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Painting the samurai farmhouses

2019-07-04 by David

Here's a painting guide on how to quickly paint up those lovely textured surfaces on the new samurai farmhouses, using simple drybrushing techniques and washes!


£ Before starting, all of the buildings were undercoated with matt spray paints:


  • Brown - wood
  • Ivory/cream - thatch
  • Sand - tatami


Additionally, the backs of the shoji screen doors were undercoated in white, as they are mostly paper.



Tatami mats :


£ The tatami mats were undercoated in a sand-coloured paint (Iyanden Darksun by Games Workshop). I was aiming for a fairly dark colour of well-used tatami. If you want freshly-made tatami, try an ivory/cream undercoat.


£ A thick sepia-coloured wash is next (Seraphim Sepia by GW).

£ When the wash is completely dry, give the mats a drybrush of sand-coloured paint (Tausept Ochre by GW), and then a very light drybrush of light beige (Rakarth Flesh by GW).

£ Finish the tatami mats by painting the side trim in a bold colour. Green or navy are typical colours for tatami.



Wood :

£ I undercoated my buildings in a medium brown, which made me hungry - they looked just like chocolate! Then I heavily drybrushed them in a slightly lighter shade of brown, with a 4cm-wide paintbrush.

£ I mixed up a large pot of homemade brown wash (similar to Agrax Earthshade), and painted all wooden surfaces with a heavy wash.

£ When the wash was completely dry, I used a light beige/brown to drybrush all over the wooden houses, using a large 4cm-wide paintbrush. This was the finished version of the wood, except for some final smaller washes done later on to weather the wood.



Stones :

£ The wooden roof sections have rocks modelled on, and I used the same colour process for the flat stones underneath the wall corner posts. First a basecoat of light grey, with a fairly large brush....

£ ... and then a heavy wash of dark brown around and over the rocks. At this stage I also added extra brown washes on a few individual planks on the walls and roof, to give more contrast.


Finally, I added a few touches of green wash to the bottom of rocks and crevices in the wood, to simulate mould where the sunlight would not reach often. This helps to give a great aged effect to my ramshackle buildings.




£ Some of the houses have dried mud walls, and I decided to paint these in a rough off-white finish. This was achieved by a very light grey base coat, and then a few passes of white paint stippled on. Other colours commonly used were light sandy yellow, greys or khaki greens.




£ This was actually the part I'd been looking forward to most! The thatched sections were given an ivory/cream spray undercoat....

£ .... and then a heavy sepia wash (Seraphim Sepia by GW) with a large brush.

£ After comparing the thatch roof with the brown of the wooden buildings, I decided to give another heavy wash to dirty it up a little, this time using my homemade dark brown wash (similar to Agrax Earthshade). Be warned - this uses quite a bit of wash!

£ Finally, I added another few patches of dark brown wash, and a few streaks of thin green wash towards the bottom edge of the thatch, where mould typically starts to grow.


Painted pics to follow tomorrow!!



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2019-07-04 (Thu) 16:04PM

Without words...., great work and good information

David (3DAlienWorlds)
2019-07-04 (Thu) 16:33PM

Wow, Antonio - you commented before I'd even finished writing captions for the photos! haha

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