Re-Clutter your Life (#Terraintober Immersion marker Project) Part 2 – The Root Cellar

This Part 2 of a series of a fair few posts, Part 1 (link here) gives an overview and the philosophy applied to the series – cheap, simple and fun.

The Root Cellar

Today we are looking at a common feature in the Swedish, and other, landscapes of old and still being used in many places- the root cellar. This, like the pigsty yesterday, will be brilliant in my rural games.

root cellar (American English) or earth cellar (British English) is a structure, usually underground or partially underground, used for storage of vegetables, fruits, nuts or other foods. Its name reflects the traditional focus on root crops stored in an underground cellar, which is still often true. A wide variety of foods can be stored for weeks to months, depending on the crop and conditions. The structure may not always be underground. (from Wikipedia, more here)

I remember at my cousins family place there was a root cellar just a little bit away from the main house, behind some bushes. It served as a command post during the fighting against the evil empire when we were rebels on the jungle planet Zargosa, or something similar, and also provided cover whilst we were fighting each others with our peashooters (have not seen anyone playing with one of those for a very long time).

So there are many versions of these and I browsed on the net and wanted to make something similar to this one.

See the source image

To do this project you need a cylinder of some kind, I used an old paint bottle (Vallejo type) that works brilliant at the scale I am working at 15mm (for 28mm you might want to consider using one of those new 33cl longer soda cans), some modelling clay apart from the standards stuff we discussed in Part 1.

Anyway a high level discussion on how I went about this project.

I had this old bottle that was just full of very tired paint (it has a 25mm diameter or an inch if you prefer). More or less similar to a Vallejo Paint bottle.
I cleaned it and cut of the top bit
Then I got a 75m by 75mm base that I had cut down the sides on to avoid too much of the border to be seen.
Then I glue the bottle on top
Mark out a piece like this on a piece of cardboard – the circle having the same dimensions as the bottle. I then cut out the shape and glued it on the front of the bottle.
Then using a miniature measure the height you want for the door, then cut out some pieces from a coffee stirer. Note that I cut them in half lenghtwise (in 28mm you probably get away with the width as they are).
Forgot to take photos but basically glue the cutout on front of the bottle (note I trimmed the side), then glue the planks that will form the door, I also added two pieces of cardboard to represent hinges and a little door knob (You will note it falls off later but then as by magic reappears later).
Now cut out the following pieces from the cardboard (these will go around the door)
Draw a stone pattern, make it irregular
Use a knife to carefully drag along the lines to create some structure – it won’t look great now but later it will
Glue the pieces on
I added a beam on top (but watch that space too)
Then I add pieces of wood and coffeee stirrers all around
Then I covered it with clay (I have some old clay I use all the time), you could perhaps use some modelling clay like DAS or something like that (it is relatively cheap). The idea is to cover the whole thing, apart from the front.
Something like this, note the knob and the beam has fallen off (also build some natural fall on the back too),
The glue and sand everywhere apart from the stone part on the front with the door.
Ending up looking like this and the build is more or less done (just wait for it to dry).

When dry just paint it brown, drybrush the front in grays, add some rust colour to the hinges and a bit of weathering, then flock it with your normal grass basing mix. Good to go. I think it will be a good thing to put on the table, and perhaps it could be used for a halfling house in 28mm?

Maybe I should have made a little more contrast between the door and the wall – well life is not over yet so maybe later.

And that budget, well we were at £14.93 yesterday and did not really spend any additional resources on this than those allowed or already bought. So we are still at £14.93.

Tomorrow we are making some log piles.

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/ Hope that was of some interest

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