Sunday, 10 August 2014

House(s) that Jack built....

In my last post I included as part of the background in some photos, a building that I had constructed. Actually it was a terrace of houses adapted from a Scalescenes kit - the original can be purchased here.
I had to adapt it considerably as it was designed to be a static model for model railway layouts, and I needed it to 1.) look more like something that could be found in Normandy, & 2.) have removable roof/floors to allow placement of figures. The fact that I used foam-core sheets for the main shell - which makes it lightweight and sturdy- kind of put things out of wack as far as some of the measurements. It took me quite a long time to build this, and not a little stress (my stress threshold was even lower at the time)- I think other people would find it easier, so don't be put off by my experience. I think the key for wargamers using the excellent Scalescenes buildings is to simplify.

The Normandy effect was achieved by using different windows, doors, and the addition of shutters, sign & posters. These were taken from texture files that can be found on the internet and re-sized appropriately for home printing.

In the end I got carried away and have a removable attic floor as well as first floor. Here's some pictures for you to peruse. I'm happy to answer any questions about it:














19 comments:

  1. That is wonderful work. In the previous post I thought it was a bought resin model. Nice detailing, inside and out.

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    1. Cheers Mark. No resin in this, all cardboard, foam-core, paper and glue :-)

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  2. It really turned out very nice.

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  3. Top notch work John. How much time went into this mate?

    Fantastic!

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    1. Thanks Paul. I'm really not too sure as to the time because I started and stopped a few times with it. My headspace wasn't all that great at the time so that probably played a part. I think it could have been done quicker with a better head for simplifying complex things - the whole roof assembly could be simplified into one big piece perhaps?
      They are great downloadable kits though, which have lots of options, and once you've got it you can print it off loads of times if need be.

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    2. Head space or not its a winner John!

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  4. These look fantastic John. I've always been a bit skeptical of how card kits would turn out, but these are superb - much better than a lot of resin kits i've seen! Thanks for posting

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    1. Thanks Ben, glad you liked them.Can't say that all card kits are of the same standard as Scalescenes though, they do a grand job.

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  5. You could see yourself in France with these. My idea type of terraced buildings. Very well done...I'm suitably jealous.

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    1. Hi Simon, thankyou very much, glad that I achieved the desired effect with regards to the Frenchy look :-)

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    1. Hey Mr Nick, how ya doing?
      Thankyou for your "wows" bro :-)

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  7. Stunnig work, chap! They look really excellent.

    Are they large enough for 20mm? Unfortunately I experienced that some 00 scale things are too small...

    Cheers
    Stefan

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  8. Cheers Stefan.
    They are fine for 20mm - see pictures in my previous post with AB figures in front of them.

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  9. My, oh my, stunning work John. They look very very realistic. Im very happy that your tolerance thrsehold didn't prevail. Well done!

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    1. Hi Thanos :-)
      Thanks mate.
      I highly recommend the Scalescenes stuff.

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