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Today I want to show you how to prepare, modify, and paint a 3D printed building from Imperial Terrain. This building in particular, is the “Desert Urban Dwelling” for Star Wars Legion that you can find by following this link.
Here is a picture of the original 3D model:
As you can see, the design and print quality are really amazing. However, like all 3D printing, you will find some fine print lines on it, so the first step will be to remove these lines from the model.
1. – Preparing the building
To do this, we will use fine sandpaper to pass it through all areas other than the wall of the building, since the wall will be covered later, and it will not be necessary to sand it. After sanding a little, I applied abundantly brush primer to these objects, with the “Gesso” product. This primer is much thicker than any normal paint and will help to cover the printing lines a little:
Once dry, if you are not happy with the texture yet, we can re-sand and apply another coat of Gesso, or simply re-apply another coat with Gesso. In my case, I have applied only 1 coat. In the next step we will give texture to the wall of the building. Therefore, the first thing we will do is to cover with tape the parts that are not walls and we don’t want to texturize:
As you can see, I haven’t applied paste to the cracks in the holes in the wall, as I will apply another product in those holes, specifically, I have applied White Pumice and Brown Earth from Vallejo in different points to see the difference and the different effects that can be achieved. White glue and sand can also be used perfectly.
Now we give another layer of the previously used mixture (filler, white glue and water) in the points where we put the tape. We also took advantage of and plugged the gap between the roof and the building, creating a more realistic building:
2. – Painting the Tatooine building
Once dry, we sand the surface a little bit to eliminate areas that could be detached from the cover paste in the future. Once done, we will start the painting of the building. In this case I have given a brown primer mixed with white glue (for a first protective layer) and medium matt (for removing the shine of the white glue). This is totally optional and you can give a colour primer only.
Next, also with airbrush, I applied Vallejo Model Color Dark Sand 70847, diluted with Vallejo Airbrush Thinner (71361) in some points of the building, as can be seen in the following image:
To finish with the airbrush, I applied Vallejo Model Color Sand Yellow 70916 diluted with Vallejo Airbrush Thinner at various points in the building, and I did the same later applying Vallejo Model Air Sand Yellow 71028 at different points.
Now we’ll just have to paint the details and objects of the building. For this purpose, base colours have been applied, washed with darker colours and finally lights with dry brushes or in key points of each of them.
3. – Last details and weathering effects
And finally, we applied some weathering effects throughout the building, in this case I have used Vallejo pigments, applied both dry and wet (mixing them with Vallejo airbrush thinner, or even with water). Light Yellow Ochre (73102) has been used to simulate sand effects, and Natural Umber (73109) to simulate dirt effects. For example, the lower part of the building, the metal objects and the damaged parts of the wall have been painted with those pigments, and finally, here is the finished building, with photos from different angles: