Tuesday, 11 November 2014

A Ruined Church - Refurbished

Regular readers will remember the Ruined Ruined Church.

It looked like this.

I based it on a square of thin cardboard and then glued that card onto a slightly larger thicker piece with a square cutout in the centre.

 This stops the building pirouetting on a high spot should the base warp a little.

The walls joined together poorly with big gaps here and there.

I filled the deepest parts of the gap with Milliput.

Later I filled the gap flush to the wall and then incised a stone pattern which blended with the original wall. Once it was painted you could hardly see the join.

I covered the floor with thin squares of cardboard and gave them a wash of plaster, just enough to fill the gaps bit and leave a bit of edge definition. I also added another ruined wall carved from blue insulation foam as well as some rubble heaps and dislodged masonry.

I added some partial roofing timbers made with strips of balsa wood and a few tiles from the tiling sheets marketed by Warbases.

I base painted all the major surfaces using acrylic paint. I also added a few patches of sand glued down with PVA.

I then highlighted various areas by dry-brushing here and there using a variety of colours.

I then made a tree with twisted copper wire, some cut up pot scourer and some masking tape.

I then bent the roots to fit its intended location on the church base,

I added a couple of knocked-in doors from balsa sheet.

I flocked the tree and glued it into place.

A local monk came along to investigate the refurbishment. If he's looking for a fuller restoration then he'll have to pray to a higher power than I.

Farewell Brother!


  1. The model looks very good.

    You might like to add a few creepers to the walls - where the joins are.


    1. I did think of creepers or ivy during the build but I had nothing to hand at that time.

      I may add some when I can.

      Good idea!

  2. Very well done vignette! Your tree building method reminded me of my model railroad adventures back in the 1980s.

    Nice post, sir.

    1. I'm not 100% happy with tree but it will do for the time being.

      I must practice making some more, I have made better in the past.

  3. Jim Duncan,

    You have turned a wreck into a superb model building.

    All the best,


    1. I think so too Bob but the tree could be better.