Apr 23

Mordheim Stone Wall v2.0

Author: Ashton Sanders

It’s been almost a week since I created Mordheim Stone Wall v1.0, and I have finally gotten around to creating the next version. (Thank you for all your ideas.)

Here’s what I did:

First I grabbed the worst piece of Styrofoam I could find to become my test piece for my Mordheim Stone Wall v2.0. It just happened to be a little over 3.5″ tall, so it was a perfect height. (Here’s a picture with my newly-painted Orc Archer.)

Mordheim Stone Wall v2.0

Next, I covered the entire surface with a pretty thick layer of Spackle.

Mordheim Wall - Spackled

Then I painted it a dark gray. My last wall was painted black, but I think this contrasted too much.

Mordheim Stone Wall Painted

Now that was has been prepared for the stonework, I got the stones ready. I painted up a piece of card stock with a layer of light grey, and then added some light and dark speckling to give it texture. I did the speckles by getting a small amount of paint on the end of a brush, wiping off some more, and then dabbing the paper with it.

Cardstock Painted like stones

Then I cut it up into strips. I wanted to make sure the stones would fit together nicely, so I made sure every strip was measured to be an even cm or 1/2 cm. (I cut one 2cm, two 1.5cm, three 1cm and 1 .5cm strips) This made the stones fit together pretty nicely, as two 1cm stones were as tall as a 2cm stone… duh.

Strips of card stock

Then came the longest part of this entire test. (It took way to be workable… so I’m going to have to use larger stones to speed it up.) I cut the stones up, clipped the corners, and glued them to the wall. Then I highlighted the tops of the rocks with watered-down paint and added some more speckles.

Mordheim Stone Wall v2.0

As you can see, I spaced out the stones on the right hand side as another test, and I think I like the spacing on the right. The left, although more realistic, doesn’t look as good to me, and takes much longer to do.

I think I’m going to be doing another Stone Wall as I haven’t created a process that is fast enough for my liking.
-Ashton Sanders

Tags: Ashton Sanders, miniature, Mordheim, orc, Small Terrain, Stone wall, wall,

3 Comments so far

  1. meat April 24th, 2008 6:24 am

    This looks great, I would recommend one thing though, to give this piece more depth, this might also change your pattern for construction too. To get more depth on a piece like this, use a pencil to trace our the pieces, like where you’d see mortar/grout in between the stones. When you paint it it will let you do a wash inside the ‘cracks’ between the stones and make each stone pop out that much more. Just a suggestion of course, this still looks really great otherwise.
    For a point of reference, I personally, when making stone, draw it into the foam prior to painting/detailing, however, I do like your method better and to me I’m just picturing both techniques combined for a good effect/look when it’s on the table.
    Either way, your site is full of great stuff, I’m glad I stumbled onto it.

  2. Ashton Sanders April 24th, 2008 8:21 am

    Thanks Meat. I appreciate the suggestion, and I think it’s a god one. I’ll see if I get sneak it into v3.0 =].

    Thank you, I hope you enjoy the site.

  3. Heinyken April 25th, 2008 7:39 am


    Great work as always! I’m very impressed with the work on this – it’s great detail and important stuff. I still think that your idea of the spackle was the best so far — I have many memories of Garrett moaning about the difficulty of painting styrofoam.



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