Monday 1 April 2019

Terrain is everything - Sanctum Imperialis - the inner sanctum

I was a little disappointed with how my highlights had gone in my previous post so I decided to bring back the redness with a glaze of Bloodletter, followed by some purple shadow washes and I'm much happier.

Here's a before and after, although colour accuracy is far from perfect you can see it's definitely changed and more importantly for the better!

But despite the desire to make these buildings fit the Red Planet BASE! of Ferron Proxima so it wouldn't be too distracting in battle I had decided to flip that vision for the interiors.

We paint the insides of our homes and offices independently of the exterior anyway and bone [Magnolia] seemed like the obvious choice. This way from the outside it blends in with the board but from a different angle viewing the inside you get a whole different effect.

I scruffily stippled on the paitn as I will be adding a lot of shading to make the dilapidated interior I have visualised in my head.

Aeverything has been shaded with my Burnt Umber art acrylic. It's a funny paint with the consistency of tooth paste that looks like a desaturated brown, but when thinned and dries has this aged speia tone that is very reminiscent of Blanchitsu.

I have never done this before, but I theorised it would look like this and once again I'm in love with the brush marks.

I haven't quite visualised the next step, I know it needs more shading in the recess but a stippling of the lighter colour will cover up some of the underpainting already visible and possibly the brushstokes I need to retain.

That said the bone colour isn't right so I really need to find the subtle path to what I'm after, even if I don't quite know what that is yet.

Luckily I have the small piece to test my approach. I've added the Strong Wash in the creases so I might focus on this to get a sense of what I need to do on the bigger pieces.

I also need to do all the Burnt Umber on the biggest ruin so I should be achieving both quality and quantity in my output for the next update...


  1. Your photos make it look like you gone for some lovely shag carpeting on your buildings! I definitely approve!

    Coming along nicely Dave, looking forward to the finished product.

  2. Very nice, I wasn't sure at first with the nice clean interiors and then you dirtied them up nicely.