Thursday, 17 February 2011

Today Power Armour! Tomorrow the World! (or possibly terminators.)

Again another update on the Grey Knights, today wasn't anything near as productive as I wanted it to be (damn you Fallout; New Vegas.) So the PAGKs are almost finished, about 1/3 have received the white needed for the OSL effects that will be airbrushed on later, but they all have their scrolls and bone and red areas painted.

(Again just taken on my desk.)

So tomorrow the hour or so finishing up work on these, then do the work needed on the terminators (if I'm in a good mood I might do a tutorial)  and then at the weekend do all the OSL effects. Then it is onto Landraiders, which I have two to paint up.

Also on the Omegon (count as lufgt huron) sculpt

This is a really fun sculpt, being the first time I've been able to sculpt something that looks vaguely like I want it to look...there is still work for improvement, I'm no master of the forge yet great sight for inspiration for artscale marines.

I also have something in store for when this blog hits 500 page-views, which I will post up on the weekend.

Thanks for looking and feel free to add comments or questions below.

Also I now have skype so if you're considering commissioning me and want a quick convo and I'm online, feel free to add me: starforged.miniatures .

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Promodeller Weathering Washes Review

Okay, since I really started this blog, I've been wanting to write a review of this fantastic weathering system which I find is a really good augment to oils, pigments and filters. These washes are clay based, meaning they are water soluble, so they can be removed at any time from the model, without damaging the underlying paint.

So what do you get?

Please ignore my tip of a desk, so you get a range of the washes, Black, Dark dirt, Light dirt, Mud, Rust, Sand and Concrete. So really at the moment I've only tried the Black wash, shown on the grey knight in front, the combination of the Dark and  Light durts to make a light dirt wash for my Baneblade turret and the rust wash.

Application method: 

So the video gives you a better idea of how to use it than I ever could, but it boils down to:

  1. Depending on the amount of wash you want left on the model, use either matt varnish (alot), satin (medium amount), gloss (very little except for areas you can't reach). I personally use gloss.
  2. Once the varnish coat had dried, apply the wash liberally with either a paintbrush or airbrush (as always airbrush will be more consistent, but depends on what you have in your arsenal)
  3. Once the Wash has dried (20 minutes, or 5 seconds with a hair-dryer) begin to rub off the wash on the model with a damp Q-tip (cotton bud) or a decent kitchen roll.
  4. Then follow up with another coat of varnish (preferably from a spray can or airbrush) to seal the wash.

The actual effect of the wash is grainy, if you want to use it to shade recesses by excessively rubbing it off the surfaces, it's fine, if you want it to look grimy, it will look good. However if you want a really smooth finish, keep with the GW washes/inks, they give a really smooth coat you can't get with these. So I would advise these as an easy way to add depth to your models (especially space marines and tanks), they're also brilliant at bridging the gap between oils and pigments and are also easier to use as a beginner.

The turret really shows off their effects.

I'm really just scraping the surface with this product, but IMO this is a good system.

Does anyone know of any other weathering systems, that are less well known and fill their own niche?

Also if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I will endeavor to answer them.

Thanks for looking.

Quick painting update.

Hi, the lack of updates is due to my brand new laptop is broken, so I have no image manipulation software, my eos remote picture facility isn't installed on any of my other computers. So anyway I did manage to take some pictures using the good old manual method, sorry they're not brilliant.

This shows my work on the Alpha legion, left is my WIP Primarch Omegon build, centre is the finished desert infiltration brother and right is a member of a yet to be named guard regiment, who have been put under the alpha legion's "sway."

Progress on the Grey Knights is good, almost all of the PAGKs are reaching the final airbrushing stage, the terminators need some work, but work should be finished by Friday for airbrushing of OSL this weekend, as well as work on the Land Raider.

 PAGK squad1
PAGK squad 2
Purgation squad

Thanks for looking.