I recently set up my new gaming table and discovered I did not have enough line of sight blocking terrain. As a I prefer playing Flames of War with primarily tank based forces, utilizing line of sight blocking terrain is an important part of my tactics. My other limitation was that money was a bit tight for purchasing nice premade terrain like more trees and the lovely Battlefront houses. Therefore, I decided to try and build some houses and buildings to bulk out my terrain collection for Flames of War.
Building 15mm houses is challenging. I am pleased with the overall aesthetic of these buildings (and the other two I have not yet painted). However, the scale is slightly off. A 15-18 mm high model probably does not need a 30mm high and 20mm wide door. It is a little large. Next time I think I will make the floors slightly smaller (these ones are 40mm for each floor) and the windows and doors slightly smaller. As they are now I guess the doors are just really tall double wide doors…
These models were pretty easy to build. Once again, I used the cardboard bases from the Open Fire set as the bases of the two buildings here. Like the stone walls (blog entry coming soon!), the walls of the buildings are made from Depron foam textured with aluminium foil. I added details using small pieces of cardstock. On larger models I have used balsa wood for the detailing but even balsa wood is too thick for this scale a lot of the time. The roof is made like the huts in the classic Citadel wargaming terrain books; strips of card with little slits cut into it.
I built the two story building with 1 floor accessible for models to go inside. I am not a fan of having layers of buildings all over the table to arrange models. I decided to try a removable roof for this one though. I may just do ruined roofs on the future models as there is less chance of them breaking or of pieces getting lost.
I painted the models by drybrushing brown and then white for the walls. I then added a little light and shadows using the airbrush. I drybrushed the roof with some grey colours. The bricks I painted in some reddish colours, washed, and drybrushed. They were pretty fast to paint up. I like painting terrain sometimes as a break from the more precise painting required when painting 15mm models.
I have lots more blog entries and projects in the pipeline. Come back soon for some updates on my 11th Armoured Division sherman company, pictures of some stone walls, and some painted Panthers and Tigers. Thanks for visiting.