Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Vindicator #1 - Day 4

I managed to sneak in some last minute time with the airbrush and actually make some clearly identifiable progress!  

Yesterday I left off with the masking of the hazard stripes.  So step one today was to hit the dozer blade with a coat of Flat Balck

And then create a subtle gradient using NATO black.  The picture doesn't do it justice.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Vindicator #1 - Day 3

I managed to drag myself out of bed a bit early and grabbed some airbrush time.

The dozer blade had the honor of being the first part of the model to receive paint.  I want to make those hazard stripes happen and it's easier to paint the stripes first and then mask them off rather than the other way around.  The dozer blade is also the only part of the painting that I can do in short little chunks.

So, we start with a basecoat of Iyanden Darksun.  It's not as 'Kapow!"  Yellow as the final product will be, but it's a great base for a gradient owing to it's opacity.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Vindicator #1 - Day 2

2 days of significant progress in a row.  Last night saw the completion of all the prep work.  I'll be ready to add paint as soon as I get some time to do so.  I'm coming up on the middle of my week and thanks to my night work schedule and my apartment complex's quite time rules, I wont have much time to sneak some airbrush use in.  I guess I'll see.

Supply Run
During my desk clean up phase in day 1, I discovered that I was down to the nubs on my favorite metallic paints and white primer.  I also needed a couple more colors for a black gradient I discovered I needed during my research (see below).

I tend to like getting some new supplies, but the amount of paint I've grabbed (and money I've spent) just to get this far is a perfect illustration of why there are so many gamers who aren't all that into painting their models.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Vindicator #1 - Day 1

About a year ago I started up a day by day painting log for Tyberos the Red Wake.  It went way better than expected on all fronts:  The model got finished, the model turned out great and I got a ton of followers and comments.  It was also notable as the last real effort I made at regular blogging.

The killing blow for writing at the time was probably a combination of a schedule change at work and the fact that the HoP had taken off.  The many halfhearted attempts to revitalize things between now and then but they just never paid off.  But my schedule is back in line with something approaching doable and the HoP is a much more smoothly running machine.  The old itch to write about my hobby has begun to need a good scratching.  I just need the proper implement.

I've been playing a lot of Malifaux lately and I had some grand designs on a multi-part deep dive analysis series.  When I was about half way through the dragging the first post kicking and screaming from my brain, I realized two things:

1) The whole series was really just an effort to sidestep coming off as completely negative about a game I love when all I had wanted to write were some bitches about the Malifaux rule books being worthless and how gross the Taelor model is.  
2) I don't really want to write about Malifaux, I only want to play it.  With 40k, over analysis is almost inescapable these days and it can really suck the fun out of things.  Malifaux is my secret little world in a sense.