Sunday, 17 July 2016

Church and Graveyard

I've wanted to add a church to my Normandy collection for some time. Total Battle Miniatures do a beautiful church but at £60 it's way beyond my pocket! So instead I ordered up this from Hovels Ltd. Great value at just £13.50.
A couple of paras for scale

The casting was good with little trimming up required. The spire is a separate piece which makes storage a little easier. Make sure you give it a good wash before painting.

So that I could use it in different settings, that is as a standalone church or within a village perhaps. I decided to make a tile for the graveyard. The church could then just be placed on it. Again this would make storage easier.

The paved/tiled area is just some good quality printed card I picked up from my local model shop. I've applied some textured masonry paint so that the edge blends in nicely, plus it makes for a good path.

The area around the church will have a scatter of gravestones.

Painting the church was very straightforward. Undercoat with matt black spray, then apply successive drybrushed layers of Foundry Stone for the walls and Found Slate Grey for the roof. The actual effect is more dramatic than this picture suggests. They are quite different greys, honest!

The door is just dark brown such as Found Bay Brown shade highlighted with a faint drybrush of a Foundry Boneyard mid. The patches of mould in the stonework are simply a watered mid green that is given a highlight of watered yellow-green. Thinning the paint lets the stone show through in places.

Some of the gravestone were old metal items that I'd had in my bits box. I especially like the one covered in ivy with a raven on top - from Essex miniatures I think? The rest were simply off-cuts of plasticard that I trimmed in to various headstone shapes.

I decided to keep the gravestones quite sparse so as to make it easier to place and move figures during games.

Here's the finished article surrounded by stone walls. I made the gates from some odd bits of balsa. The graveyard was flocked and then spruced up with a selection of tufts, flowers and clump foliage.

Thanks for looking!

9 comments:

Ray Rousell said...

Nice work Matt, looks great

Ray Rousell said...

Nice work Matt, looks great

GuitarheroAndy said...

Looks good! Should be good to game with too, owing to the sparseness of the gravestones. Just goes to show that you don't always need to spend a fortune to get the scenery you want.

Rodger said...

That looks absolutely wonderful Matt!

Matt said...

Thanks chaps! :-)

JOHNBOND said...

Nice work Matt, and purchased at a excellent bargain price,Plast Craft Games has the Saint-Mère-Église church which looks great but at a 70.00 pound price tag not to 4 ground has a church for 190.00 pounds.
cheers John

Moiterei_1984 said...

Fabulous looking church! I'm eyeing the very same for a few days already. Was thinking it might be a tad to small (as some of the other Hovel stuff) but seeing your pics it seems to work.

Matt said...

Thanks again!

@Moiterei_1984 - some of their stuff is definitely more 25mm rather than 28mm but this church seems to work just fine. Definitely recommended!

Phil Robinson said...

Nicely done, it is a shame Hovels are off most folks radar these days they still produce some fine pieces at very keen prices.