Underground Update: Terrain and Airbrush Musing

For quite some time now I’ve heard raving reviews about airbrushing. Being the stubborn ass that I am, I refused to jump on the bandwagon. However after much carful consideration (and an ever growing pile of models that needed to get done quickly) I decided to take the plunge. I figured the best place to start practicing would be terrain, namely my Underground Lasers Kickstarter terrain. Here’s some pics of what I’ve been working on along with some babble about my entry into the world of airbrushing.

BBQ Lizard

Underground Lasers, BBQ Lizard Stand

Before I continue, I should mention that I’ve been working with Francisco, the owner of Underground Lasers, for some time on his latest Kickstarter project. You can view pictures here. Those models are really my first go at using an airbrush and I think my technique has improved a lot since then.

ShogunBurger

Underground Lasers, Shogun Burger Shack

 

Back then I was using low budget equipment and a loud-ass, smelly compressor. I bought it from a friend and it smelled like a moldy basement whenever I turned it on. A few months later, I purchased an entire set of Bagder Minitaire Airbrush Paint and a Badger Sotar 20/20 airbrush. Holy rusted metal Batman, what a difference!

 

Underground Lasers, Barricades

Underground Lasers, Barricades

 

If you’re a frugal individual like myself, then you hate feeling uncertain about any investment, much less an expensive one. That being said, if you plan on getting into airbrushing, I recommend buying the most expensive machine you can afford. You’ll be better off for it. The set up I ended up with was $300 to $400 (USD) and I don’t regret it.

Underground Lasers, Containers

Underground Lasers, Containers

Also, do yourself a favor and don’t bother mixing your own paint. It’s extremely tedious, time consuming and frustrating. Purchase a set of legit airbrush paint in a few colors (black, gray, white and some primary colors are a good start). Most of all practice and experiment!

Haqq-Groupshot

Thanks for reading and happy painting.

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Send in the Fleet!

Back in December 2013 I wrote a post about a Kickstarter for Temporus the Game that I was painting some models for. Check out the original post here for the prototype and color recipe. Well, the Kickstarter was successfully funded, which means I had 4 large and 5 small replicas of the same ship to paint up ASAP. Here’s a picture of the final product. The large versions are about 5″ long and the small about 2.5″ long.

Temporous Cruisers

Temporus Cruisers

When I shipped away the package it gave me an opportunity to add some extra promo swag for the blog. I figured the backers who received these hand painted goodies would like to see a little bit more of my stuff (shameless plug tee-hee). I’m gonna start making more of these to bring to conventions and such just to get my name out there.

OSO promo

OSO promo

A huge thanks to my good friend Alex Cheparev for referring me for the project and to Erik Umenhofer for trusting me to painting these awesome models. Make sure to check out Temporus the video game. Later space cadet!

Underground Lasers III: Mining Outpost Alpha

I’ve been super busy collaborating with Francisco Branco for his current Kickstarter project. Frank is the owner, creator, and creative mastermind behind Underground Lasers and his most recent project is pretty bad ass. Here’s some pictures of this very cool and unique kit painted by yours truly.

BasicTower

Basic Platform

Walkway

Walkway

InnerStaircaseTower

Platform Inner Stairs

PackageDeal1

Package Deal 1

TwoTierTower

2 Tier Tower

I feel really lucky for the opportunity to get my hands on these terrain pieces before the KS release. The kit’s got a very unique design and most awesome of all, it’s completely collapsible! I can fit all the items you see here inside of a cereal box. Plus the many components leave a lot of room for customization.
Thanks to Francisco Branco for trusting me to paint this up for him, Nestor Medina from WGC for referring me and Ade Sanya from Nu Brand Gaming for letting me to use his shop for most of my airbrushing. You guys are the best!
I’ll keep posting up more pictures of fully painted sets throughout the month of December. So keep a look out for them here and on the official Underground Lasers Kickstarter Page. Thanks for reading and happy gaming!

Temporus Cruiser

I’ve been ask to paint a prototype model for an upcoming Kickstarter project. It’s for a game called Temporus and is based on old school, side scrolling action. During some levels of the game you fly around in a space cruiser shooting foes in an obscene deluge of firepower. It looks like a lot of fun and the character designs are top-notch.

Base

Temporus Cruiser

The creator would like to offer painted versions of the games iconic Cruiser. That’s where I come in. Here’s some pictures of the 3D render and my painted version below. Enjoy!

cruiseModel

Temporus Cruiser 3D Render

TemporusCruiser

Temporus Cruiser-Painted Prototype

I used only Privateer Press Paints (P3) for this model. The main reason being that they have great coverage and pretty nice selection of earth tone colors. P3 dries with a semi gloss finish that I find distracting, but finished with a spay of Matte Varnish and it’s all good. I also used good old Agrax Earthshade (GW) for shading.

Here are the colors used:

Green: Base-coat 50/50 mix of Thornwood Green/Ordic Olive. Wash of Agrax Earthshade. Highlight of Ordic Olive up to 50/50 mix of Ordic Olive/Thrall Flesh.

Brown: Base-coat Gun Corps Brown. Wash of Agrax Earthshade. Highlight of Gun Corps Brown up to Rucksack Tan.

Blue rockets: Arcane Blue up to Morrow White.

Orange Lights: Khador Red Highlight up to Cygnar Yellow.

So keep a look out for when this Kickstarter comes around. Later space cadets!