As models go our very first 15mm building (B15-1001 – bunker) is particularly awkward to paint. It has a smooth and rounded surface. You can’t really dry brush it as it doesn’t have any edges to highlight. There are no nooks and crannies so a wash won’t work. It just has nowhere to settle. So what to do with it?
Well I decided to cover one in mud. Sort of anyway.
The mud in question came from Games Workshop’s Technical paint range. I’d never really looked at their various different basing paints until recently. I’d always just assumed that they were just little pots of paint with sand mixed in. Whilst this is the case for some, others are designed to give the effect of dried and cracked mud. After watching a couple of videos demonstrating the paints I thought that they might look good smeared over a bunker (as you do).
They come in a variety of colours and I settled on Agrellan Earth. Although the actual colour didn’t really matter as it was going to be painted over anyway.
Because of the size of the area to be covered the paint has to be applied in a very thick layer. My first effort simply ended up as a layer of brown paint with no cracking. It really needs to be slapped on – I ended up using around two thirds of the pot.
A few areas didn’t give a very good result at first and needed a second coat.
Initially the surface was a little bit delicate but once painted everything seemed robust.
The bunker was simply painted with Games Workshop shades and contrast paints over a white undercoat.
After a bit of trial and error I settled on two coats of the Skeleton Hoard contrast paint and one coat of the Seraphim Sepia wash. Then finished off with a dry brush of Terminatus Stone.
I’m rather pleased with the results. It certainly gives a different look to the bunker and makes it a lot less dull and boring compared to my earlier efforts.
And to finish – an overhead view. Hopefully it does blend in a little bit with the surrounding terrain.