Sunday, 21 August 2016

Wargames Scenery

Coaching Inn ready for painting
After many years of scratch building wargame buildings Jan has pretty well run out of new projects.   You can only use so many buildings on the table.   We have organised our collection of buildings to provide cities, towns and villages for both northern Europe and Spain.   All built up areas are based on 12”x12” squares of material, light brown for towns and green for farms.   One square in a village, two a town and four a city.   
New walls and outbuildings
All buildings are free standing, so that they can be removed if necessary to allow for fighting within the built up area.   We made a mass of walls and hedges, both Spanish and Germanic, so that we could make different farm layouts.  However we soon found that the walls would keep falling over, or would not fit the required shape.

Painted complex (including horse shoes over the stable doors)
So this summer we have been planning a selection of permanent villages and farms.   We now have four villages, two Spanish and two Germanic, each with a church and two or three small buildings.   Very little work involved, mostly a new paint job so that each is a slightly different colour.
Finished Coaching Inn

The farms were a little more work.   We decided to make them in three sections, to make them easier to store.   The farm building is one and the walls or hedges a left and a right section.   So the whole fits together much better, and are less likely to fall over.
A 28mm Napoleon inspects his overnight accommodation
Jan make the coaching inn last year, but we never really found a use for it.   We had planned it to be part of a German style town, but it does not really fit with the rest of the medieval type buildings.   So we decided to add walls and outbuildings and make it a standalone feature.  

For the past three months our dining room table has been covered in a wide assortment of card, balsa wood, paint and miscellaneous building materials.   Our son and his family arrive tomorrow for their annual two weeks in the sun (they live north of Newcastle!).   Needless to say the whole house have to be cleaned and made child proof (children are 10 years, 6 years and 1 year).   Fortunately the building project was completed just in time, the finishing touches added this morning in fact.


Robert (Bob) Cordery said...

A very nice-looking hostelry, and a great addition to your collection of buildings.

I hope that you have a great time with your family.

All the best,


thistlebarrow said...

Hi Bob

Thanks for your comment, which has left Jan very pleased indeed.

Its a shock to the system having the grandchildren visit. We are so used to our own routine when we do what we want when we want, that it is quite a shock when they arrive. Its lovely to have them here, and it is good for us to be shaken out of our routine. But it does make you appreciate how much more energy you had forty years ago!



Rusty Gold said...

My Brother always says in jest : " Its great when visitors come over but its even better when they leave !" . Hope you see his dry wit ? Its persons like you inspire me along the way to try something my self , never been a great idea man .Good work

thistlebarrow said...

Hi Rusty

I am aware of the saying, indeed I repeat it just about every year when we have guests.

Thanks for your kind comments. We have had great enjoyment from our campaign and wargames over the years. I started the blog as a record of what I was doing, but it would be nice to think that some of my posts have sparked off an idea in another wargamer.

best regards