Friday, February 17, 2012

Sarissa Precision Laser Cut MDF Inn.

Continuing on with the Sarissa Precision buildings project, here is the second completed building. I turned this large storefront into a rural French Inn. I decided to name it "L'Auberge de Chat Noir" (the Black Cat Inn). In fact, I have a black cat sitting on my lap as I type this, so it is quite fitting (Her name is Gizmo). I haven't put the sign onto the storefront yet, as I am looking into printing it onto some waterslide decals rather than try to hand paint the lettering. My skills as an ex-billboard painter don't apply well to 1/56th scale buildings...

If the waterslide decal printing works out well, I might even try to print some French advertisements to go on the side of some of these buildings. Every French town and village needs a Suze Apertif ad.

Here are some shots of the finished building. Once again, the kit straight out of the box went together like a charm and I added details of my own. Hope you enjoy!

I have a large two unit terraced shop, two small terraced houses, and a small terraced shop to finish...

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sarissa Precision Laser Cut MDF House.

I just finished putting together and painting the first of my half dozen Sarissa Precision laser cut MDF buildings. I have been interested in these products for a while, but only recently decided to take the hit on shipping and currency conversion to get them from across the pond. I am really glad I did. These kits are amazing. I picked up the entire range of their 28mm WWII Normandy series. By buying one of each, I have myself a nice little French village.

I have never worked with MDF before, much less laser cut kits, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The material is nice to work with. You can cut it if you have to, you can sand it easily (though use a breath mask), and it glues well with regular old wood glue (though I also used some CA glue for some parts).

Straight out of the box, these kits are excellent. The kits go easily together and the laser cuts are precise. The kits overall are well planned and are pretty accurate architecturally for the period and region (at least to my amateur eyes). You could easily slap these together as is, spray paint them with a tan undercoat and finish off the details and you would have a great bunch of buildings. Being the kind of gamer I am, I couldn't resist using these as a blank slate for adding a ton of my own detail. I decided my buildings had to have plasticard shingled roofs, detailed chimneys, rain gutters and spouts, and custom shutters. I say this not to put down the original kits, but simply because building this kind of terrain is something I enjoy. The great thing about the kits is it saves me hours of headache measuring, cutting, and building my own. With the basic kit I just need to add the details, and since they are laser cut and so precise, adding details is easy, especially for adding the plastic sheet shingles to the roof.

Here is the kit straight out of the box from the Sarissa Precision website (I didn't get a shot of mine before I painted it). So far, I have 3 of the buildings built, and one of them painted with 3 more to finish. I also began working on some back yard walled gardens for the terraced houses.

Here are the shots of the completed version. I prefer a clean style to my buildings (except for ruins), and I use little to no drybrushing on most smooth surfaces. You could add your own interior walls if you liked. For now, I just painted the floors brown and brushed on some wood grain with a darker brown to save time.

If this building looks familiar, it's because I painted it to match my other 28mm building, the Normandy Farmhouse. I figure it could be paired with that building for a Norman farm complex.

Anyway, hope you enjoy!

More to come!