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Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2018 9:53 p.m. PST

I picked up a very nice kit from Sarissa at Cold Wars, as a test.
It's not quite a New England saltbox house, but it's pretty darn close.
Now that it's assembled, how do people usually paint it?
The detail has a very fine etching. Will The Dip work?
Should I dry brush?

I'm asking what gives the best results for clapboard siding, roof shingles, stone chimneys, etc.
I know how to do resin, but the detail is a lot more subtle with laser cut Masonite.

I'm planning to do a base coat of Walmart $.99 USD flat grey, but then what?

alex75721 Mar 2018 3:19 a.m. PST

Good advice in this video from Allen at Gamecraft Miniatures:
YouTube link

surdu2005 Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Mar 2018 3:53 a.m. PST

Nice video. Thanks for sharing.

Rich Bliss21 Mar 2018 4:16 a.m. PST

I use a light prime and then Delta Ceramcoat with a flat brush. Sarissa usually comes with separate trim which I color with art markers separately and glue on after the paint dries. I'll finish with a dark grey or black wash

Syr Hobbs Wargames Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Mar 2018 6:53 a.m. PST

Thanks for the YouTube link.


Cyrus the Great21 Mar 2018 7:52 a.m. PST

Really nice prep video, but not so much on painting them!

Joerg Bender Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2018 8:48 a.m. PST

There are some painting tutorials on my "Blog from the Basement":

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2018 2:32 p.m. PST

Priming is essential, mdf can soak up gallons of paint!

I also varnish all surfaces: inside, outside, and bottom of base when done to seal out humidity.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2018 7:43 a.m. PST

The Dip will take paint, nicely, if it doesn't turn out as you had hoped. Just be sure to remove any drips, before they harden -- then you will need a razor blade to carefully cut them off.

Try applying it to a primed wall section, to see if it yields the effect you desire. If not, then simply paint over it, and move onto the next technique. If it does work for you, it is exceptionally fast. Cheers!

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