I want to start this small tutorial with an advice. It is important to paint all parts of the copplestone streets in one go. As I had to learn from own experiance it is very difficult to get the identical look and colour tones if you don’t paint all parts together.
The Copplestonestreets are cast in a midgrey resin, so they have a perfect basecolour which makes basecoating unnecessary.
Before painting I recommend to clean the resin parts in warm water with a drop of dish-cleaner and let them dry properly.
In a first step I primed the model with a black wash of thinned black enamel paint (50% Humbrol matt black, 50 % Terpentin).
This gave the streets the needed shadows and works as a good basis for further painting.
As you can see at the picture after this first and easy step the street looks very threedimensional and quite good.
Some of you might be satisfied with this effect and want to bring the models to your battlefield as soon as possible and stop painting at this stage.
The second step is to drybrush the street with its maincolour and to add some highlights.
I used a selfmixed midgrey acrylic colour (for example GW Codex Grey/ValejoCold Grey or Neutral Grey). I used a piece of sponge (from an old blisterpack) to drybrush the colour to the raised parts of the stones. On big and even surfaces this method is more easy and faster than doing this with a brush, but a brush works well also.
After that I added a very light drybrush for the highlights. This time I used a big brush and an light beige colour (GW Bleached Bone, Valejo Bone White or Pale Sand).
In the third step I wanted to add different colours to single stones. This improves the look of the streets and make the impression more natural.
I carefuly coloured single stones with some of the following colours. This could be done as a drybrush or as a light wash.
- Light blueish grey (GW Astronomican Grey, Valeyo Heavy Bluegrey or Pale Blue Grey
- Dark grey (GW Adeptus Battlegrey, Valejo Heavy Grey or Russian Uniform)
- Warm light brown (GW Dheneb Stone, Valejo Heavy Warmgry)
- Light beige (GW Bleached Bone, Valejo Bone White or Pale Sand)
The fourth and last step was giving the street a matt and dusty apperance.
For this I used my trusted Pigments (Patina Pulver from NOCH).
I gave the whole model a light drybrush with the colour Ash. I used a synthetic brush (Size 5) for this purpose.
I slightly rubbed the surface of the stones with my fingers so most of the the dust remains in the recesses between the copplestones.
Finally some additionel advises for gamers:
I usually don’t varnish my models because I rarely use them for gaming and the sealer destroys a part of the pigment poulder effects.
To counteract this effect just use some mor pigment powder than you normally would.
The streets are designed as realistic as possible with thin sides.
If you want to use them heavily for battles or if you want to transport them a lot its a good idea to glue themon cardboard or thin plasticcard.