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Marc at work16 Aug 2017 1:55 a.m. PST

This guy has blown me away with his wonderful work – I hope this link takes you to his buildings, but if not just use his side bar to find "mdf buildings"


I am always looking for tips and tricks on how to make my buildings look good – well this is now my one stop shop.

Hope you enjoy

(Oh, and his whole site is brilliant actually)


45thdiv Inactive Member16 Aug 2017 2:39 a.m. PST

He does some nice work. Thanks for the link.


Vigilant16 Aug 2017 3:29 a.m. PST

Nice. Wish I had that much space. Working on a tray on my lap kind of limits what I can do.

Dwindling Gravitas Inactive Member16 Aug 2017 5:17 a.m. PST

Very cool stuff, but I want to see them painted (Part 3).

Dentatus Fezian16 Aug 2017 5:46 a.m. PST

Totally agree. Very nice work there.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP16 Aug 2017 6:30 a.m. PST

I'll pile on, serious talent and determination.

Lonkka1Actual16 Aug 2017 6:59 a.m. PST

Brilliant stuff!

whitphoto Supporting Member of TMP16 Aug 2017 7:01 a.m. PST

Doesn't help me, I have about 1/10th the talent that guy has….

Legends In Time Skip Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Aug 2017 7:12 a.m. PST

That's a lot of skill & patience.
Well done.

PrivateSnafu16 Aug 2017 9:11 a.m. PST

I love the work. It's a lot of effort and time no doubt. I guess I'd rather just buy resin, granted I am mostly in 15mm. I can't tell if this is 20mm or 28mm. Not trying to be critical here just having a conversation. I do quite a bit of terrain work but I do tend to spend more time on figures than terrain. I imagine this effort is akin to painting an entire army or more.

It's a labor of love and hobby entertainment, I understand.

Thank you for sharing.

Wheldrake16 Aug 2017 9:19 a.m. PST

Brilliant work! Do you suppose he carved the stonework directly into the mdf? These are really impressive projects, and it's ahuge job to do the whole village in one go.

About whitphoto's comment on talent, sure, it takes a lot of talent to scratchbuild or to adapt mdf kits so effectively. But mostly it takes patience. Like making roofs with individual card shingles or even hand-cut shingle strips. I spent like two hours preparing enough shingle strips for one single building, and a little over two hours painting them once dry.

Actually, I see he *did* carve the stone directly into the mdf – scrolling down, you see him using some sort of etching tool. Talk about patience!

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP16 Aug 2017 9:25 a.m. PST

I wondered about painting/weathering/skimming the MDF to make it match resin buildings better and make the wood joints stand out less.

WarWizard16 Aug 2017 10:18 a.m. PST

Excellent – I hope to be able to use a lot of those ideas.

Prince Rupert of the Rhine16 Aug 2017 11:00 a.m. PST

Nicely done. Though I can't help thinking there must be easier ways of doing stone work than carving each individual stone into the mdf maybe embossed plastic sheet?

Pauls Bods16 Aug 2017 12:51 p.m. PST

Excellent! carving the Detail into MDF..thatīs dedication and a great idea.

Codsticker16 Aug 2017 6:13 p.m. PST

It is actually an incredible amount of work and dedication because he is not taking MDF kits and modifying them, he is building the buildings from scratch. As that is the case, I think it would be faster to build some stone wall sections and cast them; perhaps covering them with spackle if you want to represent plastered stone work. Not to take anything away from the guy- his work is inspiring; I just think I might do it a little differently.

Toaster16 Aug 2017 8:30 p.m. PST

Brilliant work, personally I prefer to use cork tile instead of MDF as it's much easier to cut and carve.


Marc at work17 Aug 2017 3:18 a.m. PST

Glad you guys found it interesting. Yes, I was amazed that he is making all his stuff from scratch, including carving (carving! individually!) the stone work.

I really enjoyed seeing what he was doing – so different from my approach (having just built and painted some mdf kits0 and I think I will take one or two lessons from him.

I found his effort inspiring, and the end results truly amazing. I don't often share (I am not normally good at racing Armand to the finish line) but in this case I knew I hadn't stumbled across this guy's blog before so I wanted to share his work with a wider audience.

It makes me wonder (a little bit sadly TBH) how many other great war-games/,modelling blogs I am not aware of. I know technology is wonderful, but it sometimes seems so easy to miss things of real value.

Al the best guys


Alan Lauder17 Aug 2017 6:24 a.m. PST

Agree – tremendous effect with really not much in the way of 'fancy' add on detail.

@ Robert, I'm pretty much a welded-on cork builder as well. Had quite enough exposure to MDF dust in my youth as a cabinet maker – even with masks I'm a bit wary of it these days.


Amazing stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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