Thursday, October 31, 2013

Unit emblems applied.

Probably just a few hours left on this guy. The hard parts are all done, just a minor bith of weathering and lighting and finish off the guns and exhaust ports. .

I printed off an array of decals but decided just to use 3 of the largest.  So I guess there will be plenty for him to put on his marines if he chooses.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

When in doubt, Skip to the HARD PART

I decided enough of the base was done to just skip ahead to the punch line and focus on getting that right before going back and doing the simpler stuff. 100% airbrushed, and sadly about the limit of my skill, but I do see paths for getting better now that Ive actually tried painting a tinny person with an airbrush.

Probably a tinny bit more work on the chainsword and blending her.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Custom Unit Patch

Something fun for the land raider.
A custom banner transfer for his unit.  Itll get a bit more work but this is the first step.

edit: requested a change to not be confused with UM's  THis may take a few iterations but they are easy iterations

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Easy part, about 1/3-1/2 done.

Trigger raid sirens!  Achilles land raider incoming. 

These past 2 weeks I was just starting to make progress on the Zep.  Not sure on names yet, any suggestions?  I was contemplating Pandora, Trident, Cerberus....

The patches of different camo panels are "salvage" from when this was no longer officially under the control of its native empire (not sure if it will be the US or Germany) so it is officially a pirate zep even though its crew primarily still targets the same enemies while operating deep in enemy territory.  No longer having access to the shipyards back home its crew had to resort to cannibalizing enemy zeps.  Ill probably have a few emblems or hull markings from said victims.    This kitbash incidentally consumed over 70% of my leftover bits.  Ive been suffering ever since having few bits to use for modifications.  Its probably about 40%  complete  I am about 50% complete on putting rivets on the panels, if you look closely.  I have uniform rivets for the original repairs, but plan on using irregular "in-the-field" salvaged rivets for the salvaged panels.

Then a Landraider  Achillies pattern, came.  Commissions before zeps!  This one is going to take probably about as much work as I was planning on putting into the Zep. Challenge accepted!  And Ill be playing with some 15mm troops in parallel when I need a minor break.

Been putting this off because it isnt as much fun as painting.
I finally got a few more production casts of my retro-sci-fi 28mm vehicles
Given the costs Im probably just going to go until the molds break and call it done.  I got enough for my games=)
Right now Im still on a email to order basis since volume is low and I dont anticipate it going up much.

US Domestic
Qty 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Stroller 6, 11, 15, 18, 21   ------I
Pod car 13, 25, 36, 46, 54  ----B
Flat POD car  10, 19, 27          -A
Crotch Rocket 12 23 33 42 48   --H
Grid Commuter 17 33 45 60 70   --J
Mustang 17 33 45 60 70             ---L
Executive Hover 18 35 -10% hand cast by me.    SwitchBlade 22 41 54 71 80     ---G
FUV 23 45 60 80 96     ---D
Utility Truck 32 62 90 120 145 - 10% for low quality wheels or pads   ----M
Cargo Hover Vehicle 35 69 100 133 164     ---E   comes with 2 random custom sci-fi crates F
Armored train 63 121 172 x x    ---N
Extra printed cargo modules  110lb cardstock  $1 each

50mm rounded sci-fi bases    $5ea   ----K
25mm non-rounded sci-fi bases  $1.5ea (1-4)  $1ea (5+)   ---O

Scarab canopy, compatible with necro scyth fighter.  $6 for 1ea  $12d for 4ea.

Energy fence post--- Only sold with energy fences... contact me for details as these are painted custom. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

RAH-66 Commanche nearly ready for action

I like most stealth designs and picked this guy up a while ago.  Finally thinking about some models from Antenociti  and Khurasan I was decided to paint this guy in a scheme that would mesh.  The basic theme, a near future version of the stealth helicopter with active camo for a night run. The carbon mesh was painted to barely be visible compared to my previous carbon jobs.  A violet hue to the rotors as a one atomosphere plasma to reduce drag.  A further plasma from"circuitry" painted in certain areas actively cancel radar coupled to focal points before the radiation transmits out of the hull plating.

