Painting Cavern Tiles – Part 2

In Part 1 we primed and base coated the tiles. Now it’s time to pick out some details.

The overall look I’m going for here is for a cave with large calcium deposits. The deposits form over hundreds of years as water slowly trickles through the underground spaces, leaving behind these chunky columns, stalagtites and stalagmites. To that end, the next step involves bringing those features out from the background stone. Any lighter shade of beige will work, though I wouldn’t suggest pure white – it’s too stark. I’ve used Apple Barrel’s Vanilla Ice Cream for this.


Pick out any features that aren’t part of the base stone of the wall itself. If your tiles have small pools, I’d suggest hitting those too, as they would likely have calcium buildup; at least around the rim.

Next we’ll add a little visual interest to the floor by picking out a few stones here and there. You can feel free to choose your own color palette. I’m going with Nutmeg Brown and Chocolate Brown – both from Apple Barrel.


Be fairly random here. The color variation will help break up the tiling effect when you have multiple tiles together.

That’s all for now. Next time we’ll look at drybrushing as a way to tile the floors and walls together, as well as bring out smaller details.


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