I decided that terrain for my Ten Years War in Cuba project needed a few more buildings and thought that I would add a plantation owner's house and the different parts of a sugar mill. But I decided to begin with a small Spanish colonial church. After a quick search on the internet I sketched out the sort of thing I had in mind before drawing up a more detailed plan:
Here you can clearly see the second gable end cemented into place on the back of the church façade ready to support the roof:
All four walls in place and each corner strengthened with a couple of triangular fillets as mentioned earlier:
The curve on the front wall had quite a rough finish which I thought would spoil the look of the finished model:
To disguise the rough cut I faced the edge with a strip of tough cartridge paper and topped that off with a second strip to add a little texture, then I fixed the roof in place and mounted the whole model on a base to which I could add steps where the front door was to be placed:
I used tile textured plastic card from Wills railway modelling accessories for the roof and made a ridge tile from a bamboo skewer:
Various other courses of stonework were added in a similar way just to improve the look of the whole thing and add interest:
In exactly the same way I added window frames and ledges to both sides of the building:
The next step was to spray paint the whole thing. I used a white primer since I intended that the building would be mainly white when it was finished, and I gave it several coats so that the different textures of all the materials I had used would blend together:
I added a cross which was just a suitably shaped section from the runner in a plastic kit, glued into place and painted.
Originally I had planned to place a statue in the recess above the door but I couldn't find anything suitable. As an alternative I found a picture of an icon on the internet, reduced it in size and glued it in place where it passes quite well as a mosaic:
Final touches were the use of different washes to give a weathered effect and detailing on the door.
The windows were simply filled in with black paint, I had wanted a stained glass effect in the large window at the back but so far I have not been able to find anything suitable.
Finally I placed the finished model in its setting, a small settlement on the edge of my sugar plantation with the Cuban jungle in the background.
Overall I am fairly pleased with the result and it made such a nice change from painting figures!