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Distraction: Greta's Revenge

Painting the Bricks

First thing in the painting process was giving the bricks that were showing on the places where the plaster has come off. As I was working with foam I couldn’t use the washing method with humbrol-turpentine because the foam starts to melt as soon as it only smells the turpentine so I had to do everything by hand.

The brickwork was done in four colors first I gave all the brick work a coat of khaki drill (fig.12). After that was dried I painted white as good as possible between the bricks (mortar) there was no need to do a really clean job as there were another two colors are going on top of that. Next color was brick red and this was a thick dry brush and tries to cover only the higher levels of the bricks, try to avoid the mortar. To tone down the brick red I gave the fourth color (also a dry brush) in a bit darker version of brick red. Then I took one of the colors Khaki drill and painted a couple of bricks in random order in this color. I repeated this step with the other three colors. So much for the brick (fig.15)

The inside of the building was painted in German grey to simulate also a sort of plaster (fig.16). The Street section was painted after I made the debris but more about that later.

The Plaster

For the plaster I used wall Spackle this is fluid whole filler and it comes in a tube. It’s very cheap (it’s a big tube for a small amount of money) and you can find it in every DIY store. I applied this wall spackle just as normal plaster was applied on the wall and avoided hereby the painted areas where the bricks have to show. Easy as that. Let it dry long enough so you can sand it a little bit (fig.17,18)
Onto the next painting stage.

As the plaster is dry we can go to the next stage. Painting it I mixed desert yellow with some white and a little khaki drill till I was satisfied with it. This was just hand painted on the wall plaster. Simple as that (fig.20).

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About the Author

About Robert Blokker (FAUST)

Started modelling when I was about 7 or 8 years old had a little break in between (school, girls partying) and eventually returned when finding this site in 2002. Main interest WW2 German army, wheeled vehicles and radio and communication troops or every other thing that manages to catch my interest...


Nice article Robert, thanks a lot for taking the time to put it together. Lots of good techiques in one place. Roger
FEB 12, 2003 - 09:12 PM
FEB 13, 2003 - 08:09 AM
Very nice! Thanks for sharing.
FEB 13, 2003 - 04:12 PM
Jim Thanks for adding the article to the site and guys thanks for the replies. on the article. I hope more of the contestants will do the same thing
FEB 14, 2003 - 12:27 AM
Robert, Great coverage of the assembly of an even great diorama !!! Compliments all the way. Eagle says : Goed gedaan Jochie..... #:-)
FEB 14, 2003 - 04:45 AM
One of the best winter dioramas i have seen in along time .
FEB 15, 2003 - 03:29 AM
Robert, Very nice dio indeed !!! It was nice to read the tips and tricks !!! Now for the dutchies.... Robert zou je of heb je dit artikel ook in het Nederlands ?? Veel van de tips wil ik graaggebruiken op mijn site voor beginnende bouwers in ons eigen kikker landje . stuur even een ractie naar mij via het e-mail adres op mijn site . mvg Eric
FEB 16, 2003 - 02:49 AM
Amazing. Glad this popped up in Past Features nearly ten years later.
NOV 09, 2012 - 10:43 PM
A nice walk down memory lane. I remember this group build like it was last week. It was cool to read the last paragraph on how it was "the best 2 months on the internet" ... have to agree ... modelling was such a buzz at that time, for me as well. Nice one Robert.
NOV 10, 2012 - 03:08 AM