Walls. Yes, Walls…. and more!

This post is about something very specific. It is not a battle report or progress report. It is not grand enough to be called a proper tutorial but it is designed to help explain the work I put in to “product improve” the factory painted stone walls from Pegasus Hobbies.

We managed to get several packages of these at a great price on eBay.

Getting these, we then sold on the walls we previously had. You may remember them from our early Battle Companies games in the Village of Old Oak.

Step one is to remove the mould lines.


Done.

You can see here Pegasus Hobbies used two different colored plastics.

As you can see sometimes there is still a gap between the two press-fit wall pieces.

That’s where your filler of choice comes in. I tend to use Greenstuff or plastic putty.


Some pieces require more than others.

Once the filler dries, I paint over it and the areas where the mould lines were removed with Army Painter Uniform Gray.

Then I paint a random selection of the stones Army Painter Desert Yellow and Army Painter Skeleton Bone. I have not done it yet but for future pieces I am thinking of also painting a random selection of stones a lighter gray, perhaps Army Painter Ash Gray, just to get some more diversity to the colors of the stones.

Once the brown tone stones are dry I wash the wall with Army Painter Dark Tone. Sometimes I cover the brown tone stones with the Dark Tone sometimes I do not. Those that I do not, I then generally wash with Army Painter Light Tone. But sometimes I change it up and use either Midbrown or Strong Tone wash.

After these washes dry I drybrush all over with a light color. Some times Army Painter Mummy Robes (a warm off white). Sometimes Army Painter Spaceship Exterior (a cold light gray). It depends on my mood.

Then I add foliage. Flock and grass tufts.

Since I currently only have one tone of flock, light green, I use Army Painter Green Tone and Military Shader washes on the flock to break up the single green. It really adds depth to the green accents.

Once that is all dry I seal with a mat clear coat.

EDIT: I wanted to add that I have tried to get into the habit of painting a simple base color under my terrain pieces.

This is the same house paint brown I use for most of my ground, then a brown wash, then an Army Painter gloss clear coat and finally an Army Painter matt clear coat. I think this lends a feeling of quality finish to the piece whenever you pick it up and move it. I have been toying with the idea of adding my initials, year and make of the model but that seems a bit pretentious.

Not the most complicated of processes but I think the end result is alright. Hopefully this has been of some use to you.

I also decided to try out some Monster Fight Club bushes since Fantasywelt here in Germany he them in stock. We recently backed the MFC Icy Wilds Kickstarter but our pledge is still some time off from being fulfilled and I was curious about the quality of the sculpt and paint.

The sculpt is decent but the mould lines are annoying. Because of the nature of the leaves, it is very challenging to try to cutaway the mould lines. So it looks like we will have to live with them.

The painting was alright but a bit bright for our table as we like a more saturated color palette generally.

As you can see it is easily changed with a wash of Citadel Agrax Earthshade (on the left), whereas it is originally quite vibrant (on the right).

I then drybrushed with a few different greens for some diversity and depth of color…. and here you can see it nicely blends in with our Deep-Cut grass mat.

Thanks to a suggestion on Lead Adventure I went back and recent the branches on the small Toyvian trees. This time I was a lot more aggressive in bending them. I was worried what the hot water would do to my paintwork but no harm was done and now they look even better. Thank you CookAndrewB!

I think the Dwarven Forge, Toyvian and Monster Fight Club pieces all blend together nicely.

In other news… we binged the rest of season one of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. My wife liked it. I loved it! It was not perfect, there was some dialogue I would have changed and at least one big missed opportunity but I loved it. At times it was more buddy cop movie than superhero movie and it made me laugh. It also was highly political and Sam echoes my own values on screen. By the end he really has become Cap for me, in his own way, as much as Steve Rogers. I never liked Bucky Barnes but I do now. And I want to see Sebastian Stan play Luke Skywalker at some point.

What was the missed opportunity? I am hesitant to say because I do not want to verge into spoiler territory but I will see if I can say this without giving too much away. It is annoying to me to see a character that routinely kills people lecture another character about it not being right to kill. Now that same character could be asked to explain why their killing is ok and the other’s is not and then you get a chance to explore the morality around self-defense and lawful homicide. This is an essential discussion in a time when members of the public feel increasingly isolated from police officers. There is a time and place for judicious use of deadly force. But we can not ever get numb to killing, we can not let the ends justify the means.

If you are in the mood for a rather long winded (I know, rich coming from me) but interesting take on politics in gaming I have just the blog entry for you. Warning in advance, there is strong language. I have been trying to reduce my own swearing so at times the blog post made me wince but he makes some interesting points. I will never look at Gary Gygax the same way again and now I have a better idea why Warhammer 40k makes me uncomfortable.

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/179196051/posts/287

If you decide to read it I would love to hear your thoughts about it in the comments below.

Now, in closing…. the next Doppelgänger…

10 comments

  1. So helpful! My instinct when I contemplate improving an off the shelf piece is that it somehow has to be pared down and dramatically built up again, but this really shows how a little bit of well-targeted editing and small changes can make a major difference. Thanks!

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  2. Great work these have come up well. My son has also bought a lot of the “Monster Fight Club stuff, but unlike you and I he is an “out of the box” man and bought them because he didn’t need to paint them – each to his own I guess.

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    • Thanks mate! Artwork aesthetics really are down to personal taste. I think human eyes perceive colors differently for different people but I do not know if there is science to back that up. If a person has fun with out of the box factory paintwork, good on’em I say! I however remain a grumbling, grumpy gnome that needs to tweak factory paint.

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  3. Nice little tutorial. Glad to see someone else using plastic putty, so much easier than greenstuff. Did realize that I need to add some brown to my walls vs just doing grey, green wash, drybrush grey and white. A few brown blocks really do help add to the appearance. Well done!

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    • Thanks mate! The plastic putty is not perfect but for jobs like this it is much faster than greenstuff. I know my wall painting is not on par with the painter Tabletop World uses but I think my wall painting get the job done.

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      • Didn’t feel like logging into my Google account to read the blog about Gary Gygax but did some searching to see about his politics. Never knew that about him. That said, would I have not bought the game because I disagreed with his stance? Hard to say, was he using the money he earned by the game to “preach” to others? Again, don’t know.
        FYI, I had bought the original version at the PX at Ft Ord and gave it to a friend when I left the Army as he was into the game more than I was.

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      • Disagreeing with Gary Gygax’s views would not stop me from buying or playing D&D, back then or now. I try to separate the art from the artist, where I can, and D&D is bigger than just one person. That said, I do like to know what people think, even when I disagree. His views do help explain why D&D was structured the way it was. Although I do not think herwagst trying to actively preach his views and convert others to those views through D&D.

        I have spent many hour having thought provoking fun playing D&D with my friends as a teen.

        Ah the PX and Commissary…. I miss those.

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  4. As others have said, this is a very nice guide indeed! I really like what you did with the foliage and I agree with your assessment that another color in the cobblestone walls will make it look even more visually interesting. A brownish red could also work but I’d say start with light gray since that is an easy paint color to find.

    You are on quite a tear with all of your blog posts lately! We’re becoming spoiled 🙂 Keep ’em coming as you have time and desire!

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    • I am glad you are enjoying the posts. The lockdown hermitage has me increasingly looking to the internet to connect with folks. Also, a number of things are coming to fruition right now that were planted some time ago, ie Kickstarter fulfillments. Hopefully folks find the information useful and entertaining.

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