Snow Days are the Best Days for Painting

It's a beautiful day to spend indoors - away from our "responsibilities", shuttered away from the big, scary world, enabling our creative side to once again unlock the secrets of our pigment-driven conquest.

I utilized this snow day to do my first paint up of our Sandbag Straights and I thought I would share with you all on how I got my finished product.  Disclaimer: I am by no means a professional painter.  Quick and easy, effective, and table-top worthy are often the points I aim for when completing any given work.  I hope you enjoy!

Before adding any paint at all I wanted to give you a look at the bare bones.

Before adding any paint at all I wanted to give you a look at the bare bones.

First Step - Prime (no pun intended :D)

I used black for the these as I'll be sticking with earthy tones and I wanted the recesses to show some shadow.

I used black for the these as I'll be sticking with earthy tones and I wanted the recesses to show some shadow.

Second Step - Basecoat

I used a dry, wet-brush technique here using a beige brown paint and a flat large flat brush.

I used a dry, wet-brush technique here using a beige brown paint and a flat large flat brush.

Third Step - Dry-brush 

I used a dry brush technique using a brown sand paint and the same brush used in the second step.

I used a dry brush technique using a brown sand paint and the same brush used in the second step.

Fourth Step - "...Not Another Dry-brush"

I used the same techniques as those above and used a bonewhite paint for this step. 

I used the same techniques as those above and used a bonewhite paint for this step. 

Really, I could just spray these with a matte finish and call it a day, but since I have the extra 10 minutes to spend thanks to this nifty snow day, I went a step further to make them look a little more like they've seen the ash and dust of war.

Final Step - Ink Wash

I used an old medium brush I designated as my "ink brush" and applied some ol' Devlan Mud Citadel Wash for this final step.  Lastly, I'm just going to spray these with a matte sealer to protect the paint job and I'm satisfied.

I used an old medium brush I designated as my "ink brush" and applied some ol' Devlan Mud Citadel Wash for this final step.  Lastly, I'm just going to spray these with a matte sealer to protect the paint job and I'm satisfied.

Thanks for sticking with me till the end.  Once these are available for sale and you get your hands on them, I hope to hear about and see some of your works as well!  If you have any questions or feedback please feel free to drop us a line, comment on our facebook, or even right here on the blog.  Happy hobbying!