チュートリアル;Fantasy making : Warlock House


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You can find the Warlock House plans to this house on the Building Plans page.
Glue the floorplan down to a piece of cereal box.
You'll notice a light line around the outside of the floorplan.
Cut out the floorplan on this line and trim the line off completely.
That way you won't have any extra cereal box sticking out from under your house.
You'll need to cast the #260 flagstone floor tile mold 4 times to make the floor.
Glue the blocks directly down to the floorplan.
If you don't have mold #260, you can glue wood strips down to make the floor, or you can paint the floor as shown on the Tips & Tricks page.
If you're not making a floor at all, the step below will be a little different.
The red block shown would be a full block instead of a half block.

The first row of blocks is laid around the outside of the floor.
Do not glue them to the floorplan! Only glue them to each other.
You must be able to remove the building from the floor so you can paint it later on.
The block shown in red is a flat block (1/4"tall).
Don't glue it down to the floor! Only glue the edge to the wall.
Don't glue the blocks on the black line!
You will have to remove the side tower later on for painting the inside.

This is layer #2. Once again, don't glue on the black line.
As you build on the model, you should be able to remove the tower at any time.
For the remainder of the building, don't glue where you see the black line!

As you start building up the rows, cross off the levels that you've completed on the plan.
It's pretty easy to lose your place otherwise and put the wrong blocks down.

This is layer #3. The blocks shown in blue are flat blocks (1/4" thick).
For the center posts on the windows, glue the 2 blocks back-to-back.
The others shown in blue are just standing on end with the flat back against the wall.
Also note the pieces shown in red are the widest arches.
These are used to make the top of the fireplace.

This is layer #4.
To help get the windows the right width, place blocks shown in red there temporarily to hold the place.
Do not glue these blocks.
Remember not to glue where the black lines are shown.
We want to remove the side tower later on.

This is layer #5
On this row you place the window and doorway arches.
You should still be able to remove the side tower.

This is layer #6 and #7
Here are the next two layers.
You notice that we've covered the smaller windows at the bottom with the 3" long blocks.
The blocks shown in red are the angle blocks.

If you would like to add a second floor to your house, you'll need to add some angle blocks in the corners to support the floor.
If you don't want an upper floor, don't add the blocks.
I wanted the angle blocks a little lower, so I used a flat tile as a spacer.
By placing the tile flush with the top, the angle piece ends up a little lower.

This is layer #8
Glue a full layer of blocks in a ring around the building, but only 2 blocks are glued on the tower.
Afterward, mark the top of the tower section (and part of the wall) with a marker.
As we continue the tower on up, do not glue to this marked section.
We want to lift off the top of the tower later on so we can paint the inside.

To finish this layer, place the remaining blocks on the tower as shown, but don't glue them down!
As you continue to stack and glue the remainder of the tower, don't glue to the marked area.

This is layer #9 and #10.
As you glue layer 9, don't glue onto the marked area.
On layer 10, do not glue the blocks shown in red.
These blocks are holding the place for the windows and will be removed later on.

This is layer #11 and #12.
Layer 11 also has spacer blocks. Do not glue the blocks shown in red.
Afterward, remove the spacer blocks to reveal your window openings.
Layer 12 uses the medium window arches.

For layer 13, glue 3 floor tiles down a piece of cereal box.
When dry, cut away the excess cereal box around the edge.
If you don't have a floor tile mold, you can put together 6 regular blocks to make the same shape (and you don't have to glue it down to anything).

To finish layer #13, glue the blocks around the outside.
Add the square blocks on top to form the crenellations. The skulls are optional.
Do not glue this onto the top of the tower! If you glue it on, it will be difficult to paint the inside of the tower.

Now for the chimney. Lay the blocks down directly on the plan and glue them together (but don't glue them to the paper).
Glue the chimney onto the side of the house.
Be sure that it centers over the fireplace on the other side of the wall.
You'll know it lines up correctly if you can place a square block on the corner (shown in red).

The first photo shows the different layers you stack together to form the top of the chimney.
The very top is made of two rows of flat blocks laid on their side.
It helps if you temporarily put a regular block in the center and build around it.
Then remove the center block later.
Do not glue this chimney top to the rest of the building yet.
If you glue it on, it gets in the way of painting.

For the roof peak, lay the blocks directly on the plan and glue them together.
You will need 2 roof peaks.
Be sure they're completely dry, then mark a line across the center of the top block.
Lay a piece of coarse sand paper on the table and sand off the jagged edges.
You could use angled blocks on the ends instead, but you would have to cast the mold several more times to have enough.

The second floor is optional.
If you want to add it, glue the floorplan down to a piece of cereal box.
When dry, cut it out (including the hole) and be sure it fits in the building.
Additional trimming may be needed.

Using pieces from the wooden plank mold, glue the wood planks onto the floorplan.
You'll notice that the planks overhang at the bottom.
Use a ruler and hobby knife to score a line across the bottom, then snap the pieces off clean.
Look at How to use the Plank Mold page for more information.
If you want to use the flagstone tile mold instead, glue them down as shown in the last photo.
You can also use wood strips, or paint the floor to look like wood if you don't have the other molds.

Glue the garden wall together, but don't glue it to the plan!
You don't have to put the skulls on if you don't want them.
Also, glue the walkway together, but not to the plan.

Place all of the pieces of the house together to see how it looks.
Don't glue it together yet!
The second photo shows all of the pieces ready to be painted.
The roof is the last item to be made.
The building plans include a roof template.

Lay the roof template over a piece of cardboard and push on each of the corners with a pencil.
When you remove the template, you will see the little depressions in the cardboard.
Connect the dots to draw the roof on the cardboard.
Cut out the roof with a hobby knife and score the center crease so it will fold easily.
Test fit the roof on the building and trim as needed.

I used the wood shingle roof mold #240 to add the texture to the roof.
For instructions on using the roof mold, look at Tips & Tricks 5 page for more information.
If you don't have the wood shingle roof mold, you can make shingles out of cereal box.
Go to the Gothic Church building page or the Tips & Tricks page for instructions on doing this.