Sunday, January 5, 2014

Photos

My last post was the first time I really got pictures with a white background to come out to really look nice. In fact they look much nice and show the colors much better than my photos with a black background.  That being said I am turning over the idea of just taking a day to rephotograph my models.  We'll see if I take the time to do it all.  I usually take 2-3 pictures of each angle so it takes a while to photo each model or squad.  For now here's a better picture of my last tank Litany Of Hate.


Thursday, January 2, 2014

KV47 AERO



A New Year, a new blog post.  I was pretty lax on updating this blog through the latter half of 2013. Furthermore, I was pretty lax in painting and hobby work.  I was spending my free time doing other things. I started playing some more video games, playing airsoft, and in the last month or two I started playing Magic The Gathering for the first time in a few years.  This year I am going to do my best to update this blog at least every two weeks and have something new to present in every blog post. With the new IG codex due to drop in the next few months I feel I will have plenty of motivation to finish working on my Guard army this year.

Anyway, a few months ago I went to Millennium Games for an X-Wing tournament and had decided beforehand that I wanted to start collecting an SSU army for Dust: Warfare.  When I got there I saw that all of the Dust stuff was on clearance since sales were not doing that great.  For me, this is sad since I love the miniatures and it's a pretty solid tabletop game.  However, it also meant that the models were 50% off...  I ended up winning the X-Wing tourney and spent my store credit on a KV47 Aero kit and a few squads of infantry.

I finished painting this model in I think November.  But with hunting season and other stuff going on I would get home and not feel like taking photos at all.  I have been sick the last few days and had some free time, so today I set up the camera and finally took some pictures.  I've been using Flickr to host the pictures for the blog since they allow up to 1TB of free storage and the in-site photo editor, Aviary, is rather nice indeed.

The KV47 Aero is transported in game by a helicopter, which was also included in the kit.  I did not yet paint it, but it will probably be the next Dust model I work on.  I painted all of the greens with my Badger Anthem airbrush using a Russian Green paint set made by Vallejo which I picked up at Section 8 Hobbies.  It includes 5 different shades of green which I used to do a lot of color modulation on the surfaces of this model.


After that I painted all of the other colors using the array of paints that I have accumulated over the years.  I swear, it seems like every time I sit down there is another pot of paint to try and find a spot for.  As with my German walkers I chose to paint the chips with a non-metallic paint.


After that, I used the AK Production weathering set for green vehicles to do the washes, streaks and such on the vehicle.  I also used some of the other filters and streaks for variation.



Finally I used my MIG pigments and the dry mud oil color from AK for some final weathering.  For the base I used some paving stones I have had for awhile and some tufts.  I ran out of leaf litter, but when I pick some up I will add it to better match my Germans.

This kit includes three weapons options; rockets, mortars, and machine guns.  Here they are:

KV47 - D AERO "NINA"

KV47-E AERO "NIKITA"

KV47-F AERO "NASTASIA"


That's it for now.  Next I plan to start on the repainting of my Baneblade Super Heavy Tank.  Check back soon.  Probably this week as I will be away for a couple weeks in late January.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

PzAufklL. I-C "Hans" (Early Production)

I finally got around to finding my memory card today and so I charged up the camera and took some pictures of the walker I finished last week.  This is the early production Hans that comes in the Dust starter set which I split with one of my friends.  I primed this walker at the same time as I did the medium panzer walker and as such I did not have my new airbrush and did not attempt any color modulation.

Even still I don't think any of the colors turned out looking flat or too uninteresting.  For the chipping I mostly used a blister pack sponge piece to dab and a brush to add scratches and larger scuffs.  After that is a rather light highlight to look like the edge of chipped paint. I used a lot of AK Interactive weathering products for this model.  A couple of filters, the brown wash for DAK vehicles, and three of the streaking grimes. After the clear coat I add some MIG Productions pigments for a dusty finish.  Especially on the feet and lower legs.

Here's the front of the model.  The only thing I am unhappy with in these pictures is how the color of the grass shows up as really quite yellow.


You can see I added a little motto to this side and also I added extra leaves to one side of the fallen log as if the wind is gathering them there.


On the rear you can see I added a bit of stowage.  A large metal container for tools perhaps and a large tarp.


The left side, showing a small sapling about to be crushed my a German war machine.

There you have it, another model for a game no one will play with me...  It was really enjoyable working on this walker and I am very pleased with how it turned out.  Can't wait to paint some of my other German walkers, but with my new airbrush.  I should be able to achieve modulation as well as crisper detail on the camouflage lines.

Family photo.
Lastly I will leaver you with a shot of my current project a KV-47 A for my Soviet forces.  So far I have cleaned up the mold lines, done my base color and modulations, applied decals and have added the first step of chipping.  Tomorrow I will probably do the chipping highlights and perhaps begin to do filters and washes. I bought a Vallejo Model Air set for Russian Green armored vehicles to use on my SSU armor and am very pleased with how it worked out.  The coverage is very nice in my airbrush and it does not require much dilution, if any.  I diluted the paint about 4-5:1 paint to water which I hoped mostly will add to how long the bottles last me.  Even still i only required maybe 1-15 drops of paint for the base coat and perhaps 8 drops of the highlight and lowlight colors.  Despite being smaller bottles I think they will last me a good amount of time.


On a side note, flickr has really increased its services.  You now get 1TB of storage and they have an in browser photo editor all for free.  The editor is really nice as the UI is much better than what you get from Windows and it has quite a few features.  There's even an app for the editor for iPhone which you can link directly to your flickr account.