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.