I did it, I totally finished these buildings before getting distracted by Dark Angels (Honest). I'm still waiting for the vehicles to arrive, once they do I'll do a proper 15mm photo shoot with the infantry and tanks etc, but for now here is the scenery.
Step One: Undercoat. This was done with some cheap brown Plasticoat. I picked brown as it provides a good base colour for most of the following steps and means I can skip a step.
Step Two: Basecoat/Dry Brush Walls. Before slapping paint on to the exterior walls I did a little bit of research and found a wall paint colour chart, in French, from 1930. Basically struck research gold. I can't share it as I don't know who the image belongs to but a little dig around on should bring it up. The walls got a heavy drybrush. Neatness not required.
Step Three: Dry Brush Walls. Again, this time with a mix of the base colour and white. This was applied with downward strokes only over the top half/third of the building. This should give you a slightly streaky effect and lightens the top of the building that would naturally get a little more faded than the lower parts.
Step Four: Add base layer dust. Steel Legion Drab, drybrushed everywhere.
Step Five: Hit the bricks. Using Doombull Brown I spent a couple of hours painting the bricks. It does make a difference and the effect is worth it.
Step Six: Paint Windows. Going back to my trusty paint chart and a little more image searching for period appropriate colours I picked out the windows and doors. I was careful to blend the colour towards the bottom to maintain the dirt and dust. Next time I'll do this step before the dust. You live and learn, or at least you live.
Step Seven: More dust. A lighter shade of dust to bring up more of the details and bring together the rubble.
Step Eight: Roofing. This was done with a streaky, rough drybrush of increasingly light greys. I think I started with Skavenblight Dinge and went through up to Dawnstone. Just go with what feels right.
Step Nine: Grass and Enjoy. Final step was to add some flock. In this case I used a summer mix with lots of random bits of flock, static grass, sponge bits, and little white and purple bits. Adds something to it right?
I do like doing scenery along with the model projects. It's hard to have too much scenery. It makes gaming much much more enjoyable. A little project like this is 30% dry brushing, 30% throwing things into PVA, 30% waiting for the PVA to dry, and 10% picking out details. No fancy techniques or materials required. I think the only special thing I used was the HO/1:100/15mm bricks. Even those where easy to find (Thank you model train nerds!). The rest was left over sprue that the models came on, standard basing stuff, and plaster filler left over from home DIY decorating. The main thing is to be brave, get stuck in, and get your hands dirty.
Until next time,