Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Dark Age barn part IV - complete!

Things have come to a barnstorming finish here at Millsy Towers...

Last night I managed to get the supporting roof panels for my Dark Age barn in place and the thatching glued on. The thatching material is made from old terry-towelling bath mat with a double layer at the apex of the roof line. The thatching is also wrapped around the roof edges to hide the supporting panels underneath.

Here's a couple of progress shots before painting.



Once dry the barn walls were masked off and the roof was given a spray of black primer. Over that there are successively lighter coats of brown paint with the last couple being dry brushed to highlight the thatching material. Finally, some static grass, flowers and weeds were added in appropriate places to finish off.

Here's some more shots of the completed barn with a cart and 28mm miniature for scale. It's quite large but then barns are as a rule compared to houses or huts.





The thatching was a bit problematic to execute. You can see a bit of the original bath mat colour in a couple of places but at least it's greenish so I can write that off as uncured material. The back and front have also got a slightly different texture, most likely due to the direction of the weave in the fabric but you don't see both at once very often so again no big issue.

Overall I'm pretty pleased with it. It took quite a bit of time but it was an interesting exercise and will look great on the table.

Cheers,
Millsy

13 comments :

  1. Lovely work as always!

    And is that an Oseberg cart parked alongside?

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    1. Or at least a 28mm facsimile thereof. At least you don't have to park it out in the open anymore!

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  2. Fan-bloomin-tastic! What a wonderful result my good man.

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    1. Such praise! ;-) Not sure it rates that level of excitement but I'm happy enough with it. It's kicked me on to make some more stuff. Stay tuned...

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  3. Top-notch work; the thatched roof came out particularly well. Best, Dean

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  4. Very nice bit of work here. The idea for the roof is brilliant and I didn't see a flaw in it anywhere.

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    1. Thanks Anne. It's probably more obvious to my OCD, @nal retentive MKI eyeball when held up inches from my own face. ;-) Welcome aboard BTW...

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  5. Great looking building, the roof is really impresive!!
    Phil.

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