Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Village Rice Barn

One final Bushido post to see out the month.* This was a lovely little kit from ‘4Ground’ and given its discreet footprint, perfect for our smaller Bushido board.  I know that the seemingly unchecked march of the MDF terrain piece onto gaming boards up and down the length of the country is not to everyone’s taste but, as I have mentioned before, I really enjoy putting these kits together.  They really are very clever and provided that you don’t rush at them, relatively straightforward to assembly.
*Is it really June already?
With the addition of a couple of hand carts my Bushido themed month has come to an end.  Rest assured we are still enjoying our weekly meet at school, although the imminent examination period is starting to demand more and more of my table top gamers’ time.
That said I am hoping to run the club again next year and have started assembly of some further additions to the Savage Wave that were picked up at Salute this year.  So hopefully more to come on this theme in the future, who knowns perhaps even a game report?  However for the time being all focus will be shifted to ‘Forgotten Heroes’ and a truly bizarre change of topic!

57 comments:

  1. What a splendid barn, impressive roof!

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  2. looks great. I'm sure it will be a hit at the club.

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  3. Lovely barn and carts, I don't see how you can knock the mdf out at the moment, it increases the range available and makes it more economical and accessible and if you really don't like it don't buy it!
    Best Iain

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  4. What a lovely piece of terrain. Well done Michael. Did you think about weathering the barn a bit? Not that it's necessary but I know the splendid terrain pieces you created from scratch so the barn might gain from some further treatment from your gifted hands...

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    1. Thank you Stefan and yes, I was hoping to push it a little further, possibly when we are back at school.

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  5. Great job. That really looks the part.

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    1. Certainly a useful addition to the club's terrain.

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  7. Whilst many MDF kits leave me cold (mainly because of visible tabs and the lack of detail), the 4Ground Shogunate Japanese series - of which this barn is one - are exquisite. They're fun to build, too - very clever design.

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    1. I have to confess, the rest of this range is proving hard to resist.

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  8. By the way, it is really easy to improve the teddy-bear fur thatch by a little dry-brushing - see here: https://arteis.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/home-improvements-to-4grounds-japanese-shogunate-houses/

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    1. That needs to be tried, thank you Roly.

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  9. Who does not like Japanese architecture? (I know I do)

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  10. Cool. I'll check out the Forgotten Heroes blog and see what its all about.

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    1. you would be most welcome to join us Roy, still time....

      Cheers Roger.

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    2. @Dick Garrison: Thanks Rodger. I've looked at the rules, Google-fu'd one thing and spotted something completely different that I believe I can convert to fit the parameters. It just depends on buying a miniature, receiving it in time and then fitting it around my workload. I'll see what I can do. Roy

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    3. Sorry. Roger. I didn't mean to misspell your name.

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    4. Not to worry Roy, if you find you can join in just let me know either through the FH site....

      https://forgottenheroessite.wordpress.com/

      or my own blog...

      https://rantingsfromunderthewargamestable.wordpress.com/

      and I'll add you in to Blogroll etc..

      Oh and don't worry about misspelling my name my non did the same till she died.

      Cheers Roger.

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    5. Splendid news Roy, great to have you along.

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  11. Lovely work as always Michael, though I too am a little surprised you didn't turn you talented hand to weathering it a little, you see you've set the bar too high for yourself with your other scenery we expect perfection now!

    Thanks for the "Forgotten heroes" plug by the way, so glad you're on board again.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Ah yes, well perhaps a spot of light dry-brushing is in order. ;)

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  12. A very smart looking model. Well done.

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    1. Thank you and lovely to hear from you.

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  13. The quality of MDF scenery really depends upon how much work you're willing to put into them. You always do a great job with them as with this one.

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    1. Thank you Brian, very kind of you.

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  14. Unlike many MDF kits this one doesn't show it's heritage in obvious joints and tabs at corners which is my main beef with them. Looks good mate!

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    1. I have to say the finish on this range does look rather good.

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  15. Nice little kit. The beauty with MDF kits of course is you can add your personal touches with most of the main effort done for you. Which is always a winner!

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    1. Thank you Mark and you are absolutely right, they are what you make of them.

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  16. Very nice. I can imagine a couple of rats looking out of the shadow of the barn smiling with grains of rice falling from their mouths.

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  17. Lovely looking kit. :)

    I have a number of the Mordanburg range which I find very relaxing to assemble. I am a real fan of 4Ground's work. :)

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    1. I am very partial to the Mordanburg range too, they are lovely.

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  18. Another splendid addition to your terrain kind sir!

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  19. Wonderful! Love the picture with the goblins.

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    1. Thank you, they do feel right at home in the barn.

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  20. A very nice piece of kit, Michael. Whilst not everyone likes MDF buildings, the variety and 'finish' you can now get gives every level of hobbyist the option to have some nice looking terrain on the table.

    And I can't wait to see what you've chosen to do for 'Forgotten Heroes'!

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    1. Thank you Jez and I do like putting them together. Not long to wait now, hopefully an update tomorrow. ;)

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  21. Personally I'm a fan of mdf. It's relatively hard wearing, not all that expensive if you shop around and people's designs have been really impressive for the most part.

    4Ground make some of the better mdf kits out there and your examples reinforce that.

    Your Bushido tables must be a fun sight for young gamers to experience their early games upon! It'll be memories like that that'll make a curious youngling into a life-long gamer. (Girl and alcoholic pursuits aside!)

    Hope the new crop will be just as enthusiastic Michael. :)

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    1. Thank you Dai, I find it very hard to knock and the quality of the designs continues to improve.

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  22. That really is a nice looking kit. Well done Michael.

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  23. It's a shame all good things must come to an end, but I already look forward to your next project.
    Personally I enjoy putting these MDF kits together, they're not that different from the cars and planes I did in my youth.
    Your barn and cartoon look outstanding, I like it a lot.

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    1. Thank you Wouter and like you I thoroughly enjoy putting the kits together, they are wonderfully satisfying. I hope that June's themed month proves to be as entertaining.

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  24. This piece of terrain looks fantastic! But with those gremlins around I guess you will need to "set fire to the roof" soon with cotton smoke effect or the likes. :)

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