R e n o v a t i o n  J o u r n a l  20


Extension 3: Schloss Cochem (vormals Bran)




Part 1 - The Painting




Q1/ 2 0 2 2


2018: Prelude (Part 1) - Prelude (Part 2)

2019: Part 1 ~ Part 2

2020: Part 3Part 4 ~ Part 5 ~ Part 6 ~ Part 7

2021: Part 8a ~ Part 8b ~ Part 8c ~ Part 9 ~ Part 10 ~ Part 11 ~ Part 12 ~ Part 13 ~ Part 14 ~ Part 15

2022: Part 16 ~ Part 17 ~ Part 18 ~ Part 19 ~ Part 20 ~ Part 21 ~ Part 22 ~ Part 23 ~ Part 24 ~ Part 25 ~ Part 26 ~ Part 27 ~ Part 28



Chapter 29 ~ Fachwerkturm

Chapter 30 ~ Vineyard Watchtower

Chapter 31 ~ Animals in the Forest





Chapter 20.0 ~ I n t r o d u c t i o n

March 4, 2022




After a few weeks of enjoying the latest addition - the new city wall in the west -

where I once again noticed that the background poster has only a limited size, and does not extend to the side,


I got the idea to fill in the void behind the western city wall.

Instead of a poster, I thought of a kind of rooftops that protruded above the wall to create depth. An additional Altstadt or something like that...

But definitely not Faller's 'six-pack' Stadthäuser Römerberg-Ostzeile or Kibri's Miltenberg.



I  wanted a new challenge. So, one thing led to another.


And although I initially spoke out against Bran Castle, it now seems like a nice activity for the summer to come.


A new project is born...





Chapter 20.1 ~ The Foundation laid

Saturday March 3rd, 2022









It's gonna be...  S o m e t h i n g!




Chapter 20.3 ~ Unboxing

Friday March 18th, 2022



On Friday March 18th I picked up my copy of Schloss Bran (Faller 130820) with a 10% discount.

It's the most expensive 'plastic', ever purchased... not opened yet, while working on a huge photoshoot


Not before March 30th,  I opened the box for a first exploration...










Chapter 20.4 ~ Painting the Roof

Friday April 1st , 2022






Yesterday, I opend the boxes one by one, and today I decided to start painting the roof parts first.


Good toolings are imperative.



Even though Faller has already applied an aging effect from the factory, the roof parts still look certain plastic.

The rest won't be much different. That's why I'm going to manually paint and age all parts of this magnificent building.

Since I developed my own style in the aging of classical buildings, I have again opted for an orange base for the roof tiles.

After that, a lasur coating will bring about an aging effect, after which the whole is finally topped off with dry white brushing.

The next pictures will tell their tale...








The stone parts, which are not plastered, I give - from the well-known jam jar - a beige primer layer. 







Applying the lasur coating and wiping it off again should be completed in less than one minute.

Hence, taking a photo has to be done very quickly...



5.4.2022 (Lasur Coating)




Chapter 20.5 ~ Painting Walls and Stonework

Saturday April 9th 2022




Where I still painted the floor tiles with the well-known sandstone orange-beige paint

- this paint is a remnant of the monastery that I kept in a jam jar -

I mixed a completely new primer for the walls, which looked like slate.




Although Faller preprinted the stones (where the putty layer has disappeared, left part), I found it all in all too photo-like.

You could clearly distinguish the pixels. As beautiful as it is, I painted it over anyway.



The ground layer of slate has been applied here...



... and on the rest



Sneak peek with map 





Chapter 20.6 ~ Painting Walls and Stonework

Sunday, 10th 2022





I was quite concerned about this imprint, as I insisted on patinating and weathering the entire building.
But my concern turned out to be unfounded.

Neither the primer nor the subsequent weathering had any adverse effect on the text, but only made the wall section all the more beautiful. 



But I'm getting ahead of the matter now...


In the evening I laid out the map at street level to give myself an impression of the castle in relation to the city wall. 





Chapter 20.7 ~ Doors and windows

Tuesday, 12th 2022



Just for the woodwork of doors and window frames, it took me several hours to paint them.

I chose a dark mix of black and green and a few drops of Prusian blue.




Chapter 20.8 ~ Inventing a new technique!

Wednesday, 13th 2022


When applying the lasur layer (Helki Dur Lasur, 7103), I initially thought I had only two techniques at my disposal.

The classic way that Heki prescribes: apply a thick layer of lasur and remove it immediately with a wet sponge.

However, this was going to cost my entire stash of lasur with so many wall pieces.
The second method was to apply a thin coating of water-thinned lasur.

As a test I worked a part of a wall with the latter method. After drying this turned out not to really work...



By sheer coincidence I discovered a third method, which was both beautiful and also conserved material.

While I treated the stone areas (where the stucco has disappeared) in the classic way described earlier, I had to wipe the edges of the stucco immediately.

On closer inspection, the latter turned out to have a nice effect on the entire stucco.
This became the third method: apply a few strokes of thick lasur, then spread it evenly over the entire area with a wet towel, and finally wipe the lasur away again with a semi-dry cloth.
Since the drying time of the lasur is a maximum of ten to twenty seconds, I could not afford any distractions.



A heck of a work indeed...



Chapter 20.9 ~ Applying orange brown

Thursday - Saturday, 14-16 April


To prevent the castle from getting the look of concrete, two more colors have to be applied before I finish the whole with dry white: orange brown and moss green.

Just applying orange brown took me three days.



The stones should in any case be slightly lifted in terms of color.










Chapter 20.10 ~ Applying Dry White Brush

Sunday, 17 April


It took me some hours to dry white brush all parts needed...




To me, this is the most awesome part out of 1102 pieces...




The Construction of Schloss Cochem is told in Chapter 21




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Frits Osterthun © 11.5.2022