Monday, November 22, 2021

Scratch-built Celtic Roundhouses

In preparation of an Hail Caesar EIR vs. Celts game next week, I wanted to add some roundhouses to represent a small village. I used existing stuff laying around the house, as well as a $5 natural bristle broom from one of our local Korean markets.  Not the prettiest, but good enough for the purposes of the game. I rushed through these, and really should spend more time and effort on terrain in the future.

The roundhouses were made using a paper towel dowel for the smaller ones, and a plastic vitamin bottle cut in two for the larger ones. The roof frames are made from cardstock.

The roofs tested onto the houses - everything was eye-balled, so they have a fairly rough appearance.
A glue gun was used to make sections of the roof thatching. The straight edge held the bristles down while the glue gun was run past. These were then glued onto the roofs. I ended up adding more bristles here and there to give the roofs a fuller appearance.
The houses were covered with acrylic caulking at first, but I later added a light coat of spackling for more texture. This was painted a light brown and then dry-brushed an off white. The roof thatching was brushed with watered down white glue. Probably could've made the thatching look better, but I kind of rushed through the process.
Again, good enough for the game next week, and only had to pick up the broom for the bristles to complete. Until the next blog update, wishing you all the best and a Happy Thanksgiving for those on this side of the pond.

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    1. Thank you very much again, Jonathan. Kindest regards and wishing you a great Thanksgiving!

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  2. Impressive work! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!
    cheers!

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    1. Thank you very much Phil! Kindest regards, Dean

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  3. Well done Dean. Of the usual things - beautiful huts. Great!
    Well, Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Thank you very much, Alexey. Warmest regards, Dean

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  4. Great work! Thank you for a tutorial!

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    1. Thank you very much, Michal. Warmest regards, Dean

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  5. Nice thatching on the roundhouses Dean!

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    1. Thanks a lot Mike. Another way to make the roof could be with "teddy bear" fur. Might be easier. Kindest regards, Dean

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  6. Very nicely done Dean! Happy Thanksgiving!

    Christopher

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    1. Thank you, Christopher! Best regards, Dean

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  7. Nice work Dean ! Happy Thanksgiving !
    Greetings

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    1. Thank you very much, Mario! Warm regards, Dean

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  8. Great post Dean and great looking round houses.

    Cheers, Ross

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    1. Thanks for the kind words and visit, Ross. Kind regards, Dean

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  9. Quite effective and will look fine on the table, after all nobody is actually going to live in them !

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Matt. Warmest regards, Dean

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    1. Thanks a lot, Kuan! Nothing too fancy, but it was simple and should work for the purposes of a game. Kindest regards, Dean

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  11. Very nice results, Dean! And yes, games always force us do something good:)

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  12. Agree with the other commenters Dean, for the time and cost to construct, these look really good - I have one of those same brooms lying around somewhere that was intended for something similar!

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  13. Well, that was extremely clever and well done, Dean. If they look a bit "rough", well not exactly made to represent a country manor, are they?! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Peter! Yes, one of the reasons I attempted this was because of the expected rough finish. Lol!

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