The Village – Buildings III

Another week and a bit more progress.
So having churned out a load of small village houses it’s time to do the house of the village elder/headman. This worthy is better off than his neighbours and reports directly to the Samurai who oversees the Daimyo’s rice production. It is an important job and the output and the behaviour of the villagers are his personal responsibility. if he gets it wrong he could lose his head.
For this house I decided to not only make it larger, but I added a front porch and much more timber framing. This time I am using cat food pouch carton cardboard. This is quite rigid and cuts well. the shiny outer surface is on the inside of the building as I need the bare cardboard of the inner carton to take the PVA glue.

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As I don’t need to inset the wooden framing into the walls as I would for a foam board house I use the thinner coffee stirrer wood. It takes a little over an hour to cut out the main shape and then add the framing. After it has dried overnight I fold it up and glue it in place in on a raised base. The porch is made from coffee stirrer wood again.

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The whole thing has a rough, rustic look to it. No need for perfect lines and frames. The last thing I do is score some of the card panels to represent timber planks.
The roof is just another scored and bent piece of carton card and will support the thatched roof.

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I’ll need to cut some barbecue skewers to make support posts for the porch roof.
The next big job for the village will be to mass produce fences. I have five so far and need about 30 altogether. Then it’s onto doing a range of small outhouses.

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3 thoughts on “The Village – Buildings III

  1. Don’t forget to put small rocks on top of the shingles to hold them in place, which also make good foot-stops for mini bases when figures are clambering about on top of the huts.

    • It is all in the plan, but I hadn’t thought about clambering figures, there again I’m no ninja (I failed the weight and rotundity requirements).

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