Sunday, June 27, 2010

Rhino Wreckage

It's crazy, it took me about a year to finish this piece of scenery, and a month to get around to take photos of it. Alas, it's done! I can't wait to use it on the tabletop.

Ultramarines Razorback

Ready to roll! A bit of orange skin effect on it due to me not cleaning my airbrush properly. >_<

Ultramarines Razorback WIP

I'm really in a blue mood nowadays. So I decided to paint up one of the four Rhino / Razorbacks for my Ultramarine army.

Using an airbrush to paint tanks is almost mandatory. I finished the blue coat, with shading and highlightning in about 2 hours. Of course, I didn't do anything fancy. But doing the same thing with citadel paints & washes would've taken forever. I remember being fifteen years younger and painting a Rhino. It took me a week!

The Razorback in the picture has just gotten the first layers of oil based weathering over a gloss varnish. Next up is to paint up all the details (prisms and stuff) & find a name for it. Then it's a final layer of pigments/weathering, touch ups and a flat coat and. After that it's "tabeltop ready".

Thursday, June 24, 2010

On the workbench

It's more Ultrasmurfs!

I tried out the new Vallejo Polyurethane primer (more on those later) on some AOBR marines that I use to learn how to paint marines quickly (harder than it looks). While I had the airbrush assembled and running I decided to try out zenital highlightning which has been covered in a bunch of tutorials lately.

All in all, it's a pretty straightforward technique and it yields really nice "blended" highlightning. Check Awesome Paintjobs tutorial on 13th Co. Space Wolves for an indepth look at how to do it.

The new Vallejo primers are nothing short of awesome. As you can see in the picture, the black is black, and the grey is a lighter shade of grey. Kinda inbetween white and the grey Games Workshop use on their plastic sprues. Which I find really nice. Colors don't get as muted as they do with The Army Painters "Grey Uniform".

They dry to a matte surface that's not chalky. Which takes paint really well.
What I really liked about the primers is that they're consistent. No more mishaps due to a bad batch of primer, blocked nozzles etc.

Oh, and of course, you don't have to run outside. \o/

Click the picture to see a full size example of the primer applied. Another layer could have been applied to the leaves without any significant loss in detail.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Yet another house / Maelstrom Games suck

The Shrine of the Aquila finally arrived from Maelstrom Games. After a two week wait... And to top it off, the terminator chaplain I ordered had mysteriously switched to a power armored one, with jump pack! That was my last order with Maelstrom... -.-

To put it in contrast; I placed an order with Wayland this week. 16 hours after placing the order it was shipped and sent on it's merry way. For just €5 more than Maelstrom. €5 for having your order acknowledged in due time and not sitting in some sort of "we don't know when we ever will send you stuff" / "processing" limbo for weeks. Kinda worth it.

Now, onto the Shrine. This thing is BUGE!!! The construction of it is kinda spotty, no braces or anything. Which makes the whole model kinda wobbly. But apart from that it's really nice. Tons of little details. Oh, and the skull-count tallies in at around 90 skulls. A new record?

Now it's off into the closet together with all the other unpainted stuff. I have other peoples houses to paint. :)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

A house... in the middle of the street!

More commission work. This time it's a WIP Administratum. Lamps are getting the final washes of red (going from white to red) with a bunch of washes. Looking quite convincing, I think.