The modelwarrior’s 2-part guide to painting a “Groupe De Maisons Detruites”

Ruined farm 1

A little background information from me before I start. I have been a big fan of modeldads for a long time and have used many a painting guide to help me paint my growing 15mm WW2 armies and bought many an item after reading the excellent reviews on the site. So, as a small thank-you present, I decided to write a painting guide on Loic Neveu’s 15mm “Groupe De Maisons Detruites” (a group of destroyed houses).  Loic Neveu`s 15mm range fits nicely into my Normandy terrain and my style of painting.

Please note that my painting style is not the be-all and end-all of ways to paint but just 1 version of many a style. I believe Justin is also painting the same building as we speak so it will be really interesting to see his individual style and take on it (Editor’s note: all done, will post photos at the end of part 2!)

I use a mixture of GW paints, Vallejo and P3. To make life easier I have photographed the paints below:

Paints 1

Paints 2

I only used three brushes for the whole process: a Winsor & Newton Flat 10; an Army Painter large drybrush; and a Winsor & Newton sable Series 7, size 1:


This is what you get and what I did with it. You get a ruined house with three removable roof parts and a separate second floor:


Step 1:  I cleaned the whole model in warm soapy water and let it dry.

Step 2: I sprayed the whole model with a can of GW Chaos Black. I let the base coat dry for 24 hrs and then touched up any missed bits with a brush:


Step 3:  Dry brush Vallejo Flat Earth over the walls and rubble.

Step 4: Dry brush GW Dawnstone over the walls and rubble.

Step 5: Dry brush Vallejo Stonegrey  over the walls and rubble.

Step 6:  Dry brush P3 Trollblood drybrush over the walls and rubble.

Step 7: Dry brush GW Steel Legion over the walls and rubble.

At this stage your walls should look like the picture below, slightly shabby and boring. Disregard the painted interior parts for the moment:

Base colours

At this stage, I’ve covered the  basic paint scheme used.   But, as this is a highly detailed model its up to you how long you want to spend painting all the fine details.  I feel that it’s worth putting in the extra time as the more detailing you do the more  this model comes to life.

I started by picking out bricks with a fine brush.

Step 9:  Random brick painting is the way to go with Vallejo Red leather and GW Tallarn sand.

Step 10:  Followed by GW Mechanicus Standard Grey…

Step 11: And then GW Gorthor brown.  You should now have a brick work effect like the close up picture below:



Step 12:  All woodwork was given a base coat of Vallejo Chocolate brown. This includes all wooden floors, roof beams, wooden ammo boxes and broken wood in the rubble.

Step 13:  The woodwork was given a coat of GW Agrax wash to bring out the wood grain.

Step 14:  The woodwork was highlighted with Vallejo Flat Earth to make the edges, corners and broken off bits stand out.

Step 15: Finally, the wooden parts were highlighted with GW Tallarn sand .

Step 16: Interior walls were heavily drybrushed GW Karak stone TWICE! 🙂

Step 17:  The floors were painted Vallejo Red leather and Vallejo Stone Grey. Both floors later had a wash added to them.

Step 18:  The window shutters were painted in 2 different colours. GW Celestral Grey and GW Straken Green both  highlighted  in a slightly lighter tone through the  addition of a little white. I used a wash on the shutters to help bring out the detail. Don’t forget to paint all the window frames lying in the rubble.

Step 19: The roof is heavily drybrushed in GW Aldorf Blue. Remember to paint all the broken roof tiles in the rubble the same colour. The pan tiles along the top of the roof and chimney are Vallejo Red leather.

Step 20:  Any thing metal was painted GW Leadbelcher and highlighted in GW Chainmail or rust.

Job done:

The finished article

The second part of my painting tutorial deals with making sure my ruined house fits in with my other Normandy terrain, stay tuned!

6 Responses to “The modelwarrior’s 2-part guide to painting a “Groupe De Maisons Detruites”

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.