Monday, 28 December 2015

Somewhere in the desert...


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


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.


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!