In preparation for a few Norman vs. Saxon games, which will most likely be using scenarios from One Hour Wargames, I needed to create some buildings and bridges. I use the pictures from paper soldiers "Wargame 1066" by Peter Dennis as a guide to the design of the terrain items.
|A band of paper soldier Saxons (42mm) with the new terrain pieces.|
As with my previous terrain, I tend to use blocks of wood cut then roughly painted. This allows me to pack away the terrain without having to worry about breakages, and it is cheap. I used to use just the blocks painted, but now I use a Gesso Paste to create the roofs which in most cases have the most texture. This helps speed up the painting process with washes and dry brushing.
|The building process once cut moving left to right. The Gesso paste gets textured with a toothpick.|
|A Saxon church and buildings suitable to represent a village. All the building features are painted on using various washes and dabbed on blobs of paint for stone buildings or stripes for timber buildings.|
|Saxons defend their village.|
The bridges take a similar approach to the buildings. Normally I would not have applied the Gesso Paste, but decided to give it a try and see if it was effective.
|The cut wood has some dowel added to the sides. Then Gesso paste added to give a rough texture. A strip of card cut the width of the bridge is used to give a ripple effect of logs or planks.|
|A close up photo of the finished bridge. As with the buildings, these are painted with washes and a few lines to emphasise the planks.|
These terrain items were completed over two days. One day to cut up the wood, stick and apply the Gesso paste. Then a second day to paint.