Joshua Qualtieri made this castle using cardboard and textured paint. It is a quick and effective alternative to the modular castle project, and a superb maiden TerraGenesis project from Joshua.
I started out intending to build the whole castle out of scraps, but realized I needed balsa. I figured that since I was going to be buying things anyhow that I might as well get textured paint. I could have got the same effect as textured paint using sand and PVA glue, but hey, I live in the middle of the city, sand is hard to come by.
I started by making all of the walls and towers and the gatehouse out of heavy cardboard, each wall is two layers of cardboard thick. I then cut up a cereal box into 1cm by 2cm rectangles and glued them randomly onto the walls and towers to simulate bricks(this doesn't come through in the photos).
I then filled the edges of the cardboard with wood putty, which I smoothed out with some sand paper when dry. After that I covered everything in a heavy layer of textured paint. Sprayed it grey and then drybrushed white.
If I had had more time than I actually had to work on this, I would have drybrushed in progressively lighter shades of grey, but the single pass of white actually looks decent.
The timbers on the buildings, ladders and tower tops are just strips of balsa painted in brown ink and a black wash. The wall walks are light brown with a black wash(I ran out of brown ink!). The buildings themselves are made out of thin card and a little foamboard on the inside to strengthen the corners.
Finally I glued everything to the foamboard base and flocked it Total time in the project from start to finish is only about 12-14 hours, and it came out much better than I had thought it would for having such a short time to work on it.