OK so for the last week and a bit I have been free of the shackles of “challenge season” (four themed month’s on the trot), and able “to paint whatever the hell I like!”, and guess what, I haven’t been enthused to paint anything…
So as not to grind to a total shuddering halt I thought I’d go for some quick and simple pieces just to keep my hand in as it were until my “mojo” returns , and so as you out there in “Blogland” know I’m not dead. So with major projects off the table as present, I thought (and you may find this hard to believe) I’d start with a few simple bits of MDF scenery (I know! This is what killed a lot of my mojo in the first place!, but hey I’m a complicated man OK (sort of)).
Anyway, it turned out taking the pieces I’d pushed out of the windows on my “Slum Blocks” (see last post), I had enough pieces to make up six more of the smaller “crates” like I’d made a couple of posts back as part of my scatter scenery (see links at the bottom of this post). I began these by taking three of the window pieces for each crate and glued the longer sides together into a “U” shape, I then created the bottoms and end pieces of my “boxes” with card cut to size. The ends then had lengths of “coffee stirrer” added around the edges with the joints cut at 45 degree angles. They were then glued down onto slightly thicker and bigger cardboard bases and the visible overlaps on these bases were then covered with PVA glue and sprinkled with sand.
After a coat of matt black I painted them in royal blue then highlighted this with ocean blue, these were then dry-brushed here and there with chainmail, then with chestnut and a little orange to add some rust. Everything was then given a coat of “Quickshade” strong tone, then the bases were painted chocolate brown, dry-brushed with Khaki, and then again with coffee, so as to match our Dead Zone figures and scenery. This was then followed by spraying them over with matt varnish.
Simple, simple stuff and not really much to show for ten days of “carte blanche”, but it is something to show. I know what I have lined up next, and it’s another “Quick fix”.
So till them, cheers Roger.
Slum Block post…..
Scatter Scenery post…..