Friday, July 4, 2014

Building Buildings for SAGA - Part 3

It took me a little while to finish the painting on my building.  I might add a few details later (paint runes onto the roof braces, a few painted shields and an animal skull above the door), but for now I will call it done.

I went to my local DIY shop and looked at their cans of spray paint for a suitable color.  The wood will suck up a lot of color so plan accordingly.  I choose a color that I could match from my paint collection.

I sprayed the lower half of the model with the dark brown spray paint (espresso).  I sprayed the roof with a light tan (I can't remember the color) I choose the lighter tan because I wanted the thatch to stand out and to clearly be a different color.  I then painted the exposed wood on the roof.  You might need to touch up some of the model with a brush.  The spray won't always get into every nook and cranny.

Next, I dry brushed the all the wood with a much lighter color to really show off the wood.  Make sure the spray paint is completely dry before you start dry brushing.  I used GW Dead Flesh for this.  I know it seems like an odd color, but I had the bottle of paint and I don't use it much.  The end result looks good and that is all that matters.

I used a wash on the roof.  I used GW Agrax Earthshade for this wash.  I used up about half a pot.  Next time I think I will use my trusty minwax for the wash on the roof.  I was reminded that when you are working with washes on big flat areas you have to work quickly.  You can't let the wash dry before you are finished otherwise you will have a "seam" where the two sessions overlap each other.  You can see what I'm talking about in the picture below.  It isn't horrible, but I could have done a better job.  The secret is using a large brush.

Here is the finished model with a few of my Scots models.  I am happy with the results and plan to finish a few more buildings for my Scots to fight over.

So what do you think of the model.  Has this tutorial series been helpful?  What would you like to see more of?


  1. Superb tutorial and results! I'm a huge SAGA fan and this is nicer than anything we have in our group. I'm awed when I see such nice scratch made buildings.

    I'm adding you to my blogroll here:

  2. Thanks for the kind words. I hope you found this useful. Someday, I hope to be adding a few more buildings to this one. And post some pictures of my SAGA models.