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Tutorial - Painting The PrinTerrain Plasma Accelerator

So, terrain for wargames can be an intimidating proposition at times. You want nice-looking things on your table that will fit with your theme, but you also don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for them. And after you assemble them, how do you paint them up so they look like they should?

Well, today I’d like to share with you a tutorial for how I printed up a piece of Gamematsdotcom terrain, a 3D printed piece called the Plasma Accelerator.


You can find the STL file for this piece under the PrinTerrain section of the website, and best of all, it’s FREE. I downloaded this piece myself and got it printed via the 3D printer workstation at my local library.

This is an ideal terrain piece for the novice who’s looking to try out 3D printing for the first time – it’s a single piece, solidly-designed, without much that will be complicated.

Plus, it’s versatile for whatever kind of gaming you want to do: An industrial-looking piece, this can work well in Warhammer 40K, Necromunda, in certain Steampunk games, and certainly wouldn’t look amiss on a board for a game taking place a long time ago in a galaxy that’s a long ways away…. Heck, I could even see this piece working as a scenic base for a particularly epic sci-fi mini!

Painting the PrinTerrain Plasma Accelerator

First, I spray primed the piece, using my favorite black spray paint. The model took the paint well and I got good coverage.

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Next, I base-coated the piece. I wanted a good, fantasy-turbine look for it, so I kept it to industrial-style colors: The main body and the pipe coming out of the side are a steel color, while the exterior wheel portion of the turbine is bronze. The barrel-looking portion I painted green to look like an oil barrel.

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After those colors dried, I gave all of the steel and green portions a wash with a good brown shade to make everything look grungy.

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The final stage was pretty easy: For the section where the pipe meets the rest of the turbine I applied a brownish texture paint and then drybrushed over it with orange to achieve a rust effect. In the circular portion I added a bit of a green gem-colored paint just for additional visual interest.

And viola! It’s a simple paint job that makes this piece pop and ready for the battlefield.

(Don’t have a 3D printer yet but want to get some sweet 3D printed terrain? Check out our Etsy shop where you can get 3D printed terrain made to order!)

About the Author;

Peter Kuebeck is a writer, gamer and award-winning mini-painter living in the Midwest. He wages a constant battle against the ever-growing tide of unpainted minis in his basement, and occasionally GMs role-playing game sessions with friends. Catch his hobby shenanigans on Twitter at @popculturecube



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