Sep 17, 2016


It's still not easy to represent built-in areas with larger scale figures. One way to solve this is creating fenced-off gardens and such. We've had this piece of plywood lying around, and I thought I could use it as a base for such a piece. There's a farm house, a stone well, a stable and a chicken coop included on it.

The buildings are made from figure boxes, the roof is decor rubber. The gates and columns are pine wood, the fence is balsa wood. The walls of the stable and the fence are covered in PVA and sand.

I've started painting with a layer of dark chocolate brown and used multiple highlights until reaching a gray/white on the fence and an off white on the buildings. The roof was drybrushed with saddle brown (sort of clay), then orange brown.


  1. Hi,
    That's really nice! When you say "larger scale", are you talking about, say, 54mm figures? I've found I can down-size card models on a copier from 25mm to 15 or even 6mm without trouble, but scaling up is tricky (and often impossible). I've had to resort to building everything from scratch for 54mm, and like most of us, the investment of time is the problem.

    Best regards,

    Chris Johnson

    1. Hi Chris! Perhaps I should have explained it more elaborately: the problem lies within representing any sort of settlement larger than a single building, for non-skirmish games played with 1/72 or larger figures. I'm preparing for Napoleonic gaming with 1/72 figures now, so this is a bit of a hindrance, nothing I can't overcome though. Remaining true to scale is not a big issue either... up to a point (a larger town having the footprint of a single battalion just looks odd to me, for example).
      My buildings usually have a very simple layout, so the plans I make for them are simple too (usually a small sketch of the complete product and the layout of the walls) - no need for scaling them up or down.

  2. Very nice scratchbuild. More of you excellent modeling.

  3. That's a great piece of scratch building András, I really like the idea that the garden wall is all integral to the build.