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Temple Ruins - Hobby Project

I wanted to change the color of my Gothic Ruins to a warmer sandstone color.  

The key with any kind of repaint is a good basecoat.

Sandstone Ruins Basecoat

After priming, I used just a bit of water to thin my basecoat paint color down, as I didn’t want the thicker paint to create streaks over multiple layers.

Painting the Basecoat


I painted on thin layers of my chosen golden brown, making sure it brushed into all the cracks and holes.

Wait on the paint to dry completely before painting on the next layer; with the bit of water added to the paint, the basecoat can sometimes take a little longer to dry.  After 3 coatings, I had a good solid base color to then start my drybrushing.

Basecoated Ruins

I then started to brush on the first drybrush layer.  I chose a medium sand color, which immediately stood out over the darker basecoat.  The trick with any drybrush coat is to make sure that your brush has very little paint on it, either by wiping it a bit on a paper towel or another surface.  You want to leave just the hint of pigment on it, so it catches just the top texture of the piece and doesn’t leave paint streaks.

First Drybrush Layer

The complete set after the first drybrush.  It significantly lightened everything up and has a nice contrast.

Finished First Drybrushed Ruins

The final drybrush was a very light bone color.  On the final coat, you may need to go softly as you brush, to make sure that this coat doesn’t fully cover the previous drybrushed color.  This is just a nice extra to give it a bit more depth and catch the light on the edges.

The Second Drybrush

The contrast of the final dry-brushed color over the previous.

Contrasting Drybrush Layers


That concludes how to completely change the color and tone of your Gothic Ruins, which could now be called Temple Ruins!  In fact, if you were to come across these deep in a jungle somewhere, they would probably be overgrown a bit…but that’s another article!

  Sandstone Ruins