If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen that I’m working my way through the Space Hulk terrain from Kill Team: Into the Dark. In this post, I’ll be sharing my initial results and providing a complete list of the paints and techniques used.

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I’ve already painted a set of Gallowdark corridors in a light, rusty colour scheme (you can find the tutorial here). If you want to learn more about the Space Hulk terrain system, I recommend checking out my Kill Team: Into the Dark review, where you’ll also find detailed dimensions. For my second set, I’ve devised a scheme that complements the red-lit game board featured in Kill Team: Soulshackle and Kill Team: Gallowfall (review here).

As always when painting terrain, I focus more on the overall effect, using techniques like zenithal highlights and dry brushing. To save time, I only paint a minimum of details, as terrain should primarily serve as a backdrop and set the stage for the models. Below you’ll find all my paint recipes in a concise painting guide.

 Kill Team: Into the Dark Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain painted by Stahly

How to paint Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain

Red-tinted walls

Primer: AK Interactive Fine Primer Black
Zenithal dusting: Colour Forge Sanguine Red (just give the walls a thin coat of red sprayed from above)
Drybrush: Word Bearers Red
Drybrush: TTC Rust Orange
Sponge weathering: VGC Black
Sponge weathering: VMeC Steel

Red lights
Airbrush: Green Stuff World OSL White Ink
Airbrush: Green Stuff World Opaque Red Ink
Wash: Speedpaint Poppy Red thinned 1:1 with Contrast Medium
Paint the grills with TTC Berserker Red

Green lenses and screens
Basecoat: TTC Jade Green
Recess shade: Coelia Greenshade
Highlight: TTC Jade Green / VGC Foul Green mix
Highlight: VGC Foul Green
Dot highlight: VGC Ghost Green

Layer: AK 3rd Gen Brown Rose mixed with TTC Berserker Red (I painted this over the drybrushed walls and left the recesses dark)
Layer/highlight: AK 3rd Gen Brown Rose

Abbreviations: AK = AK 3rd Gen, COM = TT Combat, GSW = Greenstuff World, P3 = Privateer Press Formula P3, RMS = Reaper Master Series, TAP = The Army Painter Warpaints (OoP), TTC = Two Thin Coats, VGC = Vallejo Game Color, VGA = Vallejo Game Air, VMC = Vallejo Model Color, VMA = Vallejo Model Air, VMechaC = Vallejo Mecha Color, WPA = Warpaints Air, WPF = Warpaints Fanatic

Moody shot of Kill Team: Into the Dark Gallowdark Space Hulk terrain
I came up with my paint scheme to match the colours on the Soulshackle and Gallowfall gaming boards

Corroded metal

Doors and generators
Primer: AK Interactive Fine Primer Black
Zenithal basecoat: VMeC Dark Steel (airbrush)
Recess wash: Green Stuff World Liquid Pigments Medium Rust
Recess wash: Green Stuff World Liquid Pigments Light Rust
Recess wash: TTC Iron Oxide
Drybrush: VMeC Steel
Sponge weathering: VMeC Steel and VMA Steel

Metal details on the walls were brush painted with VMeC Dark Steel, then washed with Pro Acryl Black Wash, before I applied the rust and drybrushing.

Yellow crates

Primer: Colour Forge Hyrax Brown
Zenithal basecoat: WPA Molten Orange
Zenithal basecoat: VGA Gold Yellow
Recess wash: Seraphim Sepia / Fuegan Orange 2:1 mix
Drybrush: AK Golden Yellow
Sponge weathering: Rhinox Hide

Soon, I’ll be posting the first half of the terrain from the Into the Dark Box. Keep an eye on Tale of Painters, and follow me on Instagram if you haven’t already.

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