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Friday, February 10, 2006

Whitewash City card-stock models

Okay everybody, let’s take a break from looking at tanks for a while and talk about something else. Lately I have been setting up a new Zulu War scenario for some “The Sword and the Flame” action. I have a scenario description called “the Church.” In this scenario a force composed of British regulars and Boers needs to round up some settlers from their widely dispersed homes and get them into a built-up camp in the middle of the table. Meanwhile the Zulus are entering from various points all round the table creating mayhem. I needed to come up with three rustic looking houses and a small church. I agonized over this for a long time because I did not want to spend much money on them. I knew about the Whitewash City models designed for Wild West gaming, but I never had much success with card-stock models in the past, so I kept on looking and pondering. But then I just decided to give it a try. I didn’t see why these models wouldn’t work in a Zulu War setting. So, I purchased a set that I was able to create myself for only $9.99. I think I got five models all together. That’s pretty cheap! Eric Hotz, the Whitewash City proprietor e-mailed the PDF files to me after he received my payment. Using Eric’s instructions I discovered the correct way to assemble these things. It turned out that it is a lot easier than I thought. My past problems stemmed from the fact that I just did not know what I was doing. The most important thing is using a metal ruler, not only to cut the pieces out, but to score a nice little scratch in the card stock at each spot that needs to be folded. You score the side that will be opposite the direction of the fold. I found that is makes it easy to get all the pieces to fit together nicely. Also, you need to find some cardstock to print the patterns. Eric recommends 110LB cardstock. I had to go to an office supply store to find it. I didn’t buy it there though because they only sell it in large reams. Instead I went to Michael’s craft store and bought some loose white cardstock that they had in their bins. I don’t think that what I ended up with was 110LB; it was probably more like 80LB. The bins at Michael’s were not marked so it was hard to know. Anyway whatever it was that I ended up with, it worked well. You have to run it through color laser jet printer and this paper worked well in an ordinary laser jet. So, I think they turned out pretty nicely. Have a look, this one is called House #2:

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