Thursday, March 19, 2015

Secret Weapon- Deadzone Table part 3

Time for another entry
Hello All,

I know its been a while but I finally got back to the Deadzone tiles from last year. Ryan Cruz requested that I get back to this so here I am. Lets do it.

Part 1
Part 2

Secret Weapon is a well loved sponsor of the NOVA Open so I figured I would be appropriate here. 

Painting the Dead Zone Tiles

Part 1 Prep

At this stage I get the tile to a place where it can be used in a pinch.

Paints used
Folkart Black mixed with “Martha Stewart” Matt brush on finish
Apple Barrel Pewter Grey
Americana Slate Grey
Apple Barrel Granite Gray

Prime Black- (It was too cold to spray paint so I used a mix of Folkart Black mixed with “Martha Stewart” Matt brush on finish.) I then used my Anthem 155 Airbrush with a medium needle to apply shades of Grey over the entire piece. Pewter Grey followed by Slate Grey. I them Dusted a light drybrush of Granite Gray over the whole thing.

That Makes the Base Tiles displayed before.

Part 2 Details

At this stage the idea is to apply the detail work that gives the piece character.

Paints used
Citadel Warplock Bronze
Citadel Leadbelcher

Secret Weapon Armor Wash

Citadel Mephiston Red

Winsor & Newton Winton Oil Color 24 Ivory Black
Winsor & Newton Winton Oil Color 3 Burnt Umber
Paint Thinner (I use Odorless- Not shown)

For the Metal I used watered down Warplock Bronze as a base.

 I then brushed on the Leadbelcher making sure to let some of the bronze shows through.  

Once dry I washed on watered down Armor wash. 

Once it is dry stipple Red on the hatch making sure it looks spotty then wash with a thin coat of Armor wash.

Now for the fun (and Messy) Part
Mix equal parts Ivory Black and Burnt Umber with enough paint Thinner to make a wash. Now paint the entire Tile (leaving the metal parts untouched.)

Stay with me on this it gets better.

Let the oil paint dry for 30 minutes or so (I used a fan) then take a rag and rub off the excess oil paint. This will leave a neat affect.

Drying time

Partial Rub to show effect

Once done you should let the tile(s) dry for a day or so. 

Oil Paint removed

Side by side with original Tiles

Next Time I will go into final base highlights and details as well as a surprise that will change the boards look




  1. Awesome work!!! I've used oil washes before but not to that extent. Great step-by-step and it's greatly appreciated!

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