Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Flintloque - Portuguese Town House

Many months ago I saw an illustration in a travel brochure of a modern Portuguese house. I decided that I would model it as close to the original as possible and paint it in the same colours - a bright yellow with slate slabs around the base and terra cotta tiles.

The first and second photos show the finished building with a Flintloque figure added for scale and posed on my Flintloque Skirmish board which is textured and covered with various green flock. The third and fourth photos show work-in-progress - built and undercoated.

The building is constructed from a core of foamboard with the edges covered in paper and PVA glue. The slate slabs are card, as are the door and window surrounds.

The roof is thin card covered with small toy beads or tubes from the manufacturer Hama, they are cut in half, length ways and at a slight angle before being glued down one-by-one with PVA glue. The whole roof is then painted with PVA glue to seal it and when dry re-coated with a mix of PVA glue and filler.

The walls are coated with DAS modelling clay to give a rough texture and character. The doors are balsawood, first textured and then cut to size before being glued in place. Other detail is plastic sprue and bits from my spares box.

The base is 6mm thick MDF board, built up with DAS and textures with small stones and coarse sand.

The model was painted with acrylics (each roof tile paint individually) and washed with a thin wash of black/brown before being sealed with matte varnish. Later green flock was added to the base. The final thing was some touching up of the paint work and adding the tall grasses, which are bristles from an old broom.



Eli Arndt said...

I have been looking back through your blog at some of your terrain pieces as I am planning to start some projects for some upcoming Pirate Gaming and I came upon this one. I have one question, though.

Why is there a door on the upper floor with no attached stairs or balcony.


Tony said...

At long last - an answer.

It is common for barns to have an upstairs door like this as the door would have been used to empty the upper storey into wagons below.