Good lord but the boys and girls at Architects of War never stop do they? Seems like only yesterday (Happy Thanksgiving for those in the former colonies, by the way…) we were showcasing their latest releases and now there’s a whole bunch more here! Take a look at what we’ve received and head on over to the webstore to grab yours while we still have stock on the shelves!
Church / Meeting House
We have yet to see a gaming table that would not benefit from one of these characterful Church/Meeting House models on it. Perfect as an objective, make this the centre of a “last ditch” defence of a village or town or just drop it in the corner of a gaming table to add some flavour to your battlefield.
The Plantation Shanty is typical of structures built, primarily to house slaves and unskilled workers, throughout the North and the South of America during the 1700’s up to the end of the 19th Century. We have made the siding to represent rough sawn timber. Naturally this shack can be used for lots of things. We have added porches to some and changed the detail around so that we have a whole row of them to go with our Plantation House. The same methods could be used to build a Shanty town or a mining/lumber camp. It’s also typical of ‘industrial’ of company house of large iron works, cotton gins, etc. throughout the 19th century.
Jebodiah’s Shack is based on an old cabin the chaps at Architects of War saw from the highway on one of their trips through the South. It probably wasn’t built during the time of the Civil War, but it certainly could have been built at any time during the 1700’s to the middle of the last century as soon as a saw mill got up and running in the area. It is also quite possible the structure we saw was once a barn. It is a structure raised on stacked stone pillars to keep it away from the ground water obviously common to the area in which it was built. With the addition of a few ‘Skeeter puddles’ underneath it looks great. You can see this kind of thing all over the older parts of Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina in particular, but it is suitable for just about anywhere in North America. Its high pitched roof makes it suitable for snow heavy northern and mountain climates too.
It would make a great hideaway surrounded by desert in the Old West. It would make a dandy headquarters for the Hatfields or McCoys! So why do we call it Jebodiah’s Shack? Long ago, Barb’s Bunker, something of a forerunner of Architects of War made a shack model called Jebodiah’s as part of her Americana range. When they took a photo of a Rebel soldier standing on our Black Powder Weapon of Mass destruction, they called him Jebodiah too. The name just seems to keep sticking…
It may be politically incorrect today, but Tobacco Fields were once one of these most important cash crops of the New World. All over the South of the United States form the first colonies in Virginia up through the nineteen seventy’s, tobacco fields both small and large used to be everywhere. It and maize were some of the very first crops ever grown by Native North Americans. While Cotton was important, the cultivation and processing of Tobacco was nearly as big, moneywise, to the Old South of the US and a key driver of its economy. Our Tobacco field can be used anytime after the discovery of the New World in European settings with relatively temperate climates too.
The field has ‘new’ tobacco, or young plants, only a month or so after they have been planted. Put a few “Little Folk” by it and call the patch Old Toby if you want!
This model actually represents any number of low crop types. It will stand in well enough for carrots, beats, onions, even potatoes. Small little crop fields like this were seen all over the place before the advent of modern farm techniques in the middle of the last century. That being said, this little filed would not be out of places in many areas of the world even today.
The Turnip field can be used as a crop field to be raided and burned. For large ‘battalion’ games such as Black Powder and the like, it can certainly be used as a minor terrain feature that slows any troops moving thorough it down a bit. Now I know there are some out there that play games on billiard table like gaming surfaces that think terrain like this ‘gets in the way’ but that’s the point. Most battlefields are not flat easy to maneuver on surfaces!
This field is 3/4 inches high, 10 inches long and 5 inches wide.
Oink! Oink! Pigs. Well they are pigs. We don’t know what else to say really. Everyone needs them to chase, loot, add bacon flavor to a game, etc. You can paint them for any period. Just look up pigs on a search engine. I did and now know much more than will ever be necessary about the little porkers.
American Uncivil War Range: Sons Of The South and Damn Dirty Yankees
The Brave Captain Daring – Lost his arm at First Manassas and even though his coat has been pinned back on the left side, he is still fighting for the South as a Militia captain. His one good eye misses nothing- Yankees on the horizon or shirkers in his unit.
Drunk Billy Bats – Fond of the bottle and a dead eye shot with a pistol, Billy Bats survived the war and headed West like so many other young men after it was all over. He was killed in 1873 in Dodge City after being run over by a manure wagon while laying drunk in the street.
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