Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Old Church

The centerpiece, so to speak, of my "big battalions" battle on Saturday, Sep. 19th, was to be Der Alte Kirche (or the Old Church in German). In fact, it gave its name to the town and the battle -- Altkirchendorf.

The church itself is a paper construction that I glued to foam board to give it some additional strength. It was then mounted on a base of Masonite (a type of hardboard developed here in Mississippi - link). the final size of the base will be about 10" square.

The following pictures show the church and its yard from several different angles. As usual, please click on the pictures for larger versions.

A good look at the church yard with its small number of graves and a few 28mm figures for size comparison. I had the images of the church enlarged to 135% of the original so that it would look more in scale with the 28mm figures I use. I haven't cut the Masonite to size yet on these pictures.

A higher angle showing on of the unfinished wall sections. I tried to match the wall's color to the colors used on the church. The walls are pieces from an Italeri set called Stone Walls. Although they are 1:72 scale (and are thus undersized) they do match fairly decently with the church. The graves are from Tactical Conflict Simulations and have been mounted on 40mm x 20mm steel bases.

Once cut to size, the Masonite base will be painted green and the walls will be glued down to the base. The church will be left loose to allow easier storage.

And a final view of the church set on the battlefield on Altekirchendorf and defended by the Carpanian Braun Standing Grenadier Battalion and the Carpanian converged pioneer battalion.

Later I made a foam core base for the church that I glued to the Masonite and upon which I will mount the church using toothpicks as guide pegs. The rest of the Masonite base will get a terrain treatment over the green paint.


Bluebear Jeff said...

It looks very good, sir.

-- Jeff

Fitz-Badger said...

Yes, it's always nice to see other people's terrain project. Nice old kirk.

Prinz Geoffrey said...

where did you get the paper model?

ColCampbell50 said...

Thanks for the nice comments.

I downloaded the church from an Internet site some time ago. Although I don't remember the site's name, I have an electronic copy of the file and will send to to anyone who requests.

Just send me an e-mail, titled "Old Church File Request," to jmcp1650 AT comcast DOT net.