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willthepiper11 Oct 2019 10:52 a.m. PST

Hi, there,

I've started work on building Canadian and German forces for Operation Husky, the allied invasion of Sicily in 1943. I'm getting inspiration from Farley Mowat's 'The Regiment' and 'And No Birds Sang', as well as various other histories and plenty of on-line resources.

I'm looking for a good source for Sicilian (or generally Italian or Mediterranean) buildings to construct a small village. Any recommendations appreciated.

Can anyone comment on the Old Glory Pirate Village (as seen here: link ) – how does it scale with Perry Desert Rats? Is it even suitable for Sicily?

any other recommendations?

Thanks in advance! Will

sillypoint11 Oct 2019 1:11 p.m. PST

I suggested
Paper Terrain


And Print your own, I found the stuff from Dave Graffam useful. There might be stuff you find that would suit or could be repainted.


willthepiper11 Oct 2019 1:26 p.m. PST

Thanks, Sillypoint. That's worth considering. I have the Peter Dennis/Florian Richter Paperboys 'European Buildings' book, which has some nice buildings that seem suitable if I go the paper route.

D A THB11 Oct 2019 1:51 p.m. PST

Have you looked at MBA?


I found the Tower and Medium building more like 40mm scale.

Or Empress?


I am sure you have the skills to make some out of foam core so these may give you some designs to copy.

willthepiper11 Oct 2019 2:07 p.m. PST

Thanks for the suggestions, Dan. I'm open to making buildings myself if I can get them to look nice. I'm shifted away from foam core and more toward cork board as it's easier and more forgiving to work with!

MBA stuff looks nice but is quite pricey. Empress also looks good, if my credit card will let me!

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2019 4:49 p.m. PST


You may or may not know of a British wargamer named Pat Smith whose hobby nickname is Silverwhistle, and whose blog is filled with awesome scratch built terrain, much of it fit for Sicily. A year or two ago he published a book on how to build Winter terrain for the Battle of the Bulge, and he is about to publish a second volume all about building Mediterranean scenery, which he uses for the Peninsular War in Spain and WWII in Italy.

If you haven't visited his site before it's probably worth a visit:


willthepiper11 Oct 2019 6:47 p.m. PST

Thanks, Mad Guru, that's a great site! The book looks exactly like what I am looking for.

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