Monday, 2 January 2012

Fortified Farmhouse - completed.

I have finished painting the Hudson and Allen farm.
The thatching was highlighted with a drybrush of Vallejo Burnt Umber. I decided to flock the grass areas, as I couldn't get a convincing finish by just painting the mouldings. I added a few Silfor tufts and flowers for some variations of colours. I also made changes to the wooden gates. When painting the ones I'd made with plasticard I felt that they lacked the level of detail I wanted. So I remade them, this time using cut-down spare protective sides of Kingmaker Hussite wagons I had, which are typical of medieval fence construction. To these I added balsa strips to the bottom and reverse. The small brass hinges were glued on the reverse and then hidden by a covering of thin slivers cut from balsa sheet - all was then painted as with the other wood in shades of grey. They were attached into slots I'd cut in the walls and open and close sufficiently well.
I've added a couple of smaller farmyard items I had to hand in the 'lead pile' - barrels, basket and sacks - and plan to order some more small items and tools (probably from Mirliton?) to enhance it further.
Some pics here done quickly to show it's potential use as a defensive position. This has been one of my 'to do' medieval buildings for some time and as I approached it with some trepidation, I'm pleased with how it's come out - as terrain & buildings aren't usually my forte - back to the comfort of painting more figures next!


Sam Wise said...

Really good work !!
a model for me!

Happy New Year!

(I'll have a look at yours others posts: if they are all so interesting... !!!!!)

Stephen said...

excellent work - too clean though ;-)

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

That's simply outstanding work.


JPChapleau said...

Very Nice... Is it "just" one piece or can you rearrange it?

Paul´s Bods said...

That´s lovely!!

Willie Anderson said...

Great looking piece!

Fire at Will said...

Excellent work on a superb model, well woth the effort!

rct75001 said...

That is absolutely superb.

I have gotten one of my own pieces from them out of the basement - washed and undercoated it. Hope it will not take me a year to do - but ???


Dalauppror said...

Stuning piece of terrain, looking very good !

Best regards dalauppror

Ben Fiene (Ansbachdragoner) said...

Wow, simply outstanding work mate.

Stuart said...

All that is missing is some Geese !
Stunning work, I think with this you must have a fair sized village now?


painterman said...

Many thanks for all the comments.
JP Chapleau - it is a one-piece casting - except the upper storey for the house is separate (and detailed inside too) but I've glued that on and the open-sided barn roof lifts off.
Stuart - yes I do have a tiny hamlet now, but found another Hudson & Allen building yesterday when looking for something else, which I forgot I'd ever purchased! Tempted to get this done now too.

John said...

Wow, really nice! Love the subtle paint and weathering.


Hendrid said...

Nice piece very well done. Look forward to see some more of your figures next. What are you planning next?

painterman said...

Not too much planned for these I'm afraid, want to put more time into my Burgundians this year. However will add when and where I can - I really need more Scots and some extra casualty markers. We'll see...