Sunday, June 20, 2010

Architects of War: Garden Test Build

I was recently asked by Ernie, over at Architects of War, to do a test build of some of one of his new scenery products, "the Garden".  It's a nicely done kit that consists of a resin base, 8 castings for crops, a bucket, seed bag, hoe, and a scarecrow.  To the left is a picture of the finished product with some 28mm Perry French next to it for scale.  The kit also comes with a very nicely done instruction manual (7 pages) and a plastic pipette for applying diluted glue.

The quality of the resin casting was superb, I couldn't see any bubbles and just needed to trim some very minor flashing off one side - it required only two cuts of the Xacto knife to clean up.

The metal castings were nearly flash free - the only thing that needed to be cleaned up were the casting stringers at various points - I'm sure there is a better technical term for those!  I really like the scarecrow casting - it adds a nice but understated bit of whimsy to the piece.  The crop castings were also well done.  The crops in the garden are (from left to right in the middle and bottom pictures), a row of cabbages (cast in the resin), a row of tobacco, some carrots, a pumpkin vine and some zuchini.

The instruction manual was very well done and serves as a great tutorial for how to build scenery.  I picked up several dry-brushing techniques reading them.  It's rare to see a manual as informative as this one in any kit these days.

I think this type of scenery piece has some uses in skirmish gaming as an objective for marauders or forage parties to seize.  It can also serve as an "atmosphere setting" for larger, set-piece battles.  All-in-all, I really enjoyed assembling and painting up the garden and look forward to getting it on the table in the coming days.  I would recommend taking a look at the Architects of War website.


Doc Smith said...

I like your friend's scenery & accessories - they look like quality castings from the pics and your description. The scarecrow looks distinctly American though and I wouldn't have thought such a crop would last long near ravenous Frenchmen 'marching on their stomachs'!


DeanM said...

Wow - that is a cool "garden" - the scarecrow really sets it off. The cabbage patch also is cool. So much possibilities for this piece. It's also great to hear they include the detailed instructions & tips. Dean

Consul said...

Excellent work here!

I thought this might look good infront of my AWI farm house - not sure if they had scare crows then so is it possible to not have the scarecrow attached without it spoiling the base?


jmilesr said...

Thanks for the comments.

Consul - the scarecrow is a separate casting. I think the hat gives it a distinct 1700's -1900's feel but that can be modified fairly easily.

Consul said...

That's good as the AWI was 1775 onwards! I'll certainly place an order for one of these when they arrive in the UK and see what I can do with it.

Keep up the good work and your work continues to impress.


Brett said...

Very nice, I am working on a bastion at the moment. I am happy to say the resin is remarkably clean. I have only done a couple of resin models over the years because I find the clean up to be a pain, but the bastion has been very straight up so far.