Turbo Tabletop: Ash Wastes Necromunda

A sample copy of Necromunda: Ash Wastes was supplied by Games Workshop for this article.

Welcome back to another Turbo Tabletop! This time we will be guiding you through the process of getting your stunning new Ash Waste hab blocks on to the table asap.

Now, this process uses a series of incredibly simple techniques, that once layered on top of each other, results in a super unique and totally table worthy result.

I want to take a bit of time before we jump into the tutorial to reflect on just how nice this terrain is. It’s definitely on the lighter side of construction time compared to some of the other Necromunda kits but is still very interchangeable and you can add or leave off so many extra details. As I wanted to get this on the table asap I went for the lighter side…but I couldn’t resist the little weather detector!

1. Undercoat your hab block in a dark brown colour. Something like Citadel Rhinox Hide is perfect. I used Colour Forge Hyrax Brown spray.

2. Give it a “wash” in a watered down (3:1 water to paint) orange (consider Citadel Troll Slayer Orange). Concentrate it to the crevices and recesses but, as you can see from the photo, you can slap it all over. This stage is where my confidence always drops as let’s face it, it looks shocking, but stay confident sump rat, it pays off in the end. Now this stage is best to do at the end of a hobby session as it takes a long time to dry. Overnight sometimes doesn’t even cut it.

3. Give it an overbrush (a very heavy drybrush) in a dark metal like Iron Warrior then a lighter drybrush in Necron Compound. I also stipple a bit of Necron Compound onto the flat surfaces. When I tackle the walkways, I think I’ll pretty much leave it here.

4. Next take a dark cream colour such as Zandri dust and start sponging! I literally took an unused dish sponge and tore chunks off as I went. To sponge effectively I’ve found it best to dip into the paint and wipe lots of it off on a palate or painting tile, then start dabbing. No, not the dance, the motion. You can be as careful or as carefree as you want here. I concentrated it on the flat surfaces but also covered everywhere I could. 

5. Follow the same technique as stage 4 but use a light cream colour like Screaming Skull. I aimed mainly at the edges but I still struck the flat areas as well. This is a totally decent place to stop and will look great on the table, but if you want to go one step further I have added an extra step.

6. In this stage I added a few final touches to really add extra texture. I sponged on Rhinox Hide, then Stormhost Silver. I also used masking tape on the closed panel to create a column which I then sponged Khorne Red. 

We hope you find this article useful, I’ve applied this technique to lot’s of different terrain pieces now and it’s worked every time. If you want to mix it up I’d suggest following the tutorial up to, but not including, stage 4 then mix it up with any colours you’d like.