor to collapse down onto the first floor to create a sort of ramp. This will create an easy way to get up into this building from one side only.

Mordheim Church Floor ConstructionNow to begin construction!

The first part of creating the floor was easy. I first cut the rounded ends off of 50 Popsicle sticks to use as Mordheim-sized floor boards. Then I cut seven of them into 1/3 and 2/3 sections. I glued the floor boards into place in a staggering manner:

Full length, 1/3, 2/3 and then back to a full length board again. This is a pretty normal construction method for normal houses. It makes the floors look nice and space the “seams” out so they aren’t so noticeable.

Mordheim Church Floor ConstructionI will also mention that before I put any board down, I ran my sharp knife over the edges of it to give it a beat-up look. That’s a trick I learned from a Terra Genesis article on preparing wooden beams for Mordheim. They used balsa wood, as it’s a lighter wood and easier to cut/work with. I use Popsicle sticks cause it’s 1/20th the price. =]

I added some crossbeams from a stick to a firework that a friend had left at my house (after launching the firework of course=]). I added three crossbeams. One is still intact at both ends, one is broken only on the left side, and the last has completely collapsed.

No Base! I had discussed whether to use a base or not for my Mordheim buildings. Probably the biggest reason to use a base is to make it easier to build the building (and add rubble to it) without it falling apart. I took this as a challenge to build this building without a base! Mordheim Construction of a Church FloorAll of the destroyed Mordheim floor boards are glued together to create a firm, invisible base that holds it all together. So even though it looks like all those boards are about to fall to pieces, they are actually quite sturdy.

Now that I have finished this part, I have a little more wood framing to do for the windows and roof, and then I’ll be doing some final touches to make it look realistic.

More on it’s way!
Ashton Sanders

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Tags: church, floor, floor boards, Mordheim, Mordheim Buildings, Mordheim Terrain,

2 Comments so far

  1. Heinyken December 1st, 2007 2:18 pm

    Wow! Definitely one of the grandest Mordheim buildings I’ve seen!

    Two questions: one, what’s the advantage of getting up there? Do those two little windows allow for enough Field of View to actually target people on the ground – I’m pretty sure there are rules on this. Two, will those beams be rough enough to hold friction on bases for models? In other words, is that slope too steep for a model to stand on if he couldn’t get up it in one turn’s movement, or would he slide back down it? Maybe textured paint/sand/dirt glued on will be in order?

    Looks awesome, Ash!

    -TRoss-

  2. Ashton Sanders December 4th, 2007 3:23 am

    1) Haha, I just handled this in the next post
    2) A model can easily “rest” on most of the destroyed floorboards.

    Thanks for the questions.
    -Ashton

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