This is the first in what will probably be several posts concerning the building of my cottages.
The seed of this idea was probably first sown in Brummie's Blog back in July, when he started making cottages for his NMRIH game.
It was then nurtured by Vampifan's fine rendition of a Stoelzels' cottage on his blog in (and finally I was completely hooked on the idea of some cottages by Colgar6's rendition of his "Golden Hills Sheltered Accomodation" which again used the Stoelzels Cottages.
To get my excuses in early, this was a a bit of a rushed paintjob; this last week has been pretty rough for all sorts of reasons and I haven't managed to get as much done as I would have liked, plus I hate painting anyway (buildings, figures, my living room etc.)
As a kind of bonus, here's Sid beside some of the sacks I made (as shown first in last week's blog.). I realised that there was nothing to show the relative size of them last time.
I wanted all the cottages to be very similar in their general appearance, but each unique in their own way. They all have about the same footprint of 6" x 4-5 " (150mm x 100mm-125mm) excluding the chimney which is either intergral to a wall (as in this case) or is buttted onto the wall as in cottage no 2)
The height to the eaves is about 75mm above the 10mm "foundation" with another 75mm to the roof ridge.
The cottage on the right is #1, that on the left is #2 (my friend's one).
From this photo you can hopefully see that they are very similar, but #1 does have a window in the upper eaves.
The photograph on the right show the rear of the building, nothing remarkable there however.
As you may have guessed these cottages were all made using more or less the same materials for the main building shell. The ubiquitous wooden coffee stirrers provide the planking for both the wall and the floors of the buildings, but there are other materials too such as the back step which is two pieces of scrap plastic glued together.
All the cottages have removable roofs (except number 4 for reasons which will be obvious when you see it) and will have detailed interiors, after all, no-one want the wrath of Van Fampi to befall them !
The windows are all acetate and the doors do actually open.
I've finished all internal walls in cottages 1 and 3, including their opening doors and I'm currently scratch building the interiors, although I may have to revert to some of the WorldWorksGames interior props, for speed.
As for cottage number 2, well even I don't know how that is progressing though I've been assured that is is !
That's it then for this week and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated and let me take this opportunity to welcome my latest followers SapperJoe and Paulalba - "Welcome !"
Joe, I hereby dub you the "King of the Coffee Stirrer Modelling." You have certainly found far more uses for coffee stirrers than anyone else I know. The cottages look great and I look forward to seeing them all finished and furnished.ReplyDelete
Thanks Buryan, (I think), I'd still prefer to have the old bunser burner spills which were thinner and better textured.Delete
You should see what I can do with garden canes too !
The mind boggles!Delete
Likewise, I'm impressed. These look very fit for purpose! I particularly like the wear on the front step (or is it dirt?) that clearly gives this cottage that "lived in" feel.ReplyDelete
Also, I cannot help but be intrigued by the grid with the coloured strips. Bit of a tease, that!
I've set out to have all my buildings looking less than pristine, so that thereis dirt (or wear on the front steps.Delete
As for the tease, all will be revealed - in time haha!
Those look great, Joe. I still cant peel the paper of the foamboard nicely...you got any special tips?ReplyDelete
I haven't actually peeled the paper off the foamboard. I use it "as is". If you really want to get the paper off the foamboard, use a cheap (new) craft-knife off the snap-off blades variety and extend it to its full length. Next, very carefully ease the blade behind the card part of the foamboard.Delete
I use a similar technique for rabetting foamboard corners, but wwith a scalpel.
Nice job! Great!ReplyDelete
Superb mate I'm very jealous of these build they look great and you've done interiors to!ReplyDelete
Thanks Brummie,only interior walls and door so far, fiited kitchens, bathrooms and furniture are all currently wip'sDelete
I agree with Vampifan, you are definitely the "king of the Coffee Stirrer Modelling." Nice work, it really is impressive!ReplyDelete
Thanks Rovanite, I'll warn you now that there will be more coffee stirrer stuff in the next couple of weeks !Delete
Very, very good I like these very much. Some great tips in the comments as well. Rock on.ReplyDelete
Thanks Irqan, I'll be showing a lot more of the construction of Cottage #3 next week.Delete
Excellent work Joe. I feel that I am slipping behind on the construction of wargames items now. So I shall have to get started and try to catch you up. Once more brilliant work, I feel inspired!ReplyDelete
Thanks Clint, I've been inspired by others too and I always hopemy efforts have the same effect.Delete
Very very great, mate!ReplyDelete
Thanks LB, more next time!Delete