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Friday
Oct242014

On the painting table ... Speed Racers Blocked In

Relic Knights – I'm working on trying to get a "battle box" worth of each faction assembled and painted before the end of the year. My goal is to have at least 30 points of models for the five factions I won done so I can push for this to be the main game my group plays. So far anytime I bring it out it receives positive comments but without painted minis it doesn't have the staying power.

I've been really enjoying playing the Speed Circuit faction as of late they're fast and play very different from anything else I like to play so it's a breath of fresh air. 

The models were similar to the rest of the range to assemble and unfortunately because of the delicate nature of the female models really show the weakness of using PVC plastic for small detailed models doesn't cut the mustard. 

I've been struggling with the paint colors on the Belles as I'm torn between making them look cohesive and make them each an individual. It seems that each racer is in it for themselves so being individuals makes sense, but it goes against my desire for things to match. I may wind up striping these down and trying a different scheme. But for now the base colors are nearly done.

Suicide Queen and Rollo are painted pretty close to the color scheme on her stat card. Again this si just the basic color blocks to be sure I like the way the model is going to look overall.

Rynn was one of my favorite models when the line came out, her transition to PVC really hurts the gun the most. I've tried multiple ways to reshape it to be straight but it keeps curling back even after the boiling water bath. So for now I'll just make due. I like the orange and may try to work it into some other models in the faction.

Thursday
Oct232014

101 Things to Do with Craters #2 (continued)

Terrain Making – This project got pushed back after the plague tore threw my house last month. But I'm feelling better and back with a vengeance to get some of these projects done. 

 

 

When last we left the crater project I had just painted in the bright green for the slime pools. The next step was to add in the Envirotex Lite to give it a depth and really help sell the concept. I did this in several parts as I added some paint between each layer to give the illusion of more even more depth.

 

 

 

 

 

After that dried I glued down the grass mat tufts I have to give some greenery to the set. I think I might need to add some addition veggitation to the areas around the grass tufts to make it look a bit more natural. Fuctionally it works great in game as it has some good LOS blocking qualities without being so huge that it's hard to store.

Tuesday
Oct212014

Blast off ... Rocket Raccoon Costume

Halloween – My son finally settled on his costume for Halloween this year. Thankfully he decided against being an airplane (that was going to be tricky to build) and instead opted to be Rocket Raccoon. He's to young to see the movie but he does enjoy reading the comics with me as well as the few cartoon episodes that have the Guardians of the Galaxy as guest stars.

I opted to go with the commercially available costume as it was "reasonably" priced and easier than buying fabric and trying to craft something before Halloween. The costume came with one of those molded plastic masks with the rubber band. Which while it is very cool won't work for his school party where full masks and accessories aren't allowed. So after some looking around I found a "werewolf" hat that matched the fur of the costume fairly closely. This way he can look the part without having his face covered.

Of course part of what makes Rocket so cool is his variety of crazy laser guns and other weapons. Looking through my collection of terrain bits I found some parts that looked like they could make a decent blaster. I had part of an imaging unit from a laser printer, vinegar bottle, pedialite bottle, some plastic balls, plotter paper roll and pink foam to work with.

I started by carving out a handle that he could hold using pink insullation foam. This took two tries as the first one wouldn't mount to the imaging unit without snapping off. The second one worked great. I used some hot glue to attach and began cutting up the rest of the pieces. 

Once it was glued together I had to make sure it would work so I handed off to my son to try out. Immediately I was greeted with "PEEW-PUGH" and "I blasted him" so the gun worked. Once he fell asleep I was able to pry it out of his hands to apply the paint. 

I started with a dark grey primer and followed it up with a gunmetal metallic finish. I applied some color to the techy looking bits and have to say it's looking really cool. I'm going to try and clean up the details and then seal it with a heavy duty varnish so it will stand up to the rigors of a soon-to-be-three year old.

Not the question is can I get the rest of the family to dress up like the supporting cast for trick-or-treat?

Sunday
Oct122014

Red and Brass, ready to kick some ...

Warhammer 40K – Yes sir that's right I have another 40K commission. No guard this time around, and no imperial eagles either. I'll be painting up Chaos Marines. I'm looking forward to this job as Chaos was always my first love for 40K. The models were always so cool and fun to paint. I do have a bit of seller's remorse after parting with most of my Chaos Marines so projects like this make me happy and a little nostalgic.

Way back in third edition when I started playing the game again, I loved the Chaos Marine book, there were so many options and different ways to build your army that everyone I played with had a Chaos Marine army of some type and not a single one played the same. During this time i started painting for other people and in the span of a year I painted 9 different Chaos Marine armies and not a single one was the same color or same make up. I miss those days ... 

Anyway back to the project. First up is a test batch of a ten man squad of marines. My client really wanted to duplicate the look and feel of the art on the cover of the current codex with a deep red and brass scheme. I guess he's been doing a bunch of conversion work on various models to give them fur and cloaks (his description makes me think chaos space wolves ... but I could be wrong). 

This job is going to consist of mostly 3 color+wash paint jobs as he has a ton of models and wants to keep cost to a minimum. So all models are provided assembled, and based I'm just putting down paint.

When I start a job like this I like to do a test batch of models to make sure m clients vision matches my own. It's important to do because if you don't you can get pretty deep into a job and then find out you have to strip everything and start over because the pink you chose was to princess and not bubble gum enough (true story).

I think he's going to be giving me some cultists to test when these are done. (Of joy dirty guard! I think there's only a few hundred of them ...)

Friday
Oct102014

Corsairs - Finshed and In the Gallery

Relic Knights – The Star Nebula Corsairs are finally wrapped up and photos are posted in my gallery. Overall I'm happy with how they turned out. Still having issues with the material they're cast in but overall they look good at arms length.

Still loving the game and moving on to paint up some of my own models soon. My goal is to get a starter force painted up for each of the five factions I won before the end of the year. We'll see how this works out with my commission schedule but I'm staying positive I can get it done.