With my week-long cold I unfortunately didn't manage to get much miniature painting done at all, but I DID paint up my second batch of combat gauges to match my Into The Dark terrain, with a dirtied-up rusted side and a clean side. Weirdly, on the dirty side where I did the rust pigment I actually went a bit too heavy-handed with the matte varnish and it actually dried white in places (or maybe it reacted with the pigment or something? All I know is that I didn't have this same problem when doing my actual ITD terrain) but it's totally worked fine anyway and just added some extra wear!
I also made the ITD "barricades" look at least somewhat better with the application of some airbrushed silver, a dunk in The Army Painter's "Dark Tone", and some drybrushing.
My Kill Team terrain is DONE! Absolutely fucking stoked at how good it looks, I even painted the screens up to look like, well, screens! Other than the screens, all I did to the rest of it was a drybrush of Ironbreaker plus the rust pigment. I wasn't looking forward to having to individually apply pigment fixer to everything but fortunately using a solid thick coat of matte varnish via the airbrush has done the trick just as well, and with far less effort. The hazard stripes above the doors look so good too, and I made sure I dabbed them with rust pigment so they looked properly worn like the rest of it.
Also after our last game of Kill Team (https://virtualwolf.org/media/posts/2542), I decided I wanted to add a bit of extra pizzazz to my Into The Dark terrain because it looked a bit dull next to my friend's set that he put a fair bit more effort into.
One of the things he did that I particularly liked was adding hazard stripes to all the walls above where the doors are, because it's VERY easy to miss the fact that there's a door there and suddenly your opponent opens one right next to one of your operatives and you're like "...oh, shit." Very happy with my hand-painting efforts for the hazard stripes here, I also did some drybrushing with silver (I had done zero drybrushing at all until this point) and used the MIG brand rust pigment to add some extra grime and wear, and it looks mint. Left is before, right is after.
Now I just have approximately twelve million more pieces of this terrain to do. 😅
Two more pieces of the Kill Team Octarius terrain nearly done! I just need to wait a few days for the wash to dry, then drybrushing and varnishing, and then only two more identical pieces to these and I will be FINISHED!
I wish I'd gotten onto this airbrushing thing earlier. It's SO much faster to paint terrain, I'm actually going to finish all of the Kill Team stuff from Octarius! These aren't finished yet, but there's two more identical pieces to go, then it'll just need a splash of colour, a coat of quickshade and then some drybrushing, and it'll be 100% done.
And then I might even try to make a dent in the Sector Mechanicus terrain from my old Kill Team starter box from 2019 that I've assembled and undercoated and then done absolutely nothing else with. 😮
I decided that I should really bite the bullet and actually get started on the large pieces of the Kill Team terrain from the Octarius box that I bought in the middle of 2021. Figured it'd be a good opportunity to actually try doing some airbrushing in a fashion other than a zenithal highlight base coat, and I'm pretty pleased with how it's coming out! I'm less worried about obviously sticking within the lines because a) it's terrain and I don't care nearly as much, and b) in this case it's Ork terrain which is completely ramshackle anyway.
It's weirdly shiny because I'm using Army Painter's "Strong Tone" shade paint, which is sort of like Citadel's washes but oil-based and far thicker, and for some reason they thought a glossy finish would be the go. Once it's dry (which takes a good 24-48 hours 😮) I'm going to give it a drybrushing with some gunmetal silver and then will hit it with a matte varnish to get rid of the shine, and I reckon it's going to look pretty tops.
Remember the absurd amount of terrain I put together from the Kill Team: Into The Dark box? FINALLY got it finished today!
I realised I was massively overthinking it and that I didn't actually need to do remotely as much detail as I thought. I primed in black, did a low airbrushed zenithal highlight of this wonderful dark blue metallic colour, then a higher one of copper, airbrushed white for the lights, then picked out a few details in red, and it looks fantastic on the tabletop.