One thing I don't spend enough time on is scenery and in skirmish wargaming, in particular, large amounts of scenery are often a necessity. I've got some trees, hills and now even a small river (which still needs some work) but very little in the way of buildings. I have quite a few resin ones from Grand Manner but very few are painted.
So when I saw this new Renedra plastic kit of a ramshackle (from the Middle English word to pillage, ransaken and hence ransack) I thought it might be a useful item for a number of periods from ACW onwards. Immediately I thought it could form part of my vague ideas for a board for In Her Majesty's Name. Normally I would bring it home and forget about it but my lack of good condition paintbrushes (since remedied) meant I couldn't paint any figures properly so I set to work on constructing the barn instead.
It went together quite well without it being completely easy. The nature of the roof meant that achieving a snug fit was impossible and the small outhouse was tricky to get straight but I soon had a reasonable approximation of the one on the cover. I decided to mount it on a base as it didn't feel that robust without one
"Are you my mummy?"
A quick undercoat of black paint and then four or five shades of dry-brushed Humbrol number 98 brown saw it looking suitable scruffy. I know it looks grey but however I photograph it the colours won't come out properly.
Anyway, I enjoyed painting it so much I am going to work on a building for my Darkest Africa campaign next.