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Advice sought re: painting brick buildings
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Posted: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 11:09 PM UTC
Hello Armorama-ers,

I'm about to paint the Royal Model Storehouse ruin Part 1.
I was hoping to get some advice regarding colors and techniques.

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Posted: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 11:20 PM UTC
For brick, I use boxcar red from floquil. for the cement between the bricks, a wash of darkened white wiped off the bricks leaving the cement colored. then a light dusting of pastel chalks.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 11:23 PM UTC
http://www.sbmodels.net/images/New_From/Royal%20Model/images/RM254a.jpg

Variation is key.
Put down a nice base coat. Then put on a Filter/Wash to even it out.
Then mix colors to get variations - yellows, red, browns
Pick out individual bricks.
Then add another filter wash to even it out again.
Then various pin washes to get the seams.

I use Applebarrel or Folk art arcylics and mix to suite. I use reds and creams and browns to mix whatever custom color I may need.
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Posted: Thursday, February 02, 2006 - 02:19 AM UTC
Hi Joseph:

Dave and Scott have made suggestions about how
to paint bricks and while I agree with both ways of
doing it, I'd like to say and hope I don't get an un-
kind response about the 2nd 'way' of painting
models so I will say that Dave's way would be the standard way I'll call realistic for lack of a better term.

Scott's way of painting, I will call artistic. To me both ways work but I think Scott's more artistic way
of adding other colors and tones besides brick
red paint for the individual bricks is more fun and more creative. Some call this artistic. And this is where
some modelers don't agree. I take the artistic
approach and have been told my models look like
toys. People who embrace the one color brick red
approach would say anything else isn't true to history
or accuracy, etc. etc.

I'll include a shot of a vignette setting I did that
shows a brick wall painted in acrylics. I then
went over the acrylic brick color with various
shades of oil paints. My point is only supposed to be food for thought for you Joseph. Also the age or how
weathered the brick wall would be is something you
might want to consider



Good luck and what ever way you do it, have fun
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Posted: Thursday, February 02, 2006 - 02:21 AM UTC
Thanks Dave. Looking forward to trying out your ideas!

Joe Leoce
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Posted: Thursday, February 02, 2006 - 02:23 AM UTC
Scott...thanks very much. Can't wait to start painting!

Joe Leoce
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Posted: Thursday, February 02, 2006 - 02:24 AM UTC
Rick...thanks much! Armorama guys are simply the best, better than all the rest...you know the song!


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Posted: Thursday, February 02, 2006 - 02:53 AM UTC
Hi Joseph,
First off, welcome aboard. I like to use Polly Scale acrylic paints. I use Crimson red for the basic red brick, and old concrete for the mortar joints. Then I go back and add different colors of red/brown to random bricks to break up everything. Hope this helps.
Brian
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Posted: Thursday, February 02, 2006 - 08:37 PM UTC
Brian,

Thanks. I appreciate the tips very much!

Joe Leoce
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Posted: Friday, February 03, 2006 - 12:22 AM UTC
I use water based acrylics after I have sealed the castings using a few coats of flat white spray paint. Here is one example;

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6033823510&viewitem=&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&rd=1

You can see more painted plaster brick buildings here;

www.downtowndeco.com
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