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St Saviours Church
by Pete Garnham

Soimetimes cover just isn't enough. Sometimes you need Holy Ground AND cover.

The Church

The Plasticville Cathedral was first released in 1955 or '56. At 16 pieces, it's a well detailed kit, needing little work to ready it for the table.

The building is far too small for a Cathedral, but it works fine as a small parish church.

The church was assembled, and floors made of sintra were added to both the interior of the church and to the porch.

The interior floor was engraved with a Dremel to look like flagstones: The floor in the porch was scored to resemble wood.

A (sintra) platform was also added to the bell tower, allowing figures to be placed inside.

The whole was then sprayed with Krylon Grey Primer.

The flagstone floor was painted dark grey with a light grey highlight to pick out the stones. The floor in the porch was painted brown to represent wood.

I traced the kit windows onto paper.

Clear plastic from a Xmas Cracker box was then taped to the tracings, and painted like stained glass..

These custom windows were then glued to the inside of the kit windows.

The church was drybrushed with various shades of grey. The roof was painted and the detail on the church exterior, such as the tiles on the corners, picked out.

Finally wire 'screens' made from black plastic patio door screen were added to protect the windows from the stone-throwing youths of the Combat Zone.

The Churchyard

To sit at the same level as my other buildings, the church sits on a 12" x 13".hardboard base.

The church is not glued but sits on the base to allow easier storage, plus I can use the churchyard as a small park if required.

The wrought iron fence was made from Christmas village fences trimmed down with aviation snips so that each section is approximately waist high to 28mm figures.

The fence is glued into slots cut into strips of sintra, which were in turn attached to cardboard glued around the base edge.

The fence sections are joined together by cut down coffee stirrers. The double gates at the front and the side gate were hinged with thin wire.

The churchyard was painted green, washed with a darker green and then flocked. The path is railway modelling stones stuck down with PVA (Elmers) glue and then sealed with PVA again to hold them securely in place.

The gravestones and monuments are a mix of Frontline, GW and RAFM. None are fixed in place, allowing me to replace them with open graves as required - I have my eye on some of the graves from the Fantascene ranges for this.

The church sign was made from McDonalds wooden coffee stirrers, the other sign by the side gate is from the 1/72 scale Airfix Strongpoint kit.