All About That Base
The last few weeks have been strange – I haven’t had much inclination to work on my Alpha Legion. Instead, I’ve spent that time working on more terrain for that dream table. In my last post I showed off the assembled Promethium Chimney, using the grated bridges to connect it to the previous painted one. Here I’ll talk a little about the painting process for the bones of the structure.
A Strong Foundation
The basis of the Promethium Chimneys are the cylinders that hold up the structure, and the multi-sided platforms that form the base and the various levels. On the small Chimney, these platforms are hexagonal. Here on the medium version, they’re octagons, allowing for eight wall sections to be added in.
I’ve now airbrushed those cylinders and platforms, meaning that the next step is to airbrush and weather the walls, something that’s currently occupying my hobby time. I’ll show off some examples of that below.
I wanted to get paint on the structural sections first, which let me get a feel for how I want the final terrain piece assembled. While all of the Mechanicum Industrial Sector is interchangeable, it makes sense to glue certain pieces to allow for wear and tear during gameplay.
I like Tabletop Scenics’ products enough that I know I’ll get more, meaning that I’m more than ok with permanent structures. If anyone wants to help donate to this crazy project, I do make really cool dice bags…
Get Some Paint On It
HDF terrain is kind of a pain to prime with an airbrush. There. I said it. The actual airbrushing isn’t so bad, but I don’t like the priming. And I think that’s mostly because the pieces are so large.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk colors.
I’m following the same color scheme I used on the smaller Chimney, since this will all be part of a whole. That means industrial greys for the wall sections and stairs, and a dull red for the upper platforms.
I usually start with a zenithal highlight over the primer, followed by a base coat of Vallejo German Grey. Over that I begin mixing in AK Interactive Dunkelgrau, with a final highlight coat using Minitaire INSERT PAINT NAME
The platforms are done in Vallejo German Red Brown, a nice dull red that when dry almost mimics a thin coat of rusty metal.
For the weathering I use a sponge chipping technique, starting first with AK Interactive Dark Rust, then GW Skrag Brown. On the medium Chimney I’ve also added in “splashes” of Secret Weapon Miniatures Tire Black, a really great dark greenish black color that I imagine represents promethium fairly well. This terrain is, after all, part of a promethium extraction facility.
The platforms also get sponge chipping in metallics – usually Leadbelcher, though P3 Pig Iron works as well. The undersides of these are done in German Grey, also with rust chipping.
For the bridges, I’ll be doing the walkways in the same red as the platforms, and will use the same grey for the railings.
Since I started writing this post I’ve had a few interruptions, and have been able to airbrush the wall sections and one of the grated bridges. From here it’s on to the sponge chipping on all of those pieces. Next week I’ll start work on the safety railing pieces that form the low walls on the upper platforms.
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