Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Timber Framed Shop




Well it was a truly awful Bank Holiday Monday down here on the Sunshine Coast and so I was blesses with some time to put together this latest purchase from '4Ground'.  By far the largest building that I've done to date, this model comes with staircase and three floors.


Another well designed and considered kit, this epitomises the quality that I have come to expect from the company.  I appreciate that they are not to everyone's tastes and would benefit from a bit of weathering, but for pre-painted MDF structures they are hard to beat.



A final comparison shot and a couple of miniatures for scale.



54 comments:

  1. Cracking timber building. I really am tempted to get some and then come up with a reason.

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    1. That's normally the way things work around here too! ;)

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  2. There is much to like about the MDF buildings. Those look great.

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    1. I'm certainly a big fan of them, purely for ease and quality.

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  3. That's really impressive Michael, this building is simply splendid!

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    1. Certainly one of my favourites so far.

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  5. Very impressive details in the building's interior.

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    1. Bearing in mind they are all laser etched, it is very clever stuff.

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  6. I'd agree with 4eye, what sells this is the interior play space.

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    1. It certainly opens up all sorts of possibilities.

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  7. That is a cracking building, as Clint says and very substantial for gaming purposes.

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    1. They really are, I've not been disappointed yet.

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  8. I think this offers a great example of just how much character they're now able to cut into these things. (did your kit also smell a bit like burned wood?:0) It looks great once assembled, and as you say, will probably look even greater after a little weathering.

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    1. I couldn't agree more and I love the smell of the scorched wood, an added bonus in my opinion!

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  9. It looks awfull! Oeps I mean fantastic! ;-) Just teasing you!

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. You had me worried there for a moment Peter! ;)

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  10. Well done Michael. Another wonderful piece of terrain to add to the collection. I really must find the buildings I picked up & put them together.

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    1. I have to confess that I really enjoy the building process, it is almost akin to a 3D jigsaw and ultimately satisfying on completion.

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  11. They look really good Michael. There is a risk my wallet won't thank you for this post.

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    1. I am sorry about that Mike, they are fun to build though!

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  12. Very nice. I like how they've kept the scorch marks from cutting on the interior.

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    1. Do you, I like those too. They have the effect of 'dirtying' up the pristine wall, all very atmospheric.

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    2. Paul, on another note, I keep trying to join your blog, but every time I do it says there is a problem - is it something, I am doing wrong?

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  13. You are most definitely in the mood to build terrain these days. Excellent job again Sir Michael!

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    1. They are a great way of keeping things moving forward if I can't settle down to painting miniatures - and of course great fun to do.

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  14. Looks fine straight out of the box. Nice to see what it might look like with some magic on it too.

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    1. The weathering process is certainly at the back of my mind, but may need to leave it for the moment as plenty more bits and pieces need finishing off first.

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  15. I love this one, it was a great Bank Holiday I say!!

    Ian

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    1. It certainly was for me, not sure the Saintly Mrs. Awdry would agree though! ;)

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  16. Very nice Michael!
    I did the same this bank holiday.

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    1. Splendid, it was certainly the weather for staying at home and indulging in hobby related fluff!

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  17. Great stuff, I love 'em too and have just finished Rogan's Bar for my fledgling Wild West shoot out game ;)

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    1. Now I've not really had a close look at the Wild West range, I bet it's great fun though.

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  18. really good, it looks wonderful in every part!
    great piece of terrain.
    bye

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    1. They really are great quality Luca and fun to build too.

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  19. That's quick & simple I agree the interior details are what sells this, 3 playable stories are hard to beat.

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    1. It certainly is and with plenty of scope for further conversion there is a lot to like about these kits.

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  20. They are wonderful little kits aren't they. Very addictive. You've done a wonderful job on this pile (love the window panes)!

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    1. I really do like these Curt, they are just a quality product.

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  21. Loooks like a great house kit... great work.
    I buy my houses at sarrisa precision... the y are alot cheper ;)

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    1. I'm definitely going to have to have a look at the Sarissa range as price is a consideration in all things.

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  22. Nice work on that kit. Especially the interior details are looking really good. Only drawback for me are the unpainted edges...

    Cheers
    Stefan

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    1. You see, I hadn't really noticed them before you had mentioned it Stefan, but they are certainly there. I suppose they could be disguised at some point, but not a real stumbling point for me.

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  23. Looking nice and sure a good way to spend a bank holiday monday!

    I have to say, that I personally am ever more torn with the 4Ground buildings. I often find, that you need to paint the edges over (especially with chimneys). If I add that amount of time to the fact, that they take longer to assemble than normal laser cut buildings, I think one ends up taking about as long to finish them as one does with unpainted ones. So I often wonder if that is worth the price tag and the fact that you will see identical buildings on many tables these days.

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    1. It is a very good argument, if you are investing time painting a pre-painted building it would certainly make more sense to start from scratch and making it truly personal. I have to say that I enjoy the building of the model every bit as much as the finished item and from that point of few I am happy to stick with them, but I will certainly be adding to the collection with other brands at some point.

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  24. Very nice work on the building Michael! They are nicely detailed!

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    1. I know they are not to everyone's tastes, but I think the whole design of these buildings is jolly clever.

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  25. What a great looking building! I need to pick up some 4 Ground soon!

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    1. They do have a quality to them Cory and of course great fun to build.

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  26. A friend of mine has some of them and they look great and I have heard assemble quite easily.

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  27. Very nicely done there Michael and I think it looks the biz. I am glad you have shown it next to one of there other houses and its fits in well

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