Monday, 28 December 2015

Somewhere in the desert...

Hoi,

In my post on Crisis 2015 in Antwerp, I commented that I had been given some adobe buildings made by Johan. These were part of a deal in which I gave him some bitz he needed and he made me some scenery I cannot make myself. The only thing needed is some paint.

The buildings before painting:


The buildings are made of plastic-card, foam-core and lots of bobs and bits, but they really do look the part up close. They are also very versatile in that they can be used for a huge range of different periods and even worlds as I guess they could double as Tatooine's Mos Eisley at a pinch as well.

The smaller buildings can be added to the large square one in order to create a bigger storey building or change the look of the place. I think the amount is just right. More buildings will clutter the tabletop too much and less buildings would not feel like a true village. I still have Italeri's big Arabian house lying around to build and that would be a great addition as well.

After painting was done the result is this:










The big square building has a more elaborate door-frame, with the dome added, it could function as a Mosque or rich person's dwelling. Therefore I decided to give the frame a bit more colour by painting it like it had patterned tiles surrounding the door itself. The inspiration was this picture:


The building without any of the additions:



A close up of the door-frame:


With the additions:




When time permits (and it doesn't) I will add small walls, awnings and other stuff to make it look more like a village. I am looking for cheap palm trees though, can't seem to find any over here. I have looked at aquarium plants: way TOO expensive, cake decoration firms: they don't sell them nor do they have columns for that matter, so I am a bit hampered in this regard. All in all a great set of brilliant little buildings so thanks Johan!

Cheers Sander

7 comments:

Phil said...

These buildings are fantastic, realistic and armospheric set!

Bedford said...

Excellent work Sanda!

Coincidentally, I'm glueing together my second Perry/Renedra Mud Hut. They are lots of fun but they do require quite a lot of filling after construction.

Darrell.

Sander said...

@Phil: thanks, I am mighty pleased with them!

@Darrell: do you know about the Valejo structured paints? These are great pots of paint with a grainy structure in them. The paints can be painted on really thin to give a light structured layer or thick and give the effect seen on my houses above. I used Desert Sand 26.217 for these.

Gunbird said...

I'm happy you made them look this good :) I especially love what you did t that big old door, brilliant!

Rodney Forehand said...

The buildings turned out really well. I totally agree they'll be useful for a lot of settings. I especially like the did on the door, it was worth all the effort!

Francis Lee said...

Nice work on those Sander, very versatile too!

Sander said...

@Gunbird: thanks mate coming from you that means a lot!

@ Rodney: yup I'm pretty content with it as well!

@Fran: thanks heaps Fran!