Airfix Waterloo Mont St Jean Farm Conversion
Welcome to the fourth in my series of blog posts on conversions made from the 1/72 scale Airfix La Haye Sainte kit.
Whilst Hougoumont, La Haye Sainte and Papelotte anchored Wellington's position Mont St Jean Farm was 600m behind his centre and was used as a field hospital.
However had the French succeeded in forcing the Allied ridge it could have played a significant role in the fighting covering a retreat for example in "what if" type scenarios.
Indeed having just watched a 'Waterloo Uncovered' YouTube video about relatively recent excavations at the farm the discovery of many nearby musket balls - particularly in the orchard area to the rear - suggests the actual fighting on the day got a lot closer than you may expect.
Like Papelotte this is a fair bit larger than my previous Quatre Bras projects and I needed two full La Haye Sainte kits plus parts from a third. I also used some thin plastic brick printed sheets, thin plastic building card and windows & doors etc from my bits box. The MDF base board is 35cm wide x 30cm deep.
As is the case with most of these historic buildings getting exact details of their layout and colouration in 1815 is not easy. So I have done what I think is a reasonable representation given the limitations of my modelling & painting skills whilst also trying to stick to mostly using bits from the Airfix kit(s).
The area of the farm I am most uncertain about is the rear section. In 1815 was it open? Hedged in? Were there buildings? As you can see I have chosen to show walls and pigsties / chicken coups etc...
All roofing was glued in place on my models but if having a go yourself it can easily be left off if you think you'll want to put troops inside the buildings.
I used two LHS farmhouses to make the long barn and two LHS barns to make the farmhouse. This was so that they better fitted the real widths of the actual buildings. Swapping chimneys and closing off / opening up windows & doors completed the transformations.
Glue was also used to affix the various parts of the Mont St Jean Farm complex to the mdf base board. But again you could leave them unglued allowing you some degree of modularity and choice for how you use the various sections to create different farm layouts.
The little thatched white outbuilding in the courtyard is a well. I made it from a couple of the porches cut off the La Haye Sainte farmhouse. The thatch is easily created from painted static grass. I also used it for the porch type structure coming off the barn.
In the 2015 Airfix Waterloo Set you got a lot of goodies including a vac formed diorama base to sit your La Haye Sainte model on. I cut one up for parts and used the pond for this model. The log pile and the hay wain from the accessory set also made it into the photos.
Below I have added a few figures for scale.
Below: Photos of the unpainted Mont St Jean Farm. When taken I had not yet glued the main sections together or glued any of them to the base board. This makes things look a bit disjointed but it was to make painting easier.
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 general 1/72 scale Napoleonic blog articles here: Napoleonic 1/72 scale blog articles
And for buildings specifically here: Nap Buildings
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Rupert - Drum & Flag