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Author Topic: A Normandy farm in 20mm - Now finished 9/3  (Read 2760 times)

Offline 6mmfan

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A Normandy farm in 20mm - Now finished 9/3
« on: February 23, 2015, 08:21:05 AM »
Hi all

I finished a few Italeri houses off for KGN and CoC a couple of years ago and I had some spare bits and pieces, so I decided to scratch build a farm in 20mm.

The plan was to have a large farm which would be a centre piece of a table and a good excuse to fight over. I used the Italeri Stone buildings as a size reference so it would match my other buildings, and I already had a Gamecraft resin roof. the base is actually 2 pieces so i can use the farm as a standalone piece or the larger farm but I kind of stuffed up with the main gate placement! :roll:



First cut up some 3mm mdf and some foam brick work i got from a Model railway shop. The plan was to laminate the pieces together but it makes building it complicated especially cutting out the windows accurately.



And a quick mockup to make sure it will look ok and if the size is good. The stables is an Airfix building I picked up for a few dollars at a bring and buy and it save me a lot of working making something similar.



Here's one of the walls. I glued a couple layers of thin card in the windows for the window frame and so my Gamecraft windows will fit. You can also see a notch I cut into the mdf which is used to help support the building. Then I glued in the Gamecraft windows with 6 pane pieces for the front ground floor and 4 pane windows for the back, sides and top.


And  here is the building assembled with the triangle shaped piece of mdf in it, so i can add another floor to the building. I bevelled the corners with a plane so they are mitered at 45 degrees.


And next I started on the walls. These are made from foam board with some pieces cut out and stone work added, using pieces leftover from the house. The gates are all scratch built from plasticard and the roof on the main gate is spare from the house main roof.


And a couple of closeups. Note I added the handles which were made from brass wire later on but forgot to photograph them!




Then I added some shutter made from textured plasticard to all the windows. The front door is a Italeri spare and I also added a drain pipe made from a spare piece of sprue and some spare frame from some brass etching.


Next I glued the walls to the base. You can see in the photos I nailed some small nails through from the bottom so I can spike the wall onto them, and that should make them pretty durable.


I'll add the rest of the steps of this build in a couple of days once I edit some more photos.

I hope you like and if have any questions let me know.

Cheers
Kieran
« Last Edit: March 08, 2015, 08:32:32 PM by 6mmfan »

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Re: A Normandy farm in 20mm
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2015, 10:07:56 AM »
I managed to edit some more photos and write up some info at work today .... so here is the second part of this build.

Here is some more progress on this.



Next I covered the walls with caulk and created a slight texture. I added some strips of card to the top of the walls to represent tiles.





Also the corners of the building was filled in the caulk and textured to match the stone work on the sides



The roof was made from a tiled roof set by Gamecraft and the chimney was a spare Italeri one. I beveled the edge where the two pieces met and added some mdf pieces to provide more strength. I used a sliding bevel (woodworking tool) to measure the angle of the end walls and cut the mdf pieces to match (or you could just trace around the end piece!)



Next I glued some short pieces of wood onto the underside of the roof to look like rafters. There were cut so that they sat flush against the wall rather than raising the roof up but this was quite a lot of work



Next some more details were added to the stables. There was a few doors missing (not sure if this is intentional or not) so I add some which were made from textured wood plank plasticard. I also added some wooden strips made from plastic to the existing doors. Finally I extended the wall of the stables out using some spare stone engraved foam and scored some wood panels in the the gate. The idea is that it is meant to look damaged and run down.





More in a few days as the model is finished but I need to edit the rest of the pictures

Cheers
Kieran

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Re: A Normandy farm in 20mm
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2015, 12:39:33 PM »
That's looking great mate.  8)

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Re: A Normandy farm in 20mm
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2015, 08:19:12 PM »
Looking really good. :o
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Re: A Normandy farm in 20mm
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2015, 06:50:19 PM »
Thanks guys. More progress and pictures in a few days...

Cheers
Kieran

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Re: A Normandy farm in 20mm
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2015, 10:11:09 AM »
Hi all

The last bit of this build was to add a tree to finish this off.



Part of the base between the stables and back wall I left some space for a large tree. I made a massive tree from twisted large strips of wire together and then adding bark texture (from sawdust) and some pillow stuffing for the fine branches. It was spray painted brown and then the main trunk drybrushed alight brown/grey colour. The foliage was some Noch fine leave foliage but I think I need to add some more. This tree is a technique I copied from a model railway forum and while it looks good compared to a lot of wargaming trees, I think I still need more practice (some of the trees on the model railway forum are staggeringly realistic).



And now the finished farm



Finished without the tree[/b]




And with the tree





With a 1/72 Sherman for scale




And some more shots of the details










The Stables


The big tree



Painting info

I basecoated the house with a brown spraycan and on the front it melted the stone work slightly but that kind of adds to the effect. I did a test spray on a spare piece of the stonework and that didnt melt so I dont know how I managed to melt it on the main house! Then the house and walls were painted a browny sand colour and daubed and drybrushed with lighter colors and slightly different shades and finished with a final creamy colour.

Next the bottom parts of the wall and house were airbrushed with a light red-brown colour and a sandy buff colour. I sprayed some of the grass with a brown colour and then ochre. The final airbrushing really made a difference to the overall look and helped blend the grass patches into the dirt areas. The base was textured used coloured caulk sith some fine sand mixed in and drybrushed a creamy colour. Extra details added are some barrels, an Airfix bicycle, and a table chair and gramophone from CP models. I ended up repainting the stables (although not my original intention as it was well painted) and remodelled the foliage on the vines because I got too much paint on them.

And I just noticed while editing the photos that I forgot to add handles to the doors on the barn!  :roll:


I hope you guys like it

Cheers
Kieran

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Re: A Normandy farm in 20mm
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2015, 06:26:38 PM »
That is some impressive stuff! The tree really makes it come alive.

Offline Golgotha

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Re: A Normandy farm in 20mm - Now finished 9/3
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2015, 09:35:32 PM »
What a fantastic and very realistic farmhouse! Very glad I did not miss this one...

Offline Duke Donald

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Re: A Normandy farm in 20mm - Now finished 9/3
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2015, 02:52:00 AM »
That's a marvelous piece of terrain!

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Re: A Normandy farm in 20mm - Now finished 9/3
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2015, 04:33:09 AM »
That's scrubbed up very well mate, like the bike too, and is that a wind-up phonograph I spy? Playing Edith Piaf no doubt.  8)

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Re: A Normandy farm in 20mm - Now finished 9/3
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2015, 08:13:41 AM »
Bloody Brilliant piece of terrain.. Kieran you are a master A+

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Re: A Normandy farm in 20mm - Now finished 9/3
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2015, 03:40:25 PM »
Very interesting and skilfully done - thanks

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Re: A Normandy farm in 20mm - Now finished 9/3
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2015, 08:46:20 PM »
Thats an extremely lovely piece!! :-* :-* :-* :-*

 

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