General Emilio Mola, Nationalist commander, 1936
Throughout the ages, wars have taken their toll beyond the combatants. And in addition to the effects of military clashes, the Spanish Civil War saw a violent repression unleashed against civilians across the country and both the Nationalists and Republican zones, as the antagonists sought to increase their control, root out suspected enemy sympathisers or "Fifth Columnists" or even take revenge for perceived injustices.
For this theme round, I represent this senseless destruction of life and property in a small way, with a farmhouse destroyed in the repression or the fighting. Once someone's home, now just a burned out shell.
I haven't planned many Theme Round entries this year, to try to focus on main projects. However, last summer about the only miniature hobbying I got around to was some terraining, and I had this ruined farmhouse kit from Timeline Miniatures half built. It is quite a simple design, but I detailed it some more with the addition of rubble, tiles, beams, fireplace and shutters.
To paint, I undercoated in Sandtex Mid Stone,drybrushed a couple of highlights and picked out details, then applied what seemed to be countless washes of Strong Tone, Soft Tone,and Black Washes, in various dilutions, to apply weathering inside and out. I'm fairly happy with the result. While intended for my SCW terrain collection, it could serve well enough in the Napoleonic era.
A civilian, perhaps the homeowner, surveys the destruction
A squad of Carabineros take up position among the rubble.
While it may no longer be a home, it seems something has taken up residence:
Well, that was a rather glum take on the "Home" theme, apologies if I've put a downer on anyone's day.