Friday, 6 February 2009

Un village d'Normandie

I've finished the first real estate; representing rural life in fifteenth century northern France, although am sure they'll be pressed into service on may other occassions. All are Hudson & Allen castings, which I've had stored away for several years. 'm pleased with how they've turned out; the castings have fantastic detail, even down to the wood grain and the exposed wattle. They look convincing and am sure they've been based on actual buildings.

I've based them to match my terrain tiles and they are sufficiently large to fit in any troops needing to defend them. I've alo made a dung heap, shown next to the free-standing barn. I decided to paint the thatch as 'well established', rather than the just-been-thatched straw colour that most gamers appear to want to paint their buildings. One of the fences is home-made, wire uprights with thin plasticard wound through and the other are resin items I purchased via ebay. To the rear of a propoerty, out of shot, I added in a Timecast allotment casting with various veggie growing (made for HO railways I think, but seems to fit well). Poultry by Hovels (I think).

The current hamlet will be extended to a more substantial village - will purchase more H&A items soon (now only available from the States) and plan to add a windmill later this year.


Sarah said...

Absolutely stunning work. You've made what are already very attractive bought models into something really special, in the way you've added the little extras; fences, lantern, dung-heap, washing, garden ... and even that bowman scarecrow!

Those gorgeous decals from LBM and the flags from GMB have got me almost tempted to do this period!

Mike Siggins said...

Excellent stuff. I really like these buildings and have painted up a few myself. I am going to scratch a few more for variety.

painterman said...

Thanks for the positive comments - realised I meant to add pitchfork to the dungheap (!) and some more bits. Will save them for the next builings - onward to more figures now.