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Battle against the hobby blues

Battle against the hobby blues

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At the time of writing I have 10 days of leave left. And I really don’t want to end 3 weeks off work without having done anything!

Recently I got the last issue of the terrain that was in the Warhammer 40.000 conquest magazine. It’s all build and ready to be painted. And I want to use it in many games/environments as possible. That’s why I’m looking for a “degraded weathered” look. Stuff that has been left to the elements for ages.

Here are some examples:

You can see how the top parts are rusted and the sides have streaks but still show original paint. That is roughly the direction I am aiming. Only that I want some more growth on it. A few tufts and such things.

Something more like this.Something more like this.

So what I have to start with is:

  • terrain test piece
  • black primer
  • grey primer
  • white primer
  • two different green tufts.

Of we go!


So I sprayed it black from below, grey from the sides and white from above. This should give the colours some natural gradient.

Next will be “rust” from the side.


And here is where I made my first mistake (I think). Remember when I said, I want the rust from above? Yeah, I sprayed from the sides. But I think I can save this.

Next step: Varnish it so that when I weather the thing no primer comes off.


So here is the varnish on. And I think the rust not being on top will be manageable by simply using the same colour as the primer and sponge it on.

Now all I’ve got to do is:

  • wait for it to dry completly
  • decide what colour the thing had before being left to rott
  • get my ass up again to work on it tomorrow

That’s it for today. Fingers crossed it’ll go better then the last things I’ve started.

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