As discussed earlier on the blog, hobbytime seems to come at a premium these days and there's precious little of it, so I've been focusing on some smaller projects in order to see progress. Here I've completed some 15mm buildings.
Slyder House and Barn in 15mm
Oh, there is it. In the black circle.
Turns out it's near Little Round Top. Go figure.
That reminds me, I need a Devils Den.
I didn't take any WIP pics because there really isn't much to it. Here's how the buildings came out:
|Slyder House and Barn|
The kits ARE very nice. These 15mm buildings are just smaller versions of the 28mm ones, so come designed that you can take off the roof to place miniatures inside. I'm not gonna be doing that for my ACW gaming so I just glued the roofs on in the end. Also, you use the instructions for the 28mm kits and these show the assembly of windows and doors, but in the 15mm these are etched on or part of the model, you skip these steps.
I spray painted the house and barn an off white. If you do light passes from far away the etched details on the MDF remain so it preserves the wood planking effect.
|Rear of the Barn. Or maybe the front.|
I don't know anything about Barns.
On the inside of the windows I glued a piece of navy blue card stock just so they wouldn't be open holes gazing into the nothing inside. I kinda like this idea. I'm gonna do it to my own house so folks can't look inside and see how messy it is. Madness or Brilliance?
On the roofs I added some of those paper shingles that I like so much. Which also took forever to do or maybe it was because I only got to work on these for about 15 mins at a time...
Overall I like how they came out. I'm sure that someone with talent and time could really bring these MDF kits to life (I'm looking at you Ivor) but I did a good enough job for the gaming table. It's one of terrain pieces that once it's surrounded by fields and fences it'll look even better.
|Here's the house in real life.|
I find the stones in the wall kinda ugly actually but what can you do?
More Fun with MDF
The old Paint rack made of plastic disks would always get super messy and just didn't hold the paint stuff very well. So most of the time the paint just ended up sitting on the desk.
|The new paint rack is MDF that I purchased with a gift card that I got for Christmas.|
I got a rack that could hold 76 pots of paint because I couldn't possibly have that many.
|I like it better already. Much more organized.|
Turns out I had 83 Vallejo paints. Which seems CRAZY.
I don't even like painting all that much.
There's probably some colors in there that I've never used.