So we picked up a copy of dark vengeance for my 10 year old’s birthday and he’s been bugging me for weeks to help him use the airbrush to paint his space marines. I figured this was a perfect chance to try out preshading and using badger ghost tints after.

This is what we managed to get done in just over an hour.


All the models were sprayed black, then 45 degrees with grey and from the top with white.

Deathwing Terminators – these were sprayed with a light coat of ghost tint brown – watch out though it is VERY red, I was expecting something a bit more suited for bone but it turned out ok. We then gave a 45 degree coat of vallejo bone to pull it together.


Ravenwing Bikes – tried to use ghost tint oil to create a black blend over the above primer bit it came out a bit purple so a coat of vallejo black grey to pull them back a bit.


After a bit of satin varnish to see the finish without the gloss


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Both were sprayed with ghost tint green over the above primer.


Librarian – as above but ghost tint blue



For speed painting, this stuff is amazing. You could get a pretty reasonable paint job in no time at all on an entire army.

Well I’ll see you later when Rhys has finished them all up!




Wow, this has been a monster project and one of the coolest looking pieces of terrain I have worked on to date. It is a massive center piece for any gaming table – the first time this went to the club it was the first thing everyone went to look at.

So let’s have a look at the details:

As with all ZEN Terrain buildings, this one is available with or without the internals. If you get it without the internals you get everything below. It comes with acrylic windows, 6 search lights for the angled corners and the entrance hallway. For mine, I have kept the entrance hallway detachable so that you can transport/store it more safely.

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With the internals you can add this amazing interior to the building:

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It contains 2 jail cells with beds, wash basins and the laser cell doors

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3 Offices with desks, chairs and acrylic screens and keyboards.

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There is also a server room with ventilation which has room for a set of their Server Cluster Objective Markers.

All of the doors can be opened and closed, the roof comes off in 3 pieces so you can access the interior. There are 3 access points on the ground floor, the main entrance, side entrance and the hatch on the rear of the server room. There is also a hatch on the roof with a ladder.

I cannot wait to run a game with 2 HVT’s in the cells and each player has to extract their HVT back to the deployment zone, or an attack and defend game with the same idea of extracting an HVT from the cells. I would personally make it an engineer or a hacker only able to open with a WIP -3 roll or similar.

In terms of paint job, I used my tried and trusted method of using Badger Minitaire Base Grey and Charred stone for shading going toward white for highlights for the external concrete walls.

The blue was masked off (There has to be a faster way to do this!) and painted with Vallejo Dark Prussian Blue – Game Air Magic Blue – Game Air Electric Blue and final highlight of Game Air White

The metallics were done with VMC Black Grey – Neutral Grey – Light Grey  – White

The posters were random images found on google, printed on heavy white paper and stuck to the walls

So there you have it – I’ll post some WIP shots later showing the masking process and the sectioned parts.

It’s been a great project to work on and look forward to working on some more of there kit in the future!

It will be available at any day now so fill your boots!

Catch you round!


Hey Everyone,

Since the guys at Zen Terrain have been so kind to send me a prototype of there new Police Station to paint, I thought this would be a good chance to document the process I go through when painting something of this level of complexity.

So the first step is to dry fit everything to see how the fit is and get an idea of what can be assembled properly into sub assemblies before painting.

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So this is how it looks after a dry fit. I haven’t constructed the spotlights as they are quite difficult to hold together without glue. As always the fit from Zen is superb and instructions are very easy to follow and very well thought out.

I will say that this is the most complex building they have done to date, and there are lots of very small parts that could be quite fragile and easily lost so make sure you are very careful when taking the pieces out of the bags so you don’t damage or lose the smaller parts.

It would also be a good idea to separate the parts that have multiples to make it easier to find them when constructing.

Again another very easy product to recommend – although I don’t know the final cost of the model, I am sure it will be incredibly good value as always!

Join me over the coming weeks as I take you through the build/paint


Sorry for the delay guys, between work commitments taking me away from my painting desk for 2 weeks, my compressor dying and being ill it’s been a bit quiet on the painting front.

But not anymore



A little sneak peak of what is on my desk. It’s very nearly finished, just some touching up and graffiti to do.

I’ll post up some proper pictures as soon as I can work out how to photograph something that big!

Hey again all!

I’ve seen a new product from Zen Terrain     –     The Police Station!!

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This looks stunning, I can’t wait to get this on the painting table. I will try and take some tutorial images as I go!

As if by magic, I’ve had a chat with the team at Zen and there is a prototype of this on route for me to get painted – keep your eyes peeled!


It’s that time of the week again, and since my compressor died recently I figured I would get the Warmill Foodbooth 9000 with custom battery box uploaded

So without further ado, here she is

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And with the lights on:

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And it looks super bright in the dark:

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Close up view of the lights in the kitchen:

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So the history behind this is as follows – I built, painted and lit this model about 18 months – 2 years ago. I loved the lighting, but I hated that I could see the battery and wiring inside the kitchen (which I was quite happy with the paint work on and really wanted to play inside) So I decided waaaaaay back then to fix this by building a battery box. I then got distracted by other projects and the model got shelved – until now!

