Saturday, April 23, 2011

Normandy Farmhouse Painted.

Hello there and welcome back to another episode of this old Scratchbuilt House. This project started a long time ago and was completely scrapped at least once. That is, I built the original house and after several attempts at trying to make it with stackable floors, then gluing it back together, the whole thing began to fall apart. So I started again and completed it by applying the things I had learned on the first attempt. Then it sat for a while on my desk because I had other projects going on or was just making excuses not to paint it because I knew it was going to be a pain the ass to paint. Lots of windows and doors and details like the spouting were going to take more careful painting then I looked forward to.

When I finally started painting it I quickly realized I lacked the kinds of brushes that would really help me paint this efficiently and accurately without having to do too many touch ups. So I picked up a nice variety pack of flat brushes (both bristle and sable) and these really helped. They were also cheap because when you paint scenery it is really hard on the brushes. For $4.95 for the pack I had the brushes I needed but could stand to abuse.

Here it is with the painting completed, or at least mostly. There are some touch ups to do, and I haven't decided if I want to do detailed interiors just yet, so for now it is just hollow with a lift off roof and lift out second floor. I'm thinking of temporarily printing out a floor layout and laying it inside. Also, I haven't added any ivy on the outside like you see on old French buildings like this. I might use ivy to cover up some of the seams on the foamcore you see in my construction work. I should have taken more time to hide those joins better. I'll do that on the next project.

The Front of the Farmhouse:

The back of the Farmhouse:

Front Door Detail:

Chimney with exposed stonework:

Rain spout (I learned alot about doing these I hope to apply later. The tricky part was getting the spouting and the roof to line up. You really have to plan ahead.):

Farmhouse with 28mm Miniatures showing the actual footprint of the building (Miniatures are converted half squad of Battle Honors EW Germans):

Summer Kitchen:

Lift off roof and removable second floor:

Hope you enjoyed.

To finish this Farmhouse project off, I plan to paint the set of walls I built to go with it and which attach to the garage/barn I had built earlier. This will complete the farmhouse complex, after which I want to start building the first of a set of French Village houses and shops.


  1. Very cool! That's a lot of work put into this, looks great. Have you tried rabbit jointing for the foamcore? I've found it work really good.


  2. Great work Keith & happy Chocolate Day.

  3. Beautiful build, with amazing results - well done. You have a great blog here.


  4. Thanks everyone! I just finished an Eastern Front Ukrainian style building I have to post.