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08 Feb 2019 12:08 p.m. PST
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Brownand08 Feb 2019 6:31 a.m. PST

as the title be it in md or ready made

22ndFoot08 Feb 2019 6:53 a.m. PST


willthepiper08 Feb 2019 8:00 a.m. PST

I don't know about best, but this gives you a selection of great looking buildings for a reasonable price:

22nd Foot's question is also important, which theatre of war? Peninsula, Russia, France, …

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2019 8:23 a.m. PST

22nd and Will are right, of course. But also ask yourself whether this is the only 28mm period you'll ever want. Your selection of individual buildings will--or should, anyway--be different if your next project is Medievals than if your next project is WWII.

Me? As generic as possible for each climate, but in 28mm and up, each army rates one building which says exactly when and where they are.

Charles BTB08 Feb 2019 8:29 a.m. PST

TT Combat has some spectacular Italian buildings. link

22ndFoot08 Feb 2019 10:36 a.m. PST

To Robert's point, I find that I like to be as specific as possible with my buildings and so tend to base my projects around my terrain collection. This lets me do AWI, War of 1812 and, if I could be bothered, ACW around the same core set of buildings. Similarly, one set of buildings might, depending on which you use and the other character you add to the table, let you fight anything from the Renaissance to the Italian campaign in World War II via the WSS in Spain, the SCW or the war in the Peninsula.

As Will the Piper suggests, there are some very good paper buildings to get you started as well, particularly if postal services and rates are an issue. Schreiber-Bogen also do some very good paper German buildings over a significant time period although you might have to re-scale some of them.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2019 11:55 a.m. PST

I think 22nd and I are thinking alike and describing it differently. In 15mm, I have a North American set--farmhouses and the odd clapboard church, often with "snake" fencing--for exactly the same three wars. I also have a temperate zone Europe set for SYW, Napoleonics and Second Empire, a Mediterranean set for Napoleonics in Italy and Iberia or WWII in Northwest Africa and a flat-roof Middle East set. The tricky one has been finding thatch roof and stucco for 1798 Ireland and the Indian Mutiny. But there will someday, be very different houses of worship for those two projects.

22ndFoot08 Feb 2019 1:16 p.m. PST

Robert makes another good point, if your significant buildings are right for the period you can get away with quite a lot with the less significant ones.

Recently, I have used paper buildings (Schreiber, Paperboys, Paper Terrain) and all manner of mdf (4Ground, Sarissa, Warbases) and resin (Grand Manner, JR Miniatures, Hovels, Hudson & Allen etc.) kit as well as scratch built stuff. A good tip is actually not to tie yourself to any particular range even within a manufacturer's products as long as you have a fairly unifying way of presenting the buildings on the table you can use many more that way. All the fluff carts, walls, fences, farm animals help to dress the scene too.

Whether you want to be able to put figures inside buildings is also something you might want to consider.

I would make one other point and that is that it helps to have a reasonable idea of what buildings in your location at the time you're interested in actually looked liked Google is a wonderful tool for this. There is at least one manufacturer of pre-painted resin buidlings (no names, no pack drill) whose models have only the most fleeting resemblance to any historical structure.

Good luck with your project.

Brownand11 Feb 2019 2:48 a.m. PST

Thansk for all the answers.
Indeed I should have mentioned the region so: I am looking for French, Belgian or German buildings

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