Saturday, 28 April 2012

Building Houses

My previous post here highlighted my sad lack of buildings for certain types of games. To be fair 25mm games have never really interested me (aside from gladiatorial games), but I actually don't have much in the way of buildings for 15mm games either. I have plenty of strongholds for HOTT, of course, but the problem has always been that my selection of HOTT armies is so eclectic that finding buildings that would look right with many of them would be a full-time job.

However this afternoon I decided to expand my terrain collection just a little. I'd ventured onto The Junior General looking for some top-down figures for a project I'm mulling over at the moment, and ended up in their terrain and accessories section. Before I knew it I'd downloaded a rather nice medieval house and set about resizing it for different figure scales.

Printed straight off it is pretty much true 15mm. But buildings that are the same scale as the figure often don't look right, unless you're doing skirmish games, so I reduced the size of the image and printed it off again, creating a smaller house that looks better with 15mm HOTT elements.

Here you can see some Peter Pig Orcs marching past a village made up of both sizes of medieval house, plus a small stone house which also plopped onto my hard-drive:

Amazingly they didn't stop and burn the place to the ground.

Some more work on scaling and I did a version which I'd be happy to use with 25mm figures for 'Song of Blades and Heroes'. It's still slightly under true 25mm scale but will do the job. Here we can see some of the skeletons from last night's game wondering where the Lego's gone:

Quite fun to make, and quick as well. I think it's safe to say my next 15mm HOTT game will be featuring a built-up area.


  1. They came out nice. I have trawlers junior general many times. I have a feeling that I have these somewhere but I'll have to look again.

  2. Nice job! But no orc worth his salt would fail to torch an undefended house!

  3. I have also recently been acquiring building for the 28mm scale as I have been playing a lot of WW2 (Operation Squad rules) and Warmachine/ Hordes.

    There is a company in the UK called 4Ground ( who produce really nice wooden buildings at a very good price. I have six of the small two story Tudor/ Stuart houses and the Roman Limes watch tower. They also do wagons, outhouses and walls. Yes, walls made of wood. They actually look really good when painted.

    I don't know if the ship to OZ but there may be a local equivalent as this type of terrain seems to be a growing market, certainly over here.

    1. Are those laser-cut MDF buildings? I saw a few on sale at the last con I went to, in Canberra back in January.

      (Just checked their site - it is laser-cut terrain. Obviously a growing market, along with 3D 'print' on demand :) )

    2. You've answered your own question!

      Over the weekend they seem to have also announced that they are going to produce razor wire barricades and a German WW2 checkpoint. I know four people so far who want one of those.

      They also do Saxon/ Medieval buildings now as well. I've been reliably informed that they release new stuff every month.


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