Terrain Tuesday – Building Jungle Trees Part 2

By: Kitbasha Jay

Yesterday we started building some Jungle Trees from basic materials. These are going to be added to the bunker we build a few weeks ago. I call this my “Jungle Fever” table and am doing it as a commission for a customer.

Today we’re going to paint and finish these trees so that we can move on to cooler pieces. There is eight bases of trees all together. Each one with approximately three trees each. The other terrain pieces that will be built for this table, much like the previous mentioned bunker, will also have trees incorparated to make this table feel like a 40K Jungle Death World.

So we left off yesterday with all of our pieces painted brown. The actual name of the spray colour used was “espresso”. Basically we were looking for a “burnt umber” shade. I prefer the rust paint for reasons I discussed yesterday. Once the coat of brown is dry we can start painting.

We start by painting the trunks of the trees with a “cinnamon brown” or the equivalent of what Citadel calls “mournfang brown”. I’d suggest using a craft paint for this stage not your good mournfang. We are going to go through a lot of paint and it will cost too much to use the good stuff.

Once that is dry we wash the trees with a black wash and the lower halves of the trunks get a green wash. I will go into detail much more on my strategy for applying terrain washes to wood and stone in more detail in next Tuesday’s video. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and you’ll be notified when it comes out.

After we’ve washed the trees we’re going to finish them off for now with a dry brush of the original cinnamon brown we used to base them. This will bring out all of the recesses and imperfections in the natural sticks. It will also make any remaining bark more apparent and show the remaining wood grain.

At this stage the base of our terrain piece will have wash and possibly light brown drybrush on it. We want to go around with our burnt umber and touch up all of the areas of ground around the trees that is no longer dark brown. This will ensure that the line between the wood and the dirt is apparent. Our final paint step will tie the whole piece together. At this stage we want things to differentiate.

I then took a yellow-brown paint called “yellow oxide” to drybrush all of the dirt areas. The yellow-brown differentiates from the cinnamon brown and creates subtle variety while still staying uniform. We covered up the areas of the dirt where the dry brush from the trees managed to get before but this time around we’re not going to worry if some of the dry brush from the dirt get’s onto the trees a bit. Be controlled and don’t try to dry brush the trees with this colour but also don’t cry if some gets on them.

trees after washes and dry brushing

Once the dirt is all dry brushed we are going to take a “bone” colour and dry brush the entire piece. Ground, roots, trunks, branches, every inch of the terrain piece should be dry brushed with this bone. This will provide highlights to the entire piece, while at the same time tying all he colours together. From a distance the pieces look unified. Up close you will see various shades of brown, yellow and green beneath all of the colours.

Pro Tip: For most of the piece I used a heavy dry brush. For the final step you want the lightest dry brush possible. Make sure that your brush has almost no paint on it at all. You can always give it another go if you think you went too light at first. If you put on this dry brush layer to heavy at first, you can’t reverse it. Take your time and be patient.

For this stage I generally used a water based acrylic house paint. The colour I used is “galvanized metal” It is the equivalent to Citadel’s “ushabti bone”. The reason for this is cost efficiency. Not only will I be doing a lot of terrain pieces with this colour but you will waste a lot when dry brushing. A lot more will get on your paper towel than on the terrain. So make it count and go bulk. The house paint also has a little more durability than craft paint. As a final step this fact simply gives me more peace of mind.

It just dawned on me how much rambling I’ve been doing. This is a good step for today’s blog tutorial. Tomorrow we’ll add ground foliage and large leaves for a jungle canopy. So join me for that.

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Until our next Encounter!

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