I set this up so that I can ramble on about my lead (and plastic) mountain, my endless gaming, miniature, and terrain projects, and other

insights into various games.

You'll find lots of 'pretty pictures', various modeling techniques, and hopefully some inspiration for your own lead pile. You're bound to

find something amongst my games and photos that interests you.

Sit back, open a cold one, and enjoy.

If you need something, feel free to contact me at: dglennjr at yah00 dot com

Friday, January 25, 2013

2011, Local Terrain Competition

Since we were bored, I issued a challenge to our group to take a pre-cut wood art's & Craft building and turn it into a 20mm, WWII terrain piece.

Here were the rules:

1st Annual Dragon's Lair Terrain Building Competition


1. The Model to be used is the pre-cut wood puzzle ‘Villa’ from Creatology. Also included is a 7”x8”

rectangular, 1/8” thick, MDF base.

2. You must use all of the pre-cut wooden pieces to create a 20mm scale building(s), mounted to

the base, and appropriate for WWII, European gaming. (I.E.: France, Germany, Russia, Italy,

and etc.)

3. You are not required to put the model together per the puzzle instructions and may cut the pieces

in various ways. You are encouraged to ‘not’ follow the instructions as included.

4. All terrain must fit on the 7”x8” base provided.

5. You may, and are encouraged to, add any number of terrain details, materials, or textures as you

wish. (I.E.: plaster, card stock, balsa wood, styrene, flocking, rocks, trees, and etc., to name a


Here is the $1 craft kit.

Wood Sheet #1 

Wood Sheet #2
Here is my submission (and a sort of step-by step process):
German/Italian House (with a Nazi/SS secret inside)
Here, I've redrawn the 'new' wall sections to the back of the two sheets of wood provided. (The old walls are die-cut into the sheets, so I had to add some glue to keep all the pieces together.)  Yes, I did not use the wall shapes as provided. (It wasn't against the rules.)
 Here is a mock-up of the building using card stock. ("Measure twice, cut once!")

The site actually has two buildings, with the smaller shed structure detachable from the main base.  See below. 

 Here, the walls take shape.

You can see the 'detached portion of the base.  It still makes a 7"x8" base as required. 

The roofs are added for their initial fitting.

Here, the interior is taking shape. It has entries at the lower level and main level, and an upper story. (3 total stories, with removable floors.)  

More details are added. Cereal box is added to the shed for a wood shingle appearance. Corrugated cardboard sheet strips are added to the roof for a 'mediterranean look.'  A foam chimney was cut, and stones carved into it. More cereal box 'squares' are added to the lower level as 'flagstone' paving.
Here, the stone steps up to the main level, and the retaining wall are taking shape. (More use of the wood scraps from the original model.)
Here we see the 'front' of the house and the main entry and walled entry garden.   

One of the main secrets of the house..a hidden communication & planning room located below the entry.  It is accessible from the interior lower level, from behind an actual sliding bookcase.

Here we see the hillside taking shape around the house. Where'd that secret room disappear to?

Here is the model, primed black and ready for paint.
 Here is an aerial (from the bombers?) after paint has been applied.

 Here's the back.
 Here's the side (chimney).

 Here's the front.

 Here's the front entrance patio.

 Surprise I tell you...a secret Nazi Communication/Planning room below the house.

 There's a radio system in the corner on a desk, with assorted Hitler pictures and propagansa on the walls.

 The other wall has a bookshelf full of codebooks and etc., as well as another portrait of Hitler.
(It just wouldn't be complete without the details.) 

 The roof is off.  Here's the top level at the top of the stairs. 
There are numerous rugs on the floor.

 The third floor is removed to reveal the main level (2nd floor).  A door goes out to the balcony.  There are a few tapestries and paintings on the various walls.

 The second floor is removed to reveal the lower level (1st floor).
A door goes to the outside, under the balcony.

 On the lower level, here is the bookcase.
(Of course the hidden entrance is located behind the bookcase.)

Here's the hidden entrance to the secret (or not-so-secret anymore) nazi communication/planning room. The bookcase slides to the left under, underneath the stairs.


  1. Wow!! Really like the look of this. Great work David.

  2. That's an ingenious model, well thought out and great detailing.


  3. Glad you liked it. I had a lot of fun with it.

    David G.

  4. Great Terrain Piece! Any chance of posting more detailed instructions or templates? Thanks.

  5. For this one? More detailed instructions? This was a one-of-a kind model for the contest.

    What is it that you need more info on?

    1. Got it. I was hoping for more details like you drew up for the roof template. I tried to zoom in on the picture where you drew out the pieces on the two pieces of wood but I didn't have any luck trying to figure out dimensions.

    2. I'll see what I can do. It was sort of built as I went, and based on the card mock-up that I started with. I won't be able to give them all, but I'll try to give you some of the 'key' dimensions.

  6. Hi wow you are a Master Craftsman! Great Work! Can this kit still be had? I like the Price and building look. I do hope some day you can make the Super Oldwest jail. Keep up the Great blog. Greyson in Va.