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How to: Paint Chipping

This is a quick tutorial on how to achieve convincing battle damage that is quick to do. This walker is from the Mercenary faction from Dust Tactics. The model itself is a Russian walkers with German weapons. I've decided to paint it as an Allied vehicle. Total paint time was about three and half hours.

Here is the walker painted in an Olive Drab Modulation scheme. If you want to learn how to do that, I wrote a tutorial with the Gundam Zaku II.

The tools you will need are paint (AK Interactive Chipping Fluid or any Dark Brown Color), paper towel, an alligator clip, and a piece of sponge. I'm using a portion of blister foam from a metal model. You can also use the leftover sponge from your transport bags. I've also seen people get the same effect with a kitchen sponge although I have never tried. All there is to do is rip a small rounded piece of sponge and clamp it with an alligator clip. You can just use your hands here, but I find more control with the clip. Simple dip the sponge in the paint and dab it on the paper towel until the majority of the paint it off and each dab leaves an irregular pattern. You can experiment with how much paint you have on the sponge. Start with less.

Now dab the sponge onto the parts of the model that you want to be weathered. Focus on the areas that will receive the most damage. Edges, the feet, etc.

As you can see here, I've concentrated more damage on the feet of the walker. Start with small sections, you can always add more paint, but removing paint is difficult. If you do make a mistake, you can wipe away the paint with a wet Q-tip if you are fast enough.

On some models you may want to emphasize the chips like I did on my Zaku II. On the Zaku, I've hand painted a highlight on the bottom edge of the chip to give the effect of depth.  This step is optional, it depends on how you want your model to look. Highlight the chips with the light color you used for your base color. If you didn't paint any modulation, mix your base color with a Buff or Ivory color. This technique takes a lot of patience. Remember to go slow, take your time, and use a very fine brush.

As you can see, I've opted not to highlight the Mercenary Walker. This chipping method is a quick way to add realistic weathering to your model.

And a back view. I know there is a gap between the barrels, but the Dust models come pre-assembled and I didn't want to waste time correcting the builder's mistakes. It may take some time to get used to this at first, but once you get the hang out it, you can weather a model in just a few minutes.

Unboxing: Crescent Root Studios 28mm Series 2 Train Depot Review

I was looking around for quite awhile before I decided on which buildings to fill my game table. I searched through dozens of companies. One of the first that I saw was Crescent Root Studios, but I was hesitant on pulling the trigger because I didn't want to spend on pre-painted when I would have repainted it myself. When I first looked at Crescent Root's offerings, they had the 28mm Series 2 Farm. After about a month of hesitating to buy it, Crescent Root mysteriously pulled it from their store! Instead I settled with some of Verlinden's 1:48 German Barnhouses. I was disappointed when they arrived. They were tiny (more for scale modelling than wargames) and they were just facades (no back wall). I returned those an shot Mark an email asking when the Farm would be back in stock. I was told that the series would be redesigned at the end of July...

Bolt Action Dust Tactics WWII 28mm Terrain Crescent Root Series 2

Sometime in early August, the new models went up and they looked gorgeous. Not exactly what I was expecting (I still want that Farm that is now OOP if anyone has one they don't need), but the new designs were perfect for my table. I ordered both of the big building sets fully intent on repainting them (more on this later).

Bolt Action Dust Tactics WWII 28mm Terrain Crescent Root Series 2

After about 2 weeks, I got this package in the mail. All of the building parts are pre-assembled and shipped in baggies.

Bolt Action Dust Tactics WWII 28mm Terrain Crescent Root Series 2

Contents of the building sets laid out.

Bolt Action Dust Tactics WWII 28mm Terrain Crescent Root Series 2

Back to the part about repainting. Whilst unpacking, I realized that these buildings are actually pre-painted. That sounds silly, but most of the "pre-painted" laser cut terrain is just colored mdf. Crescent Root's offerings are actually "painted." The color variations on the ground and the roof were definitely hand painted one and they look great. There may be a few details I will add, but Crescent Root's model are now the only "pre-paints" in my entire collection that will not receive an entire repaint. 

Bolt Action Dust Tactics WWII 28mm Terrain Crescent Root Series 2

The only minor thing I noticed was that they replaced the metal pins on the original series two were switched out to tape. I don't plan to use the doors anyways and the new system works so I am not bothered.

Bolt Action Dust Tactics WWII 28mm Terrain Crescent Root Series 2

First building "assembled." Assembled as in I slotted on the roofs and smaller parts to the building. No glue or snap-fitting requires. Assembly is as simple as stacking blocks. The building go together in less than two minutes.

Bolt Action Dust Tactics WWII 28mm Terrain Crescent Root Series 2

Everything put together. I did have a tiny piece of the fence that broke, but quickly fixed it with Super Glue.  Most of the big building parts are separate meaning the majority of the model can be broken down as scatter terrain.

Bolt Action Dust Tactics WWII 28mm Terrain Crescent Root Series 2

Scale with some Bolt Action figures. Even a tank fits in the yard, these are actually bigger than I was expecting.

Bolt Action Dust Tactics WWII 28mm Terrain Crescent Root Series 2

Scale comparison with a 1:48 Zaku II.

Bolt Action Dust Tactics WWII 28mm Terrain Crescent Root Series 2

As you can see, just two building sets take up a good chunk of the table. The building in the background is from Sarissa Precision and the church ruins are Pegasus Gothic Church sets.

Bolt Action Dust Tactics WWII 28mm Terrain Crescent Root Series 2

Bolt Action German infantry hold the buildings against an American assault.

Bolt Action Dust Tactics WWII 28mm Terrain Crescent Root Series 2

Crescent Root Studios terrain was no doubt the best terrain purchase I have ever made. A little bit expensive, but worth every penny. You can get them here:

http://crescent-root.com/pages/Product/28mm/28mm_series2/28mm_series2.html