13 August 2023

Scratchbuilt Medieval house

In recent weeks I've been playing with scratch building some buildings, based on free paper designs.  The process went somewhat freestyle along the way, which has been fun if time consuming - and probably true to the spirit of civil engineering in the period too! 
Reminiscent of the old Warhammer fantasy building templates that White Dwarf published back in the day, I started with this paper model as my design:

Using that, exaggerating a few curves here and there for flavour, I decided to add a matching but smaller side structure (kitchens and servants rooms?) to make it more interesting both visually and for gaming with.

The roof base is artists' paper, wetted down and shaped (carefully) to get the sagging appearance. By itself though it is a bit uniform as you can see.  That wasn't the look I was after  

So I added some internal roof framing (visible in the following pics) and reshaped the artists paper around it to get add a wavy look. Trusting that the shingles would (hopefully) hide the bleak edges, I pushed on!

Yes, the roof is indeed made of individual shingles, each clipped from coffee stirrers and glued by hand. maddening work but the results are worth it (and I just glue away while listening to Audible...). It was at this point I decided to make the roof more characterful by using even smaller tiles and placing then in more uneven rows. This added build time but really adds to the character of the building.

Finally I was done with the shingles and got started with the walls. Yes, even MORE coffee stirrers gave their lives for our hobby... 

Again it was a bit of 2 steps forward and 1 backwards and I adjusted the angles and many were glued down only to be pulled of the next day to be flipped and reglued.  Looks much better for it though as it was a bit too symmetrical initially.  I should also have distressed those more fulsomely before sticking them on but, to be honest I was excited to be doing something other than glueing shingles on!
And to complete the build I scratched up some doors and shuttered windows before filling the walls with a mixture of spackle, PVA and water. 

Which shows significnat evolution from the original paper model design I started with as a template!

Not perfect but certainly good enough so that's the build completed, all proudly done with scrap and bits I had to hand. I might leave the painting to another time- upcoming AHPC 14 maybe? :-)