Monday, March 25, 2013

Talent Not Required: Alternate Chest Plates 2

Hi everyone,

I have finished the batch of chest plates I was working on from several posts ago.  I want to use them for my Wolf Guard in power armour so I added some extra work to them.  Altogether, I modelled six, all at the same time.  They took approximately 3 hours each to finish, without considering curing times of the putty. 

I also tried working on one of the Anvil Industry torsos, by adding some border designs to see how they fare when used with putty work.  Over all, working on a base made of putty is easier, but the attempt was worth the effort in the end.


As you can see, I used Forge World etched brass combined with some border designs to make each one unique and stand out from the rest, as befits the Wolf Guard elite status in the Space Wolves chapter. What I did not want, was to spend hours of work on miniatures that are going to be used for tabletop wargaming.  All in all, I think I have achieved an acceptable balance between work  invested and presentability.




They will probably be used as pack leaders, as I don't see them very viable as a unit on their own.  It is more worthwhile to field Terminators as a Wolf Guard unit.  At least that is how I see it.

Anyway, that is all for now and as all ways

Farewell and good health


        NR

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Dystopian Wars:- Daedalus Part 2

Hi everyone,

Today I will continue discussing the painting of my Covenant of Antarctica fleet - that is my three Daedalus large flyers.  As I have mentioned in my last post this project is an experiment in airbrushing. In fact I will continue with the camouflage.

As you can tell from the picture below I decided to try my hand at masking.  It took me much longer to mask the vessels than it did to spray paint them, but proper masking is well worth your time if you want good results.

It is also very important to use a 'low tack' masking tape.  For those who don't know, 'low tack' means that the stickiness of the tape is not as strong as normal masking tape and you wont risk peeling off your base coat when removing the tape. I used Tamiya's masking tape and found it very good.

I decided that I wanted to give my air fleet bright bluish camo.  I think this makes sense when considering the elemt they are fighting in.  Once again I decided on a graduation of colour, lighter further up and dark as you go down.


On hindsight I should have masked the engine sections as well.  The detail on these models are very fine and over-painting can easily swamp the detail.  But this is all part of the learning process, and I admit I had the time of my life painting them up.  I guess that is what happens when you are painting with a completely new medium and method!

Well, that is all for this now.  Next post I will post up something about my Space Wolves, just to diversify.  See you then!

Farewell and good health,


        NR

Monday, March 11, 2013

Dystopian Wars:- Daedalus Part 1

Hi everyone,

As I mention briefly at the end of my last blog, I am embarking on a new wargame army project, even though I have not finished my other two armies, that is Space Wolves and my 15mm Dwarves.  I know some of you out there who, like me, have very little discipline with these things can understand.

I saw a game and was hooked with the models.  So I decided to build a small force for the time being (not out of discipline but budget restraints!). Some guys I know who are big Last Exile fans have air forces of Germans and French, and are currently playing a small campaign.  I decided to join the fun and so all I had to do was choose a faction and painted them up.

I always choose an army according to the miniatures and never their performance on the gaming table.  This is because if I don't like the miniatures, then I will never get around to painting them.  My choice turned out to be very simple - Covenant of Antartica!!!  Not only are they beautiful steam-punk models, but their designs really hooked me badly. Airships that look like whales, sea ships that look like sharks and dolphins, and land ships that emulate crabs and arachnids and worms.  Amazing!!!

Since this is just an air force, I started out with my three Daedalus Class large flyers.  On opening the packs I found the resin models to be huge and very sharply cast.  Only minor cleaning up was necessary, except for the central strip where the mold lines pass through. This had to be replaced, since even with careful sanding it would look tacky when painted.  I used some styrene strips for this and the result was very pleasing.


I recently acquired a Veda airbrush from Peco Global.  They sell very good quality airbrushes at a fraction of the price when compared to Iwata and Badger.  Well this project seemed like the perfect chance to try it out.  First I gave the resin a good wash and then sprayed white primer on them.  I used Vallejo's airbrush primer which is ready mixed.  This is a good idea for anyone, like me, who is just beginning with airbrushes.

The next step was to pre-shade.  As you can see I have done my homework and did all the research possible.  I thought this technique would be useful and render results, so I tried it out.  I used Vallejo's airbush black, and shaded all the seams.

When the pre-shading was done I started giving the models their base coat.  I wanted them a light grey with graduations in colour going lighter up and darker down. I think I managed it, even though you cannot see it due to the picture's quality.

This is a very tricky stage, I have to admit.  I strongly suggest anyone trying it for the first time, to do some tests in order to obtain a good sturdy control of flow from your airbrush.  You will also need to gauge the pressure of your brush for optimal results.  Not as easy as it looks or sounds - but not that difficult after you get the hang of it.

Well that is all for now.  The next step will be the camouflage. Until then;

Farewell and good health


        NR


Monday, March 4, 2013

More Bloodclaws and Grey Hunters

Hi everyone,

Here is the second article I wrote that was first posted in my Bolter & Chainsword blog, that I am presenting here the way I wrote it.  With this there are no more back articles, and everything that I wanted to transfer here to this blog has been done.  The next post will be about Dystopian Wars.  Till then!

N.R
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I have decided to enlarge my BC pack to full strength. I came to this decision from a game I played recently where I think I would have fared better with a larger unit. Well I had some extra parts from the last new SW box I bought and got to work with it. I put together 5 new BCs and made one of them a pack leader by giving him the backpack icon and a tooth-necklace. The others match the the current BC unit I have; in that they don't have any extra pelts or wolf tooth necklaces, except the ones already on the casted model and they all have the 'Rune of Acceptance' on their right shoulder pad.

I have also been busy with the special weapons marines of my second GH pack. I have added a combat knife to the shoulder-pad, besides the pelt and WTN and the 2nd close combat weapon. I think they look good. As you can see I have done the same to the BC special weaponist.



That's all for today. My next post will be on my first unit of Long Fangs. Until then, my Russ shine His Glory on all your endeavors.

Regards,

NR

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