The Chateau is finished! And for sale... :)
FOR SALE: $250.
Well... I am done! The 25mm Chateau is all finished up!
This was a two part project. I finished the original layout several years ago. I wanted a true 25mm building that could be a centerpiece on a large table, or even used for a skirmish game. I wanted to be able to go into every piece of it, and have troops fight within. I finished the model, but never quite got it to the level I wanted.
Then, recently, I revisited the project with the idea of really finishing it off and making it a true scenery centerpiece. And voila!
I'll start with some shots from the outside, with captions beneath.
Here is a shot from the front, with a Rifle Captain for scale. The gates do open and close on a hinge mechanism. On the right side is the farmhouse. On the left is a long barn/stable. The rest of the outbuildings can be used as stables, storage, or whatever! The tree on the front corner can be removed, and you can just cover the hole up with a piece of bush (included, of course).
Here is a shot from the side. You can see a patrol of Rifles returning to the outside door of the farmhouse. These chateaus were very secure and made excellent defensive positions on the Napoleonic battlefield.
A shot from the back... you can see the small back entrance.
One thing I wanted to do with this piece is include a lot of secondary scenery pieces for it. So... I did! There is a table and chairs for the inside of the farmhouse. There is a stone wall that can be used wherever you'd like. There is a well, hand-built out of greenstuff and balsa. There are some assorted crates and barrels. There is a small vegetable garden. There is a woodpile. And there are five stalls for horses, that can go in any of the outbuildings to indicate a stable. I did make sure that the basing on the pieces matches the chateau, and each piece can go in many different locations... or can be used interdependently of the chateau if you wish!
Here is a closer-up shot of three pieces; the well, the veggie garden, and the woodpile.
Here are the crates and barrels... I can't help but think they would make an excellent objective.
Here is a shot where you can see the gate being open... not sure those Brits will be able to close it in time!
As I mentioned, all of the roofs can be removed. The farmhouse is two floors, with the outbuildings all being one floor.
Here is the upstairs of the farmhouse. This would be a perfect bedroom... nice and cozy in the winter.
Here is a shot looking down into the first floor of the farmhouse; the second floor lifts right out, and reveals the kitchen and a sitting room. For the entire model all exterior doors and windows are outlined on the interior with wood and blackened out, with a fireplace for cooking in the kitchen as well.
Clearly a sign of things to come... here you can see some French soldiers inside the chateau, and you get a glimpse of the interior of the main barn. The barn is finished like the other outbuildings, with stone floors and scattered straw.
And as I said, it is for sale. I think $250 US, plus shipping and handling, would be appropriate for this piece. It is large (just for the sake of scale, my table is SMALL... only 6 x 4, which is why I am not keeping this building) and so shipping won't be the easiest. I live in the northern NJ area of the United States, so would be happy if someone nearby would buy it so they can come and pick it up!
So... I hope everyone enjoys looking at the pictures, and I hope it can find a good home!
Posted by MZ