Buildings - Roofing

Roofs for Gaming and Diorama Displays


On Roofing

Here is a larger 25mm Golden Hall of Rohan from LOTR. The roof on it is done the same way as the little guys. It just took longer to do. These are made from cheap dollar store brand kitchen scub pads. It does not matter what colour of pads you use as they will be painted anyway.

I like the cheaper ones as they are easy to peel.


Shingled Roof

I'm only going to show you a couple methods for roofing.
They should be enough to get you going though.

The first is the simple cardstock shingled roof.
Both this house here and the small 15mm scaled ones at the top of this page are made the same way. Using old cold cereal boxes and similar cardstock packaging, cut out a whack of strips the width of your shingles. Then cut these strips into the lengths of the shingles.

Now that you have 500-1,000 little thick paper shingles - start gluing.

I use an old coil binding machine to punch out the small ones, (it punches rectangle holes, slightly rounded, at 1/8" x 1/4"), but normally I just use a paper cutter and a cracker or cereal box. The roof for the building above was made from a breakfast cereal box, corn flakes I think.

Make your roof from one piece of the pressboard, (cereal cardboard), folded at the peak or from two pieces of thicker corrugated cardboard glued together at the peak. Then start gluing on the shingles starting at the bottom edge and row by row work your way up to the top. Run a roof cap down the top and let it all dry in place on the house so it won't warp.

When dry paint it all black then drybrush on the red-brown paint with strokes from the bottom up, (turn the roof upside down, its easier).

Thatched Roofs

The other roofing method I've discovered, through a fair amount of trial and error, is the thatched roof. A very nice effect is done by using jute cut to length and glued down like the shingles. Prancing PonySmall batches at a time working from the bottom up. I don't seem to have any pictures of this method other than this one of the Prancing Pony, which wasn't finished at the time of this photo.

Jute is hard to paint, especially after it has glue all over it from gluing it down on the roof. I dye it now first and glue it to a black or brownish-yellow painted roof.

I find jute roofs are best for 1/35th scale and larger unless you have lots of time on your hands.

A quicker method, which on smaller scales works great and looks good, is to use pot scouring pads. The cheaper ones are easier to work with. The good ones like scotchbrites are very hard to separate and cost more anyway. Here is another 15mm scale done this way.


I start by cutting them into one or two inch strips then peel them in half to make them thinner. Plus you then get two the same size. Flat on one side and slightly teased on the other.

Simple glue them on your roof starting again at the bottom and working your way up.


Further on roofing

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