01 May 2011

Saxon Church - WIP 1

Last Saturday on the way home from Conquest, I purchased this Church model by CnC Workshop.  Reasonably priced at $20 and a well made laser cut mdf kit, this was a good option for the price rather than build from scratch.  Rather appropriately, I put it together on Easter Sunday, as well as the large wooden cross (aka Holy Relic), also by CnC Workshop.
Church - as is made from the kit


As I put it together though, I knew that simply painting it as is just wasn't going to cut it as far as I was concerned.  Nothing wrong with it, but I wanted it to suit the rest of my Dark Age village.  And having the basic shell pre-done in mdf meant I could invest some time detailing it instead.  Over the last week that's what I've done, the pertinent works being:
Church on large mdf base
  • Adding wood paneling to the bell tower front and sides.
  • Adding a floor to the tower so its usable for gaming.
  • Modifying the main and bell tower roofs to make them detachable and sturdy (so we can use the interior for gaming).
  • Adding wood framing around the main walls to have a wattle and daub effect.  Obviously many Churches of this era were stone, but this was hasn't been upgraded yet.
  • Addition of a side door.
  • Adding wood panel effects to the front door and main entrance.
  • "Thatching" the roofs (using my usual teddy bear fur method).
  • Gluing, filling and sanding the whole thing together.
Church post modification - with roof removed


The original Church - from the CnC Workshop website

Overall this has taken a lot longer than I had initially thought, but PVA takes some time to dry, I only have a single pair of modelling clamps and the many changes have required frequent refitting and modification work.  Overall though, I think my modest additions will make a nice difference to the final version, which will also have interior detailing. I'm basing the whole thing on a large piece of mdf (a DIY placemat from Bunnings actually) so I can add some pathways and a few graves.

Holy Relic of heroic proportions!

10 comments:

  1. Very nice..I like your additions to it.
    Cheers
    Paul

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  2. Nice idea!

    How do you stop the MDF warping with the PVA glue?

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  3. Hi Tas,

    Looking very nice indeed so far - this will form a great centre piece for a raid.

    All the best,

    DC

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  4. Thanks gents!

    DC - sure will. We all know that those priests horde silver!

    Tenzig - I havent used too much PVA so it hasnt been a problem. And given the rustic nature of a Dark Age Church, a little warping would just add a bit of character anyhow! (he says with a confidence he doesnt really feel...)

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  5. Very nice, I look forward to seeing it finished

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  6. Congratulations!!!

    http://colshofer.blogspot.com/2011/05/as-unaccustomed-as-i-am-to-public.html

    Keep up the good work :)
    The Colonel

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  7. awesome! can't wait to see the end result. i'm right behind you, buddy.

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