Sunday, May 17, 2020

US mortar section

Back to olive!

After all that colorful recent Rackham stuff finally my trusty Bolt Action force got some support. This time it was light mortar: cheap, reliable, pain in the ass unit (already love it...).

Last night there was a brutal combat between the US boys and German invaders at my place so finally I got opportunity to see long awaited light mortar in action. I also tested new way painting on that team:
it's not only about the color choice (way brighter) but the fact uniforms (trousers and jackets) were painted with airbrush and washed with oils. The general idea was to make painting as fast as possible without loosing much of desired quality. 
Must say I am pretty satisfied about the result and hope to paint whole 10 men strong similar way shortly which would make US army project closed.

Below you can see whole mortar section serving in my force. Papa Nurgle is clearly standing behind the project...



And some close ups of the light mortar - freshly fried. Looking at the photos I think some stronger shading on the trousers should have been applied but apart from that my likey. 
If anyone needs more shots of other mortars can be found here (heavy mortar) and here (medium mortar). Now back to planning...






Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Dasyatis clone (Rackham)

"Only a Syhar could concieve them..."

I still cannot get myself to start painting US army stuff although one more nasty mortar is something my trusty Bolt Action force would definitely benefit from...

That was bad news. Good news is one more model from fantasy range left the painting station and once more it's Rackham beauty:
Dasyatis clone from  Alchemists of Dirz faction.

Back days (when Rackham was still alive...) painted models from this range were making my jaw drop every time I was looking at whole that georgeous NMM and freehands (check Trovarion's stuff for example). Obviously I didn't try to match or beat Rackham's vision of this faction but rather have some fun. The model is quite unique for what I usually deal with because it's mostly bare flesh and it's alive ^^

So the idea was to make it look rather warm than dead, and standing on bright, striking base. At first I was quite scared of painting huge amount of flesh but all in all oil washes and patient glazing were more than helpful. I don't have many occasions to paint fresh blood on my minis but this one was definitely worthy few drops of Tamya's Clear Red.
The sculpt is totally badass!!!

As mentioned before next time I hope to paint something from Bolt Action range once again:
while painting recent Rackham stuff I got some ideas about painting US uniforms which requires testing. If that works I might wanna refresh and repaint the basic infantry so about 30 them might hit the black market shortly...









Monday, May 4, 2020

Black troll (Rackham)

"They call me the Shipwrecker..."

Hey again, once more I had opportunity to paint something nice from long-dead Rackham range. Working on Goreth the Massive was so much fun I dug out another piece from Goblins of No-Dan-Kar faction: the mighty black troll.

Just like in case of the previous Rackham piece I didn't try to reach or beat official paintjob, but rather to paint something radical different then US stuff for Bolt Action.

Fantasy stuff (especially big like this one) gives opportunity to learn and practice some new things. On this one I tried to work with oils on the armour but for me you need larger and more flat surfaces to get the right result - all in all I ended up weathering and rusting the plates.
I also tried darker pigment on the base which was imo good idea: stronger contrast with bright flesh.

Hope you like it! 




I like rusty spoons...




And the official, supercool paintjob:


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Bile thrall (Warmachine)

One more COVID-19 lockdown victim but this one is special.

The model is gift painted for a friend who moved recently. I'm quite sure he'll gonna have some closets in the new place so I decided to bring him the first skeleton to put in there.
I mean - there's a skull so I'm quite sure the rest of skeleton is somewhere there under folds of fat and guts...

The piece has been painted at the very beginning of April but I couldn't post it earlier  - there was a risk he might visit and ruin the surprise.

As for painting - it's also test model:
- tried new way of binding pigments (failed that);
- tried new color combo for the corpses - that I actually like (you can see it also on Goreth the Massive model).

I hope to see something similar on the whole bile thralls unit or on mid nor dwarves...

Also hope his wife won't mind custom made box: it's a corpse after all!!!

Unique model and occasion require unique packing...







Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Goreth the Massive (Rackham)

Apparently there are pros of that stupid quarantine:

I must honestly admit without it most probably I'd have been painting some remainting Bolt Action stuff, but instead - I've been doing some more serious digging in the pile of shame.

And another interesting result of the quest for the forgotten miniatures is Goreth the Massive - badass, overgrown gobbo boss (I guess) from long dead Confrontation line.

Back, back days, at early days of running the bloggy, I've managed to get some random models from Rackham's Confrontation line:
I got some painting commissions and the client had lots of Rackham stuff so I agreed to paint in exchange for some models: mostly deaders.

Watching at sculpts and artworks I still cannot believe Rackham dropped dead. But this makes models even more unique and fun to paint. I guess...

