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Painting MDF laser cut and etched terrain

Postby Nebushadnezar » Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:53 am

I have received my TT Combat laser cut terrain and I am excited to begin assembling and painting my own terrain. I have glued together a house last night and it went like a breeze. Now I am thinking of painting it. Anybody has any experience with it and some tips? How to best paint the terrain to keep the nice etching. I am not very satisfied by what I found on the web so it will most likely be a trial and error experience but if somebody already has some tips...
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Re: Painting MDF laser cut and etched terrain

Postby SRM » Tue Apr 05, 2016 4:10 pm

I'm actually in the same boat, as I'm getting some from Deathray Designs' kickstarter for Dawn of War-style terrain.
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Re: Painting MDF laser cut and etched terrain

Postby Gauner » Tue Apr 05, 2016 6:33 pm

I have primed several pieces with vallejo polyurethane surface primer (i used black) with good success. After priming, I smoothed the surface with extra fine steel wool. Worked great. Don't sand it with sandpaper. That will make a mess of it.
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Re: Painting MDF laser cut and etched terrain

Postby Nebushadnezar » Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:20 pm

Well I decided to jump and try something.
First I tried a cheap 3$ can of black paint from home depot...worked like a charm.
Then I tried my hand with using my airbrush with cheap artist paint from Blick. Not easy to get the right consistency. Probably took more time than if I had used a brush (had to unclog the bugger a few times) but I hope its going to get better with experience. I tried to improve the brick effect by using some red ink and dappling some paler brown. Good enough for terrain.
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Re: Painting MDF laser cut and etched terrain

Postby Nebushadnezar » Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:15 am

So I continue on my laser cut terrain endeavour. Here is a few nugget of experience:
-Very easy to put together but the painting part can be a pain in the ass depending on the level of details you want. There is not great "relief" which means that quick and dirty dry brushing wont really work. I decided to bite the bullet and paint some accent and highlights the good old way.
-It can be very easy to fill the etching with paint when applied with a paint brush. Airbrushing is much better for preserving the etching since the pulverised paint is so thin.
-4 years old loves it.
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Re: Painting MDF laser cut and etched terrain

Postby Nebushadnezar » Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:49 pm

I find it fun and oddly relaxing.
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Re: Painting MDF laser cut and etched terrain

Postby Gauner » Tue Apr 12, 2016 6:55 am

Ain't it tho?
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Re: Painting MDF laser cut and etched terrain

Postby tinfoil » Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:08 pm

The buildings do look good.
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Re: Painting MDF laser cut and etched terrain

Postby Nebushadnezar » Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:15 pm

tinfoil wrote:The buildings do look good.

It won't be anywhere near Matt's stuff but for the price and the amount of time I have to invest into it I am pretty happy.
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Re: Painting MDF laser cut and etched terrain

Postby Nebushadnezar » Sun May 01, 2016 12:50 pm

Some progress. Still need to create more pieces to block line of sight but it coming along well.




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Re: Painting MDF laser cut and etched terrain

Postby tinfoil » Sun May 01, 2016 2:18 pm

Some nice stuff there! I particularly like the idea of Malifaux drilling derricks. Be careful what you're going to tap into down there ....
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Re: Painting MDF laser cut and etched terrain

Postby Nebushadnezar » Sat May 14, 2016 6:22 pm

I declare this table ready for action!






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Re: Painting MDF laser cut and etched terrain

Postby SRM » Sat May 14, 2016 9:59 pm

I feel like it's looking pretty good, but something has to be done to blend the buildings a little more into the board. At the moment they look kind of toy-like to me. Some weathering and drybrushing around the base of the buildings to give them a dustier look would help a lot, I feel.
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Re: Painting MDF laser cut and etched terrain

Postby Brutal Legend » Sun May 15, 2016 10:58 am

Yeah, it's very bright.
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Re: Painting MDF laser cut and etched terrain

Postby Nebushadnezar » Sun May 15, 2016 11:24 am

Yeah...I like neat and contrasty in everything I paint so it probably transpire here. I get the message though. I might dirty it up a little but honestly this is about as much time and effort I want to spend on my personal table...time to pass to another project.
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