These buildings were painted up just after the Painting Challenge finished, I just wanted to do something, well almost anything other than figures for a few days. I actually have two more almost finished, just need to pull them to the front of the table.
I still have eleven TBM Spanish buildings to paint on top of the ones you see here. I guess I will have a rather varied selection for the upcoming games, that is when I get round to painting them.
The photo's are not the best as they were taken on my phone and the fact that I had just placed them ready for a game we were playing means you don't get the best shots of the buildings I could have taken but it's been too long in the taking so I am just happy to show them off.
The village, all buildings will now make it onto tiles, most of which will be 60x60mm from Warbases, though I am collecting a few larger tiles at Triples. These were not designed to fit together so much as be dotted about the table but the scenario required a small town so here we have it.
Timecast tend to add little bits of detail to the edges of the buildings, in the one on the left you get a pile of wooden planks and a couple of barrels. Also annoyingly they had bushes that really don't look that good. These, though can be covered up with clump foliage. What you struggle with though is the plinth that they sit on. I guess the handy amongst us can make a cut out into our tiles and sink them in, or use model products to make a rim to disguise this. Not a major issue but when buildings are this nice you don't need the distraction. Also given the cost it would be nice not to have such issues but even with this bugbear they are well worth picking up.
The Timecast website had a few useful tips on Spanish buildings that are well worth passing on here. First up have you noticed the buildings are rather grubby and not the expected bright white? Turns out that painting buildings white is far more recent than the Napoleonic period. Not that all buildings were left as undressed render, the rich would have on occasion painted them white. I had fun making these buildings a more muted and slightly textured finish. I really went to town on the buildings with the rendering broken away. These were made more grubby and after looking at a LOT of terracotta tiled buildings I made these a much darker roof with the odd bright tile painted on to show they were still used if a little unloved.
The other tip was that many of the Spanish buildings of the time had yellow window and door frames to ward off the Devil. This was due to the Devil hating the colour yellow.
So expect plenty more Spanish buildings as time passes by, but then again look out for LOTS more buildings being shown off here as I have a total of thirty three to paint and two more just to finish. Beyond that I know I will be placing order number four with Leven Miniatures just as soon as Mick has certain buildings I have twisted his arm to produce are ready.