13 August 2021

Season of Scenery: Some bits and pieces


Rihanna's waiting for Mercedes to shuffle a bit closer. 

The first, and by far easiest, thing I did was make a base for the fence I built back in February. Like my barricades, I just used a piece of foamboard, bevelled the edges, and covered it in PVA and sand. Once dry it was painted with cheap craft paints to match my billboard and shaded with homemade black wash. The fence is propped up with a couple of short lengths of coffee stirrer painted Deep Sky Blue and given a quick shading with more black wash. I didn't bother to use the chipping medium on them just to speed things up a bit.

With the fence in place I added a small barrel (is it a beer keg?) on one end of the base, a couple of traffic cones and the inevitable tufts. 


I also knocked up a couple more barricades using the same techniques as last time. Here's Rihanna hanging out behind one...


...and here's Dakota taking aim from behind the other. This one has a bit of mesh to protect the person behind the shorter bits of corrugated iron. I added oil barrels, tufts, a cone and a girder made from chipboard to the bases. Both bases warped slightly because I left the paper on the foam, which was a bit of a mistake.

The shipping container is by Reaper. I bought it months ago and it's been hanging out on a shelf since then. It's a perfect bit of scenery for the challenge, and was fairly easy to paint. I gave it a once-over with a spray paint called Nantucket Blue, which turned out to have a satin finish. Whoops. After giving it a coat of matte varnish I gave it a very basic drybrush with silver craft paint and then hit it with homemade black and rust washes until I was happy. It got another coat of varnish, and then I roughly brushed on some patches of thinned Off-White and added the decals. The softener I used really made the decals conform to the shape of the container.

I toyed with the idea of putting the container on a base, but decided against it. It works as a standalone piece.

The egg is still a work in progress, and I'm trying to get another building constructed from foamboard.

14 comments:

  1. Great work on all the pieces on show Matt, your scratchbuilt stuff looks as good as the store bought pieces, so I think your really getting to grips with the mediums you are using

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    1. Thanks, Dave, that means a lot! The barricades are dead easy to make. I have some GW razor wire somewhere, so I might add some of that to the next ones.

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  2. How many more sections of fencing do you have? Cos that one looks really good.

    Dave’s right though your stuff looks like it’s store bought and painted for sure. Great work

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    1. Wow, thanks! I only made one section of the fence just to try out the Vallejo chipping medium. It was fairly easy to make, but if I do more I'll have to do a different colour as I couldn't match the one I did in February.

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  3. Rea;;y gppd scratchbuiding and all round good paint jpbs too.

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    1. Cheers, Joe, I appreciate that. These bits of scenery were actually fun to make.

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  4. I have to disagree with the comments about your scenic pieces looking "store bought" I'd say they were well above the "mass produced" level. Especially your fence pieces.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Seeing what you've done with scenery that really is high praise, Roger!

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  5. More cool characters, Matt!

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  6. Great work on these latest terrain pieces. For me, the weathering on the fence is really nice and realistic looking! You're making these things look easy :) This is also yet another reminder that I need to get some post-apocalyptic terrain done (in a good way, I need all the motivation for terrain I can get)!

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    1. Thanks matey! The weathering on the fence is pretty easy with chipping medium and the fence took longer to build than it did to do the effects. Glad I could motivate you!

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  7. Super stuff Matt, lovely weathering­čśÄ

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    1. Cheers! I'm well happy with them. It's always fun to trash a painted model!

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