Thursday, April 25, 2013

Painting the Basilica Canus... the beginning

Let's paint!  With the final weathering complete, it is now time to get some color on this monstrosity wich is not pink!

In previous army boards, such as the Tomb kings and LOTR Fortress Falls, you have seen me use Magnetic Primer.  This stuff is pretty amazing, as it is strong enough to hold lighter plastic miniatures.  It takes 3-5 coats, but it is very handy!

I purchased this at Home Depot.  It is very heavy for its size, since there are metal particles mixed in.  It is also an oil based paint.  Nowadays I just buy disposable brushes when I am going to apply this primer.

For this project, I was going to experiment with craft paints.  Not only are these less expensive, but they are not shiny like house paints or Liquitex acrylics, as I had always used before.  Painting on the pink foam would also be much easier than the very absorbent foam core.

All of the individual parts were ready to go.  I will focus the Metallic primer on the surfaces that will be holding miniatures, which means just about every horizontal surface.  This is going to be very helpful later on, when it comes time to play games on this terrain piece.  All of my figures will stick to it, since they are all magnetized!

This photo shows both the black craft paint and metallic primer being applied quite rapidly everywhere.  The craft paint flows quite nicely, and required no additional water, like those other types of paint that I mentioned.  I had hoped for this result.

All of the priming is now complete, and it is time to mix in some colors.

I began to mix in the brown with the black craft paint, and work my way around the structure...

I used more of the brown on the track, of course!

You can see the brown color starting to build on the track on some of the areas with more rubble...

A view of the palette. You can see the initial mixture of the brown and black, with subsequent layers of the off white mixed in.  The paint stayed wet on the palette for a nice period of time, which actually allowed me to wet blend on the building itself!  I was using a 1 inch watercolor flat sable brush for all of this.

The big sable brush let me work very quickly.  This view gives you a hint of the emerging color temp difference between the cooler walls and the track.

Stay tuned for the next exciting episode!!


  1. I've been curious about that magnetic paint for a while. I considered using it to magnetize the bottom of a carrying tray for my army.

    Are you happy with the strength of the magnetization?

    1. Since it does not hold heavy figures, I augment it with the sheet metal where needed.

      I notice that the magnet sheets (such as the self stick refrigerator magnets) work well with the primer on light figures, since a large surface area is in contact with the primer.

      When you paint over the primer, you will take away some of the magnetic effect. However, despite the texture, it is a very nice surface to paint on!

  2. Very nice progress. Paintings coming along well. Do you get impatient when painting big things?

    1. The big things tend to go along faster, with a very 'up tempo'pace. I also get to move around, instead of being hunched over a magnifier light for 18 hours a day :-)