Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Secret Weapon- Deadzone Table part 4


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

Hello All,

Here we are with the final installment of this tutorial. I hope you enjoy it...


Now that the oil paint has had a chance to dry you are ready for a quick dry brush of Apple Barrel Granite Gray just to bring the subtle details back up again

before and after Drybrush

Paints used

Minitaire Base Grey
Minitaire Irradiated Yellow
Minitaire Raven Black

Vallejo Golden Yellow

QuickShade Dark Tone
Secret Weapon soft Body Black

Apple Barrel Pewter Grey
Americana Slate Grey
Apple Barrel Granite Gray

Folkart Soft White

Citadel Shade Seraphim Sepia

Here are 2 shots of the board at this stage just to make sure the coloring is close enough.  (Waiting several months between painting sessions has its drawbacks)

Once I was satisfied I used Vallejo Golden Yellow Airbrush paint to add the Radiation and Bio symbols on the red hatches.

At this point I found myself in a dilemma. There was something I did not like about the board. Every time I  looked at I thought something was not right. Then it hit me. The arrows! Those damn yellow arrows. They had to go.

So I masked off the space and painted it Minitaire Base Grey.

Once dry I went over it again with Minitaire Irradiated Yellow

Then the masking tape went on in… you guessed it. Stripes!

Lastly I went over it with Minitaire Raven Black

Once the tape was removed the “Caution Zone” starts to take shape.

Of course there was some bleed. I could have gone back and repainted the bad spots but honestly I did not want to risk screwing it up so I decided to try texture (sand. Good old sand) I made spots that I hoped resembled small rubble piles over the bad spots. I then added a few more in random spaces to make it look less planned.

I painted the sand by washing each spot with a mix of QuickShade Dark Tone & Secret Weapon soft Body Black

I used the same colors as on the base of the board: Apple Barrel Pewter Grey, Americana Slate Grey, and Apple Barrel Granite Gray. I then did a light drybrush of Folkart Soft White just to make it “pop”

Lastly I went back in with Seraphim Sepia to the cracks of the “Caution Zone” so they would stick out with the yellow.

Well that’s it.  I hope… What? What does it look like all together?  

Take a look.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial of the Dead Zone board by Secret Weapon Miniatures.  If So I might do another for the “Junk Yard” board I also got with the kickstarter…

Till next time


1 comment:

  1. Great job! I also didn't like the yellow arrows before. I've done similar masking for caution stripes. What I did was airbrush the block yellow like you did but then shaded it with burnt umber and highlighted it by adding white to the yellow. Then I masked the stripes for black and highlighted it with grey while it was still masked. After taking the masking tape off I did weathering effects. Granted this was on a building so the highlighting made sense, I don't know if it would work well on roads, but I thought I'd share my experience with doing the same technique.

    Again, great work! I'll be shamelessly copying your techniques for sure!