I bought this ruin during Treefort Games’ going of out business sale. I have no idea as to the manufacturer. I’d been eyeballing it for sometime.

It’s made of a fairly sturdy resin. You can cut into it–make your own details if you like. I added some additional cracks inside the ruin to simulate the plaster on the walls coming off. And I was able to file down or cut away most of the flock with little trouble.

When I got down to work, it dawned on me: I hadn’t painted any terrain in 4-5 years.

Yet I figured it would be an easy and quick job. Far from it.

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1.Be sure to fill in the cracks…with your final dark wash.

After I sprayed the ruin with black primer, I knew there would be spots I’d miss–particularly in the cracks of the stonework. It comes with the territory

So I took a small brush and painted black in between the cracks. This took some time.

Then I dry brushed a darker shade of gray, followed by chocolate brown, before drying brushing a lighter shade of gray.

After this I noticed that some of the paint from the dry brushing had gotten in some of the cracks.

So this meant having to go over the ruin with another black wash… again.

Next time I paint anything like this, I’ll dark wash the recesses right before I paint the final highlights.

2. Stone never quite looks right.

Stone is supposed to look gray or dark gray. But there’s different shades of gray for paint out there, and none of them look quite right. I’ve experimented with different mixtures of light and dark, but always end up looking chalky.

If anybody had any advice on this, I’d be much appreciated if you’d share them with me.

3 .Craftsmart Brushes shed.

When it come to brushes, you get what you pay for. I wanted some larger brushes for terrain, so I bought a pack of 6 or 7 Craftsmart brushes for $10.

I knew they wouldn’t be that great. But I didn’t expect them to shed their bristles that much. Drybrushing is rough on a brush, but I couldn’t believe how much these brushes shed. I used tweezers get the bristles that shed.

I ended up using one of my older brushes, though it was smaller. So therefore it took even more time.

The real lessons here: Some projects just take twice or even three times as much time that originally anticipated, and don’t go cheap on brushes.

The next step: figure out how to put a crumbling “Danse Macabre” on the walls in the ruin with the phrase: “Quod Sumus hoc eritis”–from the movie Kingdom of Heaven.

We shall see.

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