If you want a more obsidian type black for it, you can paint it in a way that's both simpler and more difficult in its own ways.
Base coat everything in a matte black, let it dry, then paint it in a gloss black, avoiding the carved runes, let it dry. Then give it a couple thick coats of gloss varnish. The end result looks a lot like obsidian...
If you add a bit of a dark purple metallic as a highlight after the glossy black, it actually works for adamant(ine/ium) as described in a lot of things...
One general thing that could improve the look would be to, before your basecoat, take a rough rock or a tight ball of crumpled aluminum foil and roll/press it into the foam of the sections you want to be stonework. Your arch looks far to smooth for roughly worked stone.
You might also consider trimming back the base of the hut to closer to the walls. Both because it has less of a chance to warp and because it helps you with setup and storage by taking less space.
Another thing you might consider is adding a covered entryway to the huts, A couple craft sticks to support it and some of the off pieces of towel would let you do an interesting look beyond the basics if for no other purpose than to add a more visible "chieftan" version of them. You might also consider some inserts of the cardstock covered with towel that could fit into the doorways to show one that's closed off to sight or similar.
Certainly you could rough up the stone, but there are plenty of examples of smoother cut stone, and I personally didn't want anything overly rough for this application.
Trimming back the base is a 100% valid idea, I thought I had mentioned that in the video, but might not have. It had crossed my mind as well. Either way, I think doubling it or just using a better basing material on larger pieces might just be a better idea.
I like the idea for a "chieftains" hut or similar. Could use little skull beads or what have you on the front of it as well.
Thanks for the feedback, always like to hear other people's ideas!
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT