In the last few weeks I seem to have become embroiled in a mine dispute, a saloon bar brawl and several rather unnecessary killings. I have also been playing The rather excellent Dead Man’s Hand Wild West skirmish game. With this in mind and the possibility of doubling their use with Malifaux I purchased several MDF buildings.
These were delightfully simple to assemble and only took 2 or 3 hours to do.
I decided I would paint them up to be ruined overgrown and abandoned. I have started a Bayou scenic board on which these will be used so I decided to paint them up to match; ruined, decayed, probably abandoned and overgrown with local flora.
As yet these buildings are still unfinished they need all the details done and the wood grain across all the wooden areas
First step then was to spray a dark base coat of dark green mixed with a little grey
I decided to start with the brickwork and gave it a base coat of a deep orange brown. All the colours I used were mixed from various natural tones from the Vallejo Model and Air ranges. Next I sprayed some random areas in lighter and darker tones if the same basic colour and picked out one or two individual bricks to add depth to it.
As a test piece I did the next few steps onto the boardwalk section. I added areas of oil paint Sap green to suggest mildew and started to add graining. First a few dark brown dots were randomly applied to suggest knots. These were dragged slightly with a clean brush. Grain lines were then applied around these.
Next up was to do the decayed paintwork on the front of the building. I chose an off white as a starting point. Vallejo Ivory with a dash of green to tie it in to the woodwork. This colour was carefully painted on leaving the bare green showing all around the doors, windows and edges of the building to simulate cracked and worn paint.
The white was then streaked and discoloured with raw umber, raw sienna and sap green oil paint. This was applied as random stippling followed by diluting with white spirit and dragging with a clean brush
The Hotel was then painted up to more or less the same level so they are both ready once the house move is all done. Next up will be the fine detailing. Both buildings will have the wood-graining done and the hotel will probably have some gold filigree work and other dilapidated decoration.
The roofs are currently at a base coat level and I will cover then on more detail next time. One will be slate and the other copper sheeting.. Fun with oxidisation!
So that’s about it for this time. Next blog should be done in a week or so. I still need to set up the hobby room in the new house.
In the mean time check out some of the other excellent blogs in the side panel and for all your hobby needs except dicebags and wargame tables visit the rather excellent Element Games.. For the dice-bags check out the ludicrously talented ‘Dice Bag Lady’ and for your wargame table need look no further than the insanely good Bendyboards. Links on side panel
See you next time and thanks for reading
Ps a quick photo of the gang for Dead Man’s Hand from Black Scorpion Miniatures