Category Archives: Peninsular War Scenery

My Peninsular Buildings Donated To Exeter Inquisition

Donated my DIY Napoleonic Peninsular Buildings to my games local Club – Exeter Inquisition recently. These can now be used for any skirmish game. Who knows, maybe one day a Napoleonic game will  be played out. More likely these will used for Infinity,  Kings of War, 40k and Warmachine/Hordes etc.

Link to photo gallery from the club:




Napoleonictonic having a break. Will return in 2014

Hello, as I haven’t been painting or playing anything Napoleonic since Spring 2012,  it’s safe to say that I’ve taken a short break or nap (pun intended) from this era for the time being. That’s not to say I’ve lost interest in Napoleonic stuff, absolutely not. I love the period. Let’s just say that I’m no longer attending my previous gaming group so change is as good as a holiday.

For the time being I’m updating my Non Napoleonic blog Wargamerama

This blog WILL come back in 2014 sometime. Till then I’ll see you over at Wargamerama.

Have a great festive season and enjoy the port/wine/rum etc.


Napoleonic stuff back soon…


Back from our trip to sunny Spain.  Sadly, I didn’t didn’t get inspiration to write another Lasalle Scenario.  The Catalonian town just looks too industrial today, so I didn’t get the ‘old Napoleonic era vibe’ there. Anyway, we were there for a wedding and that was good fun.

We’re starting a Cutlass campaign (game by Black Scorpion Miniatures) at our local club tomorrow so Napoleonic stuff is on hold for a short while. Doubt it will be long before I get back to painting/modelling Nappy’s though. Watch this space. Till then………..

Peninsular War Scenery – Update 17 Finished Scenery

Parting is such sweet ‘sorrow’

Just the finishing touches left to do…

Balsa wood doors were drybrushed with a dark brown paint (over a black undercoat), window frames were painted in a greyish/brown shade. Window sills were made from thin card ( to cover up the corruguated card showing beneath) these were then painted in the same colour as the window frames.

Steps were made for the tower and church ‘front’ from balsa wood. These were also painted in the same colour as mentioned above. The tiled roofs of the church ‘front’, workshop, tower and gatehouse were drybrushed with white .With regards to the tower, I’d previously added four circular pieces of balsa wood where the clock should be. This is where I wanted to print out clock faces and stick these on these place holders. It didn’t take me long to find some suitable old looking clock faces on the Internet. These were re-sized, printed, cut out and glued in place. These were then covered in PVA glue to protect them and also give them a glossy finish.

Oh, almost forgot to let you know how I added the domed church roof cross. I’m going to have to rewind a few updates for this…probably way back before the domed roof and octagonal roof were glued together.

First, I cut two thin strips from wooden wargame bases and glued these in place. Once dry, I cut a whole on the top of the domed roof and also one one end of a wine cork. Gluing the cork to the inside of the domed roof gave me somewhere to support the cross and stop it wobbling about. Once the cork was in place, the cross was threaded, glued down with super glue and then polyfilla used to fill gaps.

The last step was to make bases for all the buildings as these would give some added protection. Due to the massive hoard of cardboard that I’d amassed over the past month or so, I found some suitably strong pieces, cut these up and glued the buildings down. Small weights and rubber bands were needed to make sure that the buildings were secured in place. once dry the bases were covered in sand and the bases of the rural walls were painted brown.

All complete. Well….not quite! I still wasn’t happy with the tall city walls. Therefore, I’d probably re-spray these to match the colour of the workshop, church ‘front’ and tower at a later date. Overall I’m really happy with what I’ve made over the past month or so. However, not as happy as my wife’s going to be though. She’s going to be over the moon that there won’t be bags and boxes of cardboard, pots of paint and newspaper all over the place.

No sooner had the paint dried on these buildings and scenery that I took them to my great games club Mos Isca to use them in a massive Lasalle game – Oporto. I also donated them to the club, hence the “parting is such sweet sorrow” sub heading.

It’s been worth it. The buildings did their job, and the only money spent on these was for the following items:

Polyfilla, grey spraypaint, brown spraypaint, PVA glue.

Roughly costing £13. Not bad at all!

