Monday, August 4, 2014

New Buildings from old scraps and unfinished projects...

French farmhouse and barn:  Rescued from an unfinished and languishing project.
A long hiatus:  Grad School semester over, move completed, and a new job-not much time for Liliputia.  I have had a huge structure on the table for about a year now.  It was supposed to be a Presidial barracks or cells for friars at Mission Concepcion for the Bexar Campaign.  The problem was, it was just too large.  With 28mm, I guess some things can't be to scale-they just don't fit on a dining room table.  So I proceeded to rip off the top story, balcony, colonnade, etc. and was left with the structure below.

The barracks sans balcony, colonnade and second floor.
 The structure was made of foamboard covered in sand, the columns from closed cell insulation foam.  The details around the door transoms and windows was some epoxy I had on m boat that was beginning to dry out-a lot harder to work than blue/yellow, but it did the trick.

Finished barracks and farm house (r). 

 The finished products, sanded, painted and weathered.  The one story house on the right is the old 2d floor of the barracks, now a Mexican farm house.  They were painted in leftover latex primer from our living room, and then coats of acrylic terra cotta, linen dry brush, and a brown wash.

French medieval barn on the stocks.
 I still had the balcony, colonnade and some additional scraps left over.  These became a barn and farm house.  I intend to use them on an island in our late-medieval Cog Wars campaigns, but they would be just as good for Lace Wars, Napoleonics, or even the Great War.  Again, the foam board walls on a foundation of closed cell foam insulation.

The foundations were the remains of the balcony and colonnade from the old
Presidial barracks project.
 Again, I used the last of the boat epoxy to craft the stone accents around the doors and windows.  The buildings were sanded from kids' sandbox in the back yard.  Painted with the old latex base and then a coat of linen with brown wash.  The roof shingles are card stock painted, drybrush, and stained with the brown wash.
Completed French farm, awaiting a well, fields, etc.
 The end product turned out to my liking...and to my daughter's liking as well.  She would like a set larger enough for her Disney Princess dolls.  (My sons rolls their eyes, because the odds are I will be doing that in the near future).
As always, the roofs are removable to allow the buildings o be occupied.
The barn has a hayloft...for an archer...or archer and wench.

With the structures completed, on to the Battle of Gonzales, 1835.

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