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Miniature Scenery Buildings: A Review

By Michael Cannon / November 1, 2012
Miniature Scenery Church

One of the things I have been working on is an upgrade of the gaming terrain I use. I have had a number of Miniature Scenery buildings sitting in the queue for a while and thought I’d see how the products I have stacked up. Here I’ll look at the church, the well, and the cross.

The buildings come in a shrink wrapped set of MDF sheets. The size of the stack is determined by the complexity and size of the building. The church, for example, came in two sheets, the cross in one. If there is a roof you will find a colored paper sheet with the pattern laid out and ready to cut out, fold, and glue onto the roof. I don’t know how they cut the MDF but the pieces have a section about 1/4 inch around them and are connected to the frame by a couple of small sections. The pieces will come out easily with a set of flush cutters. You can them trim off the excess with a sharp hobby knife. Assembly instructions are also included and are pretty thorough.

The pieces fit together tightly and I had to trim the slots where they came together in a number of places. This is not a criticism, just a comment. Make sure you have looked at the assembly instructions thoroughly before you start. Wood glue or white glue can be used on those pieces that are loose.

Once assembled, I sprayed the buildings with some older GW Shadow Grey I had on hand. (Trust me, this paint OLD – it’s from the first generation of GW paint from back in the mid-90s!) I had to use a number of thin coats so I could keep the texture but the MDF held the paint well. Due to the overhangs and cutouts, I spent several brief sessions spraying to get full coverage. Once the base coats were dry, I moved on to drybrushing the pieces with a lighter shade of grey . The curch had some browns added to the bottom of the walls so the structure would appear weathered.

The roof patterns should be scored gently with a hobby knife and a metal straight edge. Use the straight to fold the paper. I coated the roof pieces one at a tome with white glue and spread it around with my finger to get a light coat (a heavy coat will warp the paper.) I used a block of wood to keep the paper flat while the glue dried  The toughest part was making sure I had it aligned properly so that the edges had enough covering.

I added a cork base to the well to make it a more scenic piece and added a pipe cleaner for a small tree that would add personality.The rocks are a mixture of crumbled cork and kitty litter painted and then drybrushed to bring out the highlights. Each structure had Woodland Scenics scatter grass added to it for more flavor. I put on a layer of white glue where I wanted the grass/mold to be then after adding it, went back with some diluted white glue to make certain it would not flake off.

To my eye, the church appears a bit large for 28 mm miniatures as the eyes of the miniature can barely see out of the windows. athe cross and well are nicely sized for that scale, however and will also fit in well with  buildings from other manufacturers. The paper roofs will probably be noticeable in pictures of games but I do not think they will be distracting during a game.

Overall I would have to say these are nice additions to many eras ranging from the English Civil War back through Saga style gaming. I intend to pick up the other buildings in the series when I get the money together for them.

 

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About the author

Michael Cannon

I have been wargaming as long as I can remember. I met my wife when I was 14 and had been gaming long before that so that should give you an indication as to how long it has been. One of the first games I owned was Anzio by Avalon Hill. I drove over to the hobby shop in the snow to pick it up as I finally had the money to get something! I can remember playing with Airfix figures and Roco tanks back in the 6th grade and before.

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