Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tuesday Tip Cheap Airbrush Cleaner

I use many different media painting my minis with my airbrush.
Besides acrylic I also use enamels and Lacquer based metallic.
This is not a problem as long as you have a good cleaning routine.
I will try to never let the paint dry,I use enough in my cup that I am going to spray when finished I immediately run a bit of water or thinner through to keep it wet.
But when finished it is always a good idea to run some airbrush cleaner through it,I go through alot of the stuff.
At $5 for 4 fl oz it tends to get expensive,that's when I looked into what the fine scale modeler use.
I found out the name brand stuff is in fact regular Lacquer thinner you can but at the hardware store for $8 a quart or $20 a gallon.
I have been using this for the past two years and it works just as good as Alclad Lacquer Thinner.
I use it to clean the brush and thin Tamiya paint with for airbrushing.
I also bought a quart of odorless thinner that seems to work just as good for my enamels and oils.
But I suspect it is a touch stronger than Mona Lisa,but I have no issues if used on top of clear coat like
Testors Dullcote or Model Master Semi-Gloss.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Realm of Battle Board Tile 6

This one is the other flat tile the infamous skull tile.
The stone work did not photograph well there is alot more color and tone that got washed out in the photo.
Some people cover the skulls up but I like em,I am a true 40k fan in the spirit of Khorne.
Skulls for the Skull god I say,But I truly fear the 6th Coming Chaos power
The Cake God

Nom Nom Nom

Realm of Battle Board Tile 7

Hey all I have the next tile finished.
This is one of the standard vanilla tiles.
I added a touch of static grass for a spot of color
I bought four extra tiles to play with so I would also have a nicely painted standard set.

The board is coming along now I have all the standard tiles textured,primed and they are ready for drybrushing.
I could have my standard set ready in about an hour if I had to.
But there is no rush I have a giant underground complex to paint too ;)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Realms of Battle Board Tile 8

I finished tile 8 today,this one is a forest tile.
I used 3 GW tree sets and made a cast of a half to make the fallen trees.
I used a combo of Celuclay and Ultracal to level out the groundwork for the three bases of the trees.
Funny thing originally I was using natural deadwood for the fallen trees.
While I set outside to dry a bird thought one of the branches was perfect for his house.
When I came back a branch was gone and he left a depression down to the plastic.
Turning lemons into tasty lemonade I made the depression a large puddle using water effects and Catachan Green with a touch of Admin Grey.
I ended up casting a tree halves because when once dry the difference between textures of the natural deadwood and GW trees smacked you in the face.

I have one more spare tile to make a theme with but not sure what to do.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Realms of Battle Board Tile 9

This tile is an homage to the old starter set"The Battle for Macragge"
The crater in the corner will go along with tile 10 for a rolling thunder barrage crater set.
Poor Lt. Varvus does not think too highly of the Dark Angels hunt the Fallen rule

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Realms of Battle Board Tile 10

Hey-oooo everybody,
So like I said I bought me a Realm of Battle board along with four expansion tiles.
So that give me a total of 10 tiles to finish.
I am using my expansion tiles for special 40k themed tiles.
The first is a Rolling Thunder barrage tile full of bomb craters dropped in series.

The next tile will also have a small crater on the edge so when I line up the two tile.
The barrage is going across the board.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Finished FW Stronghold Board

I just wanted to show you guys what this bad boy looks like with a few layers of paint

I also replaced the lense on the security camera with a 3mm AK interacive optic lense
I have also started on the second tile.
Using a flat expansion tile and moonscape craters I have made a convincing barrage tile.