Realistic 3D-printed Dutch farm

Recently a friend 3d-printed for me a couple of lovely Dutch farm models from edition 2 of the World at War range of STL files designed by Najewitz Modellbau.

Now, I don’t know that much about Dutch architecture, living half a world away from the Netherlands. But from my occasional trips to see my extended family over there, these models in my opinion certainly appear to have captured the general look and feel of rural Holland.

The roof and top floor can come off, but there is no interior detail apart from some rudimentary rafters (which my friend had trouble printing anyway, so I ended up snapping off the remnants).

Although my wargaming (what little I get to play, anyway!) is done with 28mm figures, I asked my friend to print out these buildings at a size that was designed for 20mm miniatures. This is because I prefer my wargaming buildings to have a smaller footprint. I think 28mm figures still look fine against them on the tabletop.

I painted the brick areas with a dull red undercoat, then rubbed in DIY plaster filler paste with my finger. I immediately rubbed this off again with a sponge, leaving the filler sitting in the cracks between the bricks. It was a simple (albeit somewhat messy) process.

Choosing colours for the shutters and woodwork was fun. I settled on a green and red colour scheme, which to me looks suitably Dutch.

I was really pleased with how the brickwork came out, as you can see in this pic of the barn with a Dutch Landsverk armoured car idling outside.

Here we see a couple of German paratroopers patrolling past the farmhouse. The model includes shutters and the ornate ironwork on the gable.

I must say that since my first encounter with 3D printing back in 2015, the opportunities now presented to wargamers by this process have become endless. Gone are the days when we see the same few resin buildings decorating everyone’s tables!

Many thanks to my friend who printed these models for me: Scott Bowman, owner of probably the only pharmacy in the world that has a wargaming section!

17 thoughts on “Realistic 3D-printed Dutch farm

  1. I agree that they certainly look Durch (guess the creator not living too far from the Netherlands helps) and your rendition looks great.I need to remember not going the full 28mm route when I print mine one day, since there actually look fine comparing the height of the minis to the height of the doors. (I use thicker bases so mine will need to be a little larger.)

  2. Thank you for a most informative post as usual. The treatment of the characteristic Dutch white mortar between the bricks is inspired – reminds me of a Vermeer urban landscape painting.

  3. The Dutch building is cool but the pharmacy with a wargaming section is fantastic, I would have to pop in every day for some medical reason. “Yes dear I have a bad headache” “oh what a surprise they sell wargame items also”, cool as.

    Willz Harley

  4. Brilliant stuff as usual, Roly. The world of 3-D printing has truly advanced the esthetics of our gaming tables.

  5. They came out great and they certainly look suitably Dutch to me (and I should know, I am Dutch ;-))!

  6. That building looks superb. Some of the 3D printed stuff can look a little basic, but that looks perfect.
    How long has the pharmacy/hobby shop been there? It makes a nice change from them flogging perfume, toys and expensive lollies. Health benefits of a hobby writ large?!
    Regards, James

  7. Those photos are impressively realistic. Nice compositions with the low perspective. Started following! Hope to check out what else you have here, and more to come?

    1. Thanks for that. Yes, I have a couple more small projects completed and ready to post about – just need time to do the photography.

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