With assembly complete, it's time to start painting. I've used mainly Inscribe craft acrylics with Vallejo acrylics for a few extra colours.
|Paints at the ready!|
My painting procedure is as follows:
1) Base coat of Vallejo cold grey and inscribe taupe. This gives a nice cement-coloured finish. For future buildings I'll probably just use taupe with a few drops of black added, this gives a similarly grey-brown colour. It doesn't matter if the ratios vary between batches, this will add variation in colour which will be more realistic.
|Basic cement coat complete|
2) Brick coat of Inscribe burnt umber. I use a wide, flat brush, wiped diagonally across the bricks with the bristles almost parallel with the surface. This coats the bricks well but leaves the recessed cement lines showing. Because this was a quick trial run, I didn't take the usual care when plaster casting so there are a number of bubbles in the bricks of the larger building which are more noticeable once painted!
|Basic brick coat complete|
|Brick coat detail.|
3) Pick out individual bricks in different shades by adding Inscribe black, burnt sienna (terracotta) or caramel (yellow-brown) paint to the base colour. It's a random scattering of bricks across the building. As always, click on the pictures if you want a close-up. Apologies for the variations in colour, these were photographed at different times under different light sources!
|Note wonky doorway on left!|
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The wonky doorway on the ridge roof building is even more noticeable when viewed next to the flat roof building!
|Wonky doorway even more noticeable here!|
This being just a quick proof-of-concept trial, I haven't worried about filling the gaps between the trimmed window sections.
|Trimmed window a better size for 15mm.|
|Another trimmed window - note the gaps!|
|Brick variation detail.|
4) Paint window frames white.
5) I decided that one of the buildings would have a site number on the side. I printed out the number in 72-point Impact font which is nice and chunky.
|Font size selected to fit building.|
|Stencil carefully cut out.|
|Stencil in place, lined up with bricks.|
|Changed my mind! Use it on this building instead.|
The roof was painted in burnt umber with a few black tiles for variety.
|Roof base colour.|
A heavy drybrush of burnt sienna gives a nice terracotta finish. A few drops of caramel yellow was added for the final highlight.
|Completed Building 19.|