(No) More Scenery!

Just a quick update on how well I’m not doing in the Season of Scenery challenge. That way anyone who feels they’re under-performing can measure their progress against mine and feel that they’re getting a lot done! To be honest, the only thing I’m not doing is finishing stuff off. Having decided to do five buildings together means there won’t be much to see until they’re all done (you can see where I’d got to here). I’m working on bits most days so progress is steady at least.

The picture above shows the five Paraguayan War buildings that I’m concentrating on (yes, there are six buildings in the picture, more on that later). In my last post I’d just got all of the texturing done on the walls and added the doors and window shutters. I’ve now primed and basecoated all of the buildings and roofs and they’re ready to have a brown wash applied. The two smallest buildings have been painted in Vallejo Cork Brown to represent basic mud brick buildings roughly plastered over and I’m hoping the brown will tone down quite a bit after they get washed.

The extra building that’s appeared (rear right in the picture above) is a resin French cottage for use anytime from 1870 to 1945. I bought this after my recent Franco-Prussian wargame since I decided a few more buildings would be handy for larger games. It’s a few steps behind the Paraguayan War buildings since it’s only been primed. I’ve also photographed them on a cut-down box of A4 copier paper, since that is my standard storage box for scenery and vehicles, with the sides cut down to height to suit the models that will go inside it.

Some progress has also been made on my wife’s decoupage projects (see above). Although she’s been doing extra bits, like the tealight holder on the left and the jar on the right, the fairy door (centre) had been on hold while she decided how she’d like the door to look. She said she’d probably quite like a natural looking wooden door, so I said I’d have a go at that, knowing that if it didn’t work it could always be painted over (and I did tell her that). Realising that wood stain would be just too messy, I opted to use . . . Army Painter Soft Tone wash! I’d tried this on some 20mm figures and realised I’d never get it to work for me, but I think it’s come out not half bad on the door! Better than that, Barbara’s quite happy with it (having blogged for nearly six years, it’s maybe about time I started using her name here)! So I’m not sure what the next step is on this project, but I’ve noticed some of my green paints have moved about and there appears to be less Woodland Scenics clump foliage in the bag than there used to be!

26 comments

  1. Some great looking progress on the buildings John, as texturing and building can be the longest part, it shouldn’t take long now.
    The wife’s Decoupage is looking great, and handy use of the quicktone, scenery stock going missing ! You could have a Fairy infestation mate, you need to handle that quickly, before they make themselves at home ! LOL

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    • Thanks Dave! πŸ™‚ You’re right about the buildings, the most time consuming bits should (hopefully) be over now. I also have a small test building lined up to try the wash out on first. Barbara’s been doing well with her projects and she mostly makes use of paint and bits I don’t use much. If there are fairies about, they’re keeping a low profile, probably to avoid becoming breakfast for Dash and Midge!

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  2. Great work John. I am afraid I have no scenery completed at all. Plenty of figures painted but no scenery. Will need to get my finger out in August if I am going to make an impact on a lot of started scenery projects.

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    • Thanks Dave! πŸ™‚ You are making good progress with the figures mind you! I’m doing the odd little bits of preparation on figures in between scenery bits, but I’m quite into the swing of scenery stuff now – this is just as well, as there’s loads to do!

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  3. I *really* need to get on the scenery challenge. I’ve got lots of Styrofoam and corkboard that needs to be transformed into some ruins. They sit there and taunt me haha. The buildings are coming along great, and the decoupage looks phenomenal.

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    • Thanks ToT! I find the challenge really helps, particularly with it running over two months – enough time to start and finish projects (or, if you’re me, start them one year and finish them in the next)! I actually find ruins quite hard to do from scratch!

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  4. You’re making some good progress there, John! If there’s anything I’ve learned about making scenery, it’s that there’s a lot of waiting around for glue/filler/washes to dry. But you’re getting there and I’m looking forward to seeing them painted up!

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  5. Progress is progress mate, and at least they are all going in the right direction, the Decoupage is lovely, and the door looks very natural. Sorry to hear you haven’t had happy results with it on figures, I’m addicted to the stuff these days, I’d like to say it’s speeded up my painting no end…But it hasn’t 😁

    Cheers Roger.

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    • Thanks Roger! πŸ™‚ I’m happy enough that it’s keeping me busy, but Barbara seems to be making better progress than me with her decoupage! Try as I will, I can’t get washes to work on figures, although I usually have more luck with vehicles and scenery – my mate’s 15mm Punic Wars armies are all finished with a wash and look spot on!

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  6. I’d say it’s looking good! And you’re beating me, because the best I have is some half started Mantic terrain bits that look like they will never get done. Cork brown is an odd one, I’ve tried to use it a number of times but it can be a bit bright. I think it looks good on your buildings though. Barbara’s tea light holder looks really cool! The AP wash looks really good on that wood too, would have never even thought of that!

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    • Thanks Faust! πŸ™‚ Most important stuff first – I’ve passed your kind comment on to Barbara! As far as the brown’s concerned, I tested out Brown Sand, Light Brown and Cork Brown, which are all similar. I’ve done a test wash over it and it seems to have come out OK though, so fingers crossed the two buildings shown will come out OK. I was quite surprised that the AP wash looked so good on wood, but it dries/soaks in really quickly so there’s no going back!

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  7. John, I have made no SOS progress as 1) its summer and I’m golfing a LOT 2) I have some more Aztecs and Maya to do (let alone Wars of Ozz to start) 3) I drink beer after golf and it’s been hot here too 4) I have too many posts to catch up on (but here I am!). Nice stuff and nice post – you will be way ahead of me in quality and quantity. Now paint some tanks dammit! 😁

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    • Reason 3) alone would have been enough of a reason not to be working on scenery Mark! πŸ™‚ I have loads of other stuff to do as well, but have made the conscious decision to put most of it aside and concentrate on scenery (which I was too slow at completing last year)! Tanks will be coming, don’t worry!

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  8. Take care, John or else Barbara will upstage you on your own blog! Her latest decoupage looks great and it begs the question, is she going to get an email handle at the esteemed @justneedsvarnish address in the near future? πŸ™‚ That is a title of prestige in my book anyway!

    In all seriousness, I’m chugging along with a modest terrain project myself at the moment so seeing your post made me feel better about my slow progress. I hope you’re able to get your mojo back soon!

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    • Thanks, Jeff, I have passed your kind words on! πŸ™‚ I might just include pictures of Barbara’s projects from time to time as they make a nice change from the less colourful stuff I produce! I’m making progress every day on scenery so can’t ask for better than that – I find it much more easygoing than painting figures or tanks so I quite enjoy it. I know you’re working on Eomer’s base so I’ll look forward to seeing that!

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      • I look forward to seeing more of Barbara’s work and your attitude is the way to go with terrain. I sometimes don’t have the patience for it. I’ve actually been working on a piece of Fallout terrain this week mostly instead of the display base and now I’m in a race to finish it before the remaining supplies I need for the display base arrive. Hopefully that will motivate me to get it finished in a timely manner!

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  9. Great looking WIP buildings, John! That’s some pretty nice work on the decoupage front as well. My mum used to do some decoupage back in the day and while I’m no means an expert (or even really know what I’m talking about!) but they look great to me!

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