|Labourer's cottage L and Smallholder's Dwelling R being inspected by two of my Perry peasant women.|
Four rustic buildings should be a good start, although I'm already thinking an ox-cart, fences, rough stone walls, pig stys and wood piles are going to be needed to make it look more lived in. Some jars and baskets to sit on the porches would look good too. I'm sure I can figure out something with match sticks and craft beads.
With the Shogunate buildings, 4Ground have really taken a step forward. The walls are made with a lattice frame. Then the interior walls are glued in. Then panels of very thin MDF are inset into the lattice so the outer walls have more texture and overcome the flatness that early MDF models were accused of. The fake fur thatch roofs also hide all the roof pegs which seem to be a big sticking point for many people.
I like that I can get most of a building done in a few hours on an afternoon and they come prepainted.
The windows are all finished with a very fine grille which is tricky to remove from the frame without splitting the MDF. A sharp knife and some patience is required. Also the directions have you assemble the roofing first before adding the panels to the sides. I found that it was important to put in the upper window grilles (the cottages all have a small window up at the peak of the roof) before gluing on the roofs. Trying to just poke them in from the outside meant they sometimes went in crooked. Being able to access the inside to help straighten things out makes it easier.
|Problematic upper window grille.|
With careful gluing the doors swing open. The interior walls are detailed and there is a raised sleeping area in the cottages. I'm thinking some printed out bamboo matts and more baskets and jars would spruce that up as well.
|Interior of Smallholder's Dwelling|
|Inner walls added, and I'm starting to glue the outer panels into place.|
|Assembling the roof|
|Gable end beams glued on and the panels are ready to place|
|Fur thatching glued on. Now it has to dry for 24 hrs before brushing with diluted glue and adding the ridge poles.|
|Farmer's Cottage started|