Friday, December 31, 2010

"G for Gretta"Wings of Glory

Here is the base for my wings.

They are multi-shaded with me using Aluminum,Semi-Matte,and Polished Aluminum lacquers.

I used Tamiya Weathering powder Burnt Blue and Orange on the areas that would be heat stressed.

The soot is Alclad's Jet Exhaust

Next up for them is the Identification stripes on the wingtips

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Selling the Merican Lancers on E-bay

I am selling my Merican Lancer Imperial Guard Rapid Assault Army.

They are the 40k version of American troops

They are part of the Merican Fusiliers who fought with Macharius.

Included are a pair of super detail Leman Russes,a Squadron of Armored Sentenels,and my pride and joy the pro painted Valkrie with the Flying Nun Nose art.

I want to start fresh and to do that some of the old must go.

Here is the link to the Auction that ends Sun the 26th

Saturday, December 18, 2010

G for Gretta Terriffic Turrets

I can say with all honesty this is the most challenging and redone model I have ever worked on.

I stripped it more time than I can count and I even have to redo the bomb bay,but it is all worth it.

I am really rising to the occasion and have added many new skills and products to my arsenal.

I will be really making progress in the net couple of weeks but I wanted to show off the front turret.

I used clear plasticard for the glass which was attached with Micro Krystal Klear clear parts cement/window maker.

Another great use is to fill in aircraft gauges with it to give them an authentic glass feel.
Next up is the empty cockpit detailing

Monday, December 6, 2010

G for Gretta "One step forward,Two steps back"

I have been able to finish a few of the pieces,the smaller things the canopies,turrets,This upper fuselage piece.
But unfortunately the gloss black enamel base is giving me a real hard time.
I got the dread Orange Peel on one wing and the other had the runs.
So using Lacquer Thinner I bought at the Hardware store for $5(Which is the same as the Alclad Airbrush cleaner but you get about a gallon more)
I stripped it back down to the bare resin.

Since I started some of the detail needs to be re attached due to the handling when I was stripping it.
I will go back over the entire thing with the sanding papers again before I re-prime.
This time I will try the alclad brand gloss black and see how that goes.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

I though this was supposed to be easy...

I am using gloss black enamel as the base and let me tell you that it is very hard to use until you get the hang of it.
But the airbrush cleaner strips it back to base resin very easy though very messy.

This is a hard project with many do-overs.

Here is a piece that I lifted paint off of when I removed a mask.

I then repainted but went too heavy.

I sanded it back to smooth

Then resprayed and was able to save the piece

Monday, November 29, 2010

G for Gretta pt2 "Bombay Sapphire"

The Forge World model is curiously bare when it comes to the bomb bay.
I guess you are supposed to just model it closed.
That will not stand,I went out and using plastruct and evergreen,I beams,Channel,and rods fabricated a replica of a B-17's bomb bay.
I even bought extra Bombs(also missing for the Marauder BOMBER)and loaded Gretta up ready to drop death from above.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

G for Gretta pt1

This is my massive year end project,a Forge World diorama the centerpiece being my rendition of the "G for Greta"from Double Eagle.
I plan on entering this in a Golden Demon somewhere down the line.

I plan on making this special by painting it in an Aluminum B-17 WWII scheme getting refueled and rearmed.

I am using a very different product than most are used to called Alclad II.

This is a metallic lacquer that actually bonds to the surface.

This being said any bump or blemish is going to show very easily so the surface must be sanded glass smooth.
I am starting with 400 grit and working my way through to 12000 grit before I even prime it.

It must also be primed in a lacquer based primer such as Tamiya.
After which it must be sanded again then painted gloss black enamel for the high shine finishes.

I am also going to super detail the bird as there are some things I really want such as the waist gunner and bomb bay.

These pics show how I carefully drilled a hole through the modeled access door then sanded to fit the shape of the door.

I also made a copy of the door so I can model it in an open position with a heavy stubber 50 cal sticking out.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Argel-Tal Pt1

When I read good Black Library books they always make me want to make models of the main characters.

The First Heretic by New York Times Best Selling Author Aaron Dembski Bowden was no exception.

This is a model based on the main character 7th Company Captain Argel-Tal.

This is just the first stage with the beginnings of source lighting on the eyes to give that nice evil glow.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Blood Pact Sentinel Squadron

I have completed yet another item for the Blood Pact Army.

One of my Fast attack choices,the Sentinel Squadron.

Two set up as Armageddon pattern and the third is magnetized to be able to pick any load out.

That's the Omni-Mech of the bunch,he can even become a scout sentinel for the stealth.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Blood Pact Heavy Stubber Team

I have been working on new Heavy Weapons squads as of late.

The first is a Forge World Renegade Heavy Stubber Team.

They are painted up like the rest of my force,I originally wanted them to be shooting out of the window but then the models would of been hidden from view.

Which totally defeats the purpose of painting a mini in the first place.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Two More Renegade Ogryns

I've been quiet for a week or two but not idle.

I have finished two more of the Renegade Ogryn this time the Forge World ones.

The Axe and Pick.

While building I dropped the axeman and had to rebuild a prong on his axe out of styrene.

I have also been working on my 2011 or 2012 Golden Deamon Entry.

But I am not showing that for a long time.

Needless to say it is going to be awesome and intricate.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ogryn Renegade Pt 2

I pretty much finished the third of the Ogryns.

This time I went with a Forgeworld one so I could compare them to the ones I have converted.
He seems to be right at home with mine.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Rippergun Ogryn Renegades Pt 1

I have finished converting all of the newer metal GW Ogryns to match the Forge World Renegade Ogryn.

The addition of khorne brass etch to all ogryn models and similar basing helps tie them all in together.

I have started painting them now,using GW's ogyrn flesh recipe which works perfect with my color scheme.

They still have a little way to go but you get the idea.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Dark Mechanicus Enginseer

When I play this force vehicle heavy it is always good to have one of these guys on hand to awaken the Machine Spirits.

Pretty standard, but I Dremmeled his face off and replaced with a skull from the skeleton warrior sprue.

The Servo Skull uses an old melta pistol as the basis for the gun and he is held alot by DragonForge cable.