Anglo-Saxon Church: Part Four
Well, I'm absolutely delighted to have completed my Anglo-Saxon Church scratch build! It's certainly given me a headache or two along the way. And there were times when it felt like it would never even get built, let alone have a chance of getting finished. But here I am and I have to admit, I'm really happy with the result.
I spoke a lot in my first post on this build about the different ways I could have gone about constructing my church. You can read all about it here. And as you would expect, I went with my trusty foam core and cereal packet card cladding method. It's cheap and can create some really wonderful scenery. Of course, using this method for stone is really difficult as card isn't exactly textured like stone. I was therefore dependent on my painting method to give the illusion of a textured surface.
As you can see, I spent a lot of time layering up the stonework. For full details check out Part Two and Part Three.
Perhaps I should explain what I mean by drybrushing like this. It's actually more like extreme drybrushing. If you've ever drybrushed a piece of scenery or a miniature, you'll know that you take your colour of choice, dab a little on the end of your brush and then wipe the excess off the brush with a piece of cloth (or kitchen towel as is my wont) before lightly brushing over the surface of the model. This means the paint will only adhere to the raised surfaces. However, what I'm doing here is removing almost all of the paint from the brush. Then, with the application of a little force as well, I apply the paint with diagonal strokes, first one way, then the other. On an area the size of the church, you soon run out of paint and have to repeat the process time and again. As you do so you find the paint in the palette drying out so you need to mix more. This is definitely a good thing, as it gives variation in the colours you use. This mimics the variations in the stones as you would find in real life. over a period of time, each successive drybrushed highlight overlaps the next and a texture (and the stonework) begins to reveal itself.
As you can see in the next photo, the detailing soon began to appear before my eyes.
The doors were painted with a mix of black and brown.
As always, thanks for stopping by!