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How to Paint Stone Miniatures

The author is an artist and fan of miniatures who shares tips on how to create your best work!

Painting realistic stonework will enhance and make the diorama look more believable.

Painting realistic stonework will enhance and make the diorama look more believable.

Painting Stone Miniatures

The first time I picked up a White Dwarf magazine back in 1991, dry brushing was a prevalent technique used by wargamers. It's an easy method to follow, and many miniature painters like to utilize this painting technique.

Today, more painting techniques are available, which means miniatures painters don't dry brush as much. However, it's widely used in painting miniature terrain, and from the looks of it, it's not going anywhere. All miniature painters will have to dry brush to paint their groundwork at one time or another.

What Is Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing is a method to highlight the raised surfaces of a miniature by applying a minimal amount of paint to your flat brush and then dragging it across the grain of a surface to create texture.

How to Dry Brush a Miniature Stone Model

  1. Begin by painting from the ground up.
  2. Use the darkest colors first to make the rocks look real
  3. Go in for a second layer of paint with a lighter color.
  4. Progressively use lighter colors on every layer.
  5. For the final color, use white or almost white. For example, when a base color is dark brown, a medium-brown color is used for dry brushing next. This is followed by a light brown or yellow color over the previous layer.
  6. Once done, place the dead leaves, grass, or paint algae on your rocks to complete your miniature masterpiece.

Tips for Painting Stone Miniatures

  • The key to creating realistic-looking stones is to study scenes or photos of rock formations.
  • Note all the colors present, from dark to light. Then, apply the darkest colors first and work up to the lightest one.
  • Build the layers as thinly and slowly as possible so you can monitor the progress and not overdo it.
  • Try not to accidentally cover up all the bottom paint layers on your miniature during the buildup, or else you will get a flat texture and have to start all over again.
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Turbothingy on May 06, 2010:

What have you used for the tree and foliage, and also, I notice the colours you use are not citidel colours, what are they? Do you recommend any particular paints for particular purposes?



Sharif Ishnin (author) from Singapore on February 17, 2010:

Thanks. Yes, it should be good for warhammer as well.:)

jayjay40 from Bristol England on February 17, 2010:

Love the hub, I'll use this for my warhammer buildings. Thanks for sharing