Last week I had got the point where the outer walls were complete and just needed the paint job.
The stone walls came first and rather than use up the fine figure paints I have I went to my cupboard and got out the Reeves Acrylic. These are 75ml tubes and cost a pittance compared to my usual fare. Titanium White and Mars Black mixed up roughly in unequal proportions in a small plastic tub gave me a range of greys to work with.
The first coat was the base coat of dark grey. As expected, the foam absorbed quite a bit but not as much as you might think. Once that was mostly dry I dry-brushed a lighter grey to bring our the individuals stones. The last touch was with the grey that was still streaked with a little white. This light dry-brushing, working from top of the walls to the bottom added some highlights.
Although I was moderately careful in the application I did not worry if some strayed onto the woodwork as these are village houses in the Carpathian mountains, not a 19th Century English Garden Village.
I must admit being really please in how the stonework came out. The foam board technique really makes the stones look real.
Then I progressed to the timber. The tip here is to use a dark paint, water it down considerably but do not overload your brush. If you do stray onto the plastered panels don’t be anxious. Also if the paint seems to be different shades leave it, it looks more naturally aged.
Finally, for the base colours, I put a coloured wash on the plastered panels. Eastern europeans were not drab people, if they could add a little colour they did, so here we have some faded paintjobs that might once have been pink.
Detailing included putting some iron reinforcements on the doors and window cross slits. Also, as these people face horrors we can only imagine on a daily basis, every window is daubed with a red cross.
So what do you think? I’d be glad to get some feedback on this process and perhaps some tips and tricks you use.
Next week we begin roofing this building, which is a whole other feat entirely.