Corrugated
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Corrugated card is a very handy thing to have around when making wargames scenery – it has a number of possible uses. Corrugated card can be recycled from packaging or it can be bought – it is sold as a packaging material and for craft use. It is also used in double walled from in many cardboard boxes. In terms of what you can make from it to go on your wargames terrain pieces, it is commonly used to represent corrugated iron and steel, or pantiles on roofs and as a wall capping.

Using corrugated card.

If your card is coming from a box with the corrugations sandwiched between two sheets of cardboard, you will first need to gently prise off one layer of the card. It needs a bit of patience, but it can be done quite successfully. You may find you need to remove any residues still left by gently sanding with some fine sandpaper, but you should be able to get to an acceptable result. If you are using bought corrugated card, you can obviously skip this step as most card you buy is single sided with just 1 piece of cardboard as a backing to the corrugations. To make corrugated iron sheet, the cardboard can simply be cut to the required shape and painted (but see bellow). For pantiles, for a roof ridge tile you can just cut a single strip of the card and glue this to the roof ridge. Individual tiles for a roof or wall capping can be made by cutting individual tiles out of the strips of card. These can be glued in place on a roof. Alternatively, for a quicker roof finish, use long strips of the card. To improve the appearance of these, you can always cut little nicks out with a knife to help represent the individual tiles.

One thing to note about the card corrugations is that they are not that strong and are prone to crushing damage. To strengthen them, it is a good idea to paint them over with a PVA glue / water mix. Give them a good soaking and when the glue drives it will stiffen up the card. Alternatively, especially if you are using them to represent pantiles, you can paint them over with brush on wall crack filler. This gives a good texture to the finished result. When dry the card can be painted in the usual fashion – I undercoat, base coat and dry brush mine. If you are making corrugated iron and you want a very rusty result, base coat with the rust colour and then dry brush / highlight with your bare metal colour, rather than the other way round.

I hope this was of some use and gave you an idea or two – happy scenery building and wargaming!


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