And, because I was so impressed with it, I ended up buying the undamaged cottage as well! So that was a good start to a little French/Belgian village.
Anyway, a month later I decided to add another house to my stable (er, you know what I mean) but much to my horror when I followed the link I had back to Star Fort's eBay shop everything was gone! I didn't know whether that meant that they only had a limited run of items or whether they had - for some reason - decided making these buildings was not a good idea after all!
So, reluctantly, I looked elsewhere. Trouble was that I had to find something that would now match the laser-cut MDF buildings I already had. Not easy in 20mm - there are some very expensive ones by 4Ground (out of my price range) but I eventually found an unpainted MDF model by Wargames Tournaments...
It comes flat-packed and you have to pop the parts out of their enclosing MDF sheet and it does come with a photocopied sheet of instructions. A quick flick through these immediately alerted me to the fact that this building was not as well designed as Star Fort's as you cannot access the ground floor of the building once it is constructed (important for wargamers).
I suppose I could do some modifications to make the bottom floor accessible by making the first floor removeable (somehow). We shall see.
Then a funny thing happened..!
Just as I was grumbling about having to 'make do' with the Wargames Tournament model I got a surprise email from Colin from Star Fort Miniatures! Colin was the very nice guy who had corresponded with me when I purchased their ruined cottage model and had told me how they hoped to be extending their range of buildings (which was why I was so surprised when their eBay store emptied).
He had got in touch to tell me that they had in fact just finished a new design and to ask me whether I would want one as a 'review example'. Er...YES!
Star Fort had asked me - and other customers - what sort of buildings they should add to their range. I had replied that I thought either a windmill (sniper perch), cafe or some commercial buildings like shops - as it turned out the new building they had produced was - would you believe - a cafe. (What are the chances, I ask you?)
The model duly arrived and I am just giving it a quick once over (and test build) before doing an in-depth review. So here's a wee - quick and dirty - teaser to whet your appetite. I'm excited, I hope you will be too...
|An initial test assembly - minus all the fine detail - but even at this stage|
you can see that this is a very handsome building - somewhat in the
Flemish/Dutch/French style. Nice!