Build & Review: Sarissa Precision’s Residential Trailer – 28mm MDF Wargames Terrain

The Kit

In the search for more terrain to fill out my Fallout board, I came across Sarissa Precision’s ‘Retro’ line. It sits along side TT Combat’s similar themed range and its built to a similar standard.

This is their Residential Trailer kit – a multimedia (3mm MDF, card & acrylic roof windows) flat packed package I picked up at a wargames convention in Manchester a few months ago.

I also picked up this cute little playground set which I’ll review at a later date…

The Build

I learned a lot from the Dinogas build. Dryfitting before assembly is critical. You can use masking tape to hold stuff together temporarily. It’s much easier to fix tight fitting joints at this stage than when it’s painted. The only fit issues were with the floor tabs that slot into the wall, they were a little tight so I rubbed the edges down with sandpaper to thin them. Everything else fitted together tightly. There are some gaps in the front angled window which you might need to fill. I covered mine with litter later in the build.

The Paint

Building and painting go together hand in hand when you’re including finished interiors. I began by undercoating everything with Ultimate Modelling Products Grey Primer inside and out.

I left the acetate windows in the roof, in it’s protective sheets. This stuff marks easily and while this will be a ruined build, I want to do deliberate ruining!

Once the primer had dried I airbrushed Vallejo off white thinned with UMP thinners randomly onto the interior walls to give them a mottled appearance. I left the doors and Stairs in primer grey for now.

The promo pictures for the kit have a nice blue painted panel highlights which I really liked. I sprayed the individual planks with off white and masked off the areas for the blue with Tamiya tape.

I roughly resprayed the planks with vallejo model colour blue, again following the planks.

And removed the masking tape.

I dragged a razor saw over the floor section in the direction of the grain to give it a bit more detail and sprayed a faint, uneven mist of off white.

I returned to the walls and brush painted up the window sills in off white. It’s tedious but the laser etched edge is easy to follow, just wet down your paints a bit so they flow nicely from the brush.

It doesn’t matter if you go outside the line too much (I did), you can cover it with grime later.

The laser etch detail is only on one side, so I scored internal door frames into the backs with a no. 10a blade and steel ruler.

I picked out the rood details with off white too.

I left everything to dry overnight.

The next day I Facebook live streamed while I weathered the interior.

I used the same techniques (and colours) as for the Dino build.

For the walls: Windsor & Newton oil paints, dabbed raw onto the surface (mainly along the top edge) and then dragged down with a moist (Sansador odourless thinners) wide brush.

I used ochre, burnt umber & sienna oils. Keep cleaning your brush (otherwise the streaks all merge into one dirty brown colour) and always drag down!

The floors were washed with a dilute burnt umber oil wash to pick out the grain and give it some colour. I applied the wash once to get coverage and then again in patches to get some variation.

The roof was dabbed with oils and then dabbed with a very wet brush spreading the oils out to leave patches instead of streaks.

Time for a dry fit.

Happy with how the interior looked, I cut up pieces of acetate sheet into broken shards and superglued them to the window sills.

It’s much easier to do this while the walls are separate (another trick I learned from the Dinogas build), you just have to be careful during final assembly.

Speaking of which. I bit the bullet and glued everything together with superglue.

Before I could attach the last side I needed to get some paint on the steps as they would be tricky to paint in place.

Using a torn up bit of sponge, I dabbed off white onto the whole piece.

and then hit the areas of most worn with Vallejo black brown and then some AK old rust dabbed with a sponge.

I assembled the last side and sat it on the board. Pay no attention to the adorable playground set!

I finished up the last of the outside paintwork by stippling off white onto the white areas of woodwork with a small brush.

I attached the roof windows at this point with superglue. There’s enough contact along the edge to fit one half open. So I did.

Time to dirty up the outside. I started by chipping all that fresh new paint. I dabbed vallejo black brown on a sponge roughly over the surface, concentration on edges and areas of most wear.

Remember to keep rotating the sponge and use different faces so you don’t get any repeating patterns. Our eyes are great at spotting patterns and it ruins the effect were after.

The kit comes with some awnings over the windows that look a bit too neat and tidy for a post apoc build so I covered mine with watered down PVA and torn up tissue. Try to avoid tissue with an embossed pattern as it looks out of scale.

Brush undercoated them grey.

Then I gave them a dilute black acrylic paint wash to pick out the detail.

And a light drybrush with off white to catch the highlights.

I needed some floor scatter so I mixed up some dilute acrylic paints in brown and yellows and dropped in some cut up magazine pages.

While the scatter was drying, I attached the awnings.

The scatter had dried! I used watered down PVA to attach it to the floor, focusing on any areas where I could see light coming through. The front window is particularly bad.

All that was left was to weather the exterior. I used the same colours as the interior, but much less overall.

I turned the model upside down and applied olive green oils from the bottom going up the wall. Don’t go mad with this unless your piece is going in a swamp.

The awnings were dabbed with the oils and washed with thinners.

The Result

As luck would have it, evening was approaching and it had been peeing it down all day so I nipped out to grab some moody lighting…

I took it out to some nearby rocks and grabbed a few more shots…


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