I had tons of fun tonight painting the Renadra barn to look unpainted. And I’m really pleased with the way it has turned out. Quite sharp, as one might say …
The Renedra ramshackle barn is a plastic kit aimed for use with 28mm figures. It only has a very few pieces, and so goes together very easily.
But it is the painting – er, un-painting – that is the most fun. This is my recipe for painting something to look like it hasn’t seen a lick of paint for some years:
- Undercoat with a flat black spraypaint.
- Apply a heavy dry-brush of medium grey student’s acrylic paint all over the whole model.
- Wash random boards and tiles with a range of different ink/wash colours (I used four inks: sepia, devlan mud, black and even some red ink).
- Go round all edges of door frames, barge boards, windows etc with devlan mud ink to give an impression of shadows.
- Wash the entire roof with devlan mud ink to pick out the tiles.
- Paint in the rusty hinges, hanging ropes and other details.
- Cover everything (walls, doors, roof … the lot) with a light white dry wash.
- Go over the roof tiles again with a light green dry brush.
And that’s it. Apart from the black spraypaint, which I left to dry for a whole day, the rest took me only about an hour!