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Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP20 Aug 2020 9:23 a.m. PST

I want to buy some buildings to use for my 20mm Crimean War games. I am looking at the available Russian buildings and they seem to be mostly of the log cabin with thatched roof variety. From the period sketches and watercolors I have seen, the buildings have more of a Mediterranean look, with white painted walls and red tile roofs. What are other Crimean War gamers using?

bobspruster21 Aug 2020 5:35 a.m. PST

Hi Nick,
I thought you changed your mind about that project, or did you just decide not to use Strelets figs? Anyhow, check the bottom of this page. Not perfect, but pre-assembled and pre-painted at a fair price might change your mind:
Hope to post some pics soon of my own 20mm Crimean figs soon, when that part of my project is "finished".

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2020 7:44 a.m. PST

Hi Bob,

I was lucky enough to buy a second hand collection of painted Strelets figures. Strelets is not my favorite, but I've got to admit they look okay when they are painted. Thanks for the link. That is the best price for the Ukrainian houses.

bobspruster21 Aug 2020 9:15 a.m. PST

They do look OK with paint, but they're not much fun to paint! Dicey accuracy and rough.

Come In Nighthawk09 Oct 2021 6:11 a.m. PST

If in the Crimean War, or the "Eastern War" as fought in the Crimea,

the buildings have more of a Mediterranean look, with white painted walls and red tile roofs,
would not any good line of buildings for the Spanish Peninsula (i.e., for the "Napoleonic Wars") not then work? One good source of such buildings that comes quickly to mind is the line by Dave Bodely at "Grand Manner."

Gallocelt12 Oct 2021 2:52 p.m. PST

You've probably seen this photo before but I think it is a pretty good example of the rustic houses and buildings in the Crimea during the mid 1800s. There are the Mediterranean types with low pitched tile roofs. There are plenty of wooden houses as well. I think there should be models that could be easily adapted. Or you could try scratch building. Those wooden houses look not too difficult to make, maybe with craft sticks?


The photo is the port of Balaklava, around the time of the Crimean War.



Come In Nighthawk02 Nov 2021 3:28 a.m. PST

Looking at that sepia-toned foto of the harbor, I am thinking that some "Mediterranean" sorts of buildings might be satisfactory (inexpensive, like from Hovels). I have seen some drawings of a church that was along the track followed by the rail line the British built (got to try to find those again). The church looks FAR more "Mediterranean" than "Russian;" no "onion dome" for example… at least as I recall…

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