Gisby's Gaming Blog

May 31, 2015

Cowtown Chronicle on Facebook

Filed under: Old West, Victorian Adventure Gaming — gisby @ 22:29

As many of you will know, I edit the Combat Zone Chronicles. A part of the CoZoChron is the Cowtown Chronicles, where I build Old West buildings using various techniques, and also build and review Old West building kits.

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In an effort to get update information out there more easily, I have made a Facebook page where I will showcase old articles and announce new ones. Cowtown Chronicle on FB. Please have a look, and let me know what you think!

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December 6, 2008

Review: Arnica Montana Buildings

Filed under: Old West, Review, terrain, Victorian Adventure Gaming — gisby @ 01:59

302k-cAlthough I usually like to make my own Old West buildings, I recently picked up a few
from Arnica Montana.

When they arrived, I was sad: They were far nicer than I had expected, and I had not ordered anywhere near enough of them!

When they arrived, I was sad: They were far nicer than I had expected, and I had not ordered anywhere near enough of them!

In style & scale, they are a good match for the Ertl Cow Town. Doors and windows are open and cleanly cast: separate doors are supplied.

Buildings come as four walls plus two roof sections. Most have a boardwalk, and many have optional parts: Sheds awnings, balconies… No floors are supplied.

They are sort-of-modular in nature. The outbuildings can be attached on the rear or side of the buildings, and awnings & balconies can be used on any. (and are available separately)

Boardwalks are supplied much longer than needed, and must be trimmed to length (or can stretch from one building to another)

The pieces are well cast and substantial, and none of mine were warped.

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The side shed is optional, and can instead be attached to the rear of the building (see 301K below)

For variety, I made the boardwalks on this building from sintra.

The barrels are turned wood craft items, and the crates are blocks of wood with boards drawn on.

The hitching rail is made from plastic pick-up sticks, and the trough from craft sticks, based on 3/4 in steel strapping.

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Yes, the sign looks dorky, but is more legible than the original (above)

The side stoop is made from sintra.

The optional shed is attached to the rear of the building in this case.


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The large doors were made from plastic strips and hung as per “How To Hang A Door”.

The wood stack is made from bamboo skewers.


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The rear stoop is a cutoff from the front sidewalk.

What do I like? Pretty much everything, style, scale, & price are all great.

What don’t I like? The doors are a bit too narrow to set up to open & close, but you can just leave them off…

They get a thumbs up from me: Recommended

 

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