Next: a friendly reminder CLEAN YOUR BRUSH.  You should be cleaning it after every use, and I typically clean the nozzle before every use and every hour.  However, unless you are very studious good small traces may slowly work their way into the air channel.  Once this is clogged its game over without an ultrasonic cleaner and acetone or similar solvent.  Remove all gaskets before soaking in solvents. Clean these by hand with alcohol.    I do a thorough breakdown and clean about twice a year. Its amazing how much can get into little nooks over time without adversely effecting the brush.
 Finally a WIP of a 34" kitbashed zeppelin.  Its a heavy cruiser with plenty of firepower and can launch up to 10 fighters or bombers.  I think Ill go absurdly exotic with it, as per my norm.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Ships Ready For Action!

Just finished the BSG/ISD commission.
He wanted the galactica to be mostly monochrome, the Pegasus to have a bit of color compared to my previous pegasus, and the ISD roughly a copy of my previous ISD.
99% airbrushed.  I used custom transfers for the "galactica" , "Pegasus", and the colonial emblem on the top of both.    Then used a bit of airbrushing to blend it in a bit better.

 A Ravenstar Studios Battlestar Galactica 
A Fox Miniatures Pegasus
A Studio Bergstrom Imperial Star Destroyer

I hope he likes his new toys!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Shipyard is in full swing  WIP

Look like its another starship commission!. A ravenstar galactica, a Fox miniatures Pegasus, and a Studio Bergstrom ISD.  The goal here is mostly gray's, a bit of color on the pegasus.   and a bit of violet on the Imperial star destroyer.  First lets get some high contrast to pull out the details.  and in the BG you see some of my custom bases mixed with a couple from Antenociti and a walker from dropship commander. Its going to be a sectopod, or equivalent in my UFO game.  I think I overdid the contrast on the galactica, Ill have to tone that down a bit.   

Thursday, October 10, 2013


Hadnt intended to post until I had somethign else at least halfway done... but I was shifting some stuff around for painting and found this!   My daughters birthday present.  Oh well, she will get it tomorrow morning only a few days late.  It took about 3 hours to paint. She helped pink the sword. She has much better airbrush control than she did when she was 3 years old.  Go figure.
She had asked for a fairy, a princess, and a rainbow.  I didnt feel like doing a princess so I did a hummingbird (had a stencil to make that easy) a fairy (easy enough composite stencil) and a rainbow... just easy.    For the sword she wanted pink and was amiable to lightning.   I may one day put wings with green goo on her sword and tell her its evil fairy wings.    The sword shall henceforth be known as the fairy whacker.  A most efficient weapon.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

My Burrow under the stairs

Since the move a few months ago I no longer paint in a spare bathroom, I now paint at the bar.  This house had a tinny sink just under the stairs apparently to entertain guests.  Well I dont drink but I do need a sink for my airbrush so.....

I installed a child gate to keep the kids honest  ish, a medicine cabinet to hold paints, and modified some shelving.  I like that the sink is Stainless, I dont have to worry about cleaning it as frequently... or ever...

Turning opposite the sink my little alcove.  What I like about this space was it came with shelving.  I used a hammer to pop the top shelf out and slide it forward 20 inches to put a box fan and 2200 house filter to catch over spray.   Its a great way to focus the airflow.  A bit of track lighting on a fully white small area and we are ready to paint.   On the left we have a hair dryer, an extra light for pictures, and on the right a few color charts and cleaning supplies.  And an active project, a 1/48th scale RAH 66 commanche.
  My trusty 5+? year old eurotec 10A is still cranking away.  I installed 2 computer fans to keep it cool lest it overheat.  That little guy has really cranked for me. Two moisture traps, a 3L roughly airtank and regulator make this a pretty hardy little compressor for small and medium mini projects.   What you don't see as you can imagine are the cases of minis and paints from all over.  Plus quite a stencil collection.  One switch hits the lights and mini dvd player more for sound than video.  Then a second daisy chained switch hits the compressor, cooling fans, and filter fan.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Infinity Lizard and Zandris Suits

For now I think Ill call these done.  I started these a few months ago but took my time trying to figure out the color schemes.  Again trying to push my own boundaries for color choice.  The Infinity Nomad? Lizard TAG painted white as a primary and purple gray secondary.

