I’ve just finished painting a couple of houses from Printable Scenery, who are based just around the corner from me in Paraparaumu, New Zealand.
These models are normally supplied as STL files, but not having a 3D-printer myself, I got them pre-printed. They’re sized to fit with my 28mm figures.
The buildings both come apart so that you can gain access to each story. They fit securely back together again, with a lug on each corner to line up.
Although these particular models were designed with Normandy in mind (I think), I decided to give them a Dutch look to go with my WW2 Dutch army and my 17th century Dutch pirates.
My efforts wouldn’t fool any student of Dutch architecture. But to my mind they convey the general look, especially when combined with some of my other (Hovels) buildings that are definitely Dutch.
So here we have Landsverk armoured car (made by May ’40 Miniatures) trundling down a city street somewhere in the Netherlands during WW2.
And here we have a couple of Dutch privateers from a few centuries earlier having a discussion outside one of the houses.
The two things I did to give a Dutch look to this building were to paint the walls as rough brickwork, and to add a typical Dutch design to the window shutters and door. The brickwork wasn’t entirely successful, as the house is actually modelled with stone walls. But from tabletop distance, they look enough like bricks.
The interiors are filled with lots of detail, including stairs, rugs, paintings and furniture.
I painted the interior walls with several different shades of dry-brushing, which added to the modelled-in shabby look of the peeling plaster. Easy-peasy to do!
The second building shows its brickwork where the plaster is peeling away. Again, my painting of the bricks is not too realistic close-up, but the effect comes together from a distance.
This atmospheric shot shows a bit more of the wonderful interior detail of these models.
As you can see, I have used a fairly slap-dash approach to my paining, which I think gives a nice shabby-chic impression.
And this time the fireplace was actually modelled as bricks, so it looks right even from close-up!