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Peninsular war buildings project

Posted by Bill Slavin on 12 Nov 2019, 22:55

So I'm having a lot of fun with these! Thanks for all of the encouraging comments.
Next up is the church. I've decided to lose the side porch (back right in drawing), replace it with a small apse at the eastern end and I plan to make this building yellow stone rather than plaster. I think the squatness and low pitch of the roof should still identify it as Iberian.

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Conceptual sketch.

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Rough cut with pieces pinned.

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Component pieces scored and textured.
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Posted by Beano Boy on 12 Nov 2019, 23:31

Very good to see the early stages of your scratch-build. Nice Work! :thumbup:
i like yellow stone buildings, but have never made one so far myself. BB
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Posted by Bill Slavin on 12 Nov 2019, 23:51

Thanks BB. Obviously a lot of Iberian buildings are yellow stone, even though we often associate the white stucco with that part of the world even though most of those are in the sunnier south. So I’m mostly going with the white stucco as more iconic but this old Romanesque church just felt that it wanted to be stone!
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Posted by Egbert on 13 Nov 2019, 08:54

Hello Bill,
made perfect … :thumbup:
Beautiful buildings that perfectly fit the theme.
Thank you for the detailed instructions.
It was again very instructive to see with what simple means you have built the houses. :drool:
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Posted by Bill Slavin on 13 Nov 2019, 15:34

Egbert wrote:Hello Bill,
made perfect … :thumbup:
Beautiful buildings that perfectly fit the theme.
Thank you for the detailed instructions.
It was again very instructive to see with what simple means you have built the houses. :drool:


You're welcome, Egbert. I'm always amazed how much a person can get out of a bit of peeling and scoring foam core.
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Posted by MABO on 17 Nov 2019, 07:07

MIssed this topic until today. Your houses are a good addition to you lovely painted armies for the Peninsular Campain. I will follow this with interest.
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Posted by Bill Slavin on 18 Nov 2019, 00:24

Here are pictures of the church primed and painted. No fowl this time!
I was happy enough with the outcome but happier with the stone and stucco of the previous building. I think it has something to do with the symmetry of a religious building as opposed to the funkier anything-goes design of residential buildings. But what is an Iberian village without a church??!
I couldn't for the life of me wrap my head around doing a semi-circular tiled roof on the the apse at the back so went with slate instead. A bit fussy and clunky but I think it works.

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Assembled, primed and ready to go.

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Side view

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Back view

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Front view - a bit of a gap along the roof line because, along with the tower roof, it is separate and removable. I was pleased with the cut stone on the corners, however!

Now I'm on to something a bit different than originally planned, three rural single family dwellings. I will post when I have something to show!
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Posted by C M Dodson on 18 Nov 2019, 09:22

Very nice indeed.

I think that you have caught the ‘feel’ of these buildings.

They will look great when the action starts.

Best wishes,

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Posted by Beano Boy on 18 Nov 2019, 17:36

It looks a Fantastic Building. BB
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Posted by Bill Slavin on 20 Nov 2019, 19:00

So a break from my first sketches, as I decided to build a few single family residential buildings.
These are common in the north of Portugal, built along similar floor plans where the animals were housed below and the family lived above. I saw entire villages made up of this construction and was given a book on Portuguese northern folk architecture which has proven invaluable.
I took three designs based on some of the images you can see on this scanned page...
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And rough cut these three houses. On doing the pin assembly I realized they were all too high for my liking and will slice off 1/4 inch all around with the finals.
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Posted by Santi Pérez on 20 Nov 2019, 22:47

Fantastic church, Bill. Romanesque style, I suppose, like many actual churchs in Spain ;-)

Best regards. :thumbup:

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Posted by Bill Slavin on 20 Nov 2019, 23:31

Yes, definitely Romanesque - my favourite architecture!
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Posted by MABO on 20 Nov 2019, 23:58

Will be a beautiful settlement!
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Posted by Bessiere on 21 Nov 2019, 03:38

Love your church. Just the right amount of crudeness to say country but the right amount of finish to say they cared about the result. The rich, earthy tones will make it become one with your peninsular landscape
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Posted by Susofrick on 21 Nov 2019, 10:44

Wow! It will be a very nice village! Maybe take some pics with civilians (if there are any for this period) when it is finished.
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Posted by Bill Slavin on 21 Nov 2019, 15:30

Thanks, all.
All of my figures are in uniform, other than a priest and a couple of cart wranglers. But I will put them all together with some of my livestock when I'm done, for sure. Maybe a Santa's village, given the time of year. ;0)
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Posted by Graeme on 21 Nov 2019, 17:06

The church is lovely, I really like the stonework.

The buildings are all great but another thing that has really impressed me in the pictures on this thread is the warm, yellow side lighting. Like viewing the buildings in the glow of a sunset. 8)
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 21 Nov 2019, 22:50

Oh I hadn't noticed the lighting but now that you pointed that out, I like it very much.
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Posted by Bill Slavin on 23 Nov 2019, 16:26

Moving forward...

The three houses, disassembled again, with detailing cut out and foam core ripped and scored.
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A bit of judicious use of pins as reinforcing "rebar"!
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Houses assembled with roofs and modelling paste applied to cover gaps, etc. (I have since added some struts under the eaves).
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Houses without roofs.
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And now the fun part, the painting!
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Posted by C M Dodson on 24 Nov 2019, 08:26

Excellent stuff.

The reference material is inspired, giving such variety.

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