BOOOM. Painting explosions/destroyed tokens.

Hello, wargamers. Today I will take a look at how to paint up some tokens for marking which tanks have been destroyed in the glorious battle for world domination or lesser goals if need be.

The markers in this case are from Deadly Print Studios and printed on an Elegoo Saturn printer. Both printer and files have been paid for with my own hard-earned money, so no promotion here. The markers were printed flat on the build plate without any support and were scaled down from the original 28mm file.

But let’s get down to business.

The newly printed markers.


After printing and curing, I prime the explosion light grey. In the photo, you can see the colours I have picked. It doesn’t have to be these exact colours, but you will need something similar. A white, a yellow, an orange a red and a black.

My colour choices.

If you look at photos of real-life explosions you will see that near the core the colour is white, going to yellow, orange, red and black the further you get away.

Online photo of an explosive fire.

To replicate this in my painting, I start with the white and then as I change colours I don’t cover all the colours I previously painted, leaving the white visible at the bottom.

I use an airbrush for all the colours except the final black colour. I apply the black with a combination of dry brushing and stippling where I apply it heavily to the top and very light at the base.

After the black colour was applied to the left and without to the right.

With the explosions now painted, it’s time to look at the bases. I choose to paint them with Vallejo German Gray as this will work fine with most colours, like Russian Green and Dunkel Gelb.

It is also possible to just clip/break the base off the explosion if you prefer that look.

Since these markers will get a pretty rough treatment, I have varnished them twice, with gloss varnish and twice with matt varnish.

And that’s that. I hope you will give it a try yourself and as always, if you have any questions please comment and I will get back to you.