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Painting Rise of the Halflings: Barrel Rider Barracks

The Rise of the Halflings buildings have a distinctive style that looks great on the gaming table. This guide will show you how to paint your prints in the same color scheme you’ll see on our site.

For this guide, we are using Citadel, Vallejo and Army Painter colors. However, due to the quantity of terrain we’re painting, it is sometimes worth getting larger quantities of paint made up in the tones you need. You can do this in any good hardware or paint store. Simply take the original color and they’ll match it as best as possible.

We got the four main colors of the buildings made up into mix pots using the Valspar range of interior acrylics. For an exact breakdown of the colors and a list of the others paints we used see the bottom of this article.

Now, on with the painting!

After cleaning up your print, undercoat it with Skeleton Bone Spray. This was then given a light coat of Skeleton Bone paint where we will be painting the walls, to ensure it gets an even coat.

A quick extra basecoat helps give an even finish

The Walls

Using Elf Flesh and Barbarian Flesh, pick out random bricks as you see fit, aiming for 20-30% of the bricks being colored using these tones. For the large, flat stone areas, roughly stipple it on.

Once this is done drybrush the walls with Mummy Robes, then Matt White before washing everything with Light Tone.

After the wash has dried give it a light drybrush with Mummy robes.

Add some color variation to the stonework by picking out random bricks

Drybrushing helps ties together the different tones before shading

The wash helps re-define the detail and tidies up the paint job
A final light drybrush helps to bring out the texture of the stone

Roof and Stone

Basecoat the Roof with Sybarite Green (or Roof Tile Green if you make the same mix paint as us) and the Stone in a 4:1 Mix of Crypt Wraith and Ash Grey (or Arcane Stone if you’re using our mix). You may need to do two thin coats to achieve a solid basecoat.

Drybrush the roof with Grey Green then Matt White. The Stone is drybrushed with Ash Grey.

After this wash the roof with Green Tone and the Stone with Strong Tone.

The final highlight for the roof is a drybrush of Gorgon Hide whilst the Stone is drybrushed with Stone Golem.

2 thin coats is important to achieve an even basecoat without obscuring the detail of the model
A quick drybrush is a great way to bring out the detail of a model
Ensure when you’re using washes to avoid it pooling up in areas and leaving drip marks
The final drybrush brings out the texture after washing

The Metal

Basecoat all the metal areas with Fur Brown before basecoating the copper trim with True Copper and the gold details with Greedy Gold. The silver vents are basecoated with Gun Metal.

Next drybrush all the metal areas with Shining Silver

Wash the Copper with Mid Brown, the Gold with Strong Tone, and the Silver with Dark Tone.

The final step is to dilute Typhus Corrosion with water in a 50/50 mix and wash it over the copper and gold areas.

The brown basecoat allows the copper and gold to go on much easier
The final look of the barracks is taking shape!
Because the silver drybrush is quite light it will absorb the colors of the washes
After a basecoat drybrush and wash the metal is almost complete, just needing some weathering
Finished ready for the battlefield!

Once dry make any final touch-ups in the basecoat colors and it’s ready for the battlefield!

We hope you found this guide helpful and if you have any follow up questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Paints Used:

Skeleton Bone Spray (Army Painter)

Skeleton Bone (Army Painter)

Elf Flesh (Army Painter)

Barbarian Flesh (Army Painter)

Mummy Robes (Army Painter)

Matt White (Army Painter)

Light Tone (Army Painter)

Sybarite Green (Citadel Colour)

Crypt Wraith (Army Painter)

Ash Grey (Army Painter)

Green Grey (Vallejo)

Green Tone (Army Painter)

Strong Tone (Army Painter)

Gorgon Hide (Army Painter)

Fur Brown (Army Painter)

True Copper (Army Painter)

Greedy Gold (Army Painter)

Gun Metal (Army Painter)

Shining Silver (Army Painter)

Mid Brown (Army Painter)

Dark Tone (Army Painter)

Typhus Corrosion (Citadel Colour)

Our paint mix information:

You should be able to take these tables to a hardware store or paint shop that sells the Valspar brand and they’ll be able to mix it up for you.

Quantities are per 500ml/16.9fl oz tin using Valspar interior acrylic paints

Arcane Stone
ColorantQuantity
H-C0Y 7 12
H-DD0Y 13 11
H-F0Y 4 15
H-KX0Y 43 1
Strong Base 
Fur Brown
ColorantQuantity
H-DD0Y 2 1
H-EE0Y 4 7
H-F0Y 30 6
H-KX0Y 32 10
Strong Base 
Skeleton Bone
ColorantQuantity
H-B0Y 8 7
H-C0Y 31 7
H-RR0Y 3 1
  
White Base 
Roof Tile Green
ColorantQuantity
H-ANN0Y 16 4
H-DD0Y 20 12
H-KX0Y 26 13
H-MM0Y 5 11
Strong Base 

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