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Airfix Waterloo Quatre Bras Farm Conversion (Hobby Post)

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Airfix Waterloo Quatre Bras Farm Conversion

Welcome to the second in a so far very infrequent series of blog posts on conversions made from the 1/72 scale Airfix La Haye Sainte kit.

About 4 years ago I did my first on Gemioncourt and now rather belatedly is a second on the Quatre Bras Farm.

Airfix Waterloo Farmhouse kit conversion Quatre Bras Farm Napoleonic 1815

I based it's design on much more detailed models I saw on the internet representing how the farm looked in 1815 rather than on the more modern farm complex - now demolished I believe - that made it into the 21st Century.

Airfix Waterloo Farmhouse kit conversion Quatre Bras Farm Napoleonic 1815
The wooden shed is the best idea I could easily come up with to represent what should be a small brick extension to the main house. I had a spare additional chicken coup enabling me to make the right sort of shape when put back to back albeit in wood.
Airfix Waterloo Farmhouse kit conversion Quatre Bras Farm Napoleonic 1815
As with my Gemioncourt conversion I raided my bits box for doors and window frames. The La Haye Sainte kit I had was missing the very useful corner roof section so I had to improvise and use some pantile roof sections with a matchstick ridge.
Airfix Waterloo Farmhouse kit conversion Quatre Bras Farm Napoleonic 1815
The 3mm MDF base measures only 23.5cm x 18cm so it is quite a compact scenic piece.
Airfix Waterloo Farmhouse kit conversion Quatre Bras Farm Napoleonic 1815
On a couple of walls I used brick plastic sheet to cover up gaps or problem areas. I also used match sticks for the main house courtyard door surround where the original porchway was taken off.
Airfix Waterloo Farmhouse kit conversion Quatre Bras Farm Napoleonic 1815
I used Vallejo Game Color paints and Javis brushes, lichen & static grass.
Airfix Waterloo Farmhouse kit conversion Quatre Bras Farm Napoleonic 1815
Prince of Orange for scale.
Airfix Waterloo Farmhouse kit conversion Quatre Bras Farm Napoleonic 1815
Below: Overhead shot shows you the layout.
Airfix Waterloo Farmhouse kit conversion Quatre Bras Farm Napoleonic 1815
Below are a couple of photos of the model before painting.
Airfix Waterloo Farmhouse kit conversion Quatre Bras Farm Napoleonic 1815
Unlike Gemioncourt which was in the thick of the action on June 16th 1815 I believe the Quatre Bras farm was mainly used as a field hospital. Even so it makes a good tabletop objective for the French to aim for and can of course be used in plenty of other scenarios - Napoleonic and up to WW2 for example.
Airfix Waterloo Farmhouse kit conversion Quatre Bras Farm Napoleonic 1815
Jan 2021 updateMont St Jean Papelotte . Like London buses nothing comes along for ages and then several arrive at once! I am on a bit of a roll just now with two more Hundred Days farms under construction.
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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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Thanks for taking an interest.

Rupert - Drum & Flag



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