After another hiatus for this blog, I've started work on cottage to extend my real estate a little. These are exquisite Hudson and Allen buildings that I've had for a long while, before getting on with them. The motivation comes from the wonderful models completed by John Boadle for Dave Imrie's collection, to be seen here.
The cottage is two buildings stuck together to create an abode of a more prosperous farmer. These are photos of the first stage of work; I've added a wooden gateway and high fence to the front (Kingmaker castings from their Hussite wagons) and lower wattle fencing (Renedra plastics) to the rear and hedge to the gap at the side. I should be able to get three of my bases of figures in the enclosed yard/garden. I'll place some tools, barrels etc around too - am trying to disguise some miniature thimbles look like convincing medieval beehives at the moment.
The wooden frame of the cottage has been drybrushed in shades of grey (...!) and the first coat for the rendering applied - this looks very bright at this stage, but it'll be washed over to tone down, before highlighting whiter.
Will keep some more progress posts a-coming.