As mentioned in my previous post, I decided that scaling down to 28mm was my best option if I wanted to include buildings within my dioramas. Having reached that decision a quick internet search for 28mm old west Buildings led to my discovery of Sarissa Precission’s website (http://www.sarissa-precision.com). Sarissa have a whole host of buildings covering various periods including the Old West and North America both of which were of interest to me.
Sarissa’s buildings are made of MDF with laser etched detail, fit together perfectly and look very good when made up. They were just what I was looking for and so I purchased two of them for the model pictured below. The building on the left is Old West model code SmallPLUS Building 1 and the building on the right is Old West model code SmallPLUS Building 4. For both buildings I also purchased the optional apex roof (I’m no fan of the characterless flat roof that comes as standard).
The aim of the diorama was to simply capture a moment in time on the street of a western town. The buildings themselves were simply painted but, as can be seen from the additional photo’s below, I also chose to fit out the insides of both buildings. For reference all the figures in this diorama are from Dixon’s Miniatures (http://www.dixon-minis.com) and the various internal accessories are mostly from Frontline Wargaming (http://www.frontlinewargaming.co.uk).
Inside the General Store
Inside the Undertakers
The only minor adjustments I made to both buildings was to add clear plastic glazing where appropriate to doors and windows, to make a hole in each roof for the chimney of the wood burning stoves and to add the main signage (this was done using Word together with a downloaded western font which was printed and given a light colour wash). Overall I was pleased with the outcome of my first building but as is often the case we are often our own worst critic and so, on closer inspection I felt there were improvements which could be made next time around.
A better painter than me would have been able to add depth to the wood of the building and to the roof tiles. That was beyond my skill set and so my overall impression was that the end result was rather flat and lacking in character and depth. How I could improve upon this came to me in Burger King while I was stirring my coffee – use real wooden coffee stirrers for cladding! Which leads nicely onto the subject of my next post, My Second Building.