One of the coolest parts of Deadzone is the BattleZones terrain that you use in the game. Part of the Infestation kickstarter was to fund some new industrial terrain as well.
Even though the terrain can be used as it comes, it is always better to paint it (just like with miniatures, painting terrain helps to bring your games to life). So with the new sprues of industrial terrain, plus the ruined terrain sprues I already had - it was time to get them painted.
I find it much easier to go ahead and make the buildings etc that I want to use and glue them together than to constantly be reassembling them for each game. Once that is done - time to paint.
First step is a black undercoat. I use a flat black spray primer for this. You generally will have to turn your pieces over to get the inside/bottom as well.
|The black sure looks grey in this picture, but it is flat black|
|At least the grey looks a little lighter than the straight black|
|The electrical panel leaves the shading below it.|
|Metal parts drybrushed|
Stippling is where you a very short bristled brush, and dab on a color in a random pattern. The idea is to get random coverage with the paint. I have a small brush that I have cut the bristles off of for stippling smaller items (i.e. rusted ogre weapons), but need a bigger one for something like this.
So I made one. I take one of the foam inserts that come in nearly every Mantic box (the vhs looking boxes) and roll it up, then tie a rubber band a couple of inches from one end. Then I take a pair of scissors and snip into the end, leaving a bunch of thick, foam, random "bristles".
|My large stippling brush|
|Similar to drybrushing, I don't want the brush to be fully loaded.|
|A bit distressed|
|The new industrial terrain set, painted up|
|I thought about connecting the pipes, but that makes them a bit harder to store|
The rust on the top, and stippling on the electrical panel help to make this look a bit worn
|Of course, not all of the terrain remains intact. The damaged terrain set is great for that.|
|Both open buildings and the remains of walls - even with holes blown through them|
|I also had a couple of fortification sprues - so did a short defense line|
One of the last things included in the accessory sprue is some scatter terrain - crates and barrels. These are something I have neglected, so I decided to do something with them. I figured they were a good chance to actually put some color into the bleak grey landscape, so the crates went blue, the barrels went green and the hazardous waste containers went red. These were three cans of spray paint I happened to have sitting around. (The red is Warpaints Dragon Red, but the others are just generic spray paint from Home Depot or Walmart).
A little yellow color detail and a quick wash, and these are finally ready for the tabletop as well.
Because it is all fun and games . . .