Chris Palmer When scouting the local Dollar Tree this past week, I saw this sand mold of the Sydney Opera House. It’s part of a collection they have along with other world landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Pyramid, and Leaning Tower of Pisa.
I thought is looked like it might be useful as some sort of Sci-Fi industrial structure, like a large generator, pumping station, or engine of some sort. So I glued a couple stick-on gems to it and a simple plastic cap off of something, to give it a little texture. In retrospect, you could apply even more cool add-ons to it, like access panels or make shift repairs covered in rivets. The possibilities are endless, but I was in a hurry to get going with the painting, so I kept it kind of simple.
I thought this piece would be another perfect chance to practice my salt and hairspray chipped paint technique, that I have ever only done once before. So, I began by spraying it with a flat dark brown camouflage spray paint, and then splotched on some light brown and orange to give a rusty look to some areas.
I then applied the hairspray, and while still wet, sprinkled kosher salt on it; mainly on the lower areas. I let it dry for a short time, and then sprayed it with some medium blue satin-finish spray paint I happened to have. I let the spray paint dry the minimum manufacturer recommended time, and then ran the piece under some warm water, and with a soft toothbrush gently brushed at the areas of salt. I then let the piece throughly dry, and after that I painted the very bottom base layer with some medium gray paint to make it look a little like a concrete slab.
When that was dry, I applied an allover wash of Citadel “Nuln Oil” wash using a wet brush. Then, when the wash was dry, I gave the piece a light blue dry brushing . Lastly, I applied some decals, and then applied a little paint to make the decals look aged and chipped up. I let it sit over night and the next day my final step was to spray it with some Testor’s Dullcote.
|Shown with Reaper 28mm figures for scale.|
I’m really pleased with how this project turned out. And considering it was only a dollar, I think it’s pretty great!
via One More Gaming Project http://onemoregamingproject.blogspot.com/2017/06/dollar-tree-sand-mold-sci-fi-terrain.html
from Tumblr http://tumblr.hawks-club.org/post/161584162083