Painting Workshop: Battle Damage

It’s time to wreck some miniatures! Figuratively, anyway. Bring models and a $5 entry on Thursday, June 14 at 6pm and learn the secrets of painting battle damage and weathering.

What You’ll Need

First off, you’ll need some models to weather! These should ideally be pre-painted. If you want to practice on something with less work, pick an unpainted figure and prime it a single color. We’ll demonstrate on a squad of soldiers and a transport to show off weathering figures and vehicles.

You’ll need brushes, too, and preferably paints. We’ll have some paints to share, but there won’t be enough to go around so bring a few.

About those brushes. Bring a variety of sizes and types. You’ll especially want at least one fine-point brush and one that is decidedly not pointed.

What You Can Expect

We’ll go over four basic kinds of damage and weathering.

  • Wear and abrasions – this is the general kind of battle damage from stray rocks, shrapnel and scuffs that builds up with a lot of active use. It’s a classic way to add texture and history to a model.
  • Direct damage – these are marks from very specific attacks like gunshots or slashes. These marks tell a story about what your model has been through. Used sparingly, they really add life to your figures.
  • Environmental grime – Mud, snow, dust, dirt … add some texture to your models with a little build-up of crud!
  • Scorches and burns – Most common with modern and sci-fi figures, all kinds of equipment builds scorch marks. Make your guns, jetpacks and heat vents look like they’ve been well-used.


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