Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Mediterranean house


I whiled away the time in between waiting for various bits and bobs to set/dry on the gunboat by making a small house. It was originally intended to be an addition to my Darkest Africa buildings, perhaps a European Colonial residence, office or whatever. In the event it turned out looking distinctly Mediterranean in appearance. I'm happy enough with the way it turned out - not bad for just following a whim - but I really want a slightly larger version with a different arch alignment for my purposes, so this'll go up for sale on eBay.

Some construction notes... It's a mixed-media building, mostly foamcore covered with spackle, card, and plaster castings (arches, roof tiles, door) from Hirst Arts molds. The latticework windows are cut from embroidery battening, a big sheet of this being cheap as chips for only 99 cents. The groundwork around the walls and the bougainvillea are fashioned from good old green tea leaves, PVA glued in place and painted, then dry-brushed. 

The roof and second story lift off to allow figures to be placed inside. For the sake of simplicity, this feature is something I'm inclined to leave out of the next version.

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