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Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2016 6:32 a.m. PST

What could be done to make these evoke England as much as possible?
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Paint the roofs a blue/gray? I mostly want to do this through painting rather than crafting if you get my drift.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Nov 2016 6:42 a.m. PST

I would paint the buildings stone/gray/tannish rather than white. A quick Google of English Farm Building turned up loads like this:

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And this:

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Vigilant22 Nov 2016 6:47 a.m. PST

Not very much to be honest. They are distinctly continental looking. As for painting the roof, all tiles where I live are dark red. Blue/grey would be slate and in a limited area, most tiles would be baked clay.

English houses tend to be similar in design for a particular area and period. Small villages would generally be all the same height, either single or 2 storey. Towns tend to be terraces of 2 to 3 storey houses or suburbs with semi-detached or detached 2 storey houses with small gardens front and back.

GeoffQRF22 Nov 2016 6:51 a.m. PST

Depends slightly where in the UK you are after, as there are certain architectural looks as you move around the country.

In the south, you could go for a red brick look, perhaps with a grey slate roof:

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Further west you may find a different look:

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This image from Dartmouth shows typical colours or painted houses and roof:

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Up north, you may be more likely to see block or stone houses:

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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2016 8:02 a.m. PST

Half-timbering in Britain seemed to me to run more to vertical supports and less to diagonal ones than on the continent. Also, 15s are a little small, but you might consider pub signs.
Depending on period, you might consider "dressing" your village with British accessories such as mail boxes.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2016 8:41 a.m. PST

Maybe stick with Hovels then (for ECW)?

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freerangeegg22 Nov 2016 10:21 a.m. PST

Not sure what period you are aiming at, but the buildings are suitable for anything up to WW2. They are rural or village types. If you wanted to give a more British feel, add some gardens, a couple of shops with English names on them, a pub would definitely help, and some finger post road signs.

keithbarker22 Nov 2016 12:56 p.m. PST

Sorry but their is nothing in Old Glory's Northern European Buidings that says "England" to me.

I like the Kestrel's N Scale buildings.
Including pub, shops, houses amd farm!
They work with either 15mm or 12mm figures.

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Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2016 3:04 p.m. PST

This is for ECW.

per ardua27 Nov 2016 3:09 a.m. PST

I was going to say add a red telephone box and post boxes until your latest update.

Mac1638 Inactive Member28 Nov 2016 3:35 a.m. PST

Lots of buildings in the east of the country look very Dutch in East Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk they have always had strong links with the continent.

4th Cuirassier06 Dec 2016 11:19 a.m. PST

You could try adding keel roofs of tile that look like the roof has been extended vertically downwards to cover the topmost storey. These are common in south Kent:

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The other thing to do is terrace them together in a line.

Agree with those who say the dominant roof material is red clay tile. Whatever you go for make sure they're all the same. It would be very unusual to find one house with a slate roof while all the rest have quarry tile. Also, bricks would be orangey-red, not browny-red.

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