With the terrain pack being released, I'd like to share this painting tutorial to help you all get your terrain sets painted up and on the pitch. I'll try to go into enough detail of the techniques I use for those of you who are new to terrain painting or model painting in general.
I use Army Painter paints to get the job done along with a few different brushes. Army Painter makes some nice starter brushes that work great for terrain painting. If you don’t have access to those specifically, the brushes you can find at your local hobby or craft store will work well too. You mostly want something with good spring to the bristles. Just avoid cheap water color brushes.
Oak Brown, Dragon Red, Mummy Robes, Skeleton Bone, Leather Brown, Fur Brown, Dark Stone, Ultramarine Blue, Desert Yellow, Electric Blue, Uniform Grey, Greenskin, Gun Metal, Plate Mail Metal, Strong Tone Wash, and Soft Tone Wash.
Decent small brush, medium sized dry brush, small dry brush, black primer, white primer, glue PVA or wood glue, static grass, and gloss medium.
I will give an overview of how to paint a few of the pieces in this set in a timely fashion that will still have them looking great on your pitch. The techniques demonstrated can be applied to the other pieces that come in this set.
Prime and Base Wash:
Step 1: Prime the set with black primer and then highlight it with zenithal white spray paint. I use Duplicolor White Enamel because it goes on nice and light with minimal speckling. When zenith priming, hold the can at a 45-degree angle from the piece and do wide slow passes over it. You're not looking to fully cover the piece, only to hit the raised portion of the piece, simulating light hitting the piece. This will give you a good starting base for shadows and highlights and it works well for painting stone textures.
Step 2: Spot wash the pieces with Stong Tone Wash to reinforce the deep shadows and add some earthy tones to the surfaces of the stone and wood.
From here we can go in and start working on the details of each piece.
Announcer's Tower Barrier:
Step 1: Give the earth a wet coat of Oak Brown, allowing the paint to remain somewhat transparent to let the zenithal undercoat show through. Then give the brick a heavy dry brush of Dragon Red. I used a medium sized flat drybrush for this. After you dry brush the red, give all the other details a light dry brush with Mummy Robes. This will make all those details pop.
Step 2: With the base coat established we can now start on some of the detail-work. Using the Army Painter Regiment brush, paint in the mortar of the bricks with Skeleton Bone. Paint the wood with Leather Brown, again, letting some of the Zenith show through. Dry Brush the soil and the edges of the wood with Desert Yellow.
Step 3: Paint the Guild Ball Logo with a 1:1 mix of Ultramarine Blue and Dark Stone. Then paint the metal banding and other metal details with Gun Metal. Pick out a few random bricks and paint them with Dark Stone to add some variety. With the details blocked in give the Bricks a final dry brush of 1:1 Dragon Red and Desert Yellow. Finally, highlight the edges of the stone with Mummy Robes. Using the edge of your brush, run it along the raised upper edges of the grey stone and wood.
Forest Tree with Flags:
Step 1: Paint the Earth with Oak Brown then Dry brush the tree and details with Mummy robes using a medium dry brush to speed up the process.
Step 2: Paint the Exposed tree with Uniform Grey. Apply wet but don’t let the paint pool to much in the cracks. Control the amount of paint on your brush by having a paper towel on hand to make sure the paint brush is not over loaded with paint. Paint the bark and wood debris with Leather Brown. Paint the Flags with Ultramarine Blue.
Step 3: Bring some color back into the tree with some Soft Tone wash. Don’t wash the whole tree with it. Instead, focus on the places where the flags are tied to the tree and the undersides of branches. Wash the debris with Soft Tone as well. Paint the bottle with Greenskin. Once the wash has dried, dry brush the ground and details with Desert Yellow.
Step 4: Edge Highlight the flags with Electric Blue. Give the tree, bark, and wood debris a final dry brush highlight with Mummy Robes. With this final highlight only use downward strokes with the brush on the tree branches to create the illusion of light hitting the upper most details of the branches.
Small Obstacle Barrels and Crates:
Step 1: Having a variety of wood colors can help make these little guys pop on the battlefield. For this piece use Leather Brown, Fur Brown, and Dark Stone for the wood. Then give a light dry brush with Desert Yellow to tie them all together.
Step 2: Paint the metal bands with Gun Metal, and the bottles with Greenskin. Wash the details with Soft Tone.
Step 3: Lightly dry brush Skeleton Bone as a highlight for the wood. Make sure to use the direction of your brush stroke to your advantage, turning the piece so that your brush is going crosswise and NOT parallel to the details. Use the edge of your brush to give a more solid edge highlight to edges of the boxes. Edge highlight the metal bands with Plate Mail Metal.
Applying Static Grass:
Once you have all your pieces painted to this level, take your favorite static grass and using wood glue or PVA glue, apply it in a random pattern. I sprinkle the grass on and then turn the piece upside down and give it a good couple of taps on the bottom to shake the excess off and to help the grass stand up.
Spilled Beer Fast Ground:
It's time to make the spilled beer look wet. Paint the suds with Skelton Bone and then wash them with Soft Tone to smooth out the area. Once dry, use a gloss medium, floor polish, or something like Vallejo's Still Water to make the puddles look wet (You can also paint the glass bottles with it to make them look shiny.) Finally, dry brush the suds with Mummy Robes. If you seal your miniatures, make sure to apply the gloss after you have sealed them.
And with that you should have nicely painted set of terrain to put out on your Guild Ball pitch for your next game. I love nothing more than playing a game on fully painted table with fully painted miniatures, feels great!
If you'd like to replicate Michael's instructions then get the Brewer's Guild & Mason's Guild Terrain Pack.