Sunday, October 16, 2016

Paintus Interruptus

I will be moving to Florida within the next few months. Hobby stuff is back on hold while I pack all my crap and sell my place.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Norman Invasion of the Workbench Part 1

And so it begins, my first real painting project in a few years. I'm going to attempt to do an "in progress" series on the painting of this group. We'll see if I still have any of the old skills left, especially with my eyes not what they used to be.

I finally decided on a Norman army for SAGA and the first pack I'm going to tackle is the Norman Characters (DA1042) from Black Tree Designs. These will be used as a unit of Hearthguard and will be based individually to allow them to be fielded for gaming in other rule systems.

Here they are in their natural state before the initial removal of flash and mold lines.


After the initial removal of flash and mold lines. This wasn't too terrible, but I quickly remembered my least favorite part of the hobby.


Inked with Liquitex Transparent Raw Umber Ink to pick out any missed mold lines. Decided to use the ink instead of primer for this step. For a while I would prime and ink, but with the Liquitex stuff the primer is unnecessary. Why use up primer when you don't need to?


Mold lines completely removed (or so I thought), ink stain washed off, and ready for primer. The primer (White Stynylrez) was applied with the Patriot 105 airbrush @ 30 PSI from about 6"-8" away.


The first coat of primer went on a little too lightly and had a slight dusty appearance. I've heard the white takes multiple coats to get good coverage, but decided to give it a little help just in case.


Second coat of primer. Added a little Liquitex Airbrush Medium to the Stynylrez. This went on a little wetter and smoothed out the primer. Missed a little bit of mold line on the guy with the spear. See it?


No need to call Commando Cody. It's just Maskol.


The next step will be to spray the primarily metallic areas with a black primer. This will be either Vallejo Surface Primer or Stynylrez, again applied with the Badger 105 Patriot.

Long Time, No Post

Wow. Over three years since my last post...

New posts coming soon. I've actually started a new project; Norman army for SAGA. The first few figures will be from the Black Tree Designs line. I just couldn't get those awkward Battlestandard sculpts to look right. It could be the flatness of the Vallejo Model Color paints I used on them. They'll get a Simple Green bath and another go to see if I can improve on them.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Eldar: Lugganath Craftworld Icon

Nice little article and download over at Bell of Lost Souls. This will come in useful if I ever decide to paint all those ancient Eldar models!

Black Green Highlight Method I

I was playing around with finishing up Citadel Familiar (Walking Book) and this actually ended up looking good. You may not have all the colors mentioned. I've been doing this a while and have a lot of OOP (sad face) products.

Thin Orkhide Shade Foundation (GW/Cit) with Thraka Green wash (GW/Cit) and then thin further with a very slight amount of H2O.

Brush this on all the raised areas.

Now add VMC 886 Green-Grey and another slight increase of H2O to the above mix and add to only the highest raised areas.

Brush on Citadel Yellow Glaze after this final highlight has dried. When this initial glaze has dried, do it again.

If you want to give a more greenish hue to the effect, brush on a final coat of Citadel Green Glaze.

Photos of model as soon as I get around to it.

Vallejo Game Colors gone bad

A word of warning to my fellow painters... Don't let your paints sit around for an extended period of time. I have quite a few bottles of Vallejo Game Color paints that have gone bad. They have turned gummy, chunky, or somewhere in between. So far it's mostly yellows and oranges that are suffering this fate.

Maybe it would be a good idea to at least give them a good shake every couple of weeks and keep the binder and pigment thoroughly mixed. It might also be advantageous to on occasion add a few drops of distilled water and/or Vallejo thinner.

This is probably a good warning for me to not buy a bottle of paint until I actually need it. Then again, my one (known) local supplier of VGC isn't open at 0300. :)