Today I embarked upon my quest to finish painting my Chaos Helfort! I bought this back in May with two additional wall pieces and end caps, and have been slowly building away. When I finished building last night I stood back and looked at it, and I knew that there was no way I was going to use a regular paint brush. As I don’t have an airbrush either, I knew I’d have to resort to some regular cans of spray paint. Now, this method lacks finesse, but it gets the job done, and I can always add small details later, or paint specific items after the bulk of the work is done.
Scenery is an important part of our hobby, and it can be easy to go overboard on it. The focus of the games is on the miniatures, and scenery should help those miniatures to stand out. Too much detail on scenery just helps your models become lost, and can make it very hard to get decent photos. For the Helfort I knew I didn’t want to paint it in the traditional way with all the metalwork. Instead, I wanted it to look as though it was made of stone, capped with copper cladding, so that it works in a multitude of settings. This also helps keep it rather neutral, and act as a suitable backdrop for photography, yet provide enough visual interest for games.
Here below you will find the steps I took with some pictures and general tips. I quite like this kit, but it has its problems which I will talk about in a later post where I give my full review of the Chaos Helfort.
Thanks for sticking it out to the end! I’m really pleased with how this turned out. The kit itself is fantastic, if a little painful to assemble, and I do hope this helps break some of your dread from starting big scenery projects like this one.