Wargaming the Seven Years War with 40mm miniatures, done by: Johann-Peter Scheck and Anselm Scheck

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Silesian architecture (I): barn

Today I finished the first buldings for our 40mm scaled armies. This is a part of my plan to build a new tabletop with several buildings, trees and hegderows this autumn. In this picture above you can see a type of barn, built for sheltering animals below and storing a hay mow up above. The typology is original and can be found still today in northern Silesia (today Poland) and western Prussia (also Poland).

I changed a little bit the width not to loose too much surface of the gameboard, but the articulation of openings, rebounds and change of materials is true to original.
Honestly, I saw already so much buildings on other sites and blogs, where wargamers presented their so called contemporary architecture around their moving armies: mostly an ensemble of medieval townhouses.
But the reality in the 18. century took more or less place in the countryside in an agricultural context. Kunersdorf, Zorndorf, Leuthen: all of them were small villages with an agricultural population. The supply of the troups also was a big challenge and every full barn was marauded immediately. So, I am sorry, my background architecture isn´t so decorative as others.
I really hope you can enjoy this pictures and the typical architectural details I built. Everything is done in polystyrene, the roof in cardboard. And then, I drybrushed hours and hours....

The "nosebags", the sacks, in front of the barn are from my favourite tutorial site stronghold terrain.

More of Silesian architecture in the next days.


  1. Very nicely done, sir. It looks great!

    -- Jeff

  2. I cannot wait to see more of your 'Schlesische' farm buildings! Very nice, and I must now build a few of my own like it.

    Best Regards,

    Ulrich von Boffke

  3. Excellent, it almost looks real!!!

  4. As Ray said - it almost looks real.
    At first I thought it was a photo with figures placed in front of it. Great work. !!!

  5. Ditto - it looks like the real thing. Nicely done sir!

  6. Fantastic work.I look forward to seeing it in a gaming situation.

  7. Fantabulous barn - a work of art - so realistic

    -- Allan

  8. Thanks so much to all of you ... it´s such a honour to read your comments! I will go on with constructing...

  9. Your modeling is absolutely amazing, completely accurate and top drawer material!