Archive for September, 2011

Rhino complete + magnet madness

Posted in 40K, Minis, WIP with tags , , , on September 29, 2011 by stingersix

So, finished that Rhino. Man, I’m looking forward to painting some other vehicle besides APCs. But, the Marines gotta have their rides.

I have set this one up so I can turn it into a Razorback by swapping out the top doors for the turret mount. I magnetized the weapons and can switch between the heavy bolters and the lasers (primed ’em today, should get them painted over the weekend, but the Rhino’s done). I also went so far as to magnetize the storm bolter on the cupola so I can switch that around too.

And I painted the third and final head for my Captain. My shitty camera make him look cross-eyed up close.

Finally, I got to work on my dreadnought. Magnetized all the weapon options of that too. Pics of that later.

WIP Rhino – interior

Posted in 40K, Minis, WIP with tags , , on September 17, 2011 by stingersix

I’ve never bothered to paint the interiors of my 40K Rhinos – I just glued the doors shut and that was it. But this latest one I’m working on I plan to be able to switch it between being a Rhino and a Razorback. So, the top doors aren’t being glued on (I did magnetize them so they would stay in place when opened though) and because of that, I painted the interior.

I borrowed the Imperial Armour Masterclass book from a friend and pulled out one extremely simple and extremely effective technique. Although many of the techniques in that book are based on the use of an airbrush, this one is dead simple – using a bit of sponge to create weathering effects.

Having seen what beat up and weather-beaten armor really looks like this technique of dabbing on grey, black or dark brown paint produces a highly realistic and satisfying effect. I laid it down on a base of khaki, off-white and white that I drybrushed on to the black primed model.

Now that I’ve done the interior, once I get the rest of the model together, I’ll put some more of those techniques to use on the exterior. This should be a nice looking model when I’m done!


Rising Sun Chapter – Captain and Chaplain

Posted in 40K, Minis with tags , , , , on September 15, 2011 by stingersix

I’m not going to say these are “display quality” (even though I’ll be putting them in my display cabinet, but the Captain and the Chaplain I have been working on since the beginning of August are now done, and I do think they are some of my best efforts to date. Both represent something of a step forward in terms of my modeling and painting technique.

The Captain is the first mini that I have magnetized. I went all-out and did all his weapon options (still have two arms to go, but hey…). Magnetizing minis was a bit of a cloud to me at first, but I read up on it and took the plunge. Turned out to be pretty easy and I’m probably going to put magnets on a lot of 40K models from here on out.

The other thing about the Captain that I like is how the heads came out. I’m still working on his face-masked head but the helmeted head and bare head look good. I was especially worried about the kumadori design on the face – it’s hard to do and easy to mess up. I also didn’t want him to look like some sort of Chaos warrior. But I don’t think he does and even the close up pics don’t show too many flaws.

With the Chaplain I think I’ve gotten a little better at doing zenith lighting effects. It’s hard to see in the pics but it’s there. I’ve gotten better at it not perfected it! I was working with black too, which was also a bit of a challenge. Two things helped a lot in this regard, master painter Finn Kisch’s tutorial on painting black and a bit of advice I read somewhere that said painting black is less about painting the black itself than it is about all the other details on the mini. This was true for the Chaplain and I’m pretty happy with the results, in particular the Japanese writing on the scrolls and purity seals.

The writing on the scrolls I did with a Sakura 005 Micron pen. It was impossible to get perfect characters that small, but I was actually trying to write in Japanese. I pulled some samurai death poems and whatnot from some books I have and put those on, though you really can’t read them, even if you can read Japanese. The seal on his left shoulder is kinda legible though – it says 【不名誉より死」”Death Before Dishonor”. Just the sort of sentiment a Space Marine Chaplain should promote!

Now, pics!

Lots of work

Posted in WIP with tags on September 3, 2011 by stingersix

I haven’t posted anything lately, mostly because I’ve been pretty busy with painting and other gaming activities. As far as painting goes, I’ve had my head down over another Space Marine Tactical Squad that is nearing completion, and a Space Marine Captain.

I’ll get some pics up soon, but I think I’ve made some strides forward in my painting on the Captain – he looks really good. One thing I’ve just hooked on to is the use of a micro-fine pen to do the kanji lettering. I still use a regular brush and a special pen for Japanese calligraphy, but for really small kanji, I picked up a Sakura Micron 005 pen. I’m getting really great results with it so far. I need to look around and see if these come in different colors of ink.

More soon!