Well I’m back. Today has been a bit strange. I did a little biking, found out quickly how fat and out of shape I am. I also had a totally flat tire, so I got a new tube. I also visited the art supply store, the local game store, and this weird craft store on Main Street. I invested about another $25 into this project. That is starting to seem like a lot of money seeing as I’m unemployed and have not received a cent in government assistance in almost three months of waiting now…
Enough of that, I still don’t sleep, at least not at night. I worked on the terrain tile in the wee hours. It should be done today. The one thing I haven’t done that will take a bit of time is to go through my bitz boxes and various battlefield accesory kits I’ve acquired in the last three years while scheming up this project. I have too much hobby stuff, I’d like to have a little less hobby stuff and a little more money right about now.
Anyway I also bought a lot more paint, mostly browns, trying to better match the GW browns I use to do my basing on the Diseased Sons and the Nefarious Fire. I generally do Scorched Earth, Snakebite Leather, and Bubonic Brown, all dry brushes, all the newest versions of those colors. From my previous terrain and display base projects I learned that the cheap craft paint I bought didn’t match very well. I ended up using some of the GW paint, basically you can use two or three craft browns, but if you do the last drybrush of Bubonic Brown it looks alright. I think I did better at matching the GW colors this time, thanks to the swatch I made.
I also bought some browns that contrasted with the GW browns, generally some tan, beige type colours. These will be for the trench lining. I’ll use some GW browns for some things, especially detail work. I think I’ll stick with a trifecta of Gretchin Green, Camo Green, and Rotting Flesh for the sandbags, likely with some Devlan Mud or Gryphon Sepia washes.
Everything should go quick and easy now that I got a good coat of black. Waiting for the thick coats of black and the glue to dry is inefficient working on 12″ square tiles. I’m going to work more on scatter terrain and models in the down time. I have lots of stuff to paint. I plan to build a few models soon.
One last tip, to coat the really rough grit, it is best to get a gob of paint on the tip of your brush and jab or dab it on the grit. Trying to paint normal brush strokes doesn’t work so well and ends up knocking off some of the grit. You can paint the really fine grain sand normally. After the drybrush fest we’ll see if I’m full of shit or not.
Did anyone get the Rheostatics reference?