Painting – Slowly Building A City

After almost 20 years of playing wargames on grasslands filled with random ruins, I decided to get me something completely different. The infinity universe looked pretty neat, especially because the parent company (Corvus Belli) has made agreements with various other vendors that allow them to create matching scenery. This provides a much richer ecosystem in which in you can mix and match the various buildings, vehicles and even game accessories. One company that stands out from this crowd is Micro Art Studios, they provide a nice set of MDF buildings that are relatively easy to assemble (no glue required!) that look amazing. Playability is apparently not as good as other ranges, but I wanted a cool looking gaming table.

Testing a layout before any paint has been applied.
Testing a layout before any paint has been applied.

So far I got me the corresponding gaming mat (highly recommended!) and one each of the 3 largest buildings. Not being the best scenery painter in the universe (I’m a bit lazy) I decided to give the following a try, first undercoat with a dark brown primer, then do a much lighter coat with a light brown only spraying from above. I picked out a few highlights with bright neon paint (Vallejo) and hand-painted some windows in. All in, it took me about 2 hours of work per building. Pretty efficient if you ask me.

For one of the buildings I also tried a simple weathering technique I picked up at some forum. Before applying the second layer of spraypaint, glue some salt to some random spots with hairspray. After the second coat dries, brush the salt off and you’re left with some pretty natural looking weathering. Off course it’s a bit messy, but for scenery I’m ok with it.

Next up for scenery, some scatter terrain (billboards) and lots of Maki Games containers.

One of the finished buildings. Only detail work is on the windows and the little yellow dots.
One of the finished buildings. Only detail work is on the windows and the little yellow dots.
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