Sunday, 14 May 2017

Painting video tests

Just a quick post here. I've done a couple of test videos to see if my camera is suitable for painting videos. I always thought the standard lens I had wasn't capable of getting close enough to really show what I was doing but it seems it might be alright after all. I was planning to use a different lens to get in closer but it gave a very tight shot and was terribly unforgiving if I moved my hands (difficult to not do when painting).

These aren't tutorials, I just wanted to see if my set up worked. No audio on the first video as I was listening to music at the time (Voivod's remastered Killing Technology album for those interested).

I repositioned the camera a bit for the second video and in the first couple of minutes I mention a few points.

I think the hardest thing is getting everything in focus. My lenses don't have true auto focus so I'm still figuring out the best settings to use. Whilst not perfect I hope these are going some way towards showing how I paint. Any feedback would be appreciated before I start trying to do proper tutorials.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Tsuba Miniatures RJW

I've been busy painting another batch of Tsuba Miniatures Russo-Japanese War models. It's pretty much just everything that was left in the range that needed painting so there's a mix of Russian and Japanese bits and pieces.

There's another nice little set of models to add flavour to the tabletop in the form of Russian looters.

And to add a bit of punch there's a pair of Russian Putilov field guns. One set up and firing and the other being maneuvered

The last few pieces are Japanese command. The soldier on the far right is a horse holder and has reigns in his hand. The two officers wearing samurai armour and sashimono I believe are more of a fantasy but good fun all the same.

Finally, and not part of the RJW range is a set of American Civil War civilians. Two farmers and a southern gent. I think this is just a one off set and not part of any larger planned range.

Check out Tsuba Miniatures blog, and currently all the models are available from Empress Miniatures.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Ultramarine - RTB01 Sergeant

I managed to paint up another of my old plastic space marines. Not bad seeing as I only posted pics of the last one a month ago. I had a few different models prepped and ready to choose from and decided to go with the squad sergeant. Main reason was an excuse to have a stab at painting one of the bare heads. It's not the best bit of sculpting and even back in 1989 when I bought the RTB01 boxed set I thought the bare heads were a bit shit. That said, I do rather enjoy trying to do something with the less impressive models of old.

So, generally it's the same deal as the first model I painted although the head needed quite a bit of time to get right. The hair has no texture at all so I had to paint that all on. The bionic eye still looks a bit soft but there's not much I can do about that. The lens was tricky as it's just a hole and I wish I'd filled it before painting. Even after varnishing the model I went back to it and tweaked it and I think it looks alright now. I have seen some people improve these heads with putty or replace them entirely with better looking parts but I wanted to keep this real old school and not fuck about with things.

I'm not keen on the knife on the leg as it's not got a scabbard and looks a little odd just floating there but it was glued on with floods of liquid poly 25+ years ago and is utterly fused to the leg. I guess it's a reminder of my younger days. It's not the worst aesthetic choice I've seen though (look on Ebay for marines with arms up in the air and shit glued in all sorts of weird places). I was surprisingly sensible with my assembly of these originally.

I did briefly wonder about adding a back banner but with these intended for Space Hulk I decided that most marines would surely avoid something so cumbersome. 

Insignia on the shoulder was done the same way as the other marine. A couple of decals as a base and then over painted to look painted on. I decided to go with the sergeants cuff insignia from the 1989 space marine painting guide (the tactical arrow marking is from that same period). This was 'proper' freehand and took a couple of attempts to get right. 

I really liked the idea of adding kill markings to the bolter, either yellow stripes or a skull or something, but with the cuff insignia I thought it might look a bit much. I'll save that idea for another model.

Should I get any more models done I got a few more bases put together and painted. Just plastic sheet, strip and metal gauze. 

"It's alright Brother Marine, the xenos haven't been painted yet"

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Age of Sigmar Stormcast Eternal Liberator

Another quick post. Finally got my second Liberator finished the other week. The model has been sitting fully painted for a little while but I had to do the base (why did I choose hex shaped flagstones!?). I was going to hold off posting this model until I'd done a couple more as it's just the same thing as the first one I did but it's done and I doubt the next model will be along anytime soon.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Crooked Dice Cops

Just a quickie! It is a school night after all so enough time to bang one out and get some shut eye.

