Saturday, 28 October 2017

Viking Longhouse

My Grandson phoned me yesterday and asked me if I could make him a model Viking longhouse for him to take to school.  Delivery required by tomorrow, so it was a bit of a rush job, but I'm kind of pleased with the outcome.

The roof isn't a perfect fit, but he needed it to be removable.  The figure is a spare 15mm Viking I had lying around.

His requirements for the interior were a room divider with a bed behind it, a seat for the Jarl, benches down each side, one with blankets, and a fire.  And a hole in the roof for the smoke.

It's made from mounting board and matchsticks with teddy bear fur for the thatching.  I did consider painting then drybrushing the thatch to make it lie better and improve the colour but decided against it as I have no idea if it would have dried in time.

The scale of the interior items feels slightly off to me, the benches and fireplace should probably be slightly smaller.  The fit of the roof was slightly compromised by the rafters, I didn't allow for that when constructing it but I wasn't going to go back and change it.

The building is roughly 2" by 5" and it's on a 5" by 7" piece of 3mm MDF.

I hope he likes it. 😊


  1. It may not be perfect but looks pretty good, judging by the photos, to me. The firepit does look a bit large (and dangerous) as there is little room to maneuver beside it.
    A great speed build.

    1. Thanks. :)

      Yeah, I wouldn't want to try to squeeze past the fire. I delivered it to him, he's delighted so I got away with it. :)

  2. Very cool! My daughter and I just made a Woolly Mammoth diorama last weekend!