Monday, June 4, 2012

From Birdhouse To Terrain

 This Easterling tower is really a birdhouse.  A few months ago I was at a crafts store and they had a bunch of different unpainted wood birdhouses on clearance for $2-$4 each (full price $5-$10).  I grabbed a couple because the scale was close enough to 28mm to be used as terrain.  This is the first one I have painted and I made it to go with my Lord of the Rings Easterling force

This is the birdhouse before I painted it.  The original birdhouse was called a Porcelain Tower after the Chinese building.  You can see the one modification that I made.  The original birdhouse had very thick railings that looked good but took up so much space that I could not fit models on the top two levels.  I replaced the original wood railings with ones made out of plasticard "L" strips with green stuff to fill the gaps where the corners meet.  After painting the model I decided to add a few decorative pieces on the first floor with cereal box card.

Here are a couple other birdhouses that I picked up at the same time.  I think the rocket will become an Ork structure and the house on stilts I plan on giving a swampy base.  There are lots of different designs for unpainted birdhouses and how good they will look is really just dependent on how much time you put into detailing them up.  I grabbed these for adding terrain quickly and easily to my collection.

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  1. Hmmm....they need some grungifying for Warhammer, I reckon. Weathering pigments would help.

  2. That is seriously strange. Great idea. J