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    Getting ready to attack these guys, any advice?

    Industrial Buildings (13 pcs)


    I am moving ing away from monopoly buildings.  Any direction is appreciated.






    Personally I’ve found going high contrast works very well at the scale. Bright colors vs very dark grey and brown. Also picking out some details in opposing colors works well too. I’ve stopped using washes for my 3mm but you might have better luck, especially Brigade models 1/1000 buildings, they have rough surface that stain rather than emphasize crevices.

    Really looking forward to seeing the finished product.

    Tired is enough.
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    For small scale I’d agree on contrast and due to the size, would recommend a white primer plus going a bit lighter in color across the board as any given color will tend to look darker on a smaller piece. Keeping things as light as practicable will help any and/or all detail to pop a little better at table height,

    I’m hardly an expert on Victorian architecture but I believe red or brown brick was quite popular.

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.


    Thanks guys! I have used a black undercoat for everything tha last 20+ years, I will go with white and see how it works out.  I’ll post results, thanks!


    Tony Hughes

    The resin warehouses turned out to be the worst of all the small scale scenery to paint. I tried base coats of good quality craft paint but the rough terrain just seemed to absorb it (obviously it didn’t but the textured surface made it cover very poorly. Eventually I just used Vallejo but I think most of them took 4 coats overall. The smaller factories needed 2 or 3 coats but most of the houses & smaller building seem to be managing with just 2 but all now using Vallejo.

    I used a mid grey primer but suspect these may have been better brush primed with Gesso.


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    These are the 2mm buildings I painted for Blucher:


    The were done a while back, but there were most likely undercoated in white as others have said. I did a simple inkwash, but that may have darkened them a little too much.

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