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Monday, 24 November 2014

Doll Houses (2)

So having posted last week about the first of the two doll houses I converted last week, here's the second one alongside the first.
The actual process of converting the second was identical to the first, more or less to the first though I had learned some lessons with what to cut and what not to.
Front of house #2
Here's house#2 alongside the original model. The front of this building is the back of the other and vice-verse. This house would have a picket fence surrounding it on three sides rather than having to add a larger base as I did in house#1.

This side of the building was flush with the base so required no fencing, but the obvious disparity between the two walls had to be fixed with a small piece of card, it was then covered in filler and the planking was scribed to it - not as complete a success as I would have liked but nevertheless sufficient for my purposes.
Rear of house #2 (front of house#1), with added fences

The fence that came with the model was a tad twee so I added my own, stuck straight to the base and then it had a "base" of a filler added for strength and aesthetic reasons. (the fence would otherwise have looked far too huge)

Side with "garden"
The final side of the house had the same problem of aligning the walls, but with the added complication of the arched window, again a thin piece of card sorted the problem.
The side "path" was unusable to place figures on once the picket fencing was in place, even for my slim 20mm bases, so I put a few bits of vegetation in to deter players from attempting to place figures there.
Notice the absence of any chimneys on this one.
Boring close up shot.
 A couple of very old hedge pieces and some sisal topped off with two variations of flock I thought was sufficient to complete this bit.
 The picket fencing is of course coffee stirrers which I had already made some time ago, though it should be obvious that I didn't take too much care with the heights of the individual pieces.

Moving on to the internals then, here's the top floor of house#1 .
There isn't a lot of space to really do anything here other than the basics so it's very minimalist.
The floor is "lift out", but the few bits that are there are all glued in place.
I did take care not to block the window areas (even those in the bathroom that were integral to the roof) so as to allow figures to 'use' them.
The internal doors of both models don't open and are in fact the centre of a triple layer of thin card with frames attached.
I used two pieces that came with the original models for the bathroom fixtures, but I did raise the toilet onto a small bit of scrap plastic tubing, nothing fancy really.
The stairwell and corridor is made up of scraps of card whilst a piece of bamboo skewer served as a the top of the rail.
Door handles are slivers off coffee stirrers.
 With so little space to get much detail in I  opted just for the bed on the wall (but note that it's not immediately up against the wall, to allow for the floor to be removed).
View of downstairs
Downstairs can be seen the general layout the both houses follow, kitchen to one side and living room type area on the other.
 The staircase has by necessity had to be places in the centre of the building, the eaves of the roof and window placing allowing little place else to go.
Living area
The sofa came from my 'stock' of scratchbuilt ones , whilst the bookshelf came with the models.
The carpet is paper and the only other additions are a book and a newspaper, both scratch-built additions.

You will have no doubt noticed the many flecks of white all over these models, caused by paint constantly flaking off the walls.
It doesn't bother me that much and I reckon it's just something I can put up.

Half the kitchen
Other half, with oven
 Two views of the kitchen area 'halves', I did two very similar models for the two houses at the same time.
Two pieces of foamboard and thin card, topped with slivers of wood for the handles.
I could have gone for a lot more detail but didn't think it worth the effort.
The floor tiles are a paper sheet coloured with a wash of paint (like the bathroom. 

Top floor of house#2
The second house, as can be seen, follows almost the exact design of the first.
I have added a washbasin to the bathroom and the bath is a scratchbuilt one I made  from foamboard.
Boring Bathroom

All details for the bathroom follow the exact lines of the first build.

Upstairs landing

The downstairs of house#2 follows the same lines as the first, but with even less furniture.
The telephone by the front door came from one of the original models, as did the long side table, whilst the single armchair and kitchen area were all scrathbuilt as above.
The carpet is of course paper.

Living room area
Telephone detail and opening door !


Kitchen area
 General view of the kitchen area and note the copious amounts of stray flock on the stairs (I'm thinking that there may be a static element to the plastic attracting the flock)
And that as they say is that, but I would like you to leave with this photograph of my £2 house alongside the commercial "American farmstead" that cost me £15.

The footprint of the dolls houses, excluding the surrounding base is about 6" x 4.5" (150mm x 115mm), about the same as the farmstead; the height to the roof ridge is about 4'5"

That's it then for another week and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.


  1. Another triumph Joe, you've got me looking at all sorts of things and wondering, 'can I use that?'

    1. Thanks Michael, I'm constantly looking at things for other uses, I think it's something to do with lateral thinking, which I studied recreationally.

  2. Really nice coversion Joe!
    Nice to see your interiors, it's amazing what you can do with card, great job dude.

    1. Thanks Bob, just remember glue, lots and lots of glue.

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    1. Thanks Simon, but the inspiration I get for such things comes mostly from others like yourself

  4. Job's a good 'un as far as I'm concerned, Joe. Looking at the photo of the Poundland house alongside the much more expensive farmstead you would think that your Poundland conversion was the most expensive of the two.

    1. Thanks Bryan on all counts. If the homestead had come in bright pink plastic then I'm sure you'd be 100% correct.

  5. I'm starting to repeat myself, but this is really, really well done. They look nothing like the plastic houses you started with. That last photo really adds to it all, I had no idea that farmstead was so tiny!

    1. Thanks Mattyoo, but haven't you already made this comment before ?
      The Farmstead is indeed small, but soit should be for a battlefield with 28mm figures so whole regiments can't hide behind it, but it is adequate for skirmish games.

  6. Wow! Excellent ob all around, but the interior is great. You did a great job making them look the part. I love the use of the extras to flesh out the interiors, it makes the overall effect that much better!

    Great job!

    1. Thanks N667, I thought in this case that the interiors had to be minimalist, it would have been easy enough to include more at a cost of spae for figures.

  7. The sofa looks comfy, might be a tad small though for my fat arse!

    1. Thanks Ray, but I think that that's a bit too much information.

  8. You've created more masterpieces. There's so many details, I imagine your fellow players get distracted with the terrain you make.

    Those toilets are nice models.

    1. Thanks BC, but I can't take credit for the toilet this time, save for putting it on a small pedestal. I wish I did have the players that expressed an interest when I started this project.

  9. I love what you have made with the interior of the house, great work.

    1. Thanks HW, the internal things I make are very basic

  10. Nice one mate. I think this is another triumph.

    1. Thanks Clint, I'm happy enough with the fact that's it's at least usable now.

  11. Dang - I wish I had easy access to a PoundLand or similar store! This is very inspirational stuff, you know...

    1. Thanks C6, the only problem there is with Poundlandworld is their consistency of stock. These were pointed out to ,e by Vampifan/Bryan, none of the 4 shops my side of the river had them in stock.

  12. Great work again and lovely interiors. I want the same yellow and black floor in my house...damn!...it's not my house...

    1. Thanks Shuby, the floor was made inblack and white and printed off my desktop, then I gave it a wash (Tamiya clear)

  13. Love your work! The details are fantastic, and next to the $15 house, well, it's no comparison :-)

    1. Thanks Paul, that's exactly what I thought about the comparitive price.