Well, I hope that the new year is treating you all well, and that you enjoyed your festivities. I’m back with another Grim’s Dungeons of Doom article/tutorial this time dealing with some rickety old wooden stairs to connect your upper levels and platform risers to the rest of your other components we’ve already dealt with.
You’ll need a few things, Thick card, lollysticks, small square dowel, thin bamboo sticks/cocktail sticks, glue, skull beads and a few other odd things but we’ll address each along the way.
Ok, first we have to match these stairs up with the height of your wall sections. I’m using some of the spare wood I use for my own wall pieces to measure up the two sides of the stair sections.
Once you’ve cut out the strip,it will be the same height as the wall sections, I then divided the thick card into a grid by using a lollystick for the measurement (This is what we’ll be using to clad the stairs) You’ll see that you’ll get a neat 3×4 grid with a little on top, (the 3×3 grid is what I had left over from the strip, so is just left in the shot for reference) Cut out from the grid the excess parts to form two identical stepped side bits, these will form your sides.
Next decide how wide you want you want the stairs, then cut 7 identical sized lengths from several lollysticks. It’s up to you how wide you want your stairs, there is no right or wrong, its up to you!
Start glueing on the planks by starting with the front facings and not the tops, it’s easier in the long run and allows for a slight overlap on the top of the steps.
Carry on by affixing the top planks. With the top planks it brought the thickness up to just slightly short of the full height of the wall section so they will still match up pretty well and match the rest of the dungeon pieces.What I haven’t got a shot of is back of the stairs, which I’ve attached a piece of cardstock to fill in the space and give the piece more stability (so yeah, you’ll need to do that too!)
Ok, on the sides, I’ve added a piece of lollystick and some thick cardstock and some textured wallpaper to detail the sides (the wallpaper is just detail, the extra pieces will be used to attach the posts for the bannisters shortly)
Do this at both sides so they match. As you can see for this dry fit, the stairs are almost at the same level as the wall sections, and its done to make sure the piece fits nice and flat to any walls or risers you may need to butt them up to whilst in use.
Next, add a section of stick at the sides in a diagonal. You’ll need this to attach more pieces as we go.
Cut some dowel for the banniser posts. you should cut the two back ones one lollystick with more long than the front. You can fine tune or measure if you prefer, but seeing as these stairs are funked up rickety stairs , I dont feel any need to really measure them, as I tend to eyeball most stuff anyway! (Note: the dowel I used was salvaged from bonfire night festivities and taken from used rocket fireworks, therefore free!)
Next cut your thin bamboo sticks (cocktail or bamboo skewers or even matchsticks will do too) into lengths to form spindles, I eyeballed these so don’t have any concrete measurements, just try a few sizes. Just make sure these are all the same size. You’ll need four for each side.
Fix it all together like so. The spindles should affix so that the bottoms rest on the bottom slant of the diagonal part so it mirrors the slant.
Continue to repeat on both sides.
Now take as trip of thick cardstock and gently bend it and cut to size before attaching it to the top of the spindles and posts like in the pic.
Next, cut some small squares of cardstock and cap the posts.
Last off, get some skull beads and glue them on as finials atop the posts. Don’t forget to fill in the holes on the beads (use hotglue or gel superglue or similar)
Now, as ever, undercoat and basecoat in burnt umber, and slowly work through lighter shades of brown until reaching your desired finish by drybrushing and highlighting.
The last drybrush I used was done in white, this gave the piece a slightly worn and old dusting effect to simulate a more Scooby Doo feel!
And there you have it! Rickety old stairs done. For bigger stairs try altering the measurements (like below)
Well, I hope that you find this tutorial some use and that you may want to try and make some stairs for your own dungeon sets.
Hopefully I’ll be back soon with more articles and stuff for 2016, plus some news that may interest you…possibly…