Friday, December 27, 2013

Joseon Korean Shrine

Here's a piece of terrain I worked on this evening. It' s a laser cut wooden kit from Korea picked up off of ebay and arrived surprisingly quick - about a week and a half - during the Christmas mailing season no less..
Most of the parts fit together without the need for gluing as the laser cutting is very precise. The roofing was the only area requiring a bit of glue. The roof tiles are from a supplied sheet of rubber mat that is easily cut with a hobby knife using the templates provided.
The only parts painted were the stone foundation, arch of the roof, wooden pillars and the sliding doors. Alternatively, the kit can be left unpainted too.
The kit comes in a clear, hard plastic case and with very good full color instructions. The cover states the kit is aimed at 12 and older; but the suggested time for building is way off, at least for me. It says it can be built in two hours. I think if you have already built a few and are familiar with the construction - as well as not painting it, it may be possible. For me, it took about twice as long - mainly due to the painting. That said, it isn't a difficult kit to put together.
But here's the kicker - the kit is a 1/250 scale replica of the original palace of the Joseon Dynasty - Sajeongjeon. It is probably good enough as a temple for 15mm, but for 28mm it will have to be a facsimile for a small shrine. The same company that makes this kit also sells larger scaled versions, but they cost about twice as much as this one. As most of the terrain for the Imjin set up are more representational than "true-scale" it should work. I might also raise it a bit to give it an illusion of size. Anyway, just a brief post to keep the blog going.


26 comments:

  1. That is a superb kit, thanks for sharing

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  2. Cool kit and I like the rubber mat roof. If you do not need to go into the building then there is no issue with representational buildings and not being particular about scale. Ronin looks like a fun game.

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  3. That's great, Dean! Using the rubber matting for the roof is a very cool idea.

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  4. Thanks for the thoughts, Gentlemen! I will likely raise the building a bit and use it as is. Best, Dean

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  5. Wow! that's a great bit of kit Dean!!! It looks excellent!

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  6. Good looking finished temple kit.

    As for the conundrum of model size vs figure size, I almost always downsize the building and terrain to fit in with the ground scale of the game. Only for skirmish gaming where one figure equals one man (or near to that) do I use similarly sized figures and buildings.

    This temple should look great on the gaming table.

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  7. Shame it is such a small scale... Once someone releases 28mm North Koreans I could use one of these in 28mm for skirmishing!

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  8. What a great piece of color for your project. Laser cut is a real blessing for our hobby!

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  9. Thanks for your great comments, everyone. As Jonathan points out, as long as the piece is not intended for skirmish 1:1 gaming, it should would for the Hail Caesar Imjin game. If not, I'll have to break down and get the larger (more expensive) version as Burkhard points out. Warm Regards and thanks for visiting. Dean

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  10. That's a beautiful building !
    more beautiful than many laser cut ones !
    maybe it could be good with 1/72 ?

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  11. Thanks, Sam. Yes, I'm sure it would work fine with 1/72nd too. Best, Dean

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  12. That is a neat building and should make the siege game more colorful

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  13. It does indeed look like a great kit!

    Christopher

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  14. Top piece of terrain, whatever the scale. Beautifully finished too!

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  15. Thanks for the nice words, Gents! Best, Dean

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  16. very nice kit Dean. interesting to find out what else is in the range.
    Cheers
    Dan

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  17. The rubber for the roof sounds like a good idea.
    Happy New Year,
    Pat.

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  18. Thanks again, Gents! Happy 2014 to you all! Dean

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  19. That's a very nice kit. One of the few laser cut buildings I've seen that doesn't "wear it's heritage on it's sleeve" if you know what I mean. I initially thought you'd scratch built it based on the photos.

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  20. Looks great! Do you know if that kind of rubber mat is available separately?

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  21. Thanks for the comments and interest, Gents.
    MM: I don't know, but it would be cool to get some for scratch-building. The company that makes these kits is in S. Korea - Young Modellers - here's a link to their company http://www.tradekorea.com/e-catalogue/hoamanji/products-list.html?grp_id=72893 Best, Dean

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  22. Nice looking kit. Korea v. Khitans has been one of my backburner projects. This inspires me.

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  23. It looks very lovely! Pity that it is that small!

    Greetings
    Peter

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