So, three odd things happened while I was refreshing my memory on Roman construction styles and figuring out which buildings to use for my Roman games.
First, I learned that the Romans invented Timber framed construction. Timber framing was used for the lowest class people's buildings. Basically, it was just a timber frame with various "stuff" (rubble, rocks etc) stuffed in between the timbers as a matrix and then the "stuff" was smoothed over with the usual stucco (sand and limestone). Such construction was VERY susceptible to basically ANY form of natural disaster. Earthquakes of course, flooding almost as much, and even fires could lay low entire sections of a Roman city with this sort of construction.
Second, while perusing a certain online website where people buy and sell all manner of things I discovered that Empire's at War sells a range of Timber framed buildings. These are intended for Germany any time after about 1300 A.D.
Third, that same online company for some reason desperately wanted me to link my phone number to my account and upload their app to my phone. They were so desperate in fact that they offered me a 40% off discount on any one item currently listed. This offer arrived during a large rebate promotion as well so I would earn 10% back on the original price.
At the time I bought this it was 98$. 40% off made it $58. 10$ rebate gives a final price of $48, or a bit under half the list.
This kit goes together well and looks really good when completed. I will probably use it despite its 'barbaric' appearance because I like it. I have not washed the kit as I am not sure that would be a good idea with the general nature of the timber effect. However I may try simply putting the wax on it to try and lock in the timber clad mess. If you are looking for these sort of buildings these are great models and would be strong choices for your gaming.
At $10 it is a fantastic item for inclusion in any game if appropriate.