Painting Wargaming Hills

Painting Wargaming Hills Quickly and Easily for Terrain

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! So, here’s my technique on painting wargaming hills.

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.

Texturizing

The first step to painting wargaming 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.

Painting Hills - Texture

Painting the Hill

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.

Painting Hills - Base Coat

Next I used a 50/50 mix of Burley Wood and Cathedral Grey to add some highlights.

Painting Hills - Highlights
Then straight Cathedral Grey as a final highlight.

Painting Hills - More Highlights

Then I added some more Burley Wood from the bottom to strengthen the shadows a bit.  I also darkened the top where the grass will go.

Painting Hills - Shading

Flocking

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.

Painting Hills - Static Grass

Immediately after putting on the static grass I fill in the rest with some green flock.

Painting Wargaming Hills - Flock

Wargaming Hills Done

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 wargaming hills…

Also, I have a tutorial on cheap DIY wargaming table that these would look great on. I also have a tutorial on making DIY barbed wire for wargaming terrain, as well as cheap and easy tank traps and miniature trees.

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?

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Thor

Nice job.

I was thinking at the start of this that an airbrush would be great for doing hills and sure enough it’s what you did.

greggles

Nice terrain tutorials! It’s cool to see them come together!

Sprech India

Looks just likes real one.

Thor

They are pretty convincing.

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