Archive for April, 2012

Drop Zone Commander

Posted in Games, Minis with tags on April 26, 2012 by stingersix

So, Salute and Adepticon are over. And the most interesting thing I’ve seen coming out of either is Drop Zone Commander by Hawk Games. It’s not ready for sale yet but the minis were on display at Salute and by god, they were stunning. The 6 Inch Move blog has some nice pics of what was at the show and Beasts of War has an interview with the creator.

Check it out for sure!

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DIY Space Marine Chapters?

Posted in 40K with tags , on April 10, 2012 by stingersix

I’m looking around for people who have done their own Space Marine Chapter with cool, well-executed paint schemes and iconography. Surely not everyone out there paints the same old GW canon Chapters? Send me your links!

And please, spare me the Hello Kitty Marines – seen plenty of those. Gag Chapters are fun, but what I’m really looking for are more serious designs executed across entire collections.

Primer

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on April 3, 2012 by stingersix

Thought I’d post on something pretty basic – primer. Any serious modeler and/or minis painter uses primer to prepare their minis for the actual basecoat colors. Now, some of the Tamiya primers are pretty damned good, but they are expensive at around $7-8 for a 3 oz. can. Some of the spray primer you can find in the game store give you more at 12 oz per can for about the same price. GW primer, btw, is a rip off at $15.75 a can. What’s in between? Auto primer.

There are a bazillion kinds of auto primer out there, from brand name stuff to cheap no-name stuff and everything in between. Therefore, finding a good primer that you like is kind of like finding a Chinese restaurant that you like – you just have to keep trying them until you find one.

Well, I’ve found mine. Of all the various primers I have used, Dupli-Color Sandable Primer is hands down the best, most cost effective primer I have ever used. I get it for $5.49 at the local auto parts store. I picked up two cans today for $12 total (compare that to $15.75 for the GW primer). This stuff goes on really really smooth, in thin layers and with excellent coverage that never clumps or dribbles. If you let it dry overnight, it provides a workable surface that you can sand easily, and it holds paint extremely well.

I’m not going to get into which color to use, because you probably know about all that (I usually prime black), but I just wanted to let you all know what brand I use, in case anyone is wondering. And no, Dupli-Color didn’t compensate me in any way for this glowing endorsement!