Following our ‘How To…’ articles from issue 329 and 330 this bonus article explains how to modify your church walls to maximize their usage on the tabletop!
I always try to get the maximum usage from whatever I build. Although these walls and lychgate are intended to enclose the medieval church, in that form their usage is relatively limited, but by replacing the lychgate with a gated wall section, the options are vastly increased.
Follow the same basic steps as for the lychgate wall section, but with some small variations.
For these wall element you will need to build up a layer of clay on the ends of the wall where the gate will fit because unlike the lychgate walls, these inner edges will be visible.
Make the two main gate posts from square section balsa, and pin and glue them to the walls.
Texture the base, and paint it, and the walls as previously described. The wooden gateposts are painted in the same way as the lychgate.
The gate itself is very simple; just a frame with horizontal bars, which fits between the gateposts. Start by gluing the gate uprights to the main gateposts.
The gate is made from strips of balsa. Its easier to paint the balsa strips before assembly and then touch them up as necessary. As with other ‘wood’, paint it black and drybrush it grey prior to gluing it into position.
So now, not only do you have a lychgate with walls to go with your churchyard, but walls and a gate to enclose your livestock or crops too, simply by exchanging the lychgate section for the gated one!