Friday, June 23, 2017

Kryptek airsoft paintjobs

Couple more airsofts painted.  Both of these wanted kryptek. One is an m4 I won at raffle at go-airheads, and the second a commission piece. The m4 is done in my own imagining of a muted arid-urban sticking with tans and blue-grays.  The second a commission wanted a higher contrast arid urban and a shiny metallic orange tip.  That metallic orange is interesting under NIR. Now time to finish some airships and get to painting them!


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Legio Custodes

Finally finished another commission.  It appears that GW decided to finally try for a bit of style with the space marines. In a way these look like a bit of steampunk flavored marines.  He wanted a bit of energy shielding on the arm shield and on the fore sections of the tanks.






On this last one, a note to GW.  Please put the mounting post at the CENTER OF GRAVITY.  these things have so much resin making a strong base is a bit tricky with the flimsy plastic base provided.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wraithlord charging in

Also just finished a wraithlord comission. This guy is charging in to introduce someone to the pointy end of his sword.  The ultimate backscratching, through the front.


Stargate SG1 or atlantis, choices choices.

Painted up a stargate from studio bergstrom.  Its about 4" diameter and I glued a clear acrylic disc in the center for painting the event horizon.  It glows very nicely with a wee bit of UV lighting.  he made it either the SG1 or Atlantis type gate based on which side is forward.  Now I just need to figure out how to mount it.


In Space, no one can hear you ...die

In Space, no one can hear you drool over these bad boys right before they send a heat seeker up your tailpipe.

After quite a while staring at me to paint them, I finally brought some life to these Silent Death fighters and capital ships.  I love the variety of this line of ships.  Each was begging for something different.


A carrier with some hotshot ace fighters.





A Thorn dreadnaught with escort.
A Manta with its interceptor and bomber.


And a hammerhead with space superiority fighters. (one of the little ones also reminds me of a hamemr head from space-above and beyond)

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

G&P GBBR M4 Magpul Style Magazine Fix

Ok, so after painting a few mags and then my friend complaining that at first two didn't seal when he gave them to me but now all of them leak.  We worked a deal where I would trouble shoot it.  Looks like I'm the all around commissioned creative handy man!  But after having one explode in my face by just gently flexing it to see if the leak would stop... I wasnt going to let it best me.  Long story short, for the cost of a tube of silicone (8usd / tube), a slightly larger Oring (1-1/16 x 7/8 x 3/32 #17 O-ring) (50c ea), and a helicoil (~1usd ea) you can effectively fix these not quite perfectly designed leaky mags and make them pretty darned robust. 

But the steps are a bit long so see the following file for the fix.

Leaky Airsoft G&p GBBR M4 Magpul Magazine Upgrade Guide

Dont forget to wear safety goggles! Im serious. One exploded on me.

Also, if you balk at the cost of a helicoil kit (I borrowed mine and bought replacement coils from ebay for a few dollars) you can pretty much make your own if you can get the right tap and a long sacrificial threaded rod for insertion.  Then you just have to buy replacement coils. =)

Further side note, dont tap pot metal to hold a seal on a pressurized canister that gets abused... its just a bad fundamental design and possibly life choice.

Silent Death Incomming

I have a batch of silent death ships that have been staring at me on my desk with just primer on them for over a year.  Finally getting the fire to start painting again I quite like how most of these little guys turned out.  Its always fun imagining the race that controls each type of ship and how they may paint the ship.

Better pictures to come once these are completed,  at present they are about 95% complete.  Im not sure if Ill use standard SD bases or make something else,  My base materials stockpile appeared to have been low last time I painted.