Friday, April 27, 2012

Flesh Tearers - Recipe Notes Supplemental

Segmentum Obscurus Studios asked about a bunch of the recipes I used back in part 2 of the Flesh Tearers notes. Since I said I would provide them if anyone asked, here we are.

I'm not gonna have any step by step pics, but I will show what the final product looks like on my models as well as the GW models they had used for the Masterclass Article I got the recipe from.

Just a heads up, though.  All of these are done with the old GW paints, so if you need to convert to the new stuff that's on you.

Power Swords.
This is actually a pretty easy effect to pull off - simple steps and a minimum of color mixing.  I love stuff like this.
Original:  Space Hulk duder (not the exact same example I worked from)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Flesh Tearers - Recipe Notes (Part 3)

Part three takes us into completion of the terminators.  With the way I've been painting these guys it also looks like a self contained versions of part 1 and 2.

Step 13:  Prep work for the black parts.
All the remaining little bits at this point are assembled, trimmed and generally made ready to receive paint.

In the case of the power armor dorks, it'll be shoulder pads, heads and backpacks and the odd special/heavy weapon.

That plastic lump is some Instant Mold

Step 14:  Green stuff logos
Since it turned out that the GW metal pads are a noticeable smaller size than the standard plastic ones AND because these guys are supposed to be the elite Wolf Guard, I decided to add some press molded symbols.

It's usually slow, difficult and frustrating going and I can't yet tell if Instant Mold sucks or I do.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Flesh Tearers - Recipe Notes (Part 2)

Picking up from where I left off we have:

Step 7:  Power Swords (or other weird details as appropriate)
It won't always be a power weapon, but this is usually when I do things like that.  It could be glow effects, hazards stripes or whatever.

In this case, i borrowed a recipe from a back issue of White Dwarf.  I can provide the recipe upon quest.
Step 8:  Gold Stuff
In reality, this wasn't actually step 8, but my usual process sees me finish off the main body before I move onto the black parts.

I base all the gold parts with VMC English Uniform and then to P3 Brass Balls with a 50/50 mix in between.  I then wash with a mix of p3 armor wash and p3 umbral Umber (sometimes with a spot of Bloodtracker Brown) to bring out details.  Things are touched up with Brass Balls and then a silver is added for a sparing highlight.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Flesh Tearers - Recipe Notes (Part 1)

I think that I had intentions of doing a step by step, day by day kind of thing.  Progress was steady, but very boring.  After a month of watching three nearly identical tanks going together, I feel like maybe I've stretched everyone's limits on boring.

Instead, I'm treating the models I mentioned previously as a sort of master recipe for all the rest.  Doubly important since I didn't write a bunch of stuff down and so there was far more queswork required than I would have liked (the acceptable amount is 0%).

Step 1:  Primer + Base Coat
Progress on these guys was halted last summer right after I had base coated them.  For posterity, I used a black primer, an airbrushed coat of the now OOP Mechrite Red and then a couple of airbrushed coats of the now OOP Red Gore.

In light of the paint changeover I'm switching to a red primer to phase out the Mechrite Red step since I can't easily replace that color.  Though I am sticking with the Red Gore and I have a lead on two current manufacturers of an alternative match.  There's also an added bonus of cutting out a step.  Something I am ALL ABOUT this time through my little red mans.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Return to the Flesh Tearers - Improving the Process

So it'd been roughly 10 months since I touched a Secret Army Project that almost no one knew about.  Which meant that I needed to go back and check my notes.  Which ended up with some light face palming.

I know that feel, Ironhide.
It turns out that while most of my notes on the paint scheme I was using were meticulously written down - complete with color swatches and the whole bit - I had completely forgotten to write down my highlighting recipe.  It also turned out that there were a ton of places that my process needed improving.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Projects: Back Burners and Breaks

Nothing like a little change in pace to get the old juices flowing again.  I'm talking blogging AND painting.

So where am I?  The Vindicator project was a smashing success and deserves a bit of discussion:

First, the Vindicator kit is significantly more complicated than the regular rhino chassis.  Lots of extra parts, lots of extra bulk and lots of extra details.  It all eats up a lot of time.  In a way I'm actually kinda glad that I won't have to mess with them again.  Which is not to say that I am anything less than completely chuffed to bits about the results. 

Now, to answer Snake88's question since it's a good one and one that I've been mulling over for the last 5 days while I worked on a Malifaux model.  Short and simple:  The dreadnoughts.  If I'm actually wanting to immediately continue on.

The whole Vindicator initiative was to kind of a jumping off point to work my way through some of my old stuff and see how close I could get to an army on just left overs.  I would have submitted it Dethtron for his Spare Parts 'month', but it was more of a 'spare kits' thing.  Moving forward, I have two Forgeworld Dreadnoughts, a speeder, two drop pods and who knows how many marines I could scrounge up.  So a pretty good basis for a list if not the basis for a good list.  

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Vindicators #1, #2 and #3 - FINAL!

Phew!  With the final weathering and assembly on tank number two, it's all over.  It's been a good 38 days with a great payoff.

Here's the final look at tank #2:


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Vindicator #2 - Day 17

Day 17 is done and I'm just a hop, skim and a jump away from completion!
Soot and dirt/dust were added in the usual fashion.  I also hit the soot with a quick coat of an acrylic satin varnish to ensure that the lacquer dullcote didn't eat any of it.  I had some issues with that on the last tank.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Vindicator #2 - Day 16

Holy hell is this last tank dragging on!  We're almost at the end, though, so bear with me.

I finally went back and did the headlights that I had forgotten about.  Note:  stuff like this is why I decided to do the tanks one at a time once the base colors were down.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Vindicator #2 - Day 14 and 15

Sorry about the delay there, everyone - a sudden gust of real life... you know what?  I had a really bad wind themed sentence that I was gonna do.  Not anymore!  Let's me, instead, simply say that I got caught up in things and forgot to update.

Day 14 went as planned and I was able to line the tank with the trusty oil paint wash technique.

I think you can tell that I lined these parts.  Cause I totally did.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Vindicator #2 - Day 12 and 13

Sorry about the delay in the ol' posting schedule there, folks.  My progress for say 12 was so minor that I didn't think it even merited it's own post.  Plus I had no idea what to do for a supplemental.  So, again, I didn't bother.  Day 13... on the same hand... was also slow.  But by their powers combined, day 12 and 13 give me something to write about.  Even if it is a very small amount of writing:

Over the course of the last two days I managed to get all the necessary details done that I needed. Not a bad spot to be in.  Just a few quick steps and then I'm done!

Day 14 will open up with a coat of Tamiya Clear to giver everything the gloss coat that makes the oil effects super crazy easy to do.  Some kind of magic and or science I'm told.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Vindicator #2 - Day 11

Progress was again slow for day 11, but still steady.  Which is more than I can say for many, many of my projects that get this close to completion.

So lets jump in!

Two more of the smaller pieces are now done.  On a project like this, I like to complete all these little sub assemblies first so They're not cluttering up my work area.