Monday, May 21, 2012

Assault Squad - Primed and Ready


Just a quick picture to showcase the progress I have been making on these guys. In the center of the back row you can see the Vet Sgt and a Jump Pack Librarian.

As you can see, I've gone for dyanmic action poses and have used city rubble bases for all of these guys.

Sadly, as soon as I sprayed these guys, I noticed a few mold lines and such that need to be cleaned up.  Isn't that always the way? 

I've used a FW Raven guard torso for the librarian, with a piece of FW etched brass on his left leg.  The wings on his jump pack come from the Dark Angel Upgrade Sprue.  The Sgt is sporting a converted Dark Angel Combat Shield with a FW Raven Guard Brass Fast Attack Symbol. 

Well, what do you think?

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Another Land Speeder Storm Update

I've got the crew and dismounts to an acceptable level.  But  I still need to do some shading on some of their accessories and of course my FW decals and brass etch.  I've installed the magnets to hold the common weapon options and have two on the back fin for transport purposes.  They also come in handy for weapon destroyed results, to have a place to stick the weapon so it isn't misplaced.

Heavy Bolter Mounted

Heavy Flamer converted from a Cadian Heavy Flamer

The popular Multi-Melta and the squad has disembarked onto their bases.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Update on Raven Guard Speeder WIP

I still need to do a bit more highlighting and finishing work on these guys, but I like how the camo undersuit has turned out.   The skin tone is OK, but I'm going to be working on it soon.  Still waiting on my FW order to come in so I can start working on the vehicles and shoulderpads.

At least the speeder is the right color now.

The barrels were drilled out just a little, since the drill bit I had was too big.  However, the slightly beveled center, with the bright outer circle really makes them look great.  I might do a tutorial on this later.

Raven Guard Scout Color Scheme

So, it seems Games Workshop can't make up their mind on this one.  First, from the codex is this picture:

Then on the GW site, you find these guys, who are part of the Index Astates Article on the Raven Guard.

OK, so what does Forgeworld say?

Also, we have this from the black library

I think I'm going to go with black shoulder pads, black hard armour, dirty grey-green undersuit, brown green accessories, black boots and I'm still working on the skin tone.




Thursday, May 03, 2012

Raven Guard Skin testing

So I'm getting ready to start painting some flesh on my Raven Guard and I decided to do some testing on a few heads.
Base Coat
The two on the left are painted with Dheneb Stone and the two on the right are painted with Astronomicon Grey

Wash 
Starting from the left, Asurman Blue Ink, Flesh Wash from 1995, Badab Black, Delvan Mud


Highlight/Layer
And lastly a layer of the base as a highlight.


Observations.
  1. I need more practice.
  2. The Dheneb Stone and flesh wash was great for a fair haired model.  Doesn't work so well with black hair though.
  3. I overdid the highlighting on the leftmost head, mainly because it looked very blue.
  4. I like the two on the right better, but I think I need to start over again and use the Dheneb with some badab black and delvan mud to see how they look. 

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

A look at some Citadel Paints

I was using some of my paints today and noticed something very interesting about the new paint range.  Not all of the pots are made equal.

If you look at #6, inside the blue circle is a cap hold upon device that uses friction to hold the cap open.  Its like a little rubber ramp.  Number 7, bought from the same store doesn't have it.  I bought 4 paints just recently and two had them and two didn't.  And it was random, I bought 2 base colors and only one had the ramp.  The layer I bought had one, but the technical primer did not.

Citadel Piants have 2 problems that I'll discuss:

1. A problem that arises with all of these paints is that when shaken up, a fair amount of paint sticks to the lid and then drips.  Where it drips depends on the cap design.  All of these caps are designed with an inner protrusion that is meant to direct the cap paint back into the bottle.  Lets look at them by type:
  1. The inner protrusion fits snugly against the cap, so almost all of the paint drains back into the bottle
  2. The inner opening is narrower than the outside creating a large rim and significant distance between protrusion and pot.  The cap opens to 90 degrees or more and lots of paint can drip onto the rim and be wasted.
  3. The first of the new style of pots, this has a retainer on the back and is tensioned to stay open at less than 90 degrees letting paint drip safely into the pot.
  4. The Citadel washes perform the same as the foundation line did.
  5. The newer citadel color line did without the retainer and the pot lid does not remain open to a useful degree initially but eventually they seem to remain open at a 45 degree angle.  However, there is no excessive paint loss either.
  6. The new layer paint with the rubber ramp allows the user to open the pot to about 90 degress, and most paint will fall back within the pot, otherwise the ramp focres the lid almost closed.
  7. The new base paint without the ramp stays open at about 45 degrees and is acceptable.
2. Another problem is that some of the pots allow the paint to dry out.  Again by type:
  1. No problem with drying out, but you'll get a bit of paint on your thumb every time you open them up.  I bought the starter paint set in 1995 or so used it for a few years then forgot about them.  And then in 2008, I found them in storage and they had not dried out one bit.  I'm still using them today.
  2. The worst for drying out.  without proper re-hydrating, they can harden and become unusable.  I have heard this could be avoided by storing them upside down.  I never tried it though. 
  3. The pots do a fair job on these, but with the high pigment content these can suffer easily from being left open too long.  A few drops of water every so often can keep them in good shape.
  4. I use most of my washes too quickly to make good judgement here, but I have a few lesser used washes that appear to be drying out a bit. 
  5. No clue yet as to how these will do, but they have to be better than the old black topped crystal pots.
  6. These seem to seal much tighter and I expect good things from them.
  7. No clue yet as to how these will do, but they have to be better than the old black topped crystal pots.
So, do you look for the retainer on the new paints when you go shopping? 

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

New combined blog to rule them all

Work in progress as I copy the posts from the other blogs over to this one.  After that I'll start doing some more work on the army pages.