Tuesday 26 April 2011
Scratch built, Woodland Indian Longhouses FIW
I've been painting up my French Indian Wars figures for far too long now, Posties figures and all my other periods I'm painting keep interrupting the completion of the armies. I've defiantly got enough to do a game, but have yet to find any rules I'm really happy with. I've already bought far too many rule sets, so I been trying write my own, which are a semi-skirmish rule set, but more of that is for another day.
I've got quite a few American and British buildings for the period and decided I need a few Native American Longhouses for a raid on the Indian village scenario. Now this is where my problems started. Please correct me if I'm wrong but I could find only two manufacturers of Indian Longhouses, one Acheson , never answered my questions about dimensions, that I sent by email, so they were crossed off the list, next came the lovely buildings from Blue Moon's new FIW range, now I like these, but, they are so expensive $20 or £12.14 where I come from!!! for one unpainted building. Old Glory here in the UK carry the figures but will only order the building and not stock them, call me old fashioned but if I'm going to pay £12 for one 15mm building, I want to see it first....So the only thing to do was make my own!!
I found loads of pictures on the web and knocked these up in around 15 hours, I'll blow my own trumpet and say I'm really pleased with the finished articles, I plan to make some wikiups and a few more items to build up the Indian village. I'll also be posting a step by step guide how to make them, at a later date. They're really easy!!
I've included a few Freikorps Indians from QRF and some Essex Miniatures British for a size comparison. Lastly just to keep Fran (The Angry Lurker), happy, I used his Greenstuff to make the curtains on the doors and the scalps, he said he'd moan if I didn't mention his contribution in the making of the buildings. It's like working with a child......................