What do you guys use for making your buildings walls?
That would depend on what kind of walls you are talking about.

There are freestanding walls, like those around fields or in urban settings around courtyards, and there are walls that are part of structures.

It also depends on what thickness the walls are supposed to be, and whether or not one side of a wall will not be seen (like the inside of a structure that is never opened).

I have seen people use cardboard (corrugated and single-sheet solid), foamcore (with and without the paper backing removed on one or more sides), old plastic yard signs, and sheets of extruded polystyrene insulating panels. I have even seen solid wood, mud bricks, and aluminum can pieces put through a corrugated ringer to make them look like tin roofing used.

It all depends on what you are trying to build and what scale you are working at.

If you give us a better idea of what you are thinking of building, we can be more specifically helpful. Smile
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Okay then. I'm looking to make ruins for Warhammer 40k. The thickness would probably be best no thinner than 5mm and no thicker than 10mm. As for scale I'm not sure what the building to model ratio would be.

I have seen a black foam board used, I asked the person what it was he told me it was just called foam board. But when I got some I couldn't weather it with a craft knife as he had.

I'm starting of by making few small ruined buildings and hopefully later making larger ones to add to the board.

Thanks for the advice already given ableman33.
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Hope this helps for building ratio.
OK, mystery solved!

When people say "foam board" (and I wish they wouldn't) they are either talking about foamcore or extruded polystyrene.

Foamcore is a thin (5mm) piece of foam with a layer of paper on each side.  We use a lot of this stuff for various things, including walls. It's available in black and white.

Extruded polystyrene (XPS or EPS) is a closed cell styrene foam used to insulate houses.  We use a lot of this too, and sometimes as walls.  XPS comes in many thicknesses and the color (pink, blue, yellow or green) depends on the brand.

The walls in the ruin in the photo above are made from XPS.   You can find sheets of XPS in home improvement stores.

The person who told you they used black foam board probably meant foamcore.
That picture is something I made from floor tiles. You know the type that are used to pad a floor making it child safe. It turned out nice but is an absolute pain in the ***** to work with.

Thanks Tob I'll look into the XPS.
(04-25-2016, 06:43 PM)Arkadine Wrote: That picture is something I made from floor tiles.

Ah, my mistake.
(04-25-2016, 06:43 PM)Arkadine Wrote: It turned out nice but is an absolute pain in the ***** to work with.

HAH! I can imagine! That stuff is DENSE and rubbery. A total pain. You're going to love working with XPS after that stuff.

I find a lot of XPS just out and about. Dumpsters, side of the road, all kinds of places. It might be harder to find for you if you live in a warmer climate.

You could use bead styrene (regular styrofoam) too. Although bead styrene has its issues, it can be easier to find (packing materials, old beer coolers, etc) and it breaks in an interesting way (roughly and crumbly) for doing ruins.
I'll have to keep my eyes open as I pass bins from now!
Thanks once again for the help and finally a proper name of the material I can go into the hardware store and at least sound like I'm one of them.
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I made the Windows and doors a little to tall, any suggestions on how to make them less tall?
Make wooden doorframes from balsa wood.
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