As a kid I can remember Britains toys adding to their swoppet range by introducing western buildings and I can recall having been given the Bank, Jail, Hotel, Ranch House and Livery Stable as christmas and birthday presents. I mention this only because it was these memories which inspired me to want to go beyond just painting figures to adding buildings to my modelling.
One of the first things to consider is the scale you want to build in. As a modeller I had for the most part painted 54mm figures up to this point and as a consequence my initial idea was to build in this scale. I soon realised that this presented two problems. Firstly, the constructed building would be quite large. Secondly, how would I store or display it and keep it free of dust?
Pathetic as this sounds it took me a while to reach the obvious answer – build in a smaller scale! I had only ever really considered 28mm to be a war gaming scale and as such had never properly looked at available figures and accessories. Needless to say a quick internet search opened up an entire new world and I haven’t looked back since.
I am by no means an expert on constructing buildings, if I were then I would would not be The Imperfect Modeller. However, in a short period of time I have managed to move on from simply constructing and painting bought buildings to constructing my own frrom scratch, a most rewarding experience.
In this series of posts I will go through the evolution of my buildings. In the meanwhile a picture below of a Livery Stable I constructed completely from scratch. It’s not without it’s faults (which I will highlight going forward) but it was only my third building ever.