Airfix Battle of Waterloo Farmhouse. La Haye Sainte. (Hobby Post)
Having used the Airfix Waterloo Farmhouse kit for so many other buildings and projects I thought it only fair to actually build one more or less as originally intended and that model is shown in the pics below.
The road is made of plastic sheet imprinted with brick pattern - available at model railway outlets. I think the idea was on these main highways that wheeled vehicles were in the central section whilst horse traffic used the sandy loam either side.
The main changes I made to the original farm kit were:
Garden shed/cottage added
Dormer roof windows added
Window frames & doors added - including new courtyard door for main house.
Main gate set back
Tiled roofing added to small outbuildings
Walls made double thickness
Pond, garden, orchard and road also modelled.
Below: Views from the rear.
The kitchen garden vegetables were made from Army Painter tufts.
There's a lot of debate as to the colour of the roof tiles and walling at the time of the battle. I went with what I felt was plausible and frankly what I liked the look of. Red brick walls were often white washed with lime. Gray slate roofing was more expensive than the terracotta hence reserved for the main house.
Some shots showing the KGL defending the farm. (They were painted for me by Simon Bennison of Painted Napoleonic Armies).
Paints used were all Vallejo Game Color acrylics. Army Painter spray varnish also used.
If gaming with buildings of this scale (ie approx 1/72 or 1/76 or a bit smaller depending on who you ask) you'd need a pretty big table to recreate the whole Battle of Waterloo. To fit the main bastions of Hougoumont, La Haye Sainte and Papelotte as well as Plancenoit and La Belle Alliance either your garden may have to be used! or firing/moving distances reduced to alleviate the relatively short tabletop distances between all these landmarks. May not be an issue for some but may be for others.
Another solution I am thinking about is to use the 1/72 scale buildings for gaming just specific sections of the battle such as D'Erlon's attack, the arrival of the Prussians and the assault on Hougoumont. And if doing the whole grand Battle of Waterloo maybe using 10mm buildings instead? Obviously small for 1/72 scale figures but could be a workable solution.
I used 2mm MDF board for basing the model. At 2mm it's low profile and easy to cut & sand whilst thick enough not to warp - as yet at least.
Sandpit. This was just to the north of LHS and on the other side of the main Charleroi to Brussels high road. It's made from vacform plastic cut out of the larger diorama piece included with the 2015 Airfix Waterloo boxed set. This was then glued to a piece of MDF base.
Orchard. Added on separate piece of MDF for ease of storage. I kept the trees removable for troop placement. Trees are Hornby, hedges are Javis.
As with all aspects of this model the footprint of the Orchard has been much reduced for practicality.
Road barricades. Made mainly from parts available in the Airfix Waterloo Accessory Set.
Below - Under construction and pre-painting. As you can see my original plan was to use the Airfix Vac Form base. However when it came to fitting the parts together I realised that the track that turns into the farm off the main road would no longer go through the gates as I wanted. This because I had chopped the gate out and set it flush to the front wall. Also I wanted to depict the main Charleroi - Brussels highway paved rather than muddy & rutted so the vac form base had to go!
Whilst at time if writing at least no longer in production you can pick up these Farmhouse kits pretty readily on ebay.
I mentioned at the very start I had made various conversions previously from this kit. It started about 4-5 years ago with a basic representation of Gemioncourt Farm which was in the thick of the fighting at Quatre Bras. Then around Christmas 2020 I got an injection of motivation to do more and had a go at the Quatre Bras Farm which was at the famous crossroads.
That led me on early in 2021 to the more ambitious projects of Papelotte and Mont St Jean Farm. I have blogged about all of these and you can read them here: Nap Buildings
I think it's unlikely I'll do too much more now in a major way with the Airfix Farmhouse kit. However I am currently using some of it for some minor components on a reconstruction of Hougoumont I am working on, for parts of a representation of Grand Pierpont (Quatre Bras) and also just for a thatched barn on a small model of La Haye (not to be confused with LHS - La Haye was near Papelotte). I will as usual also blog about these when finished.
For appropriate figures in this scale you can view the 1/72 Scale Napoleonic section of my webstore here: Napoleonic 1/72 scale sets
Unfortunately I have long ago sold out of the La Haye Sainte Airfix kits but I do still have some of the vac form bases the farmhouse was designed to sit on: Diorama Base
You can view my other 1/72 scale Napoleonic blog articles here: Napoleonic 1/72 scale blog articles
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