Finishing Guide

In this article we are going to cover how to take an assembled building and transform it into a gaming piece. The key objective of this method is to create something that looks fantastic whilst also being easy and fast to achieve.

We will cover painting, applying rubble and weathering.


This small structure is nearly complete, the railings and ladder will be kept separate until they are painted.


The first layers of paint to be applied are ‘Uniform Grey’ as a base coat followed by a dusting (short bursts made in rapid strafes over the surface at medium-long range) using ‘Skeleton Bone’. These are both Army Painter spray colours.


Re fit the windows and doors in place and cover the edges where the outside meets the inside of the structure with masking tape. This is a little trickier with ruined structures but still quite possible. Spray the interior areas with ‘Desert Yellow’ and then dust heavily with ‘Skeleton Bone’.


Once the interior is dry, pop the windows out again and spray them along with all the other metallic parts with ‘Gun Metal’. Then dust them with ‘Leather Brown’ to create a rusted metal effect. Once these are dry you can fit the railings in place on your structure.



All the snapped off pieces of rubble have been sprayed on both sides in the same fashion as the rest of the building, likewise a few struts from the sprue have been sprayed with the rest of the metal parts. We started the rubble process by outlining the edges of the building with pieces that had a flat edge and were able to be glued flush against the base.


Next we make a gloopy mess so make sure to put plenty of newspaper down and have tissues ready! The rubble mix is created with filler, PVA glue, chosen tones of paint (I mixed grey with brown) and sand. The exact ratios depend on the runnyness of your paints and PVA. Try to get a mix that does not flow freely, the mix pictured is a little too fluid but still worked. If a mix is too fluid add more filler. It’s also easy to make too much, so either be prepared to store excess, or think if you have any other projects that require the same effect, and have them ready to use up any leftovers.


At this point we can use the rubble pieces to push into the mix. Use an old or easily cleaned brush to distress to mixture and spread it around a bit.

It’s important to leave the mixture to dry fully for a good 24 hours. It can look deceiving and appear dry but still be wet under the surface.


Once the rubble mix is fully dry add any additional detail elements to the model such as posters, graffiti, street or building numbers etc. Re fit the windows if you have not already done so as the next stage will be a weathering wash.



Make sure you still have the newspaper down as this next stage can get messy too (although less so than the rubble mixture!). To create a weathering wash that actually sticks to the surfaces we need to use a special ingredient. In this article we are going to use Pledge multi-surface wax (formerly known as Klear). Mix your desired colour tone (dark greyish brown in our example), and add a mixture of 1 part Pledge 3 parts water until you have the desired amount and a good viscosity. Again this process usually creates an excess, so line up any other projects that could also benefit just in case. Apply the mixture onto the model with a large brush, making sure to cover every surface, inside and out. Use a bundle of tissues as a sponge to soak up any excess in dabbing motions, applying more pressure to the interior to make it appear cleaner. Do this until you have the desired effect.


Once dry, add some tufts of various grasses and foliage around the edges to finish the structures.


These buildings are now ready for use on the table!


There are alternative methods to painting these structures, such as spraying walls and pillars separately before construction,

Credit to Luke’s Affordable Painting Service for his handy tips on how to make a filler mix for the rubble and colour washes that adhere to terrain easily, check out his channel for other handy tips with terrain.

stay tuned for more articles!