Ever opened a copy of one of the realm of chaos books when you were ten? Ever tried to own each and everyone of the Jes Goodwin chaos champion? Ever spent days lurking on ebay for a complete Kaleb Dark or chaos toilets?
You're at home here.
Something a little different for us today, something I don't do enough but I had the perfect occasion and targets to do so this time : scenery.
The excellent Chris from Fogou Models has offered a couple of friends and myself the possibility to paint some of his upcoming models and I have to say after painting the brilliant shacks he had done earlier, I was more than excited to put my brushes on more of his work !
The main feature of those new pieces are the ruins of a farm. It's building made of rocks that can just fit in most settings you could think of.
The 2 parts come with a wooden floor which is removable so I took the liberty to make an alternative floor from Pcard and textured sheets.
With the same footprint, this was an quick way to tech the building up a bit.
Now those can definitely work for a more futuristic environment, I have just the right setting in mind. ^^
There are plenty of bits that were all a joy to paint (I've actually only painted half of them, the stone ones) :
Guess who didn't change apertur on this photo...
So all in all that's 25 pieces of ruined stone walls and buildings to make the ruins of an ancient farm or anything you like. It's versatile and full adaptable.
Painting was pretty straightforward and I got inspired by my mate Ced's scenery expertise. I'd like to highlight once again how amazing the casts are, very few to no flaws or bubbles of any kind, no flash or mould lines or whatever (except in the windows but it's cleverly designed to have some there), the resin could almost be painted right from the package (no release agent to remove) and the material has a very soft touche while being very strong and fine as the level of details shows. The texture do most of the work honestly so Kudos to Chris for a truly remarkable job.
The parts were all undercoated black with a bit of dark rd spray at the bottom (to represent dust). Then I sprayed grey with an angle from above and finished with very light touches of white spray.
The second step was to gently drybrush everything with a mix of light grey and ulthuan grey.
After that, I glazed some stones in different colours (using GW washes in thin even coats) and finally drybrushed everything lightly with Ulthuan grey.
Now the last step was advised to me by friends so I used some of these washes to do the rubble in the walls and between the stone on the ground parts. I also thinned them and applied some around corner stones, windows, and anywhere I wanted to create a bit of shadow. I also applied some in randome areas to break the even colour of the walls. The technique I used was pretty rough, after applying the wsh I would just rub the excess off with a tissue or just my fingers and I think it just works a treat. Those washes flow like inks but without the shine and with less pigments. I honestly think they're going to become a must for all my scenery and probably some other uses for models.
I'm not getting any money from anyone I've said good things about in this post but sometimes you just have a great time when painting nice stuff with nice tools !
And here's the result of one afternoon of painting !
Now of course, old habits die hard, tell me about farms and I'm immediately starting to think about battles. Just how great could a battle at the farm be huh ?
There's more coming from Fogou and this place and I have to say the rest is up to the excellent standard already set by Fogou so watch this place and go check their site.
April is going to be one busy painting month (with some Kendo competitions in the way) but May is going to be pretty gaming oriented so who's complaining ? Certainly not me !