4Ground already make a range of really nice buildings for The Chicago Way and they look really nice and appear to fit the game well. I already have one of the Shotgun Houses, but that is still on the workbench.
I think there are other potential buildings from 4Ground that would also work well, especially some of those in the 28mm Gothic City range. I really like the Tenement building range and could see those as ideal background scenery for The Chicago Way games.
From other companies I have also been looking at Sarissa Precision, both their new retro American range and their City Block range.
One of recent purchases was a couple of Sarissa Precision buildings, Victorian brick buildings, part of their Gaslamp Alley range. I had bought the terrached house and the terraced shop. Here is the model from the Sarissa website.
The Sarissa Precision models are laser cut MDF and come plain. I do quite like how the 4Ground models come pre-coloured and though I have few Sarissa Old West buildings, as these are made from wood, the plain MDF look works okay.
The Gaslamp Alley models are brick, so I originally decided when I was going to put mine together, I would paint them later. So when I read the instructions that it was suggested to paint the window frames and doors (which were etched onto card) and the walls before gluing them together, it meant I had to think quickly about how to paint the walls. The instructions did advise about doing it sparingly, my concern was that would the paint cover the eteching.
I took some Vallejo paint red brick colour and watered it down. I was quite apprehensive about the initial result, so had started with the chimney. However after it dried I was quite pleased with the final result.
After the walls were dry I picked out some individual bricks with the unwatered down paint, and some varied brown paints.
After this I painted all the walls. I wasn’t sure about the window frames, decided a wood effect would be okay, so I used a watered down brown paint and almost drybrushed it.
The model went together really easily, though with the way the walls fit to the floor, I wasn’t sure if I should fix the walls first and then put them in the floor. In the end I went with taking it one wall at a time, gluing it into the floor, and doing all four walls in one sitting, so that there was some movement whilst the glue was still wet.
I was quite pleased with the end result.
The building was much deeper than I thought it would be and also much bigger. I really like the model and am now looking forward to building the shop that I got at the same time. I am also adding the corner pub to my shopping list, and thinking I should get a bundle of the houses too, so I can have a proper street.
This year we are launching another limited range of Premium Buildings to add some unique centrepieces to your battlefield. Each building is designed to be characterful, yet fit in with the existing Battlefield in a Box range of buildings and houses.
There are six models, a steelworks factory, a set of ruined buildings, a clock tower, a café, an estate house and a damaged eastern church. Out of the six available, my two personal favourites are the manor house and the ruins.
The Ruined Building includes a large two-storey house and two smaller houses, with extensive shelling or bombing damage, perfect for a war torn 15mm urban battle zone.
As for the Estate House, this stately home will work equally well as the centrepiece of country battlefield or as a grand home or municipal building in a town street.
They are also going to re-release the manor house and the farm house and barn from the previous premium subscription deal they had. I always liked the manor house, so if I can get one (from retail).
I also quite like the farmhouse and barn which I had not seen before.
At £35 each they are not that cheap (well not compared to the houses deal I did subscribe to), if you order them all in advance at £175 then you get the damaged eastern church for free.
British armoured forces defend a Normandy Village under a counterattack from German Forces.
A Sherman Firefly takes cover, behind a small hill.
The rest of the Sherman platoon starts to move forward.
Models from Simon’s collection, scenery from mine.
More photographs of my 15mm Normandy Village for Flames of War.
You can imagine that this would be the view from the gun camera of an RAF ground attack Typhoon attempting to flush out some entrenched Germans. You can see I have used the outbuildings to complement the Flames of War Normandy houses.
Here is an overhead view of the buildings.
As well as Battlefront roads and houses, I also have in there some of the nice 4Ground laser etched wooden buildings.
I am quite pleased now with how much scenery I have now for 15mm Flames of War games.
As well as Battlefront roads and houses, I also have some nice 4Ground laser etched wooden buildings.
There are also K&M trees that are now quite old, but have stood the test of time, I think they must be nearly twenty tears old!
In addition and not shown in these pictures, mainly as they are not finished, are some Total Battle Miniatures 15mm ruins.
I look though at my grass tiles and think they are a little too bright, they might need some work in the future.
A photograph from a recent game of Flames of War showing off my Battlefront buildings alongside a couple of 4Ground ones.
Though the 4Ground buildings are “smaller” than the Battlefront ones, this is not an issue as in “real life” buildings in France were built of different dimensions.
Back in 2009 I reported on the blog that I was happy to get two sets of the splash release for Planetstrike, Mines, Bombs and Booby Traps.
Yay! Managed to get not just one set of the Mines, Bombs and Booby Traps, but got two sets! I popped into my local Games Workshop, not expecting to get them, but one can live in hope. I was pleasantly surprised to see they had a fair few in stock, so I picked up a couple of sets.
I was pleased and in the boxed set, you get a fair lot of resin, 27 pieces all together. Nine mines, three mine field warning signs, four booby traps and six bombs.
Glad I managed to get two sets, though now four years later having used some of one box, the other was still unopened and still shrink-wrapped, so I have decided to put it on eBay.
These have been in storage for a while now, it was back in 2011 that I gave the models a basecoat of Humbrol Sea Grey spray paint. I had earlier, drybrushed the Broken Aquila, and then used the same technique on the Space Marine Statue and ruins.
These are the ruins.
As I mentioned in my previous post on the Broken Aquila, I was originally going to keep the whole model grey, but I am now thinking I might add more scenic and foliage and rather than have it as a recentl ruin, have it as one that was left some time ago and nature has over time grown around it. The Imperium has been around for ages and so it still fits the fluff. The statue certainly looks like it is aged rather than damaged as part of a recent battle.