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Pocho Azul06 Feb 2021 3:45 p.m. PST

This appears to be a 19th-century, (or maybe 18th-century) western European walled farmstead, kind of like Hougoumont or La Haye Saint except much smaller. It seems to be about 1/72 scale, being definitely too small for 25mm, and a little too big for true 15s. the whole thing is extremely well cast in a very dense and brittle whitish resin. There are almost no bubbles or voids anywhere on the rather large and heavy model. The two buildings have removable roofs and the main one has a removable upper floor as well. There are no words or numbers anywhere on the model and the original owner has no idea where he obtained it.

Does anyone know who made this, or what it represents? I would like to repair and paint it, but it would be nice to have a few better clues about the intentions of it's creators.

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cavcrazy06 Feb 2021 4:18 p.m. PST

It is a beautiful piece. It looks like it would work well with a smaller 25mm figure like Minifigs.I will be coming back to this post to see if anyone can solve your mystery.

Pocho Azul06 Feb 2021 7:08 p.m. PST

After taking some measurements and ref photos, I think it may be 15mm rather than 20mm, I measured the doors, which are almost exactly 20mm high. A lot of game scenery seems intentionally undersized, however, especially for periods where it is common to have one figure stand in for a group of soldiers.

Some reference photos:

25mm on left (Old Glory), 20mm on right (unknown)

20mm on left, slightly oversized 15mm at center, undersized 15mm at right, all unknown

Fire at Will06 Feb 2021 11:47 p.m. PST

Raventhorne I think.

Vintage Wargaming07 Feb 2021 1:58 a.m. PST

The figures on the right in the first photo are Minifigs S Range

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2021 7:43 a.m. PST

Should Raventhorne actually be Raventhorpe?


panzerCDR07 Feb 2021 8:45 a.m. PST

Perhaps an early Crescent Root production?

Pocho Azul07 Feb 2021 10:44 a.m. PST

I think Fire at Will and Garryowen have nailed it. Following their suggestion, I found an blog post from a couple years ago offering this exact model for sale and identifying it as a Sentry Raventhorpe Normandy Farm, in 20mm, and designed by Mick Sewell. I have no prior knowledge of Mr. Sewell, but he is a great talent, and I hope he is well and still making cool stuff. The company seems to be out of business, however, too bad.

Apparently, they made a series of buildings for recreating parts of Normandy. I speculate that, given the popularity of the scale for WWII gamers, the intention was to support 1944 tabletop conflicts, rather than 1815 ones as I had originally thought.

I am taking a look at Crescent Root, btw, thanks for the tip, panzerCDR!

Vintage Wargaming07 Feb 2021 1:38 p.m. PST

Raventhorpe are not out of business. They have an active Facebook group where no doubt you can ask about availability.

Pocho Azul07 Feb 2021 1:56 p.m. PST

Oh, that's cool to know, thanks.

WKeyser08 Feb 2021 5:32 a.m. PST

I am pretty sure i have this somewhere, I am sure it is 20mm. Cannot for the life of me remember who the producer is I purchased this around 2000!

rct7500109 Feb 2021 4:13 a.m. PST

Sentry Moderls or Raventhorpe without a doubt. I have it.

It is 20mm size. If you use Facebook as some others have said there is an active Facebook group with price lists etc.

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