Painting an Awakened Wyldwood isn’t an easy feat. It’s a large set with no less than ten pieces of branches to paint for each tree, so you might need some advice. In this easy to follow 32 step tutorial, I’m going to show you how I painted my set in a striking pink cherry (or sakura) tree style, without the need of an airbrush, with just good old washing and drybrushing.
This tutorial assumes you have a good understanding of how to paint. Underneath each picture are the corresponding instructions. Each step shows the paint(s) I used during that step. I have a rather eclectic paint collection, so when I use a non-GW or OOP paint, I’ll try to provide you with suitable alternatives from the current Citadel paint range [in brackets]. However, if you want to acchieve the exact same result as shown, you might want to expand your paint collection.
Paints you will need for this tutorial:
Gal Vorbak Red
Volupus Pink (Contrast)
Skeleton Horde (Contrast)
Formula P3 Battlefield Brown [or Dryad Bark]
Formula P3 Beast Hide [or Baneblade Brown]
Formula P3 Menoth White Base [or Ushabti Bone]
Army Painter Leather Brown Colour Primer and Warpaint [or Mournfang Brown]
Army Painter Warpaints Dark Tone Wash [or Nuln Oil]
Army Painter Warpaints Strong Tone Wash [or Agrax Earthshade]
Army Painter Warpaints Banshee Brown [or Karak Stone]
Army Painter Warpaints Scar Tissue [or Pink Horror mixed with Screamin Skull]
Army Painter Warpaints Centaur Skin [or Emperors Children mixed with White]
Reaper Master Series Polished Bone [or a mix of Rakarth Flesh and Pallid Wych Flesh]
2. Keep the tree trunks separate and prime them with Leather Brown Colour Primer from The Army Painter. If you don’t have Leather Brown primer, you can use any other primer as we will paint over it anyway, depending on the base colour you chose, you might just need to apply a few more coats of Battlefield Brown in step 3.
6. Drybrush with Gorthor Brown.
8. For the medium brown bark, use Leather Brown primer and give any areas not hit with the spray a coat of Leather Brown Warpaint [closest Citadel Colour would be Mournfang Brown, though Mournfang Brown is more reddish].
12. With a small drybrush, apply some Averland Sunset to the mossy areas in a stippling motion.
17. Drybrush all mushroom caps with Wazdakka Red.
19. Basecoat the mushrom stems with Corax White.
20. Wash the stems two times with Agrax Earthshade.
The branches were painted as described in steps 3 to 7 for a dark brown bark and 8 to 11 for a medoum brown bark. Once you finished drybrushing the wood, paint over any areas you hit with brown paint with Corax White base paint.
26. Wash the stone with a 1:1 mix of Seraphim Sepia and Lahmian Medium. I actually used an older version of Warpaints Soft Tone Ink, but the colour was changed a while ago. If you want to go for Warpaints, use Light Tone Wash instead.
27. Basecoat the base with XV-88.
32. Finally, I assembled all the pieces and added some Arid static grass from Gale Force 9. Then I gave the whole tree a coat of Anti-Shine Matt Varnish from The Army Painter.
Attaching all the branches can be a pain in the rear. I recommend starting from the top and working your way to the bottom, with the base pieces left off. Generally, you want to have the smaller branches toward the top and the larger branches toward the bottom. Dry fit the branches before you glue them on and find out which branches you want to go where, you should aim for a nicely shaped crown with the leaves and branches spread out evenly.
When gluing, you might want to use super glue, as it sets much faster than plastic glue. Here is some advice on using superglue to achieve the best results. Put the tree sideways, attach a single branch, and let the glue set and cure completely. Then, turn the tree by 90 degrees, and attach the next branch. Work your way from top to bottom and most importantly, be patient and let the glue of each branch dry completely before you move on. I learned this the hard way, as half of my branches fell off as the glue hadn’t set yet…
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If so, leave a comment or reaction below, and if you got any questions, leave them here so I can answer them for you.
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