Empire At War 15mm Villa – update and a correction

Oops – missed the shutters on the smaller building πŸ˜€

I have two of the three main buildings finished.

There’s a bit of a tale here: I took them to club a couple of Mondays ago, since I didn’t have a game and figured I could do a bit of work on then. Like an idiot, while loading up the car to come home, I dropped one of the buildings in the carpark,. where the not-as-stable-as-I-hoped glue joints gave and it scattered under my car in about half a dozen pieces.
To my considerable annoyance, when I got home I found out that I’d missed one or two bits in my fumble in the dark.
There’s no problem with the roof – I just set it
down all skew-whiff πŸ˜€
After working on a few other things (like going to C2C :D) I eventually got round to placing an order for a replacement with Empires at War. Very prompt delivery. Finally got around to working on it again yesterday, and the important thing I should note in light of a criticism in my earlier review is they have, sometime since I bought the first one, fixed the internal floors to fit. Very snugly,. but they do fit.
The process, then. Assemble except for the shutters. Use artists texture paste to plaster the walls. It’s kind of like Polyfilla but a little smoother – I’ll probably stuck with the latter for 28mm buildings but this is superb for 15mm as the texture is a bit finer. Then a layer of AP Skeleton Bone, or the equivalent shade in a tester pot of emulsion, then a fairly heavy dry brush in white. 
I’m becoming a fan of this.
I discovered by accident a handy trick for the latter – I squeezed some AP White out onto my palette (a spare Pringles lid) in a relatively thin layer, and got called away by my wife for about half an hour. When I got back it was still wet enough to pick up on the brush, but tacky enough to almost dry brush with without having to do the whole “pick up paint, wipe off” routine. 
That done, paint shutters, affix them, and then ink wash the pantiles. A little warning here – the plastic pantiles have two ways up. One is wrong. Ask me how I know. πŸ˜€
Still have the middle building to rebuild (after its late night mishap) and the outer walls: I think I’ll find some thin Plasticard or something to base it all on once done. 

Trouble T’Mill

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