Sunday, November 2, 2008

The first lick of paint - the Saloon and the Sheriff's Office

So I finally found time to start the painting process on my homemade cardboard buildings. Here we have the local Sheriff's Office and my first Saloon, "The Full House." I realize that the paintjobs are a little "neat" for the Old West, but I want the town to look colourful, even if it means sacrificing reality.

After printing some PDF signs, I decided to try hand-painting instead. There are certainly imperfections, but I'm pleased, especially with the free-handed hand of cards.

I tried to at least keep the sides and the backs of the building looking rough and unadorned. I think the stovepipe turned out nicely when painted.

Here's the back. I used the Wargames Foundry method of window-painting. I've never painted a window before, and I think their method looks convincing enough.

Considering I plan on playing a Lawmen posse, it was only right that I start with the Law Office. As you probably guessed, the "iron" bars are toothpicks.

The brick jailhouse. I should have taken the photo higher so you could see the tin roof.

The back of the law office. Nothing to see here pilgrim. Move along.

All in all, I'm very pleased with the results. It just goes to show that there are options for those of us who don't want to buy buildings that cost $30.00 - $60.00. I may not post anymore updates until the town and its fixin's are painted and ready to be laid out "all proper like."

Thanks for reading,


ColCampbell50 said...

Very nicely done.


Ozvortex said...

Very, very nice! You've given me some inspiration to make some more western buildings. Have you considered adding a touch of white to the upper window panes to look like glare? Here's an example from one building I made