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nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 7:02 p.m. PST

I purchased a casting of the Hartwell tavern from Grand Manner and have begun to paint it. Right now I have all the piece primed black and I plan on drybrushing thin layers of browns, grays and tans over that. I've assembled a folder of photos of what the original may looked liked back in the day. It looks like a lot of shakes, which can turn all sorts of colors, but would show a dark mold in the crevices.

Anyone else painted one of these? How did you do it.
Or how would you paint it if you had one?

I was thinking that for window panes that I might try a drop of AP Soft tone. Just enough to cover the pane.

Any hints or tips welcome.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 7:50 p.m. PST

After priming I plan to airbrush or spray paint the building with a brown that matches the current version of the Tavern. I will add some light brown highlights. I may dry brush some "silvering" as it was called at the time, with some shade of gray. The window panes will be white and the glass will be black.

I am going with a lighter brown for the roof with some gray dry brushed on it. Then I am going to use some weathering powders on the roof and some places on the body of the building.

historygamer13 Sep 2017 7:55 a.m. PST

I quit using black primer for my building and figures. It really is too dark and stark for my tastes.

I would use a dark brown and dry brush for two coats. One lighter than the last. I would be okay going a bit bright, then washing the building to allow for the crevices. You can dry brush again as needed. I like some of the light red/brown in some of the photos. I would roughly do the same for the roof, starting with a dark gray and going lighter. I'd add some random shingles of really light paint. I would wash the roof and well and dry brush again as needed.

Yes, window frames white (dry brush) and I often add some clear gloss to the window panes.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 11:59 a.m. PST

I never use black primer. For some reason I can't see all the details to paint them. I will use Tamiya grey primer.

nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 1:41 p.m. PST

I use Walmart flat black as a primer for everything.
You get nice even thin coats.

Starting out black allows me to gradually build up to light.
Just my own method. We'll see how it turns out.

historygamer19 Sep 2017 10:33 a.m. PST

A friend of mine, who started out painting wargame figures, then progressed to larger scale figures, was told by an accomplished larger scale figure painter that the black base coat (which I have often used in the past) is a wargamer painting thing.

I'm going to try to stay away from it in the future.

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