How to paint 3D printed dungeon terrain

how to paint 3d printed dungeon terrain

3D printed scenery for Dungeons & Dragons and other tabletop games is great to enhance you gameplay experience and wow players! if you have access to a 3D printer, you can even crank out a huge amount of scenery for very little cost but with a mighty impact! Sets such as Dungeon Assault: Modular Walls are easy to set-up and change around to match your encounter.

We’ve put together a quick guide to help you easily paint fantasy terrain such as dungeon walls, castles and other ancient, stone scenery. it’s a super-quick and effective process that uses cheap materials!

What you’ll need:

  • 3D printed fantasy terrain (such as Dungeon Assault)
  • Automotive primer / filler in a spray can (this is good)
  • Cheap craft acrylic paints (black, white, brown / burnt umber)
  • Sponges, cheap large drybrushes, fine detail brushes
  • Mini paints (silver, bronze)
  • Brown / dirty washes or inks
  • Flock / static grass, brown pigments & glue
  • Airbrush (if available)
3d printed fantasy terrain

Step 1 – Print your terrain

We recommend using an FDM printer such as the Ender 3 for printing terrain. Standard slicer settings are great but we also have a guide for print setting here.

Step 2 – Prime your 3D printed terrain

Automotive filler/primer is great for laying down the first coat on PLA prints. It forms a base for the next layers and covers any imperfections that may have appeared during printing.

Step 3 – Paint a black base coat

Black is an excellent starting point for your colours as we’ll bring it up to highlights later on.

Step 4 – Stipple on some mud & grime!

Using an uneven (torn) sponge, apply some brown to the recesses of the primed model to break up the black and establish grimey areas.

Step 5 – Dry Brush the stone

Starting from a mid grey, up to white, use a large brush to drybrush stone onto all the stone / brick areas.

Step 6 – Paint the bolts & small details

Using a fine detail brush and mini paints, paint the bolts anything metallic and other details or features

Step 7 – Paint wood

Change gears from stone to wood and paint the wood areas. Dark brown to lighter highlights.

Step 8 – Add more grime!

We use an airbrush with a dirty brown ink to add some dirty patches, grime and general misery. You could also apply washes with a large brush if you don’t have an airbrush.

Step 9 – Add moss

We mixed a bunch of different basing materials together such as flock, leaves, staic grass and ‘earth’ pigments. When mixed together we brush PVA glue to the model and sprinkle on the moss mixture. You can also push the moss into desired areas with a brush if you want it to be really dense.

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