|The two new buildings. The figures were completed before the challenge|
|La Belle Alliance in the rear, cart shed to the left and farmhouse to the right.|
Much to my own surprise I have stuff to post this week, and am in fact holding back on figures that I could post saving them for next week. Plus I've made in roads into projects for each of the next three bonus rounds. This happens when one's kid is in grad school; and one's wife is across the country looking after a mother post surgery.
What I am going to post this week is two more of the marvellous 28mm mdf kits from Sarissa precision. These will feature in my Seven Year's War project for Western Germany
|Close up of cart shed, the interior wall is half timbered with brick fill, basically it's a cut down version of the end wall.|
First up is the Cart Shed from their English Timber Framed range. It bears a close family resemblance to the farm house that I posted last week and painted up just as nicely. My only mod was to once again add black card stock to the windows to hide what's inside, although the wide open barn doors leave less to the imagination. These doors also left me a challenge as the etched detail on one interior wall is clearly visible from outside. I put the kit together in a wild rush of excitement and perhaps should have painted the interior walls first, but I think I managed to make it all look OK.
|Backside of the cart shed. Should probably do a quick wash over the brickworks.|
Next up is the La Belle Alliance Inn from field of Waterloo, and from Sarissa's Old Europe range . They've done a number of buildings from Waterloo and I quite fancy the Chateau at Papelotte and the Church at Placenoit for future projects. My model is both south east of Flanders and in a different linguistic zone, so I have google translated the name to Die Schon Allianz. No mods other than the black card stock and different colours of paint, although I did include the optional shutters and a sign.
|Die Schon Allianz, again needed a wash on the bricks|
I ran possible names past StefanK, and he noted that French wikipedia says that the name refers to a marriage between a beautiful young woman and the grumpy old owner. Meanwhile English wikipedia notes that the woman acquired the ownership of the tavern and two other buildings via inheritance from 3 of her 4 husbands! I did up the sign on card stock featuring Hogarth print from his Before and After series, it seemed to fit.
|Quite happy with the sign but need to regale bottom right corner|
These two buildings were painted from bare mdf with out priming, I find that if I maintain a light touch the mdf gives interesting textures through the paint. I've also had discussions with Sarissa on the whole prime/don't prime debate. They say that the detail will hold up unless I apply the primer with a trowel and that they've been known to get a kit painted up badly and then prime it and repaint it without losing details. Good to know, but I'm not planning to try that!
|This shot shows that the roofs lift off and that the two timber framed ones have upper floors that also life out (note the cut out on the upper left corner)|
|Upper floors lifted out. The rafter system is very good. Note that the cart shed's interior wall is only on the ground floor.|
I converted the dimensions on the Sarissa sight to king's noses and the math shows that Die Schonn Allianz is 194/216=90% and the cart shed is 98/216=45% of a cubic terrain unit respectively. The Hessian Erbprinz Regiment was completed just before this challenge and I think started just at the end of the last challenge! I finally got around to adding unit labels and flags and they have yet to appear in the blogosphere as a finished unit.
|Byron and Curt were asking about the scale of the buildings so have two shots with Hessian Erbprinz Regiment to show that they look good with 28s.|