Here's a view
of the back. I wanted to get a more gothic look out of this refinery,
so I used lots of spikes and rivets. Unlike the other refinery piece
(which was primed in grey), I primed the whole thing in black and used
lots of heavy drybrushing to get most of the
color on the piece. To get more variety in the colors, I used a lot
of copper and brass drybrushing, with green washes for a nice, corroded
look. I even spattered the base with brown by flicking at it with
a wash-loaded brush! The brighter your base colors, the more effective
washes will be. If your washes are too contrasting, you can
always tone them down by drybrushing over them again lightly once they
have dried. Plenty of gothic and technical decals and stickers finish
off the piece nicely, giving a good sense of scale to it.
Here's the processor before painting. When looking for parts, imagine what they might look like upside down, with rivets on them, painted in industrial colors. You'd be surprised what you can make use of. For example, see if you can spot the following items! Distributor cap (upside down), hair curlers (for ladder cages), aspirin bottles (for most of the tanks), wheels from a tank kit (all over the place), a pencil holder (upside down forming one of the tanks), HO scale train track (chopped down and used for all the ladders), cross-stitch grid (along the gangways), pop-up sprinkler parts (on the bottom of two tanks), PVC plumbing couplers (all over the place).
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