Dunkelstadt - How to paint the modules

Success with the simplest means

Painting can be so easy!
In the delivery form, the modules are already primed in grey and you could actually play with them right away.
But with a little time and the knowledge of how easy it is to paint the modules with just a little skill and simple techniques, you can easily and impressively spice up the modules.

Step-by-step instruction

Instructions from Thomas (Thommy) Doll

atom/icons/craft Easy
atom/icons/time 15 min.

You need that

Flat brush
Colours
Kitchen towel
Mixing palette (e.g. plate)
01
Primer
The painting technique I show here is called dry brushing.
Several layers of paint are applied to the model from dark to light.
If the grey of the delivery form is too light, the module can simply be primed again in a darker colour. By the way, I never prime with pure black, but always use a very dark grey (or brown, green, blue - depending on the material I want to depict).
Hard foam is insensitive to solvents, so priming with spray paint is possible.
02
Brighten step by step
As the first colour (after priming) I choose a medium grey - a mixture of the model landscape colours grey and black.
ATTENTION! The primer must be completely dry!

I dip the tip of the brush into the paint and then brush it out well.
There are two rules for dry brushing:
You paint from dark to light and the lighter the colour, the drier the brush should be.

TIP! Dip only the tip and brush in the direction of the bristles, this protects the brush.
When painting, make sure that you do not paint in the area where the brush hairs disappear into the metal. On the one hand, it is more difficult to clean the brush later and the paint residues make the brush unusable in the long run. On the other hand, it can happen that you accidentally paint your module with paint that sticks to the metal, which leads to unwanted and usually unattractive results. It is also important that the previously applied paint is completely dry when changing colours. Working wet-on-wet is not recommended and does not lead to a good result.
03
The right technique makes the difference!
Now I hold the brush nice and flat and stroke it over the module in the direction of the bristles. Due to the almost horizontal position of the brush and the small amount of paint, I only reach the raised areas of the module with the brush and the deeper areas remain dark.
I use this colour to paint the tiles of the L-shaped corridor and the walls. The tiles in the room remain in the primer colour for the time being.
04
Brighten further
After painting the corridor and walls (not forgetting the inside) with the first colour, I choose a light grey as the second colour and also use the technique used above.
However, I should dry the brush a little more and press less firmly when painting at the beginning.
05
Let there be light!
As the last colour I use the white model landscaping paint from ZITERDES and tint it with a dash of yellow.
With this mixture I set the so-called "highlight" by drybrushing only the edges. This way I can simulate an incidence of light, which gives the whole thing the final touch.
06
Painting the room tiles
Of course, you can also paint the room tiles this way, but I think it's quite nice to use a different colour there and maybe paint the room in a chequerboard pattern. I decided to paint one half of the tiles in a shade of blue and mix a dark one. Now, for the first time, I have to be a bit careful to paint only the tiles I want.
07
Dry brushing the room tiles
Here, too, I use the dry brush technique and therefore mix myself another light blue for the high areas of the tiles.
Again, a brush that is too dry is better than one that is too wet.
08
Second colour for the room tiles
I drybrush the other half of the tiles with a shade of green, which I simply mix with some yellow from my remaining blue. For the heights I use almost pure yellow tinted with a little blue.
With a little practice, you can paint a module within 10 minutes and thus visually enhance your dark city set and give it your personal touch.
Have fun making and painting, your Thommy from the ZITERDES team wishes you.

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Thommy (then still at Thomarillion) at the craft workshop at the SPIEL in Essen

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