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Finishing off my Sarissa Mountain Village models

I wanted to personalise my Sarissa Mountain Village and make it look a bit more interesting, so I did some research on the Japanese architecture on Intertubes. Among the articles I found was this rather interesting website which has the text and pictures from a book written in 1885 by Edward S. Morse, an American professor who visited Japan in the 19th century. Entitled Japanese Homes and their Surroundings it contains a wealth of interesting information on Japanese architecture of great use to wargamers building scenery for Samurai games and which includes a section on “A Study of Roofs

I got more inspiration by doing a number of searches on Google Images using various terms related to roofs including “Japanese thatched roofs”. This research showed that there was a great variety in the ridges found on thatched houses in Japan and that the style of such ridges varied by region. I focused my search on finding a style which I could easily replicate in miniature. I found what I was wanting in pictures taken in the Miyama area just north of Kyoto.

Image from Traditional Kyoto website.

OK, the houses are quite distinctive and quite a bit different to the style found in the Sarissa Mountain Village, but is a historical style of ridge and it looked easy to build. I decided that was good enough for me. This is what I have come up with.

Building my Roof-Ridges

Material used: Coffee stirrers, strip-wood, paper, PVA glue.

I glue the coffee stirrers on to a strip of paper, which helps hold them all together. These will make up the sides of the roof ridge.

Then I mark off the assemblies to the required lengths for the buildings.
Next I mark off positions for the strip-wood then glue short lengths on to one of the ridge sides.
When the glue has set I glue strip-wood on the other side so that it all lines up.
Using the completed building roof as a former I glue the two sides together at the correct angle, using small clamps to hold it all together until the glue sets.
The final strip on top of the ridge and they’re ready for undercoating and painting.

Sprayed, given a wash with Army Painter Soft tone, and some light dry-brushing.
Glued on the roofs of the buildings using a hot glue gun.
To give the buildings a bit more colour and texture I’ve added some flock to the roof. If you look at pictures of thatched buildings in Japan you’ll notice that a lot of them are very mossy.

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1 Response

  1. Doug says:

    Looks spot on. Nice job. I’m not likely to be doing any Japanese buildings anytime soon, but I do like to see home grown ingenuity. Now back to building my Soviet village.

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