In this tutorial I show you how to paint the Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain system from Kill Team: Into the Dark in a heavily weathered cream colour scheme. Thanks to scale modelling techniques like zenithal highlights, oil paints and pigments, this is super fast and looks fantastic. It’s also easier than you think. So here’s how it works.


This tutorial assumes you know the basic grips of painting Warhammer miniatures. Step-by-step I explain all the paints and techniques I used. I have a rather eclectic paint collection, so when I use a paint that is not from Games Workshop (or out of production), I’ll try to provide you with suitable alternatives from the current Citadel paint range [in brackets]. However, if you want to achieve exactly the same result as shown, I recommend expanding your paint collection. You’ll find a list of all the paints used in this tutorial at the end of the post.

How to paint Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark

How to paint Kill Team: Into the Dark Gallowdark terrain

Tutorial: How to paint Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark - step 1

Spray the model with Hyrax Brown primer from Colour Forge, then paint over any areas the spray paint didn’t catch with Rhinox Hide.

Hyrax Brown is designed to match to Rhinox Hide from Games Workshop (find a review of Colour Forge primers here). If you can’t get them in your country, you can also use Oak Brown Colour Primer and warpaint from The Army Painter, or just prime the terrain pieces black and use a big brush to basecoat them with Rhinox Hide.

Tutorial: How to paint Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark - step 2

With an airbrush, apply a zenithal highlight of Warpaints Air Gnome Cheeks [if you don’t have an airbrush you can also apply a heavy drybrush of Rakarth Flesh].

Tutorial: How to paint Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark - step 3

Then, drybrush everything with Reaper Master Series Leather White [or Pallid Wych Flesh].

Tutorial: How to paint Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark - step 4

Rip off a small piece of blister sponge, dab it into Formula P3 Battlefield Brown [or Dryad Bark] and press it on random spots for our first stage of sponge weathering.

Tutorial: How to paint Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark - step 5

Paint the top caps and beams with a generous coat of Garaghak’s Sewer. While the paint is half-dry, use an old brush and stipple it into the paint to add an interesting texture to the flat areas such as the sides of the caps and the top of the beams.

Tutorial: How to paint Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark - step 6

Apply more sponge weathering, this time with Vallejo Model Air Steel [or Stormhost Silver], concentrating on the areas you weathered with Battlefield Brown before.

Tutorial: How to paint Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark - step 7

Pick out some of the skulls with a wash of Seraphim Sepia.

Tutorial: How to paint Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark - step 8

Paint all the remaining skulls with a coat of Skeleton Horde.

Tutorial: How to paint Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark - step 9

Paint all the displays and screens with a coat of Nighthaunt Gloom.


Tutorial: How to paint Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark - step 10

Then wash the screens with a generous amount of Drakenhof Nightshade to add some more depth.

Tutorial: How to paint Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark - step 11

Pick out the lumens and lights with a coat of Blood Angels Red. You might need to clean up the grilles with a little bit of Rakarth Flesh afterwards.

Tutorial: How to paint Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark - step 12

Paint some of the cables with a coat of Gryph-Hound Orange.

Tutorial: How to paint Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark - step 13

Basecoat all the Mechanicus badges with Castellax Bronze.

Tutorial: How to paint Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark - step 14

Paint the remaining cables with Flesh Tearers Red.

Tutorial: How to paint Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark - step 15

Mix Abteilung 502 Bitume oil paint with AK Interactive Odorless Thinner to a wash-like consistency, and apply it all over the model. Oil paint and thinner has a very low viscosity, so excess paint will gather in the recesses quickly. Make sure to suck it up with a spare brush before it pools too much.

Then, while the wash is still wet, use a kitchen towel and some lint-free cotton swabs and carefully wipe the oil paint away from top to bottom. This way, you’ll remove most of the wash from the surfaces while still shading the recesses, and also create a slightly streaky, oily texture. Give the model plenty of time to try, at least over night. The oil paint is only completely dry when it has lost all gloss and is completely matt.

Tutorial: How to paint Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark - step 16

Drybrush the lower half of the Gallowdark terrain pieces with P3 Battlefield Brown [or Dryad Bark], concentrating on the bottom of the walls to create a subtle brown gradient.

Tutorial: How to paint Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark - step 17

Mix Kabalite Green 1:1 with Contrast Medium and add a verdigris effect by applying this mix around the rivets and details of the Mechanicus plaques.

Tutorial: How to paint Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark - step 18

Generously apply Vallejo Pigments Burnt Sienna to the recesses of the Space Hulk walls, using an old brush to smear it around to create natural gradients.

Tutorial: How to paint Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark - step 19

Next, work some Vallejo Pigments Burnt Umber into the model, concentrating on the lower half of the walls to emphasize the brown gradient created in step 16.

Tutorial: How to paint Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark - step 20

Finally, blend some Vallejo Pigments Carbon Black into the lower edges of the walls to darken them further.


Tutorial: How to paint Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark - step 21

To seal the pigments in place, apply a coat of matt varnish.

For a super matt effect, I used Tamiya TS-80 Flat Clear spray varnish, but as you can see, the varnish reacted with the oil paint and whitened where a lot of oil paint has gathered. I’ll figure out the best way to avoid this, but until then, I would recommend applying a coat of water-based acrylic varnish with an airbrush instead. A while ago I compiled a list of my favourite matt varnishes (spray, airbrush & brush-on) for every budget, check it out here.


Finished terrain piece & paint list

Gallowdark walls and scatter terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark

Here you can see the finished Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain piece from Kill Team: Into the Dark. The yellow details on the scatter terrain were painted with a 1:1 mix of Ironjawz Yellow and Nazdreg Yellow, after I established the zenithal basecoat in steps 1 and 2. Then I weathered them in the same way as the walls.

The tutorial shown here can of course be adapted to almost all Warhammer 40,000 terrain pieces. If you need more inspiration for painting your terrain collection, check out this tutorial:

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Learn more about the Gallowdark terrain in my Kill Team: Into the Dark review. I also have precise measurements of all wall and pillar elements there, as well as a comparison with other Games Workshop terrain pieces:

At the time of writing, Kill Team: Into the Dark box set should still be available from our partner stores Wayland Games, Element Games and Taschengelddieb, with a welcome discount of up to 20%:

Paints you will need for this tutorial:

If you need to expand your paint collection to follow the tutorial, check out our partner stores Wayland Games and Element Games, which offer an amazing range of paints at a discount.

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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