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#18510
Cobblestones? 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
I've been starting to hunt around for some cobblestones - If I want to make sections of 'street' for near my MBS - to show a bit of the 'outside', & cobblestones seem the way to go. I guess Hirst Arts is possible - but I really don't want to get into that. I had a look around in my local model railway shop yesterday - they do sheets of embossed plasticard, which would work, except that the relief is very shallow and the cobbles tiny.

Anyone got a good source of some suitable material to use? I am, of course, perfectly happy to glue whatever it is to some sort of base to make it come near the right height, paint it, etc.

Cheers,
Phil
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#18512
Cobblestones? 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Also check out your local crafts shop. There are usually some sheets of various road/walkway surfaces (brick, cobblestone) in the general vicinity of the dollhouse supplies and accessories.

(GREAT website, BTW -- thanks for the link, otherworld!)
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#18513
Cobblestones? 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Phil, do a keyword search on "latex cobblestone sheet" and you should find a ton of online sources for 11" x 17" (sorry--to sleepy to do the coversions now ;-) ) sheets of flexible surface. Miniature Building Authority used to carry these but they're out till Spring of '07 according to a representative of the company I spoke with recently.

The latex sheets I found run around $9.95 USD (about 4 to 5 pounds or so for you?).
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#18514
Cobblestones? 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
If you can get Plastruct, their cobblestone sheet should be the right size for 25-28mm stuff. Remember, a true cobblestone is only going to be, at most, twice the size of the average human foot, both in length and width.

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#18515
Cobblestones? 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Thanks Guys!

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#18516
Cobblestones? 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
I use the reverse side of a rubber door mat. The random non-slip pattern looks close enough for me (although it's more like oddly shaped rocks, than an actual cobblestones) Plus, one $10 mat takes up an area of roughly 1.5' x 2.5'.

My doormat cobblestones in action:

s31.photobucket.com/albums/c383/camiskell/Wargames/Modern--SuperHeroes/Ape%20Attack/

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#18517
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That works pretty well, actually! Did you have to drybrush it at all?
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#18518
Cobblestones? 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Thanks Dante. The mat is black rubber, so yeah I did have to paint it.

I contemplated drybrushing it, but I have a real problem with disguising my brushmarks when I'm drybrushing large surfaces. It doesn't matter what size brush I use the brushstrokes still show up.

For this, I ended up using a mini paint roller I found at a craft store. The roller part is a sponge about 2" wide & 1" diameter. That seemed to work well. I didn't press too hard it just painted the raised surfaces. Plus the painting took about 2 minutes!

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#18519
Cobblestones? 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Drom -

That's actually a GREAT idea! I had never thought about using a mini-roller for 'drybrushing' but now that you bring it up, it sounds like it will work wonderfully for doing LARGE recast pieces of floor, etc.

THANKS for the tip!

Jim
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#18520
Cobblestones? 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Hello Phil,
As far as cobblestone streets or any other street is concerned wait until christmass and then all the little village stuff will come out ... they have some very nice 'rolls of road'. I don't know what else to call them. I have never paid much any attention to what the company's name is either. The first time I came across this stuff was when my wife came home with three rolls of the stuff she bought on sale at wallmart for about three bucks. What a great gal! I went back the next day but it was all gone. There are several different types of roads from brick to cobbles to some gray stone stuff and they are cheap. I use foam board or 1/4 inch plywood to back them and they work great. By the way the Hirst Arts stuff in pretty easy to use it is just labor intensive... but you WILL get good results. I don't have the MBS yet ( its just a matter of time) but I do have some resin buildings I use and the roads work just fine. They look good. Also the Miniature Building Authority has some stuff that may work, though I have never used it or seen it first hand check thier web site.
Hope that helps,

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