As the number of Great Paraguayan War units begin to mount up, I have decided there is a need for some terrain to fight over.
As always for me the first stop for terrain items is buildings, but from what I have read most of the actions were fought away from major settlements, but why should that stop me from making up some small towns, right?
From the few images I have managed glean from books and the web most of the structures were pretty rustic, in fact bordering on primitive with lots of thatch and rough timber. But I like rustic because it mean I can work fairly freely and that mistakes can be easily passed off.
The first thing any town needs is a church. I found a few images of churches of the region and most of the images show an ornate face with a rustic building behind rather like this one.
Other buildings I want is a signal station, rather like this one:
And some smaller structures like these images:
While I like the idea of these, I also have the idea of a something a bit more substantial, something that will be a a focal point in a game, maybe a Catholic mission with a church, a mission house and a school in a walled or fenced area. Using the first photograph in this post and this one below, I have worked up into the design that follows the photo.
That design then morphs into the cardboard shape below, part assembled without roofs.
This will be a bit of a slow build with bits added in between other tasks.