Sunday, November 23, 2008

FtW Round Table: Painting cool white

Ok I start out with a nice undercoat of Chaos Black. Make sure this is applied thinly to the mini/area.

Next I go over with couple of times with Shadow Grey, again making sure that these coats are the consistency of milk. Because we want as much detail as we can possibly have.

Right, You’ve done all that? Easy?

Good cause this is the part is where most people fall down so I’m going to highlight the key problems people have when painting white.

They tend to go all goopy with the pain because they cannot achieve the right opacity, which is a shame when you’ve done all this prep work for the white and never capitalize on it

Paint is too thin. I used to fall into this category, for me it is hard to get the right consistency with white. It’s really a harsh Mistress that does not let you get away with adding too little or to much water/paint-retarder.

Brushstrokes. Also white tends to misbehave when painting with a hard bristled brush, especially when painting over a dark colour —yes I spell color that way.
And when the paint has been made too thin showing. All of this results in where you make a brushstroke, the base colour showing through.

Then give a 1-2 washes of Arsumen Blue to the recesses of the armour.

And Volia done :P

† - Ok i dont have a camera avaliable at the moment but will "aquire" one within the next couple of day, ill post them as soon as i can. so ive chucked in one of my WIP tactical marines that im working on ATM as some place holders. o.O

Simple Green? Not so Simple to find...

Ok, well we Australian war gamers have quite a dilemma on our hands.

You see it all starts from the reality that simple green is not so simple to find down under. Yes yes its really easy to get in the states or the UK, but in Aus you have to Garrote someone From ASIO just to find out where to find it.

You can go to various supermarkets, shops, random house's, black markets, biological testing facilities and still come out with nothing except for your feelings hurt by the sheer elusiveness of Simple Green.

Its enough pent up frustration to have you weeping like a blubbering Sook being picked on in Primary school.

And then I went into Bunnings, walked down the cleaning isle. And i fell to the floor like it was some religious experience Thoughts rushed over me.

This is how they went:

You mean i cant finally strip my old mini's now?

After 5 years of on and off searching i can finally take my ghastly paint jobs off my old Space Wolves and Tau?

I can Use this stuff while also being satisfied that it is biodegradable and steeped with a Non-toxic Aura?

Wait you mean i can spray this stuff in peoples eye and it will Irritate them?

But that's enough outta me.

So Run down to bunnings with $10 bucks. Go to the cleaning section and it should be there.
If you wanna go down there with about $20 bucks you can get a massive bottle of it on the cheap.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Product Review: Vallejo Paints

After some rather extensive tracking down of these paints i actually found some in Melbourne.

Finally, I've got some in my hot little hands.

And i have to say believe the hype on these little bottle's of pure opacity and WIN!

First of all its not like your standard GW/P3 flip up lids, they are eye dropper bottles. I've found it very easy to work out paint mixing ratio's with these bottles.

They also cost less than GW/Citadel paints and you get more paint for your money. Vallejo costing $5 AUD for 17ml and Citadel costing $6 AUD for 12ml.

But onto the paint.

First of all these are a lot thinner than GW paints. there not gloopy and can be applied to a mini straight out of the bottle. you really don't expect to get much out of one drop, but in actual fact you do.

Also the strength of pigment in Vallejo paints is just quite mind bending, seeing the paint's strength firsthand, its like having your brain smashed out with a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick.

I bought the Game colour "hot orange" and i must say it takes the GW version (fiery orange) out the back and gives it a good hiding, and a couple of good kicks in the teeth and stomach for good measure. then returns to the bar non chalantly and finishes up by having a couple of drinks.

They very much smell like tattoo ink, so I'm thinking that has to be good.

It the coverage is also very good with the orange covering black in just one coat.

So if your in Melbourne Head over to Mind Games at 244 Swanston st Melbourne.

They stock both Game/model colour lines, as well as P3 and Reaper paints. And have big packs of Greenstuff for $25 bucks too! :p

† - Just for all of you Australian Gamers out there here is also an online store that sells Vallejo paints I'ts called Eureka miniatures . And the Green stuff was through Gale force 9 but purchased through mind games Melbourne.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

WIP Nox Veteran

Ok here is My WIP Veteran Sarge. I like how the white turned out on his arms and i especially like the flesh tone.And here is on of his Crux, taken in super macro mode. (still getting used to the proper ISO settings and the like.

Cant wait to get the full squad done, its been a blast.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tactical A'hoy!

here is one of my tactical marines, he looks alot better sitting on my desk than he does uploaded and compressed on the web.
Also here is some plasma cannon goodness, he is only WIP so be nice :)

And last but not least another termi

Raven Guard Picking's

Well thanks to ++ FROM THE WARP ++ for there really informative article Plundered from WeeToySoldiers, Now i actually got my camera to behave and do what i tell it to for a change.

Ok this is my Raven Guard Sergeant, I was quite happy how the NMM turned out being my first try at it. also dont worry about the Templar cross on the thigh armour, i was just brushing up on freehand crosses.

I am a huge fan of Commander Y's Templar's and you can get a great cross tutorial here.

Took a lot of inspiration from them they may only be gaming quality for Comm. Y but i think they strike the right balance between quality and quantity.

I'm leaning toward the whole 5 man squad having 3 Thunderhammers and storm shields, alongside 2 Lighting claws so that way i get the benefit of mixed armour (3+ inv save) while also making them far more punchier in Close combat.

Basically I'm going for a "Pure" raven guard force based of the IA written many moons ago, with lots of scouts and many rapid response elements tied into the list, with a whirly thrown in there for good measure.


Thursday, November 6, 2008

++ Engage
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