Being lazy when I started my Old West Collection I looked around for 28mm buildings. I was frustrated in my quest to find suitable (i.e. inexpensive) buildings, so my greater personality trait overrode my laziness (frugality, although other have a less kind description).
So I decided I would DIY some, I started off making some Major General Tremorden Reddering inspired foam board buildings.
I started off thus:
Not entirely satisfied (big foot print, small interiors due to foam board thickness) I moved on to:
Popsicle (a.k.a. craft) sticks, since they are easily found and quiet cheap, the buildings are quite sturdy and look OK.
I then had the idea of putting new siding on the buildings I made out of Popsicle sticks. I got some Bristol (art?) board from the corner store and cut out the doors and windows, lightly scoring the side that would be the exterior to look like planks or siding, I had to make some of the holes for the windows larger, so I could get a more proper look. I then glued the new exterior onto the Popsicle stick buildings, paint, and voila!. I looked upon it and it was much better.
|The same building as in the previous picture but with new siding|
|Outside of Orr's Hotel|
|Interior of Orr's Hotel with Popsicle stick bracing, just needs some more around the windows, the doors are in place. Also shows what happens to a good table if you don't use a cutting mat.|
|Roof section with shingle strips, i also shortened some of the shingles to increase variety|