Over the last couple of weeks, I've been chipping away at a new house for my Frostheim/Mordgrave table. I've always really liked the look of the old terrain that Games Workshop used to make, with its decrepit, yellowing walls and twiddy, pointless details.
This house was based on two boxes, one on top of each other. The smaller box is MDF, and the larger one was made out of cardboard. The roof was thinner cardboard, with card pieces of slate, and the wooden panelling was made from the ever-reliable coffee stirrers. Cue the inevitable rubbish WIP picture:
Once the basic shape was together, it was a matter of covering it in as much detail as possible. I bought some old plastic Mordheim windows off ebay, and some larger ones made of MDF. The front door came from Mantic, and most of the extra odds and ends were Games Workshop kits. The chimney was a pillar that I got at an event. The pile of logs at the side was made off off-cuts of wooden rod, heaped up and painted.
And now with paint and detailing.
And that's about it, really. The secret seems to be to pile as much detail onto the house as possible; to make it very "busy" and slightly decrepit. I think it's come out well. I imagine it as the home of some grand person - perhaps a retired mercenary, or a merchant, although it's no less wonky and badly-constructed than the hovels that the normal folk use. In fact, this place comes with bonus nastiness growing on the roof. Can't say fairer than that, can you?