I had recently finished the hamlet ‘White Orchard’ which is featured in the Witcher Game series. Its architectural style can be best described as East European and constructed with timber walls and covered with thatch. I was very pleased with the results, but unfortunately the older structures in the collection now paled by comparison.
You can see from the photo these buildings were quickly constructed, based and decorated. This looked okay, but I found storing them a problem. In the White Orchard collection all the structures have a minimum size base to aid storage and I have more options with village size and shape. Trees now have their own bases which permits their use with other structures.
The first step was to trim the bases and make new ones for the trees. With Milliput, I covered the walls and scored timber supports, doorways and windows. After the walls were dry, thatch roofs were added and scored. These were left overnight to dry and the following morning all the structures were given an undercoat.
Painting followed a similar style as seen in the original photo, but you can notice the difference. Adding a mixture of white glue and sand, the bases for the building and the bases of the trees were covered, later painted, dry-brushed and covered with some ‘green’.