Texturing Plastic

If you saw my post from a few weeks back you will know I recently picked up some vacuum formed plastic trench pieces from Amera. These are a great way of cheaply covering your battlefield (they have a great range for Frostgrave as well) but can be a little lacking in texture. As my pieces are trench works I wanted to give the earth sides a bit of a roughness to hold the paint and give it a bit of detail when I dry brush it.

To add some texture I decided to use a three stage approach ranging from course to fine:

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Layer 1: Coarse

First thing I’ve added was some areas of course gravel. This can be whatever you have to hand or normally use for your figure basing. This adds some real texture but can tend to get knocked off your scenery when handled (I glued this on with Superglue but it can still get knocked off).

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Layer 2: Mid Texture

For this I painted on a layer of Artists basalt texture. It’s basically a past/glue with bits of basalt rock in it. You can get it in various grades depending upon what you need, mine is a mid grade. Companies like Vallejo made their own versions but I just buy a big tub from the local art store as it works out a lot cheaper for big scenery items.

Layer 3: Fine Texture

For this layer I used a spray can of texture from the local DIY store. This stuff is intended for texturing plastic garden urns and tubs so it sticks on the vacuum formed plastic very well and helps hold the other layers on. It’s very fine (has to come out of a spray can after all) but has a definite texture to it and helps break up the surface once you start to dry brush.


I’ve started painting everything with Burnt Umber (Artists Acrylics once again due to cost) and then once they are all done and dried I’ll give the earth a few layers of dry brush to bring out the details.

About Jarec

Long term Wargamer and dice hugger. My preferences tend towards Fantasy and Sci-Fi but I have a strong interest in the WWII and Vietnam gaming eras.
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