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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

LA Warehouse District Project - Return of the Monster Modelworks Brick Freight house

I have been scribbling designs for the LA Warehouse District layout as well. I dug through all the HO stuff and found that the Brick Freight house from Monster Modelworks was still intact. I know I wasn't pleased with the mortar lines using the dullcote technique so it got set aside. I decided to take another crack at it last night.

Here is where I stopped:

This is the truck side of the building

The rail served side

I airbrushed the whole building with Reaper's Mahogany Brown for the initial brick color:

I then dry brushed, in a somewhat random pattern, with Reaper's Rust Brown to add a bit of orange to some of the bricks.

I then tried a different technique and it is quite apparent that I need a lot more practice with it. I mixed in some ashes grey pigment (and old MiG product) with Isopropyl alcohol to form a wash and applied it over the whole building. Some areas look good, some not so good and I think I'm going to have to figure out a way to fix the whole thing. I think the concept is good, but its hard to keep the pigment in suspension while you are doing the work. I think I can just dry brush over the heaviest areas and tone it down and it will look fine.


  1. I think dry brushing will help, but you know, I have seen warehouses like this in LA look even worse with dirt and debris. It almost looks like water stains on the bricks as well. The more I look at it, the more it grows on me. Just my two cents...

    1. I let it sit for a couple of days before I do anything to it.