A pair of Crooked Dice Hero Cops.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Various Sci-Fi models

Been a little while since my last post but I was waiting until I had finished my current batch of random sci-fi pieces. There are a few different bits and bobs here and a couple of manufacturers that are new to me, as far as painting their models goes anyway.

Let's kick off with the piece I've just finished working on. It's also the biggest. This is One Shot from Soda Pop Miniatures Relic Knights range.

I'm happy with the end result but it wasn't really fun to work on. I thought Ninja Division (who seem to make these models) worked in digital sculpting. They did the slightly duff models for Palladium Books Robotech game, but I can't tell if this model has been digitally sculpted or hand sculpted. Some soft detail and ill fitting parts could suggest hand sculpting but there are similarities to the 'quality' of the Robotech designs they did so maybe it is digital woo.

Moving on, I painted a few more models by Miniature 13. I think I showed some of the other pieces by this manufacturer a little while back. If I didn't then they'll be on my Facebook page. Seemingly random sci-fi characters funded through Kickstarter.




Finally a few bits by Prodos Games from their Warzone Resurrection range. I'm not too up to speed with Prodos. I'm kind of aware of some of their properties though. At first I wasn't aware that these models were from the new Warzone game. They just don't seem very Warzone to me but what do I know, the original game came out when I wasn't into miniatures and gaming. I assumed these were from some sort of Aliens licence but I was wrong.

Grey Ghosts

Dr Diana


And a scale shot to show how big Attila is.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Ultramarine - RTB01 Beaky Marine

Last year I was on one of my periodic Space Hulk fads. These usually go nowhere but I'd always been keen on the idea of using regular marines in the game after seeing the rules for powered armour in White Dwarf 120. I think I played a couple of games using them back in the day with my plastic marines.

Anyway, I still have most of my original plastic beakies, albeit stripped and mostly in bits, and not having any real idea what to do with them (apart from a a few specially earmarked squads) I realised I had enough to use in Space Hulk. Now most of my plans go nowhere but I did end up fixing up a squad of models before stalling at the question of colour schemes.

Various ideas came to mind but I ended up deciding I wanted to revisit a colour scheme I'd used on a few marines back in the 90's. It must have been around '97 that I painted up some Ultramarines, two or three terminators and a couple of plastic beakies. All stripped years ago but I remembered the blue was nicely muted and would fit well with my current penchant for toned down colours. I tried a few things out on a spare model to get the colours down but wasn't happy and that was that. Models went back in the box and I moved onto something else.

A few weeks back I had one of those eureka moments right out of nowhere, so tried some slightly different colours and ended up with exactly what I wanted for my Ultramarines! Sometimes it pays to not think too hard about things I guess.

A base coat of VMC Luftwaffe Uniform WWII highlighted up with VGC Ultramarine Blue and then some VGC Cold Grey and finally VMC Silvergrey for the edge lining. I used VGC Heavy Charcoal to dark line between the armour plates and put a thin glaze of GW Nuln Oil over it all when done. I added a little rust on the seams of the lower legs and around the studs on the shoulder pad (to try and disguise how badly sculpted they are).

The shoulder insignia is an over painted decal. These are old decals and I realised they've become brittle with age. A bit of decal film helped a little but they still proved tricky to use, not helped by trying to apply them to such a convex surface. I had to use my old techniques from when I painted my Imperial Fists marines which involved cutting into the decal to allow it to conform to the surface. Then it took a few cotes of decal softener (Micro Scale Micro Sol) to even out all the creases. The arrows are part of an assault decal that I cut up and added. With all the cutting, the distortion of the surface and the crumbly nature of old decals it didn't look great but it was just a guide so I could paint over it. A bit of hassle perhaps but easier than having several attempts and freehand that I'll never be able to reproduce on the rest of the unit (if I do them).

I made my own base top too. Just plastic sheet and a bit of inspiration from the original Space Hulk tile set. I made a few more just in case I do get more models painted. I did wonder about looking into getting some moulded and cast up to save on time but that's another thing entirely.  Didn't go for an exact colour match as I wanted something a bit more muted, but it's similar enough.