so, it´s time for the next part of the bridge. The building works are done now, so we have to proceed to the painting. This is not a detailed painting instruction, instead it is more a short guideline on how I did approach the painting task.
I also forgot to take pictures after every step because somehow the painting fun took over and I was not able to put the brush away at the one point or the other… but one should be able to see what I did… ;)
First step was to prime everything black and on top of that I sprayed some white to get a nice contrast and to make it easier for my eyes to see what is going on. Sorry no pictures of this step. For the priming I did use spray cans (the army painter ones).
Afterwards I used a chocolate brown and a yellowish brown to get some base coat on all the parts with the garden soil. I tried to bear in mind where the light will fall onto the bridge and where not. The parts in the shadows I painted much darker then the parts hit by the light. I did this wet in wet directly on the piece; just dilute your paint a bit and prewet your brush. Then pull the paints together and mix them diretly on the working piece. For the shadows I also used some vallejo dark sea blue.
I ended up with this. I decided that this is a good basecoat to start from for all the detail work.
In the next step I intensified the light and shadows. Therefore I used the woodland scenis earth colors set. This is a really great product to achieve realistic looking stone textures. I applied the colours with a brush and did it in a controlled manner instead of doing it random with a sponge. I used nearly all of the colours supplied in the kit. The light once in the upper and the dark ones in the lower part of the bridge. I gave special care to all the dents and chips on the stonework bringing in pure white on all the edges and a dark nearly black-brown wash to the recessions.
Thats it for part 3 and also for the bridge. Next steps will be to paint the miniatures. Afterwards I have to combine everything and rework some parts here and there. Maybe I have to rename the project... or to proceed under a different name....
Comments and critics are welcome!