Painting Rocks Tutorial


Painting Rocks Tutorial

So if you’re like me; you like to get some of your bulk painting done efficiently.  And by “efficiently”, I mean, the boring bits I want done quick.  So today, I’m going to show you how to paint rock and stone fairly quickly and with a pretty good result at the end.  Now, this painting rocks tutorial is intended for bases, but it could also be applied to stone buildings, walls, etc.

To start off with, I’m going to be using these 3rd party resin bases from profane creations, though the technique will work with any base you’ve built up so long as there’s real three dimensional edges to work with.

Resin Bases

Resin bases from Profane Creations

The first step here is to lay down a nice base coat of black which will undercoat our painting later.  Personally, I use spray for this, though there’s nothing stopping you from using a brush if that’s what you want.  In the interest of time, spray is the way.

Once we have our base coat down, we’re going to start a coat of Mechanicus Standard Gray.  You don’t want the layer too thick and as the GW painters say in their videos; it’s better to apply two thin layers than one thick layer as it will obstruct details.

20160316_212311Proceed to really work it into the details to give a thorough undercoating.  We want our Rocks to look complete and that will come from our coloration.  As mentioned above in the tutorial, make sure to keep the paint on your brush light and do an additional pass if you need it.


As you can see; we’ve left a little darkness from the black and it’s not necessary to cover 100%, but I find the exact amount of coverage is very much subjective.  Don’t be surprised if you find yourself experimenting a bit with the contents of this painting rock tutorial later in order to get the mixture that you prefer.

Now that we have the basic colors down, it’s time for a quick dry brushing of Administratum Gray.  As with all dry brushing; you want to use the right kind of brush; preferably a stiff one, and very light paint on the brush.  Ideally, you also work your palette to lighten the paint on the brush and work it into the brush hairs.  Proceed with fast light strokes across the exposed details to try to catch any of the edges you can see.


Once we have completed our passes, we should have something like the below image.


Please note that the color is not very pronounced and this is intentional; the dry brushing in this case is intended to be subtle.  Again, your taste may vary.

Now, some will stop here and consider this a good base.  I like to go one step further, adding a “muddy” look to help add to the theme that tanks and explosions have chewed up our battlefield.  For this, I’m going to need Agrax Earthshade, a brown wash.


I tend to go a bit nuts with this for a heavily muddy look; and even throw in some Typhus Corrosion if I’m really looking for clumps of dirt and debris on my rocks.  Today, we’re just doing the wash, so I’ll save the mud and other effects painting tutorials for another day.

I always start at the highest points and work down from there, I find this helps to give the look that muddy water or rain has driven the dirt across the surface and down.


And there we have our finished product.  You’ll notice I varied the amount of Agrax from base to base to help give it a bit more “natural” and “random” look; though again, your mileage may vary.

Well, thanks for reading and I hope this helps you put together some bases or other modeling bits of your own.  As always, we try to be responsive to questions or comments and thanks for visiting!


One comment

  • Wilbur Kiever
    Jul 7, 2016 @ 23:30 pm

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