Enough of the boring stuff.....
I have just started another section of the Normandy village. The first 5 parts of the string of posts cover the making of the first sections. The aim is to build enough stand alone pieces so they will cover an 8ft x 4ft area so there can be a good sized village to fight over using figures painted by Artmaster and vehicles built by Troop of Shrew. The game will at Salute 2013 and should be spectacular when everything is done.
This new section is 28" long and 16" wide. This is bigger than the first section as we want a larger courtyard in the middle.
I started off again by sketching out on the base board the sort of layout we were looking for- there needed to be a larger court yard and we wanted a Town Hall type building at one end but other than that the brief was pretty loose.
Once I had glued the pieces together (I used my usual 5mm foam board) I started covering it in strips of balsa to resemble the timber framed pattern on the real thing.
The above photo also shows the extra bracing I have added inside the house. This will help the model keep its shape once I start to plaster the walls. The plaster will go in between all the framing to give it texture and a better finish to just plain foam board. That is for tomorrow as I have left the model today to let everything dry so when the plaster tries to warp the walls it should all stay together and keep its shape.
At the same time as working on this timber framed building, the town hall has started to take shape. We originally wanted a 4 story building but it looked all wrong when I laid it out so we cut the top floor off leaving it as an imposing 3 story building.
That brings things up to date. The next few days will probably see me rendering and plastering both buildings but I want to start on the roof of the timber building as it will be a massive challenge to getting it to look like the real thing. Hopefully the next update will see some progress.