My Japanese villagers are all abuzz as construction work moves ahead at a great pace in their village. The frames of two new 28mm buildings have recently appeared, one the start of a village rice barn, the other a peasant labourer’s dwelling.
New fencing and gates have also been erected over the last couple of days. These again come from a 4Ground kit. These are assembled by firstly gluing posts into the bases, then attaching rails to the posts, and finally gluing the boarded fronts onto the rails. I came up with a couple of tricks:
- Firstly, I textured the bases after I had attached he rails to the posts, but before the boarded fronts were glued on. This saved having to do loads of very fiddly texturing under the boards.
- Secondly, I painted a heavily-diluted wash of black acrylic paint between each board. This was a tedious job, but I think the end result gives the fences more definition.
My only disappointment with this kit is that the gates don’t open or close (unlike the doors in the 4Ground buildings). However, that is a very minor beef, and overall I love these fences and gates.
This picture of the two latest buildings under construction show the clever way that these 4Ground kits are designed. You first assemble these frames. Then the pre-painted interior walls get glued to the inside, and small textured panels are glued on the outside into the spaces between the frames. Doors and windows go in, and the roof is added as a completely separate sub-assembly. While this may all sound complex, in fact it’s a dead easy process.
I’m so impressed with these 4Ground kits. They’re not only great-looking models when they’re finished, but they’re absolute fun to make.
I’m looking forward to their next products in this range. Rumour has it that they intend to make a highland village and a river delta village (think stilts). The lowland and highland collection are also going to include houses for their local rural samurai.