Nov 282010
 

   Here’s the latest pictures of the Xmarx Hanger project, It’s still very much a work in progress. The final product will probably change quite a bit as I experiment with new techniques,  this is the largest model I’ve painted  so far and I’ve found that many of the techniques I typically use on smaller structures and Battlemechs need to be adjusted for larger surfaces such as the walls / floor of the hanger.

    

   Really, figuring out how you want the model to look even before your brush hits the paint is the hardest part.  My ideas evolve as I go, and I find myself completely revamping the model… Guess that’s the problem with being a perfectionist.  It will work out in the end however =) So at this point I am still not sure if I want the model to have windows making it more of a city type structure, this would allow it to match my other sci-fi type buildings.  Another option would be to make the hanger to a more fortified structure, filling in the walls with some dark gray or even blackish areas, or I could paint them a specific color based on the clan/house I plan to decal it with.  It’s probably going to be House Kurita, so maybe red? Hmm, I may even do one side windows, the other fortified, which could give me more options for photographing and realistic scenarios.

   

     Another decision that I need to make is how to paint the interior.  Do I want it a clean / new hanger, or do I want a used and dirty look.  I am playing with used and dirty right now, maybe I will buy another which I can paint to be more of a clean, new building.  It’s going to require a lot more coats of paint to get this thing looking how I want it, but it’s coming along. 

    The outside of the Hanger will need some weathering as well. I have some decals from fighting piranha graphics on the way, and I have some decal paper so I can print a larger logo for the roof. I also picked up some Micro Kristal Klear to test out; I’ve read that it can be used for realistic windows so I am going to test it out on some other pieces to see what it can do before I put it on this model.   

    In other news, I just got a new set of Winsor Newton Series 7 brushes for my birthday so I should be able to up the quality of the painting a bit. Also I may be getting an airbrush for Christmas, that should be a huge help on larger models such as the Hanger,  I don’t have any experience with airbrushes yet, but  after some online research I’ve concluded that the Paasche Model VL Double Action Airbrush may be ideal for my projects. If anyone has any advice on airbrushes it would be greatly appreciated. I will review both the brushes and Airbrush as I have more experience with them.

    Stay tuned for more updates on the Hanger to come soon.  I graduate in December so painting / blogging time should increase.

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Nov 282010
 

At first I was a little leery about getting buildings that were not made with resin or pewter, but this stuff is actually really cool.

According to JR; “Drystone is a polymer modified cement for casting detail parts.  Drystone is durable and chip resistant and has a PSI of 10,000 as compared to plaster which only has a PSI of 2,000.  When painting DO NOT wash and using a primer is not necessary”

I actually washed mine, I’m not sure what the negative consequences of that will be, but they seem to be ok for now. I found that this stuff works great for modifying and adding bullet holes, scrapes, cracks and other textures.  A simple pin vice with drill bit can be used to easily add these extra details in minutes.  After that I used Citadel Washes to add detail effects.  Devlan Mud helped to create a dirty look, Baal Red was used for blood stains (in case I decide to use the pieces for an 6mm zombie attack), Badab Black for weathering, bringing out cracks and bullet/explosion holes, and Thraka green for foliage.  Actually, aside from a couple of grey basecoats and the yellow road lines on the bridges, these Drystone pieces are painted entirely from the four inks.

I made the House Kurita decals myself with some decal paper and a normal everyday printer.  I think they turned out nice, but I’m considering printing them on a clear background, the print did not hold well and I’m not sure I like the white background showing through on the logos.

The pieces in this image are all from JR Minatures:
#2028 Terra Bridge
#1370 Heavy Weapons Blockhouse 3ea
#1399 6 Story Destroyed Bldg
#1772 Assorted Trees 12pc

I really love these pieces; I think they turned out very well.  I will probably pick up some more Drystone products later on.

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Oct 302010
 

It’s been a while since I posted, this final sememster of college has been a difficult one.  However there is a light at the end of the tunnel, its almost over, soon I can have my extra time back to focus on my family and of course my hobbies. 

For now, I wait anxiously for the end of the semester which will hopefully coenside with the delievery of what looks to be the most amazing model I have ever seen.  If you have not seen this yet I highly recommend checkign it out, this model has been a work in progress for years, but it looks like its finally ready to be casted and shipped. 

The Heresy Dragon has been on my lookout list for a couple of years, it is finally just about ready to go and the pictures look amazing. 

This Dragon is certaintly not inexpensive, according to the Heresy site this thing will probably run  around £100 or more depending on the final production cost.  I’ve got my pre-order in, the quality and detail on this thing is phanominal. 

Expect a review and pictures as I build this thing.

Heresy Dragon

Heresy Dragon

These pictures are from the Heresy site, they have mush more posted on the page, go check it out!

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Aug 302010
 

http://irregularmagazine.com

Irregular Magazine is a free quarterly hobby magazine.   This Magazine is full of great painting and sculpting tips, stories, artwork and gaming info.  The magazine articles are all written by hobby enthusiasts and the painting community.  I very highly recommend this magazine, you can learn a lot from it and it is completely free.   

  

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