July 29, 2013

Micro Art Studios, more Defiance Barriers

I painted another batch of 5 Barriers from Defiance Games. This left me with two; one will be blue and one green, to match the first two that I painted as testers.

The problem I had was that I first painted them to match the Underground Lasers Cubes I did a few weeks ago. But, when I masked and painted the blue stripe across the middle... it completely covered the transition between the Hawk Turquoise and the Space Wolf Grey. So what I ended up with were barriers that look like they are in tri-colored stripes.  Sigh.  Not what I wanted.  They are very "Pan-Oceania," though, aren't they?

I got two of the Micro Art Studio buildings painted so far. First up, one of their newer releases, the Guard House.

Next, a two-story District 5 Apartment. They come as three-story kits, but I used one of the stories with one of the L-Shaped buildings.

The lights are super-easy to do with Badger's Minitaire Ghost Tints. First, just blast them with some white from the airbrush - you want overspray to the surrounding areas, just not opaque. Concentrate the spray toward the center of the light, though, so that is where it will be brightest. Then just spray a light coat or two of Ghost Tint over it, and Bob, as they say, is your mother's brother.

July 24, 2013

I re-shot some photos, trying to sort out my exposure issues. Same Barricades I posted earlier today.

Caution! More Barriers!

Today I've got some more of the Defiance Games barriers. The pictures are pretty dark - white balance has turned the grey side black. The pics with figs are much closer to the actual colors, so I think I will take another set of pictures later and include something for the white balance to focus on that I can crop out later.

Took longer to mask them off than to paint them...

July 23, 2013

Pics, Or it Didn't Happen

When I posted the first Defiance Games Containment Barrier yesterday, I was asked for the colors I used. I also mentioned that I painted a matching barrier in green before I went to work - and was promptly told, "Pics, or it didn't happen!" 

Fine, fine. Here.

Base coatVMC 51 Prussian Blue
Highlight: VMC 58 Field Blue
Highlight: Field Blue + VMC 123 Dark Sand
Highlight: Previous mix + VMC 001 White
Shade: VMC 050 Dark Prussian Blue
Shade: Black

Base Coat: VMC 086 Luftwaffe Camo Green
Highlight: VMC 081 Medium Olive
Highlight: VMC 079 Golden Olive
Highlight: VMC 020 Sunny Skintone
Highlight: VMC 009 Ivory
Shade: VMC 089 Military Green
Shade: Black

Weathering was applied to both with P3 Bloodstone, and paint chips sponged on with P3 Umbral Umber.

July 22, 2013

Defiance Games!

I know I said Micro Art stuff was up next, but I got a package in today's mail that interrupted our regular broadcasting schedule...

Tony over at Defiance Games sent me some of their brand-spanking-new linear obstacle terrain. How new? They came stuffed in a manilla envelope, rolled up inside of a Priority Mail box. They don't even have packaging yet! These sic-fi barriers are going to mesh well into ANY 28-ish mm sci-fi game. 40K, Infinity, Necromunda, Warzone, and of course Defiance Games' own new game called Alien War.


When I saw the photos online, I didn't see how they were going to stand up on their own without some kind of cross-piece. But they are plenty wide enough to stand up, despite their deceptively slender profile, and even survive some table bumpage.

They are made out of plastic, and the plastic is way closer to a GW model (especially an older GW model) than it is that weird stuff that Privateer Press uses. Mold lines scraped away easily with a sharp X-Acto blade, and as they are one piece there is no assembly required!

They are going to package 15 of these barriers in a single box for under 30 bucks. Less than $2 apiece sounds pretty good to me. They measure 3 1/8" long, so that is 46 7/8" of barrier. They stand 1" high, which is perfect. Especially in Infinity - it will provide cover, and you won't have to Climb to get over it.

Defiance Games also has some slick Cargo Containers. If you've been scouring Ebay for those AT-43 containers to use as terrain, these certainly fit the bill. There are options to have double-doors at both ends, a normal end cap, or turn it around to make it a refrigerated unit. And the doors are pegged, so if you don't glue them you can open and close the container.


I got both crates built and all 15 barriers scraped clean of mold lines in under an hour. I even had time left over to get one painted - and they just arrived in my mailbox after work today! Sweet!