Thursday, 6 June 2013

Welcome to my Barn Raising!

This little barn came from EBay, it's a HO scale barn by PECO and was amongst some other buildings that I picked up for a few pounds. I thought I'd be able to do a bit of work on it to make it useable for Rapid Fire! or any other game really, as it's pretty timeless. This is how it looked when I got it in the post:


First things first, remove the roof and have a look inside. To neaten it up I decided to add some interior walls. I'm not so bothered about detail on the interior, but I wanted it to look neat at least. So I cut out two pieces of plasticard and glued them in position. I also cut another piece of plasticard to size for the base.


I then added two triangles of plasticard to either end of the roof to give it some support and let it fit over the ends of the building and not slip about:


As I mentioned I wasn't too bothered about adding much detail to the interior as during a game the roof will be on and it won't be seen anyway so the blank walls look fine to me. I also rounded off the sharp corners of the base:


So this was pretty much finished at this stage except the painting, I glued the building to the base and added sand to it to give it a bit of texture:


Next it was undercoated in brown, which turned out redder than I expected:


I decided to paint it using the tips in this blog, and cursed myself for undercoating it in brown, rather than black... I painted the stone work in neutral grey, undercoated the roof and woodwork in black, then gave that a heavy drybrush of grey. I picked a few stones in various shades of grey (three, not fifty), painted the grass and inkwashed the whole thing in blacks and browns and left it to dry:


I painted in the details, like the metal hinges on the door and hey presto, it was finished. Here it is with an Opel Blitz for scale:




A pretty simple model that needed little doing to it to make it a bit more realistic. With a great level of detail and relative cheapness I'll certainly be buying more HO scale buildings in the future.

Today is the 69th Anniversary of the beginning of Operation Overlord (today being Operation Neptune and the Normandy beach landings). Take a moment to remember those brave men who came ashore on the Normandy coast in 1944, not knowing what awaited them but ultimately helping to bring about the end of Nazi Germany. Every one; a hero.



10 comments:

  1. Very nice building, nicely finished!
    Phil.

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    1. Thanks Phil, glad you liked it, it was a pleasure to make and paint!

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  2. That's come out really well.

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    1. Thanks Arteis! I'm glad you liked it!

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  3. Hey, ABS: nice finished product. The barn looks old, and well used.

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    1. Hey Jay! Thanks man, that was the look I was going for. Now, I'm looking forward to using it in a game!

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  4. Nicely done. It looks great!

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  5. love the barn, it looks perfect. lovely weathering.

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    1. Thanks Russ, it was a pretty simple task all told.

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