Final photos of the scenery (taken at the club). One last post will follow this (at a later date) showing the re-painted city walls. Hope some of this has inspired you to have a go at building cheap scenery yourself. :0)

P.s as a footnote I have to credit the following sites:

Pepachal: and Haunted Dimensions:

for the templates to both the church and tower. Whilst I added my own touches to the buildings, I certainly cant claim credit for the concept of these. However, the workshop building, rural walls, gatehouse, town walls, roof tiles, doors & windows were all my own designs. Phew, I feel better now :0)

P.p.s Oporto battle (Lasalle scenario playtest) with photos coming soon.

Peninsular War Scenery – Update 16

Nearly there….

Once the undercoat was thoroughly dry I drybrushed the church ‘front’, workshop, chimney and tower pieces with white paint. After this the roof tiles were painted with a deep red acrylic paint.

Whilst waiting for these to dry I painted the low rural walls with a thinned down black paint. For some reason the paint was applied in an irregular pattern to 6 of the walls. I must have been bored at the time! No matter, as long as the finished products didn’t turn out looking brand new then anything would do!

Once all the wash was applied to the walls I did the same thing to the building roof tiles (which were now dry).

Meanwhile, back to the church (main building and turret). I now had a pure white building that looked brand new. Therefore weathering would be necessary. Whilst the polyfilla previously applied to the walls helped give it a little more realism, a bit of staining would be necessary to give it more of a realistic look. Having a look in my paint box, I found an old pot of Citadel Bleached Bone. Thinning it down quite considerably, I used the small version of the church (the very first model that I made) as a tester.

Great, this worked a treat. Now to do the same on it’s larger cousin.

That was easy! The effect is less obvious than with the smaller church but I think it just gives it just that little bit extra.

Now back to the walls. Lining the walls up like a production line I simply drybrushed white over the cork. I was quite pleased with these.

Heading over to the tall city walls, I really hated the shade of brown that I’d sprayed these walls. I thought that a dark brown would look quite nice on these city defences. However, once dry the paint was just way too dark. I’d have to drybrush several coats over these to make them look presentable. So, mixing shades of greys, browns and whites I went to work on these.

I wasn’t at all happy with these at all though. They just don’t look the right colour for Portuguese/Spanish walls. I’ll re-spray these at a later date.

Now back to the church ‘front’…..

The walls of the church ‘front’, workshop and tower were looking a little too grey. Therefore using the same colour wash that I’d used on the white church (Bleached Bone) I applied the same thinned wash over these buildings.

Update soon…

Peninsular War Scenery – Update 15

Before undercoating the buildings I needed to add a bit of texture to give the structures a little bit of ‘oomph’. First off I coated all the buildings and tall town walls (but not the low walls) with PVA and then sprinkled a mixture of coarse and fine sand over them.

Once dry I realised that I’d put too much glue (and coarse sand) on the high city walls and some of the buildings, but it was certainly too late to do anything about it at the time. I’d just have to find a way around when painting the models.

For the undercoat I sprayed the church ‘front’, workshop, workshop chimney, low rural walls and all three parts of the tower grey. I sprayed the high town walls and gatehouse dark brown (I’ll go into this later) and finally painted the large church (base and dome) and the small church white using a general tin of water based household matt paint with a decent sized brush..

More on this update to follow tomorrow…

Peninsular War Scenery – Update 14

This will be the last entry regarding the actual construction of the scenery. The next entries will concentrate on painting. Hopefully painting all the pieces should only take a few days as opposed to the month or so it took to actually build this lot!

The final pieces off the production line would be rural stone walls. I thought these would be a nice contrast to the tall city/town walls that I’d made previously. Therefore to make these walls I knew that I already had a box full of cork pieces cut into small ‘rock’ like shapes (see one of the Back to Basics entries in the menu) so what better way to texture my walls by using the cork pieces.

First off I found some spare pieces of plasti-card that I had lying around and cut a load of strips (same length as the tall city wall bases – 12cm long) for the bases. Next I cut 12cm x 20/25mm strips of thick cardboard and glued these along the centre of the plasti-card bases.

Whilst these were drying I realised that the ‘rock’ pieces that I had were too chunky to simply stick onto the walls.

Therefore, the long and bloody boring process of slicing these into thinner pieces came into play. Thank god I had a great CD on! Once the pieces were sliced and diced, the bare walls were covered with PVA glue and the ‘rock’ pieces glued on.

Marvellous! Building work complete. Now onto the painting…..update tomorrow