Last week I showed how I made a set of hill terrain that fits into a single box for easy storage. But building terrain is only half the job; it still needs to be painted! I picked up some new paints to use on terrain so I painted up a single hill as a test model before doing the whole set.
The first step to painting hills is to add a textured base to the hill. I used a mixture of 4 parts drywall joint compound to one part random left over paint and added a bit of beach sand for extra texture. The paint I used looked like a dark brown but after I mixed it with the joint compound it was a bit purple. No big deal as I am going to paint over it. I mix paint with the joint compound so it won’t be as chalky when it dries. It is a lot like painting with mud so I use a cheap plastic bristled brush that can take a beating. I put on one coat and allowed it to dry overnight before adding a second coat.
After letting the second coat dry I used an airbrush to do the rest of the painting. For paints I am using Behr paint samples from Home Depot. These come in a huge variety of standard colors and can even be custom mixed for much less per ounce than model paints. I happened to catch these on sale for $2 per jar so I picked up a few different colors. If you thin them properly they work well through an airbrush too. The first layer is Burley Wood.
I want these to be grassy on the top so I finish them off with some flock. I put on a layer of thinned Modge Podge glue and add clumps of static grass here and there.
And there you have it! It’s fairly simple but I’m happy with the final result. Now I just need to repeat the process with the rest of the hills…
That’s my approach to painting hills. It’s simple but I think it’s effective, what do you think? Do you have a method you prefer?