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40k Terrain Texture Question

January 10th, 2012 • 40k terrain, cities of death, warhammer sceneryNo Comments »

Cities of Death 209 300x225 40k Terrain Texture QuestionI get questions on 40k Terrain from my readers pretty often, even though I haven’t been posting much the past six months (that’s about to change.) I’ve got no idea how they get my email, but for those industrious enough, I really like answering the questions. Here’s one from Jeret…

From: Jeret
Subject: ideas and help

Hi there i ran across this website when i was looking for scenery ideas for my warhammer 40k armies. Im 17 and very new to this and years ago when my uncle got me into this game we had the original set of rules. the 99 edition. and in that rule book, i saw there was a gun emplacement, there i started my first major project. For the past two weeks ive gone to my work area for 6 hours at a time to work on various scenery projects i have going on….on the emplacemnt though i would like some help and ideas to ways i can improve the texture and definantly painting ideas. ill upload 3 photos to show and any advice you can give me on materials will be fantastic. I know of course, has being new to all this, im not gonna be a pro but practice makes perfect so any help will be gladly appreciated.

Jeret, you don’t need to be a ”pro” for great scenery, though there are some fantastic modelers out there! This is simply a craft and anybody can do a great job. I’m not sure what you’re looking for in “texture”. Simple ideas:

– mix sand with paint (a couple drops of PVC white glue is optional) and just paint it on

– mix talus (from the model railroad section in the hobby store) and 50% pvc glue with 50% water and apply
– spray wall or ceiling texture; if you do this, seal well with spray varnish before painting (it’s water soluble)
– use Citadel’s texture kit
My usual method which I use on both 40k Terrain and Warhammer Armies bases is to use thick paint in random blotches on the surface and then sprinkle with debris (a mix of sand, wood splinters, sprue bits, and more). After this dries, I wet with wet water (water with a couple drops of dish soap) and then wash with paint. I do this before priming. The typical results are shown in these pictures. This takes work, but I also find it to be fairly detailed, realistic, and durable.

I’d love to see the pictures — let me know the link!


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