Painting Tutorial: Concrete Barriers (Versatiles: Dark City)

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Tools:

  • brush with a fine tip
  • masking tape (5-6mm will be the easiest to use, but any will do)
  • scraps of blister foam

Paints:

  • Vallejo Gray Primer
  • VMC Dark Bluegrey
  • VMC Medium Sea Grey
  • VMC German Camo Beige
  • VGC Black
  • VGC Heavy Goldbrown
  • Army Painter Strong Tone

STEP 1

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Spray paint all the barriers with light gray primer (e.g. Vallejo Gray Primer)

STEP 2

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Use a piece of blister foam to cover the barrier with uneven splotches of VMC Dark Bluegrey. You don’t need to be very thorough, leave some of the lighter gray showing.

STEP 3

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Do the same with VMC German Camo Beige, focusing mostly on the edges, with just a splotch or two here and there. This will not only serve as a kind of pre-weathering (imitating breaks in concrete at the edges), but also as a way to vary the tone a bit, so it’s not all flat gray.

STEP 4

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Continue using the blister foam, this time painting with VMC Medium Sea Grey. Cover the piece fairly thoroughly, with only some of the beige and other grey tones showing.

STEP 5

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Use a masking tape to protect the parts outside the security stripes as shown.

STEP 6

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Once again use the blister foam for painting, this time with VGC Heavy Goldbrown. I didn’t use the masking tape for the top stripe as it was fairly easy to just use a piece of foam with a more regular edge. The use of blister foam helped us achieve the look of rough concrete texture earlier on, and now it will help us get the security stripes looking as if the paint was quite old and flaking.

STEP 7

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Using a brush and heavily diluted VGC Black, paint the black stripes over every second yellow one. If you do it right (read: keep the paint quite thin), you’ll get a nice look of weathered black paint over flaking yellow. Make sure the stripes match the other barriers you’ve already painted (so all the end pieces are either yellow or black).

STEP 8

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Now, using the Army Painter Strong Tone, we’ll add some dirty streaks to the barriers. Using a brush, place a pool of ink on the side of the barrier and after 2-3 seconds pull down quickly with a brush, possibly wiping away the excess with your thumb. This will allow for easy modulation between parts where the dirty water pooled on top of the barrier and the fading streaks.

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