At this one I didn't try to copy supersmooth Rackham style, rather tried to make it eyecatching. Always loved the fact Confrontation minis were packed with juicy details, which gave so much character: severed limbs, mushrooms, voo-doo dols on Mid-Nor dwarves...
101% of cuteness!
The skulls are bit too bright and clean for my taste so they'll get some glazing before model rests in the display case, but apart from this - I like the final result. Judge for yourself:






And the oldie official paintjob for the reference:




Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Mark IV tank (female) walkthrough

How about that?

After several months I've find myself a female:
solid, 27 tons piece of ass straight from British WWI armoury:
mark IV battle tank (female version)!

The wirus keeps most of people locked in so this one is another victim of painting frenzy.
I've always loved that war machine, it's shape is so wicked cool! Not mentioning the fact there was something similar in one of Indiana Jones movies (although that one was a fake).

Don't think it will be ever used on proper battle but it should be handy during Call of Cthulhu RPG sessions. If we live long enough to have a game that is...

Nice lady who provided the model asked me to prepare some walkthrough text while working on the model, and while I am gentleman and half-cadaver I couldn't refuse.
So here it is - hope you like the final effect.

Dry model, sealed with Revell matt varnish:
hungry for blood, ready to storm trench lines and repell mi-go invaders:





The same with pair of ones for the scale (Ia! Ia! Ia!):


And the proper walkthrough:

See? I told you: a female!


Dismantled female...


Assembling wasn't difficult, but sometimes resin elements come kinda bended - check the track on the left. The solution is hot water: throw there screwed element, give it some time and it can be bended back. I had same thing with my Dodge's canopy:


Problem solved!


Lady is now assembled and ready for some action:



First coat was Vallejo's dunkelgelb (spray). I think any dark spray would be good choice, I just needed undercoat so airbrushed paint sticks harder:


The model was airbrushed with mix of reddish brown, mahogany and black - I use such tone for most of my vehicles. After paint dried some chipping medium was applied for further scratches etc, but you can skip if you prefer clean vehicles:


Green brown from Vallejo Air line:


Followed by desert yellow:


And desert yellow with some white...


And some more white for stronger contrast:


As you can see on oldie pics the tank had some white and red stripes at the sides so I covered desired area with several layers of white using medium size brush. Couldn't put masking tape and just use spray because of the rivets:


The red stripe was painted with mix of bloody red and gory red. I picked finer brush trying to keep the lines straight and avoid causing red mess especially on white area:


Decals: I chose simple numbers and bolts from Bolt Action US vehicles, but you can also skip this phase: I've seen lots of pics of such tanks having no markings, numbers of whatever. You can also put your girlfriend's name on it - I'msure that would make her day. 
Try keep it simple anyway: it's not WH40K with those dumbass skulls murals on every flat surface possible...


Metallics: tracks and machine guns' barrels were painted with boltgun metal + chaos black.
It's metallic paint so let it dry TOTALLY before the next step. 


The beam:
at first idea was to paint it dirty brown but all in all decided to give model some contrast so I went for green. Colors used:
- dark brown undercoat (exactly the same as first color airbrushed on the tank);
- tank green (but any dark green would be fine);
- interior green;
- interor green + duck egg;
- metal sides and rivets were painted with boltgun + black, just like tracks and barrels:



After having a dinner metal parts got dry so I glazed tracks and the beam with diluted track rust pigment from AK line. It's very intensive color so be careful, you need only small amount of it to get nice result. As always two thin layers are better than a thick one:


In the meantime anxious deep one emerged from beyond the desk to check what those wacky investigators were up to...


As menioned the beginning chipping medium was applied on the base dark brown. 
As this stage I used damp sponge and cotton bud to wipe some paint off. Not too much really, but those large surfaces are bit dull with no battle damage:


Oil paint:
some black and brown were mixed and diluted with turpentine, then hull was painted:


Excess of paint was washed off with some turps:



The same procedure, this time I mixed cadmium yellow and gold ochre:


And washed again:


The exhaust pipe was painted using charred brown, parasite brown and rust - all colors from Vallejo game color line.


Tried to paint some streaks of dirt so dots of oil paint were painted on the tank first:


And then they were washed off:
wash them trom top to botton to get the streak. You can repeat the procedure, add new colors etc - oil paints are fun to work with:




I wanted to keep model dusty rather than muddy, but last week I run out of pigmrnt binder while working on the furies, so only some of it was applied in the corners.


Matt varnish is drying, model is now almost ready for action:




Buuut the tank provider asked me to add some mud as well:
I used Vallejo's ready-to-use thick mud, just take large brush or toothbrush and go berserk!
I liked the hull so decided not to sink the piece in the biggest puddle around Somme, just applied some mud around the tracks, like the tank is just leaving line of departure.
Or something...

More pics on the top of the post:


Over and out.