The basic box is made out of various thickness plasticard with a thicker material making up the main box, and thinner material making up the detailing. It was all cut out by hand (not perfectly I might add – but that’s why I love laser cut kits!) and constructed on top of a lollipop shaped piece of 3mm ply so that it would be fairly sturdy.

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I very quickly realised that if the unit was permanently connected it was certainly going to get damaged at some point so I needed a method of disconnecting the wiring. Looking through old PC parts, I noticed I had a few old 3 pin fan headers and as if by magic, they perfectly fitted the piece of plasticard duct that I was going to use between the 2 parts – it was clearly a sign from above 🙂

I used a Dremel to remove a square off the side of the Foodbooth and mounted one side of the fan header there, and then cut the duct to fit the other side of the fan header. This allowed me to disconnect the battery from the main building and looked pretty cool to boot. I also mounted the switch for the circuit on to the box so I could turn the lights on and off

This is what I ended up with:

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After realising how well the fan header worked, I fitted another one to the ceiling wiring so that the roof could be completely removed. I ran the wiring under one of the cookers so it was basically out of sight, and the connector fit down one of the sides.

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Overall I’m happy with how this turned out. It’s not my best paintjob as it was painted some time ago, but it looks pretty epic on the table when you turn the lights on. Even better, it now has extra cover on the side for infinity!

I got most of the electronics guides for LEDs resistors etc by looking on google so they weren’t hard to find. The lighting circuit was tested on a small prototype board before being wired in properly to make sure I didn’t blow any LEDs or fry a battery.

Well that’s it for this week, but I did get my new compressor and it is a beast 9 litre tank at 120 PSI, and it makes as much noise as a fridge. Happy days!


See you all later!


Let’s have another update shall we?

So, after wanting to throw my bottle of Vallejo Liquid Mask into a pit of hellfire, I have now finished the Zen Terrain Shipping Company Building / Dice Tower. This has 2 levels of walkways surrounded by cover that would be great for snipers in infinity, or a HMG in the middle of the board with suppressive fire. It also has a helipad with limited cover at the highest point.

But most importantly – the middle of the building is a working dice tower. Throw the dice in there, and they are stopped from flying everywhere by the fenced in section at the bottom. Everyone I know uses building rooftops to roll their dice, now we have a building that has a proper dice tower built in. Bravo Zen Terrain – what an amazing way to add one to the table.

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To clarify why I now want my liquid mask to burn in hellfire – I used lots of it to mask prepainted sections of this model, basically all of the signwriting on the building and the helipad on the roof. IT DIDN’T BLOODY WORK!!!!!! AAAAAGHHHH!!!! This building has been on my desk for weeks as I couldn’t bring myself to sort out the lettering. In the end I cheaped out and turned it all into orange OSL to make it a whole lot quicker. I know some people aren’t a fan, but for my sanity’s sake I had to get the model finished.

These were intended to be photos to show how to use liquid mask, but since it didn’t work they don’t have much of a use. I did however think it could be some use now to show the sub assemblies put together before painting


Pre spray in white, prior to adding the orange.


And now for some orange colour to give it the base/glow

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And adding yellow to shade

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And the dreaded liquid mask. If anyone knows a mask that works on MDF or an idea of where I went wrong, let me know.

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I highly recommend that anyone working on this model breaks it into subsections to paint, otherwise you will really struggle to airbrush individual parts without overspraying every other part of the model. It kind of goes without saying, especially on large complex buildings like this one, but it really is key. I think this was broken into 30-40 parts to paint before being put together at the end.

Graffiti is from 00 gauge railway transfers, they are a perfect scale fit for something like this. I was actually looking for the larger 0 gauge transfers, but to be honest I think either will work depending on what you are going to be graffiting.

It took absolutely hours to mask for the turquoise sections. This was done to try and break up the grey concrete like sections and I thought it would play well against the orange of the signs/helipad/elevator.

Speaking of the elevator:

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At the back there is a movable elevator that can be at the ground floor or the top floor by pushing the tab at the bottom of the elevator in. If you look at the photo on the left, you can see it pushes 2 tags into a notch that holds it in place. The acrylic section is also removable so you can get miniatures in and out without having to be too creative.

For my games of infinity I intend to make it a short action to call the elevator if it is in the wrong location, and a short move to make it go to the top. I’m pretty sure in N3 there are rules for elevators, but they don’t (correct me if I’m wrong) cover making the elevator travel to where you are if it’s not on your floor – probably because no one has made a movable elevator before now so it has been a bit pointless.

If I’m honest, I wouldn’t be in a rush to make another one of these – not because I don’t like the building, but because it was an exhausting build/paint. I absolutely love this building, and it never fails to get a wow reaction from anyone that sees it. It’s just that a project like this is a real time sink, and it takes some serious determination to get to the end of the build.

It might just be that I’m still a bit sore about the liquid mask, I’ll let you be the judge of that.

Either way it is another fantastic kit from Zen Terrain and a very easy one to recommend – just make sure your table is clear for a couple of weeks to get it done.

It is available to order from here

See you next week!