Tutorial: Step by Step "Table Edge Terrace" Part 2 April 19, 2015 10:41

If you have just logged into the Charlie Foxtrot Models Blog, please read my "Tutorial part 1" to see how I reached this stage.

This picture shows the model with the roof complete and the walls textured. I bought a large aluminium turkey roasting dish (79p) and poured some in chinchilla dust; the deep sided dish will contain any spills. The chinchilla dust I bought from a local pet shop. A large 3kg bag was only a couple of pounds. I have textured many buildings yet the dish does not seem to be emptying. I use an old large paintbrush to coat one wall at a time in PVA. Draw out the glue so there are no runs or drips then press the building edge into the dust. The chinchilla dust is highly absorbent and sticks instantly with very little "drop off". Repeat for all walls. If you cannot press into the sand due to the roof overhang, sinply take a handful and pour it over. I carefully applied PVA with a smaller brush and then used the pour method to coat the dormers and chimneys. This now needs to be set aside to dry.

Note: If you miss a bit of wall, leave it to dry and patch in the gaps the next day. I learnt the hard way. If you try to touch up any gaps or areas of PVA that have dried too quickly, the chinchilla dust comes off and sticks to your brush. The more you dab, the worse it gets.

When fully dry, spray primer the model grey. For miniatures, I prefer a black undercoat yet for buildings a cheap grey car primer provides a good surface to paint on. I apply two coats, leaving it to fully dry between each.

I sprayed the inside of the building with primer. I have no plans to paint the inside of the building or to decorate in any way. If you see "Ruined House 1" in the shop, you can see the effects that can be achieved should you wish to go that way. I am under a time limit for this model and do not want to detract from the main part of the gaming table.

The focal point of the wargames table should be, I believe, where the action is. I want the village centre to be the "centre of attention" and the "Table Eedge Terrace" to be a back drop to this. While on this point, I see very limited value in painting the inside of buildings (unless they are ruined and open to view). For the brief few seconds it takes to place models inside and replace the roof, the time spent doing interior decorating has, in my opinion, little return. I prefer to spend the bulk of my time painting the rooftops. They are always in view and the closest part of the model to the gamer....more on this later!

I had toyed with doing Hollywood style scenery props front facade only yet this would look good but not add anything to the gameplay. This idea was dropped in favour of gameplay vs aesthetics balance.

 I masked the inside to avoid overspray into the buildings which I wanted to remain grey. I then gave the mode 2 light coats of white spray, not being too careful to get the colour even. This gave the muted off white / pale grey I was after.


 With the chinchilla dust coated and sealed with spray paint, I was then able to mask off the front (I used decorators frog tape) and hand painted cream from an emulsion tester pot. Please disregard the sneak preview of the soon to be released "Front yard" plain wall version. You are not meant to see this yet.

I now need to let the emulsion dry before I can continue this project.

Part 3 coming soon......