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Lava Caverns painting scheme

Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:18 pm
by falerion
Inspired by the beautiful lava painting scheme from GriffonTamer, I grabbed my remaining cavern tiles and painted them in a very similar dark scheme. I went for large areas of blackish tone to get the basaltic feel. And also to give any character is such cave enough area to step on. The tiles are placed on a preprinted gridless fabric battle mat I got from ebay.

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The D&D Magma Brute miniature from the Dungeons of Dread series blends in perfectly.

Here is a step-by-step walk-through using only DF colors:

1) A wet-brushing with Lava Yellow. Only focusing on the floor section and selected wall sections of the pieces.
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2) A wet-brushing with Lava Orange of the remaining unpainted wall sections.
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3) A dry-brush with Lava Orange of the yellow sections.
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4) Intense Deep Lava dry-brushing on the upper parts of the walls.
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5) Black dry-brushing on the whole tile
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6) A second dry-brushing with Lava Orange to tune done the yellow a bit more. I guess if the first Lava Orange step is already sufficient one could skip this step, but I had the feel that my tiles were to yellowish. With the additional orange they got a more glow like appearance.
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7) Second dry-brushing with Black
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8) Dry-brushing with Base Gray for the ash-like appearance on the uppermost part of the walls, selected raised areas and very ligtly on the floor.
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9) As final touch I tripped in some drops of Lava Yellow in the small pools on various tiles.
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I'm not yet sure if I should add an additional very light Stone Edge dry-brush to the top part of the walls.

Re: Lava Caverns painting scheme

Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:49 pm
by GardenDM
Awesome paint job and thank you for the write-up!

Re: Lava Caverns painting scheme

Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:25 pm
by Vegomatic
Those are incredible!!!!

Love the step by step and use of Dwarven Forge colors. Thank you so much for sharing!

Very well done!

Re: Lava Caverns painting scheme

Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:31 pm
by Harneloot
Fantastic! Would love to have a wider range of tiles for my lava sets like you have created - as they are, the lava sets are a bit repetitive in a build.

Re: Lava Caverns painting scheme

Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:49 pm
by dice4hire
Very well done. I did some freestanding walls in a similar way(with fewer steps) and I did some stone edge on the tops of the walls to give a bit of an ash look and to tone down the gloss a bit. Pokorny Black is really glossy.

Re: Lava Caverns painting scheme

Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:28 pm
by dice4hire
Very well done. I did some freestanding walls in a similar way(with fewer steps) and I did some stone edge on the tops of the walls to give a bit of an ash look and to tone down the gloss a bit. Pokorny Black is really glossy.

Re: Lava Caverns painting scheme

Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:55 pm
by bernyleung
Great job! Maybe I'll do one of my KS5 rooms in a similar scheme.... (no, I'm not getting the Lava Bridge)

Re: Lava Caverns painting scheme

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:49 am
by Rabbit Burner
Very Nicely done :D
Great step by step too - always amazed how you get from step 1 to the finished article as they look soo different.

A little too hot for us bunnies and the stink!
pooo-eeeeee

Re: Lava Caverns painting scheme

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:52 am
by falerion
Here an update for the Lava River tiles with step-by-step walk-through (also using only DF colors):

1) A wet-brushing of the whole tile with Lava Yellow. You might need several layers as the yellow paint is a bit thin.
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2) A wet-brushing with Deep Lava on the rim between the flat area and the raised part of the tiles. I intended to have a darker orange near the rim.
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3) A heavy dry brush with Lava Orange on the cavern part of the tiles.
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4) With a sponge the (Deep Lava) rim, part of the yellow flat area and the cavern parts, are dabbed with Lava Orange. Dab the sponge into the paint and then dab on a paper towels until you get a feel for the pushing force and the amount of paint you need to get a pattern you like. The sponge should be turned around during dabbing to avoid a pattern on the tile.
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5) With a brush apply a light Black dry-brushing on the cavern part of the tile.
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6) With a sponge and Black paint dry-dab the rim and a part of the flat area. Dab the sponge on paper towels before hitting the tile. Again avoid patterns with the sponge.
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7) Apply another layer of Lava Orange with the sponge all over the flat yellow area. You might not want to do this step if you want bright yellow lava in the river instead of the orange look.
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And here a picture of the sponge I used next to a tile. It is kind of coarse.
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Re: Lava Caverns painting scheme

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:25 am
by dice4hire
Very nice technique.