From entire Holds to symbols of status, stone is as old as the very earth it come out of. From Ardent Keraweghs to Hellbringer Dragons stone is an important part of painting Dweghom!
In this tutorial we will discuss in detail how to paint stone to a high level, making your Characters and elite Regiments stand out!
Today we will be using colors from the Scale 75 Scale Color range however, we will also be releasing the same guide using other color ranges as well!
Preparation: To start the stone parts off, we undercoat the miniature with SC Black primer. It is recommended to apply it by airbrush or spray to keep the layers thin. However, you can also do it by brush, making sure you go for multiple thin coats.
Step 1: Once the primer has been applied and dried, it is time to start working on the stone surface. As a first step, we cover the stone surface with a basecoat of Graphite (50%) and Eclipse Grey (50%). It is important to apply thin layers until you achieve full opacity. Make sure you allow enough time for the layers to dry before applying more of the basecoat.
Step 2: Once the base color has set and dried, we move on to placing shadows near the recesses, crevices and cracks. To do so we mix Irati Green (50%) and Brown Leather (50%) and apply it fairly thinned down, to maintain control over the paint.
Step 3: Once placed the shadows we proceed to place even darker shadows in the deepest crevices and cracks. To do so, add a bit of black to the previous mix (Step 2) and thin it down appropriately.
Step 4: Having placed the shadows it is time to concentrate on the areas of the stone surface that would naturally catch the most light! Using thinned down Thar Brown, we start sketching the highlights. By thinning down your paint you get more control over your brush strokes whilst leaving them visible, a technique that works great to give texture and simulate the roughness of stone.
Step 5: Before moving on to the final highlight, we will create the illusion of a mossy texture on the stone surface. To do so, we mix Irati Green (50%) and Sherwood Green (50%) and add tiny dots to some crevices, forming small mossy patches.
Finally, we use White to highlight the most extreme edges of the stone to make it look sharp and edgy. Once that is done, use the same white to create random scratches with swift brushstrokes. Make sure to always keep your paints thin to have more control over your brush strokes.
In 5 Steps you are now able to make your Characters and favorite models stand up and shine on the tabletop!
How did this tutorial work for you? Post your painted Conquest miniatures with the #ColorsofConquest handle and show us how you paint stone!
If you would like to find the parts shown in this tutorial you can check out the Ardent Kerawegh!