Post-Apoc Neighborhoods, Part 1

Residential Ranch (Garage LHS) Phase 1 (2)
I finished blocking out the base colors on the outside only.

I chose to begin my post-apocalypse terrain journey with my copy of this kit by Sarissa Precision.  I’m a huge fan of their kits, and I’m happy they’re continuing to add to their Retro Americana 28mm terrain kit line.  If you follow me long enough, you’ll eventually see all of these Fallout-influenced businesses, an entire trailer park, and the rest of the cozy subdivision I’ve just started. Since I built these, Sarissa have also added a survivor shack, a fallout shelter entrance, and various smaller accessories that I’m bound to add to the collection sooner or later.

Residential Ranch (Garage LHS) Phase 1 (3)
So many windows! I lived in an older house with wooden siding and trim, and I hope to replicate some of the weathering I am familiar with.

I did a little research online for some accurate color schemes to use on this quaint little bungalow.  I’ll definitely switch it up a little for the other three similar homes that I have.  I used a wet-drybrush style to get the basic colors on (not as dry as a true drybrush, but hardly any paint on the brush and lots of back-and-forth sweeping motions).  This helped retain the laser detailing, and it gave an already faded/slightly weathered look.  I did something like this on my Wolsung shanty town buildings featured in this blog post, and I was very happy with the results.

Residential Ranch (Garage LHS) Phase 1 (4)
View of the front with the garage detached.

Now I’m to the (first) hard part: getting a good enough weathered effect for the house to pass as part of a nuclear wasteland.  This is new territory for me, so I may not get it right the first time.  I have some ideas, and my husband does, too.  If you have any pointers, feel free to leave them in a comment!

Like all Sarissa kits I’ve ever encountered, the roofs lift off from both the main house and the little garage.  I’m eventually planning to decorate the inside for full immersion, but that is a challenge for another phase of the project.  I already have many pieces of scatter terrain that would fit right in from several different ranges, as well as a bunch that I will eventually receive in the future from the TerrainCrate 2 Kickstarter campaign by Mantic Games.


As always, I’m not affiliated with anyone I link to in this post (although it would be a dream come true), but I like to give you the resources to find what I’m talking about in case you’re interested!


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