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The Medieval Village Diorama
Part 6: The Roofs of the Buildings continued

This is part 2 of the tutorial on how to make the roofs of the medieval buildings. (part 1 is here)

In this part we take the roof out of the mold, trim it, paint it and install it on the building.


Once the Plaster of Paris has dried carefully and slowly remove it from the mold. Depending on how thick your casting is you can easily crack or split the piece. That is ok. YOu can glue it back together very easily and the crack will not show. One way to minimize this is to give it plenty of extra time to dry before you remove it from the mold.


Cutting and shaping the roof

Now you can work on the roof. You can cut it to the size you need for the building. You can also sand it and file it.


Applying glue to tops of buildings

Apply some glue to the building and affix the roof right to it. Depending on whether you used Hydrocal or Plaster of Paris you may want to experiment with glues. Some work well and others don't work so well.


Glue down the plaster roof

The roof is in place. Now we can finish it up.


Touch  up the gaps with plaster

Now you can finish up the structure of the roof by patching it with a little bit of plaster of paris. Just spread it in, particular at the apex of the house where the two roof sections meet.


Paint the roof

Now a couple of tips on how I painted the roof to make it look like a thatched roof.

I first painted the whole thing with a wheat kind of color. I actually used a color called camel. Thats the yellowish color. Then I used a very wet paint brush to brush in a little bit of black. By using it very wet the black will tend to sink into the lower sections giving us that separated shingle look.

I then used a soft pencil to draw in a variety of lines. This gave it even more resolution and gives us that bundled straw look,

Finally I touched it up a little bit with bright yellow. That's kind of like highlighting.


Now Let's do a couple more roof styles


This is the wooden shingle thatched roof style. I love this look.

Wooden thatched roof

Here is a wooden thatched roof style. This looks terrific and this particular structure is a roof overhanging the blacksmith area. These shingles are perfect for this.


Cut a variety of balsa wood pieces

I just cut a variety of pieces from strips of balsa wood. Vary them up, in both widh and height.


Glue down the roof shingles in a pattern

Apply the tiny shingles in rows like this. And vary them up. That gives the best look. A hot glue gun is terrific for this so you dont' have to worry about them slipping while they dry.


The two rooves look good



Clay shinges

NextOkay, We have one more type of roof to make the clay shingle roof. This style is my favorite




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