So for this post I thought it might be a nice break from AARs to post some basic ideas for producing "classic" wargaming buildings in short order with a minimum of headaches and a maximum of fun!
For this building project I decided to keep it simple with a basic building made of almost entirely of 3/16" thick balsa with all the details drawn on in a loose-but-convincing "old school" way. The resulting structure will work for both classic games as well as more detailed table set ups.
OK so here goes:
OK so that's simple enough, and we have all the basic elements already cut and it's only been a few minutes of construction time!
After that I cut two roof pieces of the same balsa (again normally I might use a thinner basswood for the roof...but for this project there was none on hand) and glued them to the angles of the gable ends. I also took the two extra triangular pieces leftover from the gable cuts and added them on the outside to beef up the gable profile on each end. Finally I took some think basswood and "edged" the roofline to get a bit more cleanness on the gable end.
Here is the raw building next to some hussars escorting a coach and four...(the hussars are still in the painting stage)
Next is a coat of white acrylic paint to set the painting in motion....
The next stage involves drawing on the details/windows of the structure. In a classic wargaming manner, the drawing is purposely kept loose and is done with a fine waterproof marker (MICRON or UNIBALL pens are a good choice for this step). The waterproof part is important because you will be adding a few washes of color so you don't want that to kill your outlines. Since I'm going for a townhouse, the building is divided into three sections to make the structure look like three townhouses.
HERE on how that's done. Basically the technique makes the drawn building appear more three dimensional.