stairs

Dear wife saw the guard tower, and asked “how does the guard get down there?”

So, I had to make some stairs down to it.

stairs

stairs

I cut two “stringers” which are the side supports just like real stairs are cut. Then I placed tiny treads in place with glue. I had to place a few, let them dry, then place some more.

None of this is necessary of course, but when you have the skills and tools, why not add it.

ready for install

ready for install

I had to cut part of the cliff face back to install the stairs. I tried to imagine a tiny dwarf rock cutter out there with his tiny hammer. Everything in your tiny world has to make sense.

in place

in place

Once they were in place, I needed some supports under neath.

supports

supports

Once this was all in, I noticed a nice place for a deck, to the left of the tower. So I constructed the supports and bracing like a real deck would have. I made this first off to the side.

deck support

deck support

That image above shows the support, upside down, with the legs sticking upwards. It had to dry flat before I installed it.

deck framing

deck framing

There is the deck framing in place on the mountain. The stairs can barely be seen on the right side.

decking

decking

Once the frame was in place, I added tiny little decking boards. Try to keep everything in the correct scale. Keep referring back to your miniature figure. The boards are extra long here. They will be cut to proper length later after the glue dries, with a dremel tool.

steps

steps

At the bottom of the stairs, some steps needed to be cut into the rocks so the guard could reach the actual tower. They are cut into the rock, and then a wood slat added on top. All that white will be painted. Most of that white is painter’s caulking to patch holes.

another tip

another tip

Another tip for you is use a little bit of the gravel material directly in your paint. Put a blob of paint on your palette, and sprinkle some gravel medium in it. Stir well. Then dab this mixture on your set where you need small rocks or texture. The paint colors the gravel, but also will glue it in place.

Go ahead, start having fun with your set.

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