Half-Timber Homes Mark III

Although I have been quite busy the past little while, I have found the time to do a bit more work on the half-timber houses.  In Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs I think the little miniatures can say they are past the first few stages as they have shelter now.  More specifically, they have a more realistic roof over their heads.

Half-timber row houses.  Built from foamcore and thin card.

Half-timber row houses. Built from foamcore and thin card.

I went for the time consuming but more realistic approach for roofing of random cuts of strips of shingles.  As shown here, the strips were cut then over-lain from the bottom up.  The complex overlapping corners got a bit of TLC to provide some details.

Half-timber row houses.  Built from foamcore and thin card.

Half-timber row houses. Built from foamcore and thin card.

Once these first two roofs were done, a bit of paint got thrown around.  This is just the initial stages.  A base coat of brown followed by dry-brush of grey to give the weathered wood look.  They will get a dark brown wash to finish the effect.

Half-timber row houses.  Built from foamcore and thin card.

Half-timber row houses. Built from foamcore and thin card.

Half-timber row houses.  Built from foamcore and thin card.

Half-timber row houses. Built from foamcore and thin card.

Half-timber row houses.  Built from foamcore and thin card.

Half-timber row houses. Built from foamcore and thin card.

The more astute readers will have noticed I gave the wooden doors a wash too.  Again, they will be finished by another dark brown wash once everything is dry.

Slowly but surely this project is nearing completion.  The only question for me now, is if I want to base them.  The base isn’t needed as this is a very sturdy structure.  The base would give two benefits.  First it would let me do some more dressing up.  For example: adding tables, rain barrels, and signs.  Second, it would let me provide a clear border with cobblestones and the like so it would better blend into most tables.  The flip side of that is if I do a city scape, then they won’t be able to be used unless I carefully plan how to make them modular for such a city.

Not a pressing concern as I have plenty of hours of cutting shingles to ponder this.

Hopefully something inspired you today, if nothing else to do the mind-numbing tasks that add flair to a project.  Remember, 15 pieces of flair is the minimum.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg-6wbETtbo

 

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One response to “Half-Timber Homes Mark III”

  1. Brett Ridley says :

    Well at least it is not TPS report hell.

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