I had downloaded the files but had not done anything with them for a long time. Then Lori Brom announced the theme for Colonial Barracks 2014 as "And Two Battalions of Marines." So I thought, dust off my Between the Wars "China" Marines and see what sort of scenario I can devise. I decided on a rescue mission as the Marines go in to help some missionaries fleeing from a notoriously unstable warlord. For that scenario I needed a trading station along a river as the end point in the rescue. Ah ha! I'll use those bamboo hut models. Crank up the printer and pull out the glue, let's get building, boys!
The two bamboo huts were quickly printed and construction began. I used artist's matte board sandwiched between the outer and inner walls to stiffen them. The walls, floor, and roof were all printed on 110-lb card stock. The outer floor supports were made from Q-tip sticks (cotton buds for my European readers). The smaller hut (3" x 3" roughly) would be the traders' living quarters and the larger (3" x 4" roughly) would be the trading post itself.
|The foundation has been painted and the outer floor supports are installed.|
|Glued to a masonite (hardboard) base and some added scatter for grass.|
|The larger hut is not quite as far along as I ran out of time before my game to test the scenario last Saturday. It has a stair added and will get an overhanging front roof section to provide cover for the trade goods.|
|Here's another view of the smaller hut with the Keystone plane (and an unusual visitor!). The plane is very useable for all sorts of Between the Wars and Pulp settings.|