15mm Terrain: Flames of War/’Nam Battlefield in a Box – Island Huts/Vietnamese Huts – Weathered & Repainted (BB169, BB196)

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Island Huts (Gale Force Nine BB196), Vietnamese Huts (BB169), 1/100, 1:100 Wargaming Terrain, What a Tanker, Team Yankee WWIII, Battlegroup

So in a move that should surprise exactly none of you who are regular readers of this blog – I repainted the two sets of these huts that I reviewed the other day. So this is what I did….

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Island Huts (Gale Force Nine BB196), Vietnamese Huts (BB169), 1/100, 1:100 Wargaming Terrain, What a Tanker, Team Yankee WWIII, Battlegroup

With the first set, I repainted them almost entirely – repainting the exterior walls and then painting the interior walls in the same colours. I kept one lighter and one darker, more or less keeping them in broadly similar tones to how they were originally.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Island Huts (Gale Force Nine BB196), Vietnamese Huts (BB169), 1/100, 1:100 Wargaming Terrain, What a Tanker, Team Yankee WWIII, Battlegroup

The second set I kept in their original colours as a base before adding the weathering, and found a close enough match of the outside walls to paint the interior walls before weathing those as well in a different manner.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Island Huts (Gale Force Nine BB196), Vietnamese Huts (BB169), 1/100, 1:100 Wargaming Terrain, What a Tanker, Team Yankee WWIII, Battlegroup

All four buildings then had different combinations of thinned Army Painter Strong Tone, Soft Tone and Mid Brown added – with the white building getting thinned Vallejo Light Gray Wash instead.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Island Huts (Gale Force Nine BB196), Vietnamese Huts (BB169), 1/100, 1:100 Wargaming Terrain, What a Tanker, Team Yankee WWIII, Battlegroup

I also repainted all of the doors and window coverings on all four sets so that both sides would match. Finally, three of the four were drybrushed with Vallejo Bonewhite while the other with Vallejo Silvergrey.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Island Huts (Gale Force Nine BB196), Vietnamese Huts (BB169), 1/100, 1:100 Wargaming Terrain, What a Tanker, Team Yankee WWIII, Battlegroup

The roofs were all given thinned-down washes, again using combinations of thinned Army Painter Dark Tone, Strong Tone, Soft Tone and Mid Brown – and with some drybrushing of Vallejo Stonewall Grey and Silvergrey. They looked okay, but there was something still not quite right about them. I then went back over them, stippling in combinations of Dark and Strong Tone to give them an uneven, weathered look that just reads much more naturally. You can see how much of a difference adding that made in the pic above – stippled, unstippled, stippled, unstippled.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Island Huts (Gale Force Nine BB196), Vietnamese Huts (BB169), 1/100, 1:100 Wargaming Terrain, What a Tanker, Team Yankee WWIII, Battlegroup

Finally, I darkened the lower walls by drybrushing with a mix of Vallejo Panzer Grey and Dark Rust  – and then everything was sprayed with Matte varnish, and then it was just a matter of waiting until dry to take these photos! Then when I got to the point of taking the photos, I was really unhappy with the lighting, so ended up putting this post off for a couple more days so I could get hold of some new lights for when I need to photograph models in larger settings on the gaming table rather than just in the light box.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Island Huts (Gale Force Nine BB196), Vietnamese Huts (BB169), 1/100, 1:100 Wargaming Terrain, What a Tanker, Team Yankee WWIII, Battlegroup

As noted in the previous post on these, I have no intention of using these in games set in the Pacific or ‘Nam/Asia, and instead these will be used in my Flames of War games (and eventually, Team Yankee/World War III moderns) as European Thatched Roof buildings, because amazingly, simple thatched roof buildings are something found pretty much worldwide.

15mm Terrain Unboxing Review: Flames of War Battlefield in a Box - Island Huts (Gale Force Nine BB196), Vietnamese Huts (BB169), 1/100, 1:100 Wargaming Terrain, What a Tanker, Team Yankee WWIII, Battlegroup

While the doors and windows on these models appear to be made of something resembling bamboo if you look up and reeeeal close, there’s also no reason that these couldn’t simply be simple thatched shutters and door coverings in a European building – or possibly even North African buildings in some locales. For European games, I think they’ll work well as either rustic rural homes or as aditional buildings on a farm-type property as the photos in this post show – much easier to visualise when they’re on a nice mat with something else like roads nearby, even without trees, hills and all the rest…

18 thoughts on “15mm Terrain: Flames of War/’Nam Battlefield in a Box – Island Huts/Vietnamese Huts – Weathered & Repainted (BB169, BB196)

  1. Never thought I’d be interested in huts/houses like this, but seeing what you’ve done to them is brilliant.
    They look really good on the mat.
    And the fact you can open them up and hide people inside is the icing on the cake!

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  2. For the shape of the huts, we agree with your comment that these buildings probably have a somewhat schematic shape (cube, let’s say), which sacrifices some details of likelihood, such as the thatched roof which should protrude more.
    A fortiori, the effort you have made to take care of the details of these huts is appreciable: both in the different colour tones from each other, and in the colouring of the interiors and the weathered effects of the buildings. Having them placed on country land also gives them more credibility as European huts.
    And finally, to those who like us annoy you with too meticulous remarks, it can always be explained that it is well known that some Asian immigrants before WWII moved to the French or German countryside and built huts there in their traditional style… 😉

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    • Haha, I think honestly that they don’t truly have a close resemblance to many thatch huts, either European and Asian and instead are very much a mass-production wargame model terrain interpretation of the things. I could make them look mroe European by adding more supports/struts in the “Tudor” style, but I’m also too lazy to go back and work on these any further. If I add any addiitonal sets, I may well glue down some more of those as details with thin card.
      Thanks also for the kind remarks on the weathering and repainting – always appreciated.

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  3. Very nice work on these. The weathering and repainting definitely give more life to these buildings and these will be great to use in future games. I’d imagine these didn’t take too terribly long to touch up either which is a win on its own too!

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    • Thanks mate – in the scheme of it they were something that didn’t take too much effort, but a lot of drying time between repaint coats and washes and the like. Not really “active painting”, so I’m in two minds about actually grabbing another set of two just so I can add a lot more rural buildings to my tables

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