Sunday, 2 March 2014

Dark Age Barn

It's been a bit quiet around here lately due to various boring personal stuff like being sick, parents visiting (no relation between the two though!) and whatnot. However, behind the scenes I've been working away at my current focus on painting and building terrain.

With two finished warbands, the Picts and the Saxons, eager to raid, I set to work on building something for them to plunder: a small Dark Age village. This barn or storage house is the first building to be finished. It's more or less an exact copy of the one described by Richard Clarke of Too Fat Lardies here, although I've not used the exact same materials.


The barn served as a sort of test piece, most notably for the painting, for the village. For this project I've used artists' colours from Liquitex and Daler-Rowney, which is a first for me. The paints are quite different than your usual miniature paints like Vallejo or Citadel, more like a not very opaque gel. It took a bit of experimenting before I got the hang of these colours, and found out which techniques to use. In the end, the result is quite nice I think.

Some more pictures below.


The roof is of course removable.


Not much to see indoors though ...


Some Saxon bad boys for scale.


"This barn is our barn."


In the scenarios for Dux Britanniarum that calls for buildings, the minimum amount needed is four, so that's what I'm aiming for. I have the other three buildings in various states of completeness, and might do an additional one or two.

Thanks for looking, have a great week everyone!

15 comments:

  1. Always interesting to hear about new techniques and possibilities in regards to paints. Doing terrain is a different ball game from the usual comfort zone of the figures, but you certainly kick off the work in style. I like the rich thickness of the colors, and they seem to work really well for weathering too.

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    1. Thanks Søren!

      I used to do a lot of terrain building back in the days and I'll be happy to share a few tips if you'd like.

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    1. Thank you Christopher! There's more to come ...

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  3. Very clever, with great results. That will going to shine on the tabletop.

    It reminds me that I must turn my attention to terrain one day!

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    1. Cheers Monty!

      Making terrain is fun, but it's also slow work – for me at least!

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  4. Wonderful work Jonas! That barn really looks the part!

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    1. Thanks Rodger, I'm glad you like it!

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  5. Exellent work Jonas ! Lift off roof to:)

    Looking forward to see the next build, the farms main building!

    Best regards Michael

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    1. Thanks Michael!

      Yes, got to have a lift-off roof! ;)

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  6. That looks great! A few buildings like that one will look awesome. Also, I like the effort you spent on basing the builidng.
    /Mattias

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Mattias!

      I tried making the base interesting without being too cluttered – you can still place models there.

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  7. Great stuff Jonas. Keep it up!

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