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HEXTECH Grasslands Painting Guide

Say you've purchased some HEXTECH grasslands terrain, and want a simple guide for quickly painting up this terrain to use with the Grasslands Battle Maps or paper maps - well, this post is for you! If you need some terrain to get you started - take a look at the HEXTECH terrain available for purchase 

In this simple to follow guide we'll detail the painting supplies you'll need, and outline the process step-by-step - I've included the hex colour codes for the paint colours I've used incase you are not using the Citadel branded paints. This guide is beginner freindly - even if you have never painted terrain before, I'm confident you'll get very good results from this guide! - Lets jump on in!

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Things you'll need

  • An old brush suitable for dry brushing - the one I've used in this guide is about 6mm wide with the brustles cut down to about 5mm or so.

  • A small stick or old brush to spread texture medium - I'm using a Citadel Medium Texture Tool. 

  • Light and dark grey paint - for example Eshin Grey and Dawnstone from Citadel

  • Light and dark green paint - for example Waaagh! Flesh and Moot Green from Citadel

  • White or off white paint - for example Corax White from Citadel

  • Dark brown wash - for example Agrax Earthshade from Citadel

  • Texture paste - I'm using Vallejo Brown Earth Texture. 

  • Black or clear primer suitable for plastic (not pictuerd)

Step 1

Prime Black

Start by priming the terrain piece with a thin coat of either black or clear primer.

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Step 02

Dry Brush Dark Grey

Dry brush the entire side of the terrain using the dark grey paint. To do this, load up the brush with a good amount of paint and work it into the bristles a bit. Wipe the tip of the brush on some paper towel until basically no paint is coming off onto the towel. Once that's done, paint onto the sides of the terrain while trying to keep your brush perpendicular to the terrain surface. 

As the tip of the brush doesn't have any paint on it, this painting technique will keep the paint out of the deep receses in the terrain, while bringing out the details on the mid and high sections.

Step 03

Dry Brush Light Grey

Once the dark grey paint is dry, load up some of your light grey paint on to the brush. As before, work the paint into the bristles, then wipe off the tip of the brush until you barely see any grey paint coming off onto the paper towel. Using lighter pressure than in the last step, paint all over the side of the terrain, trying to keep the brush perpendicular to the terrain surface. You'll now see a good shading between the deep black recesses, the dark grey mids and ligher grey on the raised parts.

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Step 4

Dry Brush White

Wait until the terrain is dry, then use the same dry brushing technique as before, but this time only use a small amount of paint and really light pressue so as to just catch the raised parts of the terrain with the white paint. This will make those details really stand out!

Step 05

Apply Texture Paste

Now that we are done with the sides, it's time to start working on the top surface. In this step apply some texture paste to the entire top surface using a texture tool or small spatula/popstick. You don't have to use commercial texture paste - a mixture of PVA glue and sand, small rocks, bark, or anything with a gritty texure will do! Be careful to avoid filling the hex lines if you want them to be visible 

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Step 06

Dry Brush Dark Green

Once the texture paste is dry, apply a fairly heavy dry brush of dark green to the entire top surface. I tend to go a bit ligher on the edges, leaving the brown of the texture paste to show through more. Note: If you didn't use an earth coloured texture, I'd recommend painting the whole top of the terrain with a light brown colour before dry brushing it dark green.

Step 07

Apply Brown Wash

Once the green is dry, apply a good amout of brown wash over the whole top of the terrain.

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Step 08

Dry Brush Dark Green

Leave the wash to dry - this can take quite a while, but ensure it's completely dry before moving on to this step as the dry brushing won't work if the wash is still wet.

Apply a dry brush of the dark green all over the top surface again.

Step 09

Light Dry Brush Light Green

After the dark green is dry, apply a lighter dry brush of light green. This will add nice green highlights to the textured top surface.

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Step 10

Dry Brush Edges light Grey

To make the terrain stand out on the table and to give some definition to the edges, dry brush the light grey all around the top edge of the terrain. You can move in a bit on the sharper corners of the terrain to give a sense of a rocky edge.

Step 11

Dry brush Edge White

To make the edges really pop, lightly dry brush the very edge of the terrain with the white/off white. After that is dry, you can optionally seal it with a matte varnish to give your paintwork a bit more durability. 

All done! If you have any thoughts or comments on this, get in touch on our instagram or facebook page!

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