A Zandris IV Bouncer using a dark blue secondary and orange red primary. The recoiless rifles I repainted to look like high energy rail rifles because I like that, "just about to unleash hell" look to an energy weapon. The visor of the Bouncer is supposed to be a multifaceted lenslet array with hud overlay,

 Finally a Zandris IV Pendekar with a more traditional, (for me) green primary and gray secondary.   I dirtied this one up a bit more since I kept to a simple color and slightly exaggerated shading scheme. 

    The bases for all are my own design in very low level production mainly for my own needs since I haven't bothered to setup a website for Sci-fi car sales and who knows if Ill ever get around to that.  Painting is more fun.  These are 99% airbrushed. A bit of touch up was done on the coppery bits.

This takes care of most of what I had on the table in a partially painted state.   Hopefully Ill get something from Antenociti or Khurasan soon.   Or maybe Ill get around to finishing and painting my comanche or carrier Zeppelin.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Another new and old model.

Both from Antenocitis Workshop.
The first, a Hover tank.  I got this about a year ago and had it sitting for a while. Finally decided I wanted a mixture of bold and camo.  The bold being a more sci-fi out there  but not too far out there so that it went well with the camo.  To pull the camo theme in I tried another version of the hex camo Ive been using lately. The purple on the sides are supposed to be shield deflectors charging up, while the main rail cannon is painted to look like it is firing with a projectile nearly to the end of the rails/muzzle.  The Base is one of my designs from my failed kickstarter.  I may sell these bases if my casters get around to finishing my order...Pretty please.  Or is it time I pull out the pressure tank and do it myself. ... But Id much rather paint!

Bucephalus Grav-Tank

And to go with it, a Warthog 28mm I got at the same time.  This one I painted to be a futuristic carbon fiber at night.  So I picked up some highlights on edges but mostly kept to very dark shades shadowing the CF pattern.

And finally, yes there is a link.  I used the warthog, as it had simpler geometry, to figure out how to paint carbon fiber for this XV9 battlesuit.    But the carbon fiber was only half of the desired effect.  To complete my vision for this model I also painted a few shields and chose the best 3 to complete this. I love the way the shields turned out. 

Better views of it can be seen here, but here are a couple.

Now Im keeping an eye out for models that need shields.  Maybe an infinity model or something, any suggestions?  Or awesome holograms....?

And.. hopefully in a few days Ill have some more battlesuits done.  I have one lizard TAG from infinity, and two suits from Zandris IV!   

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Well lets give this a try.  Over the years ive been posting to a variety of sites including
Deviant art
starship combat news
TMP and even some airbrush and model sites.   Yet one problem encountered is no one is quite appropriate for everything that I paint.  Airbrushers dont generally care about miniatures despite them being flipping hard to paint with just an Airbrush (Yes Im a masochists)
Anyway I decided to start this blog. We shall see if I stick with it or just keep posting primarily to other sites. as appropriate. One common theme will be,  95-100% airbrush work.

So for now Ill do the "standard blog" tracking some of what Im doing, or most likley just finished.  However, in down times or just for fun Ill post some oldies but goodies.

So lets just start with these three.  I will have a habit of posting composite pictures, since I like them for some reason over individuals. 
First up is a 15mm drop pod from Clear Horizon miniatures.  This is about the size of a silver dollar with the doors open.   I modeled the flame and then painted it.    99% airbrushed other than the bullet ding highlights.

And a blast from the past.  A dropship in a similar style.  This is an Iron Wind Metals union dropship.

Or photoshopped into an appropriate background.  This is a NASA image.  And helps to depict this drop shop just entering the upper atmosphere amidst an invasion force.  Several explosions can be seen "reflected" off of the SENMM (thats space-earth non metal metallic =)  We also have a bit of frictional heating on the ventral section  and OSL from the retro firing rockets.  This particular dropship is painted with the Summer's storm mercenaries emblem.  Said emblem was never actually colored in any old battletech book I could find, so I made up the colors based on descriptions, and a black and  white image.    You can also see absurdly close planets and  starfields reflected off of the hull.  Not as well painted as the clear horizons drop pod, but still one of my early favorites.