Tuesday, September 4, 2012

3D City Terrain Boards Part 3

Okay, two of them dried, so I tried out my paint scheme on them. A road tile, and a city block tile.
Okay, so I'm working with three shades of grey as the main colours. There is just a very slight hint of warmth in the shades, I think - not pure black & white. As I mentioned previously, I went to the local hardware store and got three 'sample' tins of paint mixed up in the three shades, so now when I need a shade of grey, I can use an eye-dropper (available from chemist shops) to put paint out of the tin and into empty miniature paint pots. I found though, that with the amount of painting required to do these boards, I ended up just going straight from the tins.

I undercoat in the darkest grey
 Here's an $8 sample tin from the hardware store. Amazing, since the little miniatures paint pot beside it costs $6 (though the Games Workshop paints are a better paint for working with on minis, better finish, dries quicker, etc) For painting the terrain though, quantity is better than quality.
 Make sure to paint the edges, otherwise if there is a slight gap between the map tiles, the wood will show.
 Here it is fully undercoated in the dark grey
 For the city block tiles, make sure that the edges of the panels are fully painted. Sometimes the wood isn't noticeable until the paint around it starts to dry, then it just needs a touch up where the wood is showing.
 Stage Two is to get the medium grey. I'm using a wide, flat brush, about 1 cm or two wide. Only get the very tip of the bristles with paint on them - don't dip the whole brush into the paint. Hold the brush on an angle to the surface of the board, like 45 degrees or something. Make short quick strokes with the flat of the brush, in a criss-cross pattern. Alternate between going diagonally left or right as you work your way across the tile. Try to keep from getting Medium Grey into the gaps between the concrete, but if you get a bit in there, don't worry a lot about it, it helps to add texture to the tile.
For the road surface hold the brush so the flat is horizontal to the road, then make vertical strokes up and down the road. Continue to only put a little paint on the tip of the brush. This will make a slight streaky effect up and down the road. Put more paint on the sides of the road than in the middle of the road.
 Step Three
Now go to the light grey. Repeat the same process - a little paint on the tip of the brush, criss crossing strokes with the flat width of the brush.
On the road, only do the vertical strokes along the sides of the road - don't put light grey up the middle of the road.
 Step Four:
Okay, the drain and the manhole.
Brush them criss-cross again, using Mephiston Red or any other darkish red
 Repeat, but with less paint on the brush, with a lighter reddish brown like Bestial Brown
 This time, don't criss-cross with your strokes, but keep them all diagonally in one direction. Drybrush with a medium metal paint (like Ironbreaker)
 Then apply a black wash (Nuln Oil) to the grill and the manhole and the indentations around them.
 Here's the paints I used

 Repeat the steps with the city block tiles.
Medium Grey cross hatching followed by light grey crosshatching
 Final Steps
Now, put aside the flat wide brush and get a drybrushing brush. (round end, cut off flat like a stump of bristles)
criss-cross with the drybrush over the concrete - but get none in the indentations between the concrete if you can help it.
 Here's a close up
 Softly drybrush down the street - right beside the gutter only. Do not drybrush white anywhere else on the road.
 Here's the finished road piece, with a car and two 28mm figures.
 Here's the finished city block piece with some 28mm figures.
 Here's the two tiles side by side
 A final close up showing the texturing of the board. Don't glue too much grit onto the board or the surface will appear too rough when it is painted.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, they came up great, can you put some 40k models on in some shots as I'm more familiar with them (and want to see your new Sentinels cruising down the road).
    Good work!