As some of you who know me of old I used to have my own miniature painting service which kept me housed and fed for a couple of years a while back. the long and short of it is that I was doing far too much work for other people and wasn't able to do anything at all for myself so I decided to ditch the business and pick my brushes up for myself again.
I don't like doing contracts for other people anymore so it is very much the exception rather than the rule BUT on occasion something takes my fancy or I'm driven by another need (such as a burning desire to start building up my scenery collections ) and I will agree to complete some work for somebody else...
Shaun over at S and S Models (www.sandsmodels.co.uk) made it known that they have just started a new line of 15mm contemporary buildings and I was suddenly swept away with imaginings of all the new painting techniques that I could try and the possible results... I agreed to paint up three of their new buildings for them and here, for your approval are the results.
Building 1: A Victorian Engine Shed
This is a brick built building that would be able to slot into any scenery dating from the mid Victorian era onwards. The design is pretty much what it says on the tin and with the exception of perhaps different coloured bricks being used or the whole building being made to look dirtier it could be argued that this was the most straightforwards and perhaps most accurate looking of the buildings to paint.
Here are the results:
The brickwork had a basecoat of Vallejo Panzer Aces Dark Rust. A drybrushed highlight of Games Workshops Vermin Brown with a second stage drybrushed highlight of Blazing Orange.
Once this was done individual bricks were picked out with Vallejo German Camo Black Brown and Vallejo Panzer Aces Light Rust.
A mortar wash was applied using Modelmates Weathering Wash Mud Brown. This particular product is not waterproof once cured which is actually a lot handier than you may think. Once totally dry kitchen roll is twisted over it in order lift patches of the wash off leaving an increasingly mottled appearance on the brickwork.
For the roof I used a basecoat of Vallejo German Grey with individual tiles picked out with German Grey mixed with black and others in Vallejo's Neutral Grey. The whole roof was then washed with the Modelmates Weathering Wash with the same process followed again.
et voila! The first finished building (waiting to based on something spangly!)
Building 2: A Contemporary Supermarket
On studying the building, and taking into account the normal type of flaws in the casting I made the decision that the best way to disguise the flaws and still give a tip top building of this type would be to knock it up as an Asian shop from Hanoi in the '50's, with these types of building displaying all sorts of decrepitude and weathering to their exteriors. Shaun however was keen that the model was done as a Western European shop and so I had a look around and found a German brand that I could mimic with a paintbrush and plunged ahead. On finishing it however I decided that something else was needed to 'spruce it up' a bit and on the back of that I decided to apply some heavy weathering. This is what I came up with: