Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Dark Age thatched church part II

The painters and decorators have just left Millsy Towers, having knocked off the church exterior in a single evening. I'll say one thing for them, they're quick!

Like most tradies they swore like sailors, woofed all the tea and biscuits and left a flipping great mess behind them. No worries, things are progressing nicely so all that can be forgiven. Not much left to do now - faff about deciding whether or not to dry brush the thatch again, get the landscapers in and paint the door then we're done I reckon...






Thanks to everyone who has commented so far. Really enjoying this project and that just ices the cake.

PS. I'm thinking I need a decent sized cross to go alongside the church. I can easily knock a timber one up from balsa but a nice stone number with plenty of carving would look great. Something like this...


Anyone know where I can get one? Maybe in resin?

Cheers,
Millsy

16 comments :

  1. Outstanding! It just keeps getting better and better.

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  2. Nicely done!

    For the Celtic cross see http://theminiaturespage.com/boards/msg.mv?id=182145

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  3. You could try these

    http://www.grandmanner.co.uk/Celtic_crosses__Christian_symbols--product--26.html

    Not as detailed as I would like, but probably fit for purpose.

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    1. I was going to say them as well and never have good biscuits out for the builders!

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  4. Lovely paintjob on the thatch, the towelling makes a very effective looking result. With reference to the stone cross I can only suggest making your own. I used a form of hard pink foam (no idea what it actually is, I nicked mine off a mate) which I simply cut and carved into shape. I'll have to post a picture of it on my blog.

    Regards,
    Matt

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  5. Try Fenris http://www.fenrisgames.com/ for the cross etc they do some nice resin bits, thats a very nice looking building, I would be tempted to add a light yellow beige fine highlight for the thatch.

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  6. Excellent results! The thatched roof came out splendid; and the door jams, corners and window frames are really nice touches. Best, Dean

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  7. Fabulous looking church...
    Phil.

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  8. Excellent work!!! I was also going to say Grandmanner. I found these, they it may be a bit too big though?? http://www.drbongs.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=405&zenid=ogmijccbuigaqiue7k11tpnph1

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  9. Awesome work Millsy, these building are brilliant.

    If you check on ebay you should be able to get a cheap celtic cross pendant and then just paint it as stone.

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  10. Thanks for the feedback folks, especially the suggestions for the cross. I was tempted by the Grand Manner stuff but it is so expensive. I'm going to try fleaBay and possibly have a go at sculpting my own.

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  11. Great stuff Millsy, its coming on very well.

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  12. BTW it reminds me a lot of the old Anglo Saxon church at Escomb, County Durham...

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    1. Really interesting stuff thanks Scott! I based mine quite roughly on a pic from someone else's blog (which annoyingly I cannot now find the link to). That pic was a commercial resin building but I don't know who manufactured it.

      From what you've said it looks like theirs was in turn based on either Escomb or another building with the same basic floor plan. There don't appear to be many like that though according to Google.

      I wanted to make something with a small footprint and no tower, but with loads of character. That was the only thing I could find that fitted the bill...

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    2. Take a look at St Peters in Heysham, Lancs - that's a church which has been added to since the 8th century; it's had its portico moved, doors blocked off, aisles extended, but its Anglo-Saxon core survives.

      It also has the remnants of its standing cross in the churchyard - an excellent example of the Anglo-Saxon decorative arts of the so-called Dark Ages.

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