Sunday, 6 May 2012

A splash of paint – generic thatched roof buildings

Solving the problem of what material to use for the thatched roof took some time. In the past, I have use self-hardening clay or embossed sheets with tiles, but these structures would be smaller. I then experimented with electrostatic grass of different lengths. To the far right of photo one, you can see four examples glued to pieces of card stock and painted. With my test pieces, I experimented with colour combinations that would give me the best effect. I selected the GW burnt grass. The grass is very short and after gluing would easily lie flat when pressed.  

Each building was given a cardstock roof, so I could have a slight overhang on each side. Letting the grass dry overnight, I then applied a dark grey for the walls and a dark mixture of brown and grey for the roof.

Photo two, show the buildings are starting to look better. The thatch roof is about the right colour and a gradual application of diluted white for the wall sections between timbers is nicely mottled. One more application white, but dry brushed on, should do it. The timber lengths, oddly enough, were not touched. With the marker pen and a layer of dark grey, the timber sections remained fine. A bit of white dry-brushed was perfect.  

Next step, a final splash of white and set the buildings to their bases, in clusters of one to two buildings per base. Embellish the base with shrubbery and trees and these will be done.


1 comment:

  1. Coming up with a material that can mimic the texture and look of a thatched roof is a challenge. You definitely made a great choice with GW burnt grass. The village is looking good, and those roofs make the houses look more like replicas.