These steps show helpful tips on casting and gluing blocks from mold #344.
To the right is an extreme example of some of the problems you can have with casting this brick texture. This casting was done without any surfactant and without washing the mold before using it the first time.
This texture is not very deep but there are still many tiny steep angled edges that the plaster must flow into to get a good casting.
Before your first casting, fill a sink with a couple inches of water and put one small squirt of Jet Dry into the water afterwards.
Jet Dry is a rinse agent used in an automatic dish washer to help get rid of spots on your drinking glasses. It breaks the surface tension of the water so that water (and plaster) can flow into all the cracks.
Do not use ordinary dish soap! It will cause more bubbles than it gets rid of.
Next, submerge the mold in the water. Then use a small stiff bristled brush to work the air bubbles out of all corners of each block. I would have used a toothbrush for this but a toothbrush is just too large to fit down into the pockets of the mold.
Painting the Wood Click on the video on the right to watch it.
This video is actually from a different tutorial, but you will use the same method to paint the wooden sections for this project.
Here is a complete list of wooden items to be painted.
You will have 12 round top doors, 4 wooden slat doors, six of the larger slabs with planks glued across them and all of the remaining planks.
Since we only need to paint one side of the planks, we can stick these down to a piece of cardboard. I'm going to use cheap permanent double stick tape. You need the permanent kind or the pieces will not hold down.
Do not use too much pressure when pressing them down or you will break the planks.
The single planks only need to be painted on one side, but all other wooden pieces need to be painted on both sides. I suggest getting a second piece of cardboard to set the other wooden pieces on when painting.
The first coat I am spray painting it flat black. Be sure to do this outside or in a well-ventilated area. Be sure to spray from all angles so that you get the sides and ends of each plank as well.
If you are using house paint, thin the paint slightly and make the brush as dry as possible. If you are using acrylic craft paint then you may not have to thin it.
If the paint is too thick, you will get solid brown on the top of your planks. If you thin the paint but put too much on, the paint will run into the cracks.
The trick here is to thin the paint slightly, dip your brush in and brush almost all of it off on a paper towel (even more than usual for dry brushing).
What you want are lots of thin coats of paint. When first brushing over the planks, it will not look like anything is happening. This is exactly what you want. Don't go back for more paint but instead keep brushing over the planks.
If the coat of pumpkin pie color is thin enough, the black transmutes through the brown and changes the color completely. Pumpkin pie turns into a dark oak. Remember to brush lightly, keep the paint thin and keep the brush really dry.
The medium earth tone and the light gray are both from the painting instruction pages. I found the Kiwi shoe polish at my local Walmart in the shoe department. You can find magenta India ink at an art or crafts store with the calligraphy tools.
The first coat of paint is the earth tone medium. It's kind of a pumpkin pie color.
You can thin the paint slightly so it will go into the cracks easier. However, if the paint doesn't go into all the cracks, it's really not a problem because the shoe polish will end up going into the cracks anyway.
It's a good idea to wear a rubber glove on the hand that is holding the piece to be painted.
Staining the Brick Click on the video on the right to watch it.
This video demonstrates how to apply the shoe polish mixture onto the painted surface of the brick.
After it's completely dry, I'm going to stain the piece with a mix of Kiwi liquid brown shoe polish and magenta India ink.
Mix 1 tablespoon if liquid brown shoe polish to 1/2 teaspoon of magenta India ink and mix them into a cup. You may have to make about four batches of this to cover the entire project.
I felt that the brown shoe polish alone just didn't have quite enough red in it for brick. However, you may feel differently about the color when you try it.
Be sure to always test your paint colors on some extra castings before applying them to your project. It's not just a matter of getting the colors right, it's also a way to practice how to apply the stain to the surface.
Jam the brush into all the cracks when applying the shoe polish and apply it liberally to all the surfaces.
Afterwards, scrape the excess stain off of the brush by scraping it on the side of the cup. Then dab up any excess drips you can find.
The shoe polish will get sticky as it starts to dry.
Afterwards you can dab up a little of the stain with a paper towel to mottle the texture somewhat.
Dabbing the surface is optional. If you wipe up too much of the stain, you won't leave enough brick color on the surface.
You will also find that the rubber glove will leave prints on the brick, so dabbing the surface helps to blend these fingerprints away and give your brick a more random look.
The shoe polish is water based so you can clean your brush out with water.
Dry Brushing the Brick Click on the video on the right to watch it.
This video demonstrates the method to dry brush the surface of the brick with light gray paint.
After the stain, I'm doing a light dry brush of the light gray. Doing this brings out the details and texture on the surface, as well as toning down the color of the brick.
This step is optional! If you like the color of the brick after you stain it, then don't worry about doing the dry brush because brushing on the gray is kind of difficult and easy to mess up.
Here is what makes the dry brushing difficult. You notice that in the top photo we have a nice flat surface to cover. You'll get the best results on a flat surface.
However, these wall sections have a lot of uneven bricks and protruding bits all over. The same amount of paint it takes to dry brush a flat wall will be way too much paint for the random protruding brick edges.
For my set, I ended up frosting the edges of the brick too much. It's really easy to get too much paint if you're not careful. However, it seemed to work out ok because this extra frosting helped set the walls apart from the busy game board. Below is a photo of a wall section set onto the game board.
After painting, the last step will be to glue the wooden plank sections onto the walls. The double board sections are meant to go in specific spots. However, you can place the individual planks anywhere you want.
To the right is a sample of where I have glued the planks onto the finished walls. Click on the photo to see a larger complete version of this photo which includes all of the wall sections.
I have referenced the step numbers above to each wall section on this photo.
This video describes the best way to arrange the walls for whatever kind of mission you want to create in Zombicide Black Plague.
It also gives a complete look at the arrangement for the last quest of the game, "Trial by fire".
What you see here is the complete set of walls for the Zombicide set.
Click on the photo for a larger view.
If you sort the walls in this manner, it will be easier to lay them out on the game board and find the wall sections that you need.
The walls we make will float on the table. In other words, they can be moved in or out a bit and still cover up the wall lines printed on the game board. In the example below, we can cover the same wall area with two different sizes of walls.
To arrange the walls on your game board, first lay out your game board tiles and place all the doors that need to be on the map. Then place long wall sections with doorways in every possible spot. Try to take care of as many doorways as possible with the longer wall sections.
Next place all of the short doorway walls in all the places that the long walls with doorways could not fit into. Finally, place all remaining wall sections. It's best to use long walls first and then use the short walls to fill in where the long walls do not fit.
Sometimes you will need to use a wall section with a doorway as a normal solid wall.
In these cases, use the filler blocks to block up the doorway temporarily.
To make arranging the walls a bit easier, I've created a PDF file of each of the game quests and show you exactly which length of wall section you need in order to play it.
Just click on the photo on the right to load up the PDF file.