Tutorial: Broken glass

by Massive Voodoo

Aloa Jungle,


Josua and Roman are throwing another tutorial at you to boost your skillset.

Again this article is free of any charge,
just for you to enjoy your future creations.


This time it is about
Broken glass

Some of you might already have encountered the moment in a project where you are in need of broken glass. We want to show you different versions on how to tackle this topic or be inspired for your own ideas. We hope you enjoy and if you do, consider this:

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Before we start, first some inspiration - observing and visualising is the key to everything when you want to learn much about painting:







Creating broken glass on figures
In this article Josua and Roman will show you different versions on how you can create broken glass on your projects. Simple ways and more complex ways. We hope you enjoy!

#01 blister plastic bits
Let's check back with a really old project by Roman.
A WW2 german soldier standing in front of a house ruin. The ruined wall has a window part and back in 2009, when this scene was created I just took a scissor and cut out some pieces of the casual blister plastic you know from GW models and glued it in place. Nothing superfancy, but it works easily. Make sure to place it close to the end of your paintjob, you do not want to have paint on your glass parts.




#02 Working with plastic that is already meant to be glass
While creating the project "Memories" I used a small collectable car that had windows made out of plastic already in place. As the car was meant to be a wreck I decided to to break most of the glass by using a screw driver and pure force. I left some pieces in place, but masked them with masking tape,
before priming and left it mainly through all the process of the paintjob.





When I was done with the painting work I removed the tape and decided to use pure white and a brush and repaint edges and some cracks on top of the plastic.



 #03 Creating broken glass the complex way
Complex ways often have the best results.


Josua is in the Ring now...
lets start with my take on the Broken glass.

This is what you need:

Intermediat Gauzy Agent
Secret Weapon Crushed Glass
- An Acrylglass-Plate (Blister-Plastic-Card will work to just make sure it has a smooth finish to the Surface)
- Masking Tape, Exacto Knive





Always wear a Respirator while working whit crushed glass as it can get easily inhaled.

Start by masking a little area on your smooth a clean  Acrylic-glass/Plastic-Card Piece. Put a bit of Crushed glass on in and try to spread it even. You can try by placing a stirring rod or an old brush on the masking tape horizontal and use it as you would roll out dough with a rolling pin.


As soon as you achieved a nice even surface of crushed glass get an old brush filled wit intermedia gauzy agent and try to drop it on the surface without destroying the even surface. I found out that it helps to work from the borders inwards. Let the medium enough time to fill the small space between the little glass pieces and try not to flood the whole thing whit gauzy agent.



Let this whole mix dry properly and you will be able to peel it carefully from the surface by pushing a thin exacto-blade between the smooth surface and your glass. 


Place it on the inside of your frame where you want the glass and fix it with more gauzy agent. After the attachment is dried completely, you can give it a bit more strength with another 2-3 coats of gauzy agent. 


This method gives you a rather realistic look of crushed glass but it is a really delicate method to create this kind of effect so you may use this for your showpieces rather than Tabletop Miniatures.



Well, we hope you enjoyed the article and will not fear conquering your ideas in your projects, even if it is about broken glass. Give it a try and enjoy! Stay creative!

Keep on happy painting!
Josua & Roman


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You want to support Massive Voodoo? 
If you like to support or say thanks the monkeys of Massive Voodoo in what they do, please feel invited to drop a jungle donation in their direction via paypal or check their miniatures they got on sale here.
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