We recently took stock of some 4Ground laser cut MDF buildings.  I had built some of their wagons already and was very impressed by them.  As soon as we received the new houses I couldn't wait to get my hands on them and began by tackling the detached house.

The detached house comes packed in a plastic bag, this then contains all the sprues of parts and the instructions.  The detached house comes pre-painted, this means that once you have put it together you can then get it straight on to the table and get gaming.

Bagged spruesfirst spruesecond spruethird spruefinal sprue


After getting all of the sprues out of the bag and having a good look at them I had a look at the instructions.  As well as all the large sprues of part for the walls, floors and roofs etc there is also a small bag with some small frames inside,these are for some of the smaller details such as the damaged brick work, window lintels and cills etc.  As I was working through making the building I was careful to make sure that the parts that I wasn't using were kept somewhere safe.  The small parts would be very easy to lose so be aware!

After reading through the first part of the instructions I got the parts that I would need together and armed with a big pot of 4Ground full strength PVA, some elastic bands and some masking tape I began.  I used the elastic band and masking tape to hold various parts together whilst the PVA glue dried.  The buildings are actually very simple to put together, and this is probably for the best because the instructions can be a bit confusing in parts, sections where the written instructions say parts A & B for example, the photograph shows two parts which are labelled C & D.  This only happened a couple of times and fortunatley it actually happened with the very first parts that I came to put togther and so I was wary to make sure that what I was gluing together matched what I was looking at in the photograph.  It wasn't really a big deal to be honest as the photographs are generally very good and so you could probably put the building together without ever reading a single part.  In all cases I held parts together to double check them before adding any glue.

Ground floor outer wallsFirst floor outer walls

The first thing that I did was to construct the outer walls and floor for the ground and first floor.  These fit together really well and once I was happy I had all the correct pieces in the right places I glues them together.  I then placed elastic bands round the structure to hold it rigid whilst it glued.  I used the 4Ground full strength PVA, the standard stuff that you buy for DIY type places is fine but I wanted the extra security that the full strength stuff gives.

Loft outer wallsRoof

I then moved on to the loft and roof sections.  After I had checked all the parts I glued them together and then used the masking tape to hold the parts, elastic bands would have pulled the top parts in too much and led to the sections not fitting together.  Just a quick note here, with these buildings you have the choice whether you want the walls to be damaged or not, if you want you can take parts out in preperation for inserting the bare brick work later.  Whether you want to take the parts out or not I would suggest that you keep the PVA away from those parts so that you could have the choice at a later date, once you have glued the inner part in place and if you haven't been careful with the glue I could see problems.

Stair Casestairs

After putting togther the first parts of the building structure I took the opportunity to put some of the internal parts togther so that they would be dry when I need to use them.  The stair case needs to be constructed along with each of the stairs, ready to be put together and then dropped into the building.


I then put the doors and chimney parts together, again with the same idea that they would then be ready when I needed them at a later time.  This first stage had taken just under an hour, I was pleased with the amount of work that I'd got done and was really impressed with the ingenuity of the kit, even at this early stage I could see how things where starting to come together and was looking forward to seeing the final building.

Internal wallsdamage detail

The next evening I started to put the internal walls in to place.  These fit perfectly inside the outer walls and this then creates the socket in the walls where the damage is, I had decided that the walls would be damaged and after glueing the interal walls in place I then placed the small bare brick parts into the holes in the wall.

stair casefront of house

After the internal walls were done I put the stair case together.  With the internal wall in place it became more obvious how things like the cills and lintels were going to work.  The evenings work had been less than 45 minutes.

Internal roomscills and lintels

Next evening I began by putting the internal walls in place that divided and created the individual rooms.  These parts, as with the rest of the kit were very easy to do and they all interlocked with each other and the parts I'd already put together making the whole process really easy.  At this stage I also put the cills and lintels in on the windows.  I also glued the stair case into place.

building so far

At this stage I put all the levels together to see how the building was coming on and was really impressed.  Even with out the final details/windows/doors/chimney etc the structure looked really good.  This stage hadn't taken very long at all, less than 30 minutes.  I left the buildings alone for an hour or so and then started on the final phase.

Front door and WindowsDoors

The doors and windows were really easy to put in place and really added the final detail to the building.

ground and first floorLoft and roof

The pictures above show the completed ground and first floor as well as the loft and roof, with the chimney.

completed house

The final building looks stunning, I have left the tiles missing from the roof to give a perfect sniping position!

After reading an article about 4Ground in Wargames Illustrated and speaking to Ben and Adam themselves I realised that it would be very easy indeed to add some extra detail to the model and treat the prepainting as an undercoat.  My plan now is to build another detached house and with this one see what I can do by adding some extra detail/paint work/weathering etc.

Here's a link to the detached house in the webstore.