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three finished earthworks

Completing this series on Tactical Conflict Systems's terrain products, I decided to paint up one final sample from their 25mm Plank Earthworks product line. As with the other products I've done recently, this too is made of a light tan color resin, and need very little trimming to remove excess material along the bottom edges.

Once again I followed the same routine (it's the same I've used for most of this series, actually), just -

  1. wash the piece with mild dishwashing detergent
  2. paint the bottom flat black with a spray enamel (just cause I like the look)
  3. prime the top and sides with an inexpensive (Wal-Mart brand) spray enamel for a primer coat, choosing flat white
  4. paint the planking with a wash of Apple Barrel Burnt Umber
  5. paint all of the "dirt" with Americana color Sand (DA4)
  6. paint over the dirt areas with a wash of Apple Barrel color Brown Oxide
  7. finish with a protective coat (Testors Dullcote)
the back

This piece represents a place in the earthworks where a gun position has been built...except that this is the "breached" version, so there's a crater in the embankment and bits of timber and rock lying around.

the front

If I was painting these just for my own sake, I'd try to keep the colors consistent so that they could be used together and match. But for the purpose of this article, I wanted to show how much of a difference could be made by using the exact same colors, but using a more watered wash of the timber and dirt colors.

sun-bleached timbers

I like the look of these timbers, which to me gives a sun-bleached appearance. I used a darker wash at the bottom to cover the "lip" (similar to the defect on the previous piece).

the breach

Unlike the other pieces, this one has some debris which look like rocks to me. I painted these with a medium grey wash.