Buildings on Parade (part one)

dscf0692Okay so this isn’t a building, it’s a town square, but open spaces like this are as much a part of the wargaming town as the buildings. This is a simple build and can be used to give a focal point to a town. I’d found a sheet of regularly tiled textured plasticard and this was the only thing I could think of using it for. Prior to sticking to a base I cut out five squares on either side for the trees and the oblong for the plinth in the centre. Applied glue to the base and clamped it into place and let it dry. Once dry I scraped, cut and otherwise bashed up the texture so it looked worn and not so horribly regular. Then kerbs were cut for the trees and stuck on, the plinth was made totally seperately, a simple plasticard box with several strips of plasticard added for the bevels, and only applied at the very last stage.

dscf0695Thankfully Mike from Snipers Nest very kindly donated the figure (after some scrounging on my part) and I painted it to look like a grand statue while everything else was painted grey and given a harsh dirty wash. The trees were super glued into place and then flock applied. Finished it off with shades of drybrushed grey over the tiles to increase the irregularly of it. Before varnishing I bagged each tree, by which I mean I put a small ziplock bag over the foliage and sealed it as much as possible. These are then removed after the varnish has dried. That’s a GHQ jeep in the picture to give an idea of scale.

dscf0696A mix of the old and new this one. To the left one of those twenty year old buildings, to the right a new scratchbuild. I wanted to reflect now often you see photos of a ruined building right next to an untouched one, as well as have a bit of space for actually putting a squad or a vehicle on a base on the piece. The most difficult part of it was the planking, each plank being laid seperately.

dscf0699The new building is a simple flat roofed two floor house, built with brick textured plasticard for the walls, untextured for the roof, the filled-in windows, sills and steps, and a tiny bit of plastic tube for the chimney pots.

dscf0700The old building was glued and clamped onto the baseboard as it had warped. Also having been built in the days when cash was scarce I’d used salt for the rubble and much of that had perished. Small pieces of brick textured plastic were chopped up for that, and the whole lot painted brick red. The shell craters and the smashed fence were added as well as quite a harsh wash.

dscf0701As you can see my modelling skills have slightly improved in the two decades between the building of these two, but that said the crudity of the first is quite acceptable for wargaming purposes. The key is the overall effect rather than your bricklaying skills. There’s also tiny difference in scale to them, but that simply reflects how different buildings in the real world aren’t built to any standard rules.

dscf0702Here’s quite a fancy house, again using brick textured plasticard. On this one I’ve not filled in the windows, which is deliberate as I believe a mix looks better and more realistic.

dscf0703The hardest part about this one was the roof and the chimney. I didn’t have any tile textured plasticard so I made life difficult for myself. I cut strips of the regular tiled plasticard as used in the town square at the top of this post and laid it on with a stagger so it looked tiled. It was fiddly and tedious but worked. The problem with the chimney was because it’s just an elongated box it’s sides were thin and long and therefore difficult to set both square and speedily because Plastiweld drys very quickly, and if you apply too much to textured cards it can ruin the texture.

dscf0704The bush is one of those Chinese trees with the trunk cut off and superglued into place. The hedge was fun if long winded. It’s plasticard with the first pieces set as if it were a wall, scraps of plasticard added to that and then a fair bit of wittling to make it irregular in form. This was then just flocked and it’s a good alternative to soft material hedging, which when set on the edge of a base has a habit of getting worn very quickly. Unknown make of M10 parked in the garden.

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