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.
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.
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…