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40k Terrain: Deluxe Craters Part 3

The last post gave some ideas on how you can spruce up your Games Workshop moonscape craters. Now I’ll review how to finish them. When you’re done, you’ll have five fantastic 40k terrain pieces that will work on any battlefield.

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Painting moonscape craters is pretty similar to doing miniatures – it’s just a matter of scale. You should use three colors – a base, a mid-tone, and a high-light. It will be best if these match the paint scheme you’re using on your game board (battlescape or whatever you want to call it). Also, I prefer to use house hold matte (flat) acrylic paints for these types of projects. They are durable and relatively inexpensive. You may need to thin them SLIGHTLY to make them a bit easier to use, particularly for dry brushing. But, don’t thin too much because they tend to act weird if you add too much water (I think excessive water interferes with the binder and the paint won’t stay mixed in your bucket).

Paint on your base coat using an over coat technique with a large brush. Make a good portion of the primer shows through to reflect the scorching from the blast that created the crater. Then overcoat the mid-tone again making sure to let much of the primer and base coat show through. Overcoat the outer edges of the crater more than the blasted interior. Finally, use a finer brush to drybrush your highlight onto the crater.

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Over painting base coat.

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Over painting mid-tone.

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Dry brushing highlight.

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The results are spectacular, and are sufficient to play. However, we can do even better. This is about DELUXE craters. We can take the great 40k terrain you’ve already made to an even higher level. These craters were caused because something blew up a target on your battlescape – so, there should be appropriate detritus left from that destruction.

Get your bits box and choose whatever 40k bitz you want to add to the craters for debris. Painting and using these is pretty much like painting your 40k armies, so I’m not going to cover that here. Once you’ve got it together. I also added a few items from the Games-Workshop basing kit and some other odd bits (large packing staples, little nuts from old computer boards, wire). You need to make the bits look like the leftovers of massive death and destruction. Drill bullet holes, make tears in metal, chop up body parts, etc…  Once that’s done, I chose to prime the bits. Once you mount them, the primer may be a bit tough to get into some spots. I used a box and shook it around a few times to turn the bits as I coated them.

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Making deluxe craters for your 40k battlefields takes a bit more work than just throwing some paint on the moonscape craters. However, if you put this extra effort into the project, you will be surprised at how nice it turns out. Have fun — and looking forward to your COMMENTS.

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The previous part of this project is posted at 40k Terrain: Deluxe Craters Part 2

The first post was 40k Terrain: Deluxe Craters Part 1

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