One of the great things about COW and WD is that I've made some great friends. Okay, so we don't hang out down the pub every weekend, but that's partly because we live at opposite ends of the country.
Bob, of Wargaming Miscellany has always been very generous to me in terms of his support for my various SCW projects, having in previous years passed on to me the bits of his SCW library that he doesn't want anymore or has run out of space for.
Recently he has blogged about the need to downsize as he is thinking of moving. I feel this moment is fast approaching me as well, although Shedquarters gives me a lot of flexibility, especially as the originally envisaged under table storage has still not been built. Books might become an issue, however, as I'm reluctant to store them in what is mostly an unheated outbuilding during the winter.
Any how, following his public announcement of his downsizing Bob emailed me to ask if I wanted some 15mm SCW buildings he was offloading, which were mostly from Hovels, a manufacturer I use. And also some Russian buildings of similar provenance.
Well, I said "Yes" to both, and then promptly forgot that the offer included Russian buildings as well.
At COW Bob handed over a good sized, weighty box. I have now had a chance to un-pack it.
What a little box of treasures. Not just Hovels, but some I thought were Timecast but aren't as well.
Bob is a better painter than me, and his buildings looked exquisite. That meant they didn't match mine, of course. My choice was therefore to try and repaint mine in Bob's style, or have a dash at his in mine. I went for the latter, and in any event I didn't need a full repaint, except for the roofs of everything, as I couldn't remember the exact paint mix I used for my terracotta roof tiles.
I also had to put my buildings on bases, as Bob had done a nice job on his, and they certainly improved the look.
And with this warm weather you can bake the bases with sand/flock in the sun.
Bob's generosity has forced me to confront an issue I have hidden from since I started the RCW.
I bought houses from Peter Pig and also some from another company. that I can no longer remember the name of, and can't find on the internet.
These later buildings are "true" 15mm, with removable roofs that are sized to put Flames of War bases inside. They are the grey buildings in the above pictures. Whilst the Hovels and PP buildings fit in scale, those others are monsters.
Really, I can't use both on the same table. Now I've got Bob's I have more of "little 15mm" than "true 15mm". Perhaps it's time to off load the big fellahs.
Anybody know who made them?