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PhilHardingham24 Nov 2017 9:06 a.m. PST

Hello all,

I wanted to know if anyone sells any plaster buildings, either as kits to assemble or as a one cast piece. I ask as I just plaster buildings are wargaming without any issue and it would be nice if it was possible to buy such items for what one would assume would be a lower price than resin ones. Specifically I am looking for WWII era in 20mm scale but am interested if these exist for any scale?

Do any of you guys use plaster builds (e.g. hydrocal) for wargaming?


Mark 1 Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2017 11:02 a.m. PST

I wanted to know if anyone sells any plaster buildings …

I do not know of any current vendor of plaster buildings. In the late 1980s I bought a fair number of plaster cast buildings for my own wargaming use, but these were in 1/285 (6mm) scale, and that vendor no longer appears to be in business.

Do any of you guys use plaster builds (e.g. hydrocal) for wargaming?

I have used, and still do use, my plaster buildings.

But I find them to be notably inferior to resin buildings. There are three shortcomings I observe:

1) There is less detail in the castings.
The plaster buildings I have are much clunkier. This may just be the characteristics of the vendor rather than the material, but I think it must be harder to get plaster to flow smoothly into find detail in the molds. So things like texutred walls, or shutters on the windows are generally not present.

2) They don't paint up as well.
Because it is such a dry porous surface, plaster does not respond nearly as well to one or two light coats of paint. You really have to lay it on to cover the plaster. Because the underlying plaster is white, if you don't really lay it on thick your painted surfaces wind up looking all streaked. This tends to discourage me from painting the whole building … I tend to leave large unpainted portions of the buildings and just do some of the trim or detail (what detail is there). White buildings with trim just don't really look that good on my battleboards. So I am generally disappointed in the results.

3) They chip easily.
This is probably the biggest shortcoming to my view. If I do paint them up fully, the next time I take them out of the box they've got bright white marks on them, where some bit of the plaster has chipped off. They get chipped every time they get handled. Resin can chip too, but not nearly as frequently, and when it does it doesn't leave me with a bright white "HEY LOOK AT THIS!" flaw.

In sum even though I have probably 10 or 15 plaster buildings still in my active terrain box, I am not a fan, and would not buy more.

Your mileage may vary.

(aka: Mk 1)

Giles the Zog24 Nov 2017 5:26 p.m. PST

I agree with Mark.
I have bought one set of plaster buildings, and after a year junked them for all the reasons he states.

They are also very heavy – heavier than resin.

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2017 6:34 p.m. PST

If price is an important consideration you might want to consider pdf buildings you can print out and mount on foamcore or thin mdf.


Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Nov 2017 8:33 p.m. PST

+1 StoneMtnMinis

combatpainter Fezian25 Nov 2017 8:26 a.m. PST

Plaster is like riding the stage coach. if you go too fast for too long, the horse dies. Plenty of cheap buildings out there. Buy $5 USD worth of 110 lbs card at Walmart and print some up for very cheap.

God wills it26 Nov 2017 12:21 p.m. PST

Some plasters are very tough indeed… much tougher than resin.

You can get additives these days to make them non absorbant.

Modern plasters are super fine thus can show greater detail than resin.

Yes its much cheaper than resin, less hassle to mold with….however its much heavier than resin so postage would be a problem.

khanscom27 Nov 2017 9:38 a.m. PST

From "Battle for Wargamers" magazine of Sept. 1978:

An ad for LINKA products-- apparently a set of rubber molds for casting OO- scale building components, which can be assembled in all sorts of configurations.

Contact information: Thomas Salter Ltd., Woodside Road, Glenrothes, Fife, Scotland KY74AG. Tel: 0592753631.

The above information is probably only of historical interest since I have no idea whether this company is still doing business.

khanscom27 Nov 2017 7:35 p.m. PST

LINKA still exists! Check out some beautiful stuff there.

David Grech09 Dec 2017 2:14 p.m. PST

I do cast in dental plaster


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