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Painting dreadfleet

Painting dreadfleet

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Painting rocks

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Dreadfleet comes with a lot of terrain pieces. The larger pieces are islands consisting of rocks. The smaller pieces are shipwrecks with a few small rocks. For all the rocks I used the same process.

I primed them black, than sprayed model air concrete from Vallejo on top as a base coat. The concrete covers the rock entirely. Only in the deepest recesses some black primer may be left.

For the next step I used model air light grey from Vallejo. I tried to achieve the impression of rocks lit from above, so I sprayed from above or under an angle, mostly at the top of the rocks and less towards the bottom.

I used Vallejo Model Wash Dark Grey for the next step. Admittedly, I’m not good at using washes. I tried to pinwash, but the effect is a bit to rough for my taste. Messing with adding water didn’t help much. I should really watch a good tutorial on using washes.

Painting rocks

Over to dry brushing: first light grey again. The same colour I used when airbrushing. Here I went over all the edges to make them stand out more. It makes the rocks more three-dimensional. I dry brushed more towards the top of the rocks and less towards the bottom. Next: white grey from Vallejo. I dry brushed this colour only on the upper parts of each rock. The result looked good, but I wasn’t entirely happy yet. For a final highlight I dry brushed the top of the rocks and the sharpest edges with white.

While dry brushing I dry brushed heavier on the stairs that some of the islands have and on the skulls on all the islands. Games Workshop isn’t Games Workshop without skulls everywhere. 😊

The volcano

The Volcano was a special case. Beside the steps above I airbrushed the lava white with Model Air White from Vallejo. On top of the white I airbrushed Airbrush Pro-Color Canary yellow. (Not the most common brand of paint among wargamers, but t happened to be the closest yellow at hand.). Dry brushing with orange didn’t give the desired result. So I painted orange on the edges of the lava with a brush. The orange is orange red from Vallejo.

I’m finished painting all the rocks. Painting all the buildings and other details on the terrain pieces will be for another entry. 🙂

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