Sunday, May 13, 2012

Video of the month / Vallejo Music Awards

Most painting tutorials on YouTube are goddamn boring to watch. Some guy, talking out his nose, going on and on and on in and endless jabber of paint names until you stick a fork in your ears and write a post in his/her praise on DakkaDakka.

This one actually made me chuckle and learn a bunch of stuff at the same time. Well worth spending 25 minutes of your precious precious time watching it.

(Click it to go to youtube and watch it in glorious 1080p)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

PX vs. Decals. 1 - 0


Finally all the decals are on! Now it's just some more detailing to be done (the arm for the hatch, las-gun-arm and the engine on the back) and I can finally start on contrasts and weathering. Oh, I of course need to touch up the inside a bit since my masking wasn't too good.

One thing I noticed was that the decals is a bit thick-ish. Not as thick as the Games Workshop decals thankfully. But they have some silvering due to the thickness. Hopefully it'll all go away with a coat of varnish.

I'm more than pleased with the freaky-head. The helmet needs some more blending (the shadows are a bit harsh) but it really brightens up the entire suit and makes the head the focal point. Good stuff! :)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Quick WIP-snapshot...

The SAFS-suit has -a-ton- of decals to be applied! Thankfully they're going on without too much hassle. Five done, twenty more to go! -.-

Thursday, May 10, 2012

It's a floating head!!!

I was mildly disturbed while painting the head for the pilot inside the MaK SAFS-suit. Something really weirded me out having that head floating on a pedestal. It got a little better now that I got paint on it. When all white it looked a little too ghostly/dead to me. :)

First time I've tried out everything I've been reading about the last month concerning oil painting, historical miniatures and the correct shades of khaki (don't get me started on that!).

Painting not-40K-stuff is way more subtle (and sometimes easier) than the style of grimdark. Unfortunately my oil-paints is still in transit, so I had to resort to using Reaper instead. Perhaps a good thing since I imagine using oils will be a messy business for a couple of sessions until I get a hang of it.

The SAFS-suit is getting along pretty nicely. Hopefully I can get some proper WIP-photos up during the weekend. :)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Sdkfz. 222 Part IV

Not much to it. A lot of mistakes, not so many happy ones, but at least I got it out of the paint booth and into the cabinet. You paint and you learn. :)

I tried to make it look like they tell you everything looks after a couple of weeks in the desert. More ore less the same colour as the sand. Without overdoing it. Meh, I guess I kinda achieved that goal.

What I missed (it pays to do your research!) is that apparently every German vehicle got painted "desert tan" once they left the staging area in Libya. I attribute that to the fact that I didn't touch the model for almost two weeks while contemplating a bath in Simple Green or just paint it and get it "out of the door".

It sounds like I'm really not pleased with how it turned out. I am. I learnt a lot on how to manipulate the pigments. And why they're the last step in the chain.

1/48 kits are sometimes really fiddly, but this one went together in a couple of hours. Painting doesn't have to take as long as it does with 1/35 kits. So it's more like painting a figure instead of the month long projects that building & painting a 1/35 kit easily turns into.

Learning has occured. Pigments dont hide your mistakes. I have painted something. Other kits demand my attention!

Oh, and of course. The macro lense is unforgiving! :)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Review: Hobbyzone paint storage racks

I admit to having a case of "collect them all". It all began in the late 90's when my girlfriend bought me a Gameboy and the new game Pokemon for my birthday. Actually, I think it started way before then, but that was the first time I actually noticed it. I collected them all... 

So when it was time for buying new paints I got them all. When switching from Vallejo MC (good paints) to the Reaper Master Series I actually bought them all. I excuse myself a little since they're not stocked locally in Europe. So it was either getting them all and save some on postage or getting them triad by triad and having to pay quite a lot in postage. 

This made me end up with 200+ paint pots. That had to be sorted in some way or another due to the triad system. I do like the triads. When doing fast paintjobs it removes the "what color shades/highlights with what?"-step. But it's a pain when your paint pots are spread in a box and you spend 15 minutes trying to find one out of 200.

Earlier I bought some racks from Eslo Terrain ( they were great once you got over the hurdle of assembling them. They were also a bit cumbersome to move around and although they were constructed really sturdy I felt they were kinda overbuilt.

That about that. About two weeks ago I stumbled upon the polish company Hobby Zone that had a bunch of racks avaliable. The construction was kinda slimline compared to the racks from Eslo. No need for glue. Best of all, they were really inexpensive! Order away!

A week later they were here, together with one of the work stations that I'll review later. Just give me time to use it for a while. :)


The racks came in a "flat box". So you had to assemble them yourself. Not at all a hard thing to do. The three uprights slot into the bottom part (the part with a logo) and the shelves slides and locks, due to friction, onto the uprights. No need for glue! In the picture above you can see the sub-assemblies pretty clear.

The construction is made up of 4mm hardwood (MDF) that's CNC'd to fit your paint bottles.

Now, I said that there was no glue needed. At least not if you plan to have the shelves more or less stationary. I found while moving around the shelves that a bit of glue is needed due to the weight of the paint pots making the bottom section coming undone. Something that can be avoided if you carry it holding the bottom and apply slight pressure to the shelves. But, meh, a small blob of wood glue will take care of that. Don't add too much and you will be able to pack the shelf flat for storage (Why would you ever do that? The Hobby is your life!?)

All filled up they look like this! Holding a total of 54 (13, 14, 13, 14) dropper bottles neatly without any hassle. The staggered rows also makes for easy distinguishing of individual colors.

The Eslo racks held the bottles a little more securely due to recesses in the bottom plates. But I hardly found that to be of any use except for when the cats were on a rampage. Not that it mattered much since they use heavy furniture to stop on. Everything loose is just speedbumps.

Assembly was trouble free, as noted earlier.

There is of course racks made for bigger (36mm dia.) paint pots, like the ones offered from Games Workshop, P3 and others.


All in all a well designed product. A lot of value for your money, or at least a lot of percieved value for your money if you're a pedantic (like me) with your paint storage.

I could perhaps do without the logotype on the bottom of te racks. Just to make it even slimmer, but that's a small price to pay for what I consider to be the best non-DIY solution available on the market today.

Hobby Zone also has a range of organizers, dice towers and stuff. Go check them out.

Now I'm off to use/abuse the paint station. :)