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Painting Shadowfey: Ruined Church

The Ruined Church makes a great centerpiece for gaming tables in many systems. So to befit its standing as a building of importance we wanted to paint it in a different color scheme then the rest of the ruins, but still tie in with some similar elements.

Step 1) We began with an undercoat of Leather Brown Spray (Army Painter)

Step 2) Do a heavy drybrush of all the stonework with Desert Yellow (Army Painter)

Step 3) Drybrush the stonework with Banshee Brown (Army Painter)

Step 4) Continuing on the stones we’ll now do a lighter drybrush of Skeleton Bone (Army Painter), followed by a final drybrush of Mummy Robes (Army Painter).

Step 5) With the biege stone done it’s time to move onto the rest of the model!

Basecoat the bottom floor stone with Chaotic Red (Army Painter), the wooden beams in Oak Brown (Army Painter), the roof tiles in Doombull Brown (Citadel Color), the metal doorframe in Gun Metal (Army Painter) and the Ivy in Angel Green (Army Painter).

You may find that some colors need two coats to get a solid basecoat. Ensure you take the time to do this, it will pay off in the end.

Step 6) With all that basecoating done it’s time to add some highlights! For the Stone on the ground drybrush it with Hardened Carapace (AP), the wood with Leather Brown (AP). Drybrush the roof tiles with Scrag Brown (Citadel) and the ivy with Greenskin (AP). Wash the metal door trim with Nuln Oil (Citadel).

Step 7) For the second layer of highlights on the ground floor drybrush Filthy Cape (AP), the wood with Khaki Brown (Vallejo), the roof tiles with Deathclaw Brown (Citadel) and the ivy with Goblin Green (AP).

Step 8) Almost finished! For this stage we’re just going to add an extra drybrush of Stone Golem (AP) to the floor and a very light drybrush of Witch Brew (AP) to the Ivy.

Step 9) With all the areas of color highlighted the church is looking great but is missing the signs of aging and ruin.

To achieve this get Agrax Earthshade (Citadel) and apply it in random places across the model. In crevasses, corners, paint some drips coming down walls, stain roof tiles, discolor some ivy and take some creative liberty! Always begin with less, you can always add more as you see fit. Once you’re happy with the Agrax, do the same with Military Shader (AP) to add some green mold and decay.

And the ruined church is ready for the battlefield!

We hope you enjoyed reading through this guide and encourage you to give it a go yourself. If you have any questions or feedback please get in touch!

Paints Used:

Leather Brown Spray (AP)

Desert Yellow (AP)

Banshee Brown (AP)

Skeleton Bone (AP)

Mummy Robes (AP)

Chaotic Red (AP)

Hardened Carapace (AP)

Filthy Cape (AP)

Stone Golem (AP)

Oak Brown (AP)

Leather Brown (AP)

Khaki Brown (Vallejo)

Gun Metal (AP)

Nuln Oil (Citadel)

Doombull Brown (Citadel)

Skrag Brow (Citadel)

Deathclaw Brown (Citadel)

Angel Green (AP)

Greenskin (AP)

Goblin Green (AP)

Witch Brew (AP)

Agrax Earthshade (Citadel)

Military Shader (AP)

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