Saka Light Cavalry

Saka Light Cavalry

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Building of the Week Hartenstein Hotel

Yet another Leven Miniatures Building, and again it's a new one. Seems it's hard to keep up with all the new releases. This is from the growing WWII series of buildings, in this case the Airborne's  HQ at Oosterbeek Holland during the Bridge to Far battle. It's included in the Normandy building section as NOR05 and costs just £3.00 which is not at all bad given it's size. 

I checked the net for colour pictures of the building and was pleasantly surprised at the wealth of material available. Indeed it would have been easy to have based this building with a few slit trenches around it. Unfortunately I no longer have any 6mm WWII figures or tanks to dot around the building.


The building has a fairly basic colour palette and I did not want the white to be crisp as I felt even before it was involved in the heavy fighting the paintwork mush have been starting to look drab after nearly five years of shortages and rationing. After all Holland was soon to have people actually starving to death as the war was approaching the end.

Given the shape is basicly box like the added detail on the roof is most welcome. Good work has been done as usual with different textures being used and it looks like a building, actually it looks like a large hotel or large home. Indeed it will make a grand objective for many a wargames table. 


The rear of the building remains rather grand, my windows woodwork looks much better from a distance but what can I say. This building is not getting the basing treatment as it has been painted up for Mike himself and he requested it being left off a base.


My window painting style came under pressure with the large conservatory but I think you can get the idea that is what it is supposed to be. I added the wooden floor to this as well as the front steps whilst the rear is all stone. I just hope Mike likes it.

11 comments:

  1. Looking sharp old chap - you should put it up on "Changing Rooms"

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  2. Very impressive job Ian, the building is brilliant looking!

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  3. Outstanding! You've created 'Awdry Towers' in miniature - I wish!

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  4. A grand looking building, you can see the Generals wanting to hide away in there!

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  5. That is a stunning little building and a great paintjob too

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  6. Very very nice looking building Ian!!

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  7. @ Conrad, I don't have Handy Handy to give a hand

    @ Fran, Thanks, it was easy to work with which always helps

    @ Michael, be grateful, this is the before picture, afterwards it was a bit knocked about.

    @ Ray, Yes they never seem to pick a scruffy gaff do they.

    @ PanzerKaput, Thanks

    @ Roger, Thanks again, Mike did a good job capturing the main points of the building

    @ The Kiwi, cheers, though the colours were chosen for me

    Ian

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  8. A great model for a great period.
    Cheers,
    Pat.

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  9. @ Silver Whistle, I like my WWII to be cardboard. Very happy to own Bridge to Far for ASL

    @ Chris, Thanks, Leven are a great company for the 6mm wargamer. Their buildings are a little smaller than such as Timecast but the price is so very good

    Ian

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