MODULAR TERRAIN BOARDS FOR THE INVASION OF SUL Part 2

By Rob “Matrix” Hawkins

Tutorial Date 12/3/2006

Techniques Used: Painting

I wanted to have a battlefield with a modeled surface that would be able to accommodate modular features and be arranged in different configurations. I’ve also wanted to do a city-themed board for quite some time, and the battle for the Protectorate city of Sul seemed like the perfect opportunity. In this tutorial, we’ll tackle the base boards for the city streets.

PAINTING

First, give the entire table a coat of black latex paint. The latex will seal the sand into place, for a more durable playing surface. In the craters and trenches, you can hit any missed or hard to reach spots with spray primer. Make sure the sides of the table get about three coats, since these will see the most wear and tear during transportation and storage.

If you’re using Citadel Colors, like me, you’ll want to have a hardware store match and mix up a quart of the main colors you plan to use for the table. The colors used here are Graveyard Earth, Codex Grey, and Bleached Bone.

STEP 1

Give the whole table a coat of Graveyard Earth. This should be somewhere between a dry brush, and an over brush; you want to build up the color gradually, but cover up most of the black.

STEP 2

Dry brush Codex Grey over the whole flagstone surface. Try to keep it off of the craters and trenches.

STEP 3

Mix a little Bleached Bone into the Codex Grey, and dry brush over the flagstones.

STEP 4

Finally, dry brush Bleached Bone over the flagstones. Keep this layer very light.

STEP 5

For the craters, trenches and sandy patches, Mix black and Graveyard Earth. Give all the areas of dirt a basecoat with this mix.

STEP 6

Over brush straight Graveyard Earth on the dirt patches. In the center of the craters, dry brush with Dark Flesh.

STEP 7

Dry brush a mix of Graveyard Earth and Codex Grey around the craters.

STEP 8

Dry brush over it all with Bleached Bone. Keep it very dry, and brush onto the flagstones to diffuse the transition between the dirt and the street.

Note that the dry brushing isn’t an exact formula. During the process I had to go back and forth between the colors, adding more Graveyard Earth into the mix, and more Bleached Bone around the craters, and out on the Flagstones to keep everything looking uniform.

TRENCH DETAILS

STEP 1

Mix a bit of Snakebite Leather into Scorched Brown. Use a heavy over brushing to coat the wooden planks of the firing platform and retaining wall with this mix. Then dry brush with straight Snakebite Leather. Finally, dry brush with Fortress Grey. For the bits of sand and ballast on the wooden planks, mix Bleached Bone and Fortress Grey, and dry brush over the sand.

STEP 2

Basecoat the Sandbags with Catachan Green. Then Drybrush them with Camo Green, and then a bit of Rotting Flesh. (This is where the band-aid texture will pay off!)

The only thing left is to touch up the black on the sides of the boards. Stack them up with paint pots as spacers, and brush away!

Once it’s dry you’ll have a great base for your Sul-themed board, that can be arranged in many different configurations. In an upcoming tutorial, I’ll cover some additions like city rubble and blasted out buildings.

--Matrix