Small Scenics: Secret Weapon Miniatures’ Traffic Pylons #2

Secret Weapon Miniatures' Traffic Pylons

Seventeen years ago, back in September of 2019 I painted the first batch of “Traffic Pylons” from Secret Weapon Miniatures. I picked up 50 of the things on sale at a local retailer in however many little baggies of them, and then set to painting half of them. They weren’t hard to paint, but in such numbers they’re pretty tedious and so my original plan of getting to the other half got a little sooner than now got sidetracked initially by my hiatus, and then by not really wanting to do them.

This second batch then had been sitting in a chinese food container-style disposable plastic tub since last year, and sitting on top of a pile of my modelling supplies and such I kept seeing them, so resolved to getting them onto an upcoming Tray. Since official Tray business is kinda suspended right now, I’m allowing myself to work on terrain as well as D&D board game models, because Dave Stone’s Winter of Scenery Challenge, and also because terrain can be a bit rougher and doesn’t need that fine freehand and careful highlighting and shading like regular models do, so it fits in pretty well for allowing me to keep getting stuff done right now.

Secret Weapon Miniatures' Traffic Pylons

The only difference between this batch and the first batch is I changed the “orange” to a slightly different shade, a little darker and a little more muted. I just wanted that slight variation that you tend to see between two sets of “identical” mass-produced products that have come from different batches that then often tend to have a small but uniform difference between the two.

…and now I have 50 Traffic Pylons for my modern+ games. Hopefully this coming summer I can get my urban Tablescapes painted…

Small Scenics: Secret Weapon Miniatures’ Traffic Pylons #1 (Scenic September ’19)

Secret Weapon Miniatures' Traffic Pylons

Well, like the best laid grand plans I had hoped to get some larger, more impressive terrain completed in September, but unfortunately life events and shitty weather conspired to prevent it. I did, however, continue on the Scatter Terrain train, and so I managed to complete the first of what will no doubt be two batches of “Traffic Pylons” from Secret Weapon Miniatures. Basically, I was buying some other stuff from a local retailer, and saw that these were cheap, so I got several bags. Turns out that each bag had 10 of the pylons in it, so I didn’t manage to get them all done. The 25 shown here are the ones done so far, and are about half of the ones I picked up. I’ll paint the others in a month or two. Or work on them slowly when tired after work.

The good news here was that they are/were simple enough to paint, and so during the perios where I was feeling under the weather, or tired, I was still able to plug away at a few of these at a time. Once they were painted, it was gloss varnish, satin varnish, paint wash to grime them up, and then matte varnish. As scatter terrain, and especially being resin they need to be pretty durable, so with that in mind, three coats of varnish isn’t overkill.

So yeah. Not impressive in any way on their own, but they’ll add a lot of that little extra layer of detail to any urban locale in a modern, post-modern, or even many sci-fi tabletops. I do have my Secret Weapon tiles that I’ll be making another pass at once the weather gets consistently better and I have a bit more time from work to work on such things, so let’s all cross our fingers and toes…