Monday 29 August 2011

Saxon Houses (how to)

A little article on how I made the saxon houses

Tools needed...some green insulating foam, Matchsticks, some thin woodsheeting (an old drawer bottom) sharp blade, scissors, woodglue, Bailingstring, pins and paint.
Cut the foam into a triangle, cut the doorway out
Cut matchsticks to size and glue into the doorway as the door frame. Make sure they stick out a couple of millimeters above the foam.
The "planks" are made from the bottom of an old drawer, the type that is made up of layers of thin wood. Leave it oustside for a week or so in the rain...then lay it in starts peeling apart, so no unecessary work manually parting each layer. ;-D
Paint the front of the foam triangles dark brown, and glue the "planks" on
When dried, simply trim the "planking" with a good pair of scissors.
Glue the sides on and paint them brown, glue the whole structure to the base. It´s best to paint the inside area of base which the hut covers with dark´s easier now thantrying to paint through the doorway later
Using thing pieces odf wood glue the above structure on.
When all is dry, cut off finger width sections of bailing string, dab one end in some wood glue and attach using a toothpick or whatever to spread the "sraw" evenly, occasionaly pressing the "straw" into the glue.
Keep going, layer for layer until the above effect is achieved. When it´s all dry, snip the straggly bits of straw off....bit of base decoration...finished!!


  1. Very nice tutorial Paul! Thanks for sharing!


  2. Excellent!! I'll have to give that a go!

  3. Nice one Paul, the roof is the way I did my farmhouse in the "passing" by vignette.
    Always fun to see how to make things of simple products!

    Keep them comming my friend!

  4. That's a really good and effective thatching method. Definately going to give that a try. A lot nicer than using modelling putty/ milliput. Fantastic stuff!

  5. Wow that's almost full on thatching Paul.

    Great stuff

  6. If you leave it outside, maybe the thatching really works. I thought at one point you were saying 'cut off finger.'

  7. Great tutorial, thanks Paul. I'm going to give that a try, using teddy bear fur for the thatching

  8. Thanks for the tutorial. I need some houses for my 28mm campaign so I might have to give this a try.

  9. Simple and very effective :-) Could you please place here more photos? I´m interested in - how you painted the wooden parts.


  10. Thanks for sharing. I love this posts with useful hints!

  11. Great work and tutorial Paul. Simple and using common materials is a good thing.

    On the matter of the D.V pics I have not figured out how to contact you. Instead of posting email addresses drop me a line at my main WWI site. That way I can get a better idea which one you are looking for.



  12. Great tutorial Paul. Thanks for sharing.

  13. More inspired building, great work Paul.

  14. Great tuto, very well explained.

  15. Excellent tutorial Paul. Thanks for sharing this.