I’ve been quietly boxing on making some more of the cardboard models from Florian Richter and Peter Dennis’s book European Buildings: 28mm paper models for 18th & 19th century wargames.
In addition to the windmill I have previously posted about, I now also have a mansion, a church, and a watermill.
This impressive mansion will be perfectly at home as either a country house or a town hall.
The book also provides roof connectors to so you join more of this model together to form a larger building – making the entire Palace of Versailles wouldn’t be out of the question!
I’ve made this and the other models straight out of the book. The only additional work I have done was to strengthen the inner structures with some heavy card.
The northern-European church looks surprisingly solid for a cardboard model. I think it is the buttresses that make it so sturdy-looking.
If you wanted to super-detail this model, you could cut out the windows and then re-inset them behind the holes to give more depth. However, the original artistry is so good that the windows look sufficiently 3D just as is.
I did this watermill in one afternoon. I’ve made it fit with my existing latex river terrain by adding a foundation to the main building so that the wing with the wheel sits on the upraised bank, and the wheel itself hangs down ‘into’ the water.
I also added some piles made from sprue to support the overhanging wooden outhouse.
Here’s the first building I make from the book. It was probably a brave move to pick this one as my prototype, as it is the most complex. But it came out surprisingly well.
There are still plenty more buildings to make in the book – a Spanish-style church and windmill, farms and houses from both northern and southern Europe, bridges , walls …