This page will show how to use Mold #70 and Mold #75 to build the ruined tower shown here.
To make this tower, you will need to cast mold #70 16 times and mold #75 12 times. It probably wouldn't hurt to cast mold #75 a couple more times (since you're already casting mold #70 more times anyway). That way if you have any miscasts you won't have to use them on the tower.
To build this tower, you may want to print out the ruined fieldstone tower plans found on the Building Plans page.
It's also quite helpful to look over the section on What is on mold #75. This article shows how to identify the ruined fieldstone pieces and how they are used.
Gather the remaining ruined blocks. These will be set on top of the walls next.
Start placing and gluing the ruined blocks on top of the walls. I prefer to place all of the ruined blocks on first, see how it looks, then go back and glue them in place afterwards.
Be sure that you keep in mind where the sections separate. You don't want to accidentally glue two sections together by bridging them with a ruined block.
Add ruined blocks to any surface that looks too flat or clean. Don't forget to scatter a few small stones around!
Here are all of the pieces to the ruined fieldstone tower. You can see all of the tops have the ruined blocks glued on them.
At this point you want to paint the sections completely before assembling them. For this tower I've used the castle gray color scheme. You can find these colors on our Painting Instructions page.
The remainder of the instructions on this page will show how to make a rock base for the tower to set on.
Making a Rock Base
The rock will be made of polystyrene foam insulating board. This is the stuff they use for insulating houses before they put siding on. You can get it at most lumber yards and it usually comes in pink or blue in thicknesses of 1/2", 1", 2" and even 3".
For this project we're going to use two pieces of 1/2" thick board that are 12" square.
Using a pair of scissors, trim around the floor plan as you see here. The printed plans are found on the Building Plans page labeled Ruined Fieldstone Tower Plans.
Lay the plan down on the foam and draw around the outside of it with a pen.
Poke 4 holes around the outside edges of the square in the center of the courtyard.
Connect the 4 dots and cut a square hole in the center of the foam with a hobby knife.
Afterwards, glue the two foam sheets together.
Use a knife to bevel the outside edge of the foam slightly. Don't go past the line!
Using a hobby knife, carve the edge of the foam to look like rock.
For detailed instructions on how to do this, look at our Tips & Tricks 9 page.
I drilled a hole in the bottom of the tree and glued in a pointed stick.
The roots I made using epoxy putty rolled into thin cone shapes. They were painted afterwards.
I added ground cover around the tree before I glued the ruined tower walls on (it was easier to reach that way).
To add the ground cover, start by painting the foam with dirt colored latex paint.
While the paint is still wet (paint it on thick), sprinkle different colors of ground foam on top. I'm using Woodland Scenics products here.
A spoon will make it easier to reach into the corners. I'm using dead colors (yellow and muted green) to give the ruin more of an abandoned look.
You'll also notice that I've placed a few broken stones on the ground and painted them gray before adding the ground cover.
Once the paint is dry you can turn the whole thing upside down and give it a good shake to remove the excess ground cover.
Click on a photo to view a larger version of it.
Since the ruined fieldstone pieces interlock to make full blocks, these pieces can also be used to make removable sections. Imagine a building that is whole, but when you lift off the top you're left with a ruin.
To learn how to make removable sections like this, visit our Tips & Tricks 23 page.