How To Paint Spartan Scenics

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How To Paint Spartan Scenics

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Painting Guide

Whether it is a military outpost set in the steamy Jungles of a far off Planet, a scientific research facility out in the ice wastes, or a Barracks in the harsh climate of a desert world, your Spartan Scenics Terrain will need to be properly prepared and painted before it can be used in action on the tabletop.

This is a simple introductory step-by-step guide on how to correctly build, prepare and paint your Spartan Scenics Terrain and achieve great results on the gaming table.

WARNING: This guide makes use of a variety of tools and adhesives that if not used properly can cause harm. Please consult any safety guides supplied with tools and materials. Spartan Games takes no responsibility for any injuries that occur whilst following this guide.

Tools Required:

  • Cutting mat
  • Craft Knife with sharp blades
  • Superglue
  • Spray Undercoat – black or white
  • Spray basecoat – your choice of colour
  • Acrylic paints
  • Brushes

We have also created a “Working with HDF” guide that can be found here it will give you more information on the do’s and don’ts of building your Spartan Scenics Terrain

Step 1
Take all of the sprues out of the box and pick one to start building. Carefully pop all of the components off the sprue and clean up any rough edges with a craft knife.
 
Step 1
 
Step 2
Take a look at the instruction guide and plan out which pieces to put together and in the correct order. Apply a very small amount of superglue at intervals along the sections of the pieces that will be touching and push these pieces together. You may need to hold the components in place whilst the glue sets.
 
Step 2

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Step 3
Once you have assembled the different rooms and corridors it is time to apply your undercoat. This will “seal” the HDF and stop it absorbing too much paint. It is best to do multiple thinner coats than one thick coat as this may obscure the details or pool and create unsightly “drips” in the paint. Hold the spray can roughly 12 inches away from the terrain and apply the spray in short “bursts”. This will give you more control over the thickness of the layers. You can use any colour of spray for the undercoat as this will be covered up by your basecoats. As a rule of thumb if you are going to be using light colours then use a white undercoat, if you are using dark colours then a black undercoat is best.
 
Step 3
 
Step 4
The next step is to apply your basecoat and start adding some colour to the scenery. You can apply your basecoat with a large brush in multiple thin layers for a solid finish, or you can use an appropriately coloured spray can and apply it in the same way as the undercoat.
 
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Step 5
Once you have your basecoat you can add any detailing and weathering effects to add realism and make your Terrain really stand out on the tabletop.
 
Step 5
 
Click here to find out more about Spartan Scenics