Making Corrugated Steel Walkways and Ramps

Olivier O'Brien
Olivier O'Brien
Wargamer/Modeller From Lethbridge AB. Trying to get a local wargaming group going. Meeting mixed success.

This project started out as a quick fix for certain inadequacies in my terrain collection. I had plenty of deadzone plastic buildings, but no ramps and few walkways between the buildings. Further, since the deadzone half cube pieces are exactly 3 inches, using them to bridge 3 or 6 inch gaps would involve leaving unsupported joints in the air. So I settled on 4 and 7 inch pieces with a solid structure.

Materials required:

Corrugated cardboard
Spent plastic sprues

Tools required:

PVA glue
Super glue
craft paints

Preparing the “corrugated steel”

I find it easier to prepare the cardboard in large batches, cutting them up as I need them. First take the sheet of cardboard and peel off one side of it, exposing the corrugation underneath. This part is a little tedious and is best to do it carefully over time rather than rushing it. Once the upper layer is mostly gone it can be sanded to remove the last few scraps of paper, leaving a relatively smooth surface. Once you are happy with it brush the whole sheet down with thinned PVA glue (aim for a milk like colour and consistency).

Assembling the Walkways (picture 1)
Cut the cardbord into small pieces, 1-3 inches by 1-3 inches, with a few large pieces as well. Measure out the size of walkway you would like on a spent sprue and clip it out. Ideally it should be a single piece, wide enough to support most of the walkway as well. Glue the pieces of cardboard to the sprue. Random and irregular patterns look better than regular ones. Finally coat the walkways in a matte black primer.

Painting the Walkways (picture 2)
Each section of cardboard was given a quick basecoat in a dark colour. Leave some of the primer showing through in the recesses. Follow this up with a drybrush of a lighter shade, followed by a drybrush in a light khaki colour. Finally drybrush it with a bright steel metallic paint.

Two Step Rust (picture 3)
For the base of the rust I mixed a burnt umber with a dark bronze metallic paint, though burnt umber on its own would work. Heavily stipple on your rust base in random patches, especially focusing on edges and low points. Finally lightly stipple on a bright orange over the area covered in base rust.


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