Without much time to do these things at home, but time to "expend" while waiting for charter trip returns, what can a hard-core wargamer to do but use the time for those fun scratch-build projects. In this case I had some model 28mm scale swine to keep penned. For skirmish games, the pigs could be the objective prize. Or for the larger games, some eye-candy in the corner of the table.
I started with a scrap piece of hardboard and very haphazardly roughly cut wood stir sticks and balsa pieces not caring a bit about lengths or neatness. A very, poor peasantry, thing. The ramshackle construction was certainly helped by the cramped conditions in which I worked while sitting within the school bus. My hand would inevitably knock over the part of the fence already done and damage that part while then dislodging the newer part. Argh. But all part of "the look"..... if that look is to be shoddy, of course.
The shingles are individual pieces of cereal box card and roughly ordered on the roof, but the one which was very misaligned was left as is. Again, the old and worn effect in play.
Once all dry, the next day, an hour or so of painting (lots of surface area which takes more time than one would think) with a worn-look dry brush of "old wood" and a quick stain wash to tone down the 'dusty' dry brush. The putty muddy earth and a bit of wood shavings in the shed, finished the model.
.....as the saying goes: 'time well wasted'