I went a bit nuts in a recent sale from Timeline and have been building it all up over the last couple of months. First up is that staple of all wargamer’s terrain collections: the barn. Then some smaller farm buildings.
This kit is a whopper. You can see the scale from the miniatures. It’s literally big enough to drive a tank into.
The nice thing is that it’s pretty generic, so will do from 20th century right back to black powder action on the North American frontier. It’s a steal at £12, it has a removable roof and a little mezzanine inside so that your guys can shoot out the window at one end. There’s a small door at the back, so you’ve got usable openings on three sides.
The kit is simple to put together. The walls and roof are textured as planks, I decided to add some of Charlie Foxtrot’s nice waney edge planks to the roof so that you wouldn’t see the construction joins in the roof. The walls have a couple of telltale marks showing from the little mezzanine floor inside the barn, and the usual joints on the corners. I disguised these by simply sticking some coffee stirrers on the corners, so it looks like a timber frame of some kind. On the front I made a little lean-to to hide the joints and I raided the bits box and found a spare door from Warbases’ range of scratchbuilding parts to cover joins on the back.
I’ve gone for a brown colour, so it looks like a pretty new barn. I like the older greying paint jobs some people do their barns in, but TBH I was in a hurry and that’s a lot more work to do. I simply stained the raw MDF with a dark brown ink and then distressed it a bit with sandpaper once it was dry. I like using the ink on wood, it brings out the grain in anything that actually has it (eg: coffee stirrers) and on the MDF it soaks in nicely so that a bit of sandpapering can create some variation in tone. For the roof I sprayed it brown, drybrushed the waney edge planks a lighter brown then stained the top half of each plank with ink and smudged it to blend. Charlie Foxtrot has a good tutorial on the site showing a similar technique. I reckon it’s come up ok.
With it being so generic-looking I thought it could do with a bit of visual interest, so I piled some tools and junk onto the lean-to and added some spare Renedra barrels. Inside the barn is textured as a dirt floor with some straw made of cut up sisal rope thrown around and stuck down with PVA. Cheers to @Flukestarbucker on Twitter for that tip, it also makes pretty good thatching, as you can see on his Dark Age buildings.
I like stuff like sheds and small buildings, especially for rural landscapes I reckon you should have as many small buildings as big ones on the table. This one is a slightly more modern looking building than the barn. I’ve added Warbases tiles to the roof, which gives it a more Normandy-ish look, and slathered it in a mix of textured paint and grout. I use tape on the corners to hide the joins, then if you slap enough textured gunk over it all you can’t see the tape.
Again, I thought it needed some details, so added a pile of logs made of cake pop sticks and some tools. I covered over the small bin on the end of the building with paper and PVA, as I thought it would look a bit odd with tiles on it, and it would have shown joints if I didn’t. I need to go back and paint those logs a bit better, but frankly I suck at painting wood effects so basic brown will do for now.
I also bought one of these pigsty/outbuilding kits, but haven’t built it yet:
Looks to be a pretty similar proposition to the smaller shed, so I’ll do it the same way. This one is a bigger building and has a removable roof for the main section.