Sunday, December 29, 2013

ClearHorizon Raven Complete

Presenting the Black Dragon, Raven class gunship.

 I just finished this 15mm scale Raven assault gunship from ClearHorizon miniatures.  It was a nice smooth little model and so I decided to do a paint job that was part camo, and part subtle sci-fi.   You have to look closely to see the textures on the green, the mottling for the camo.  And even closer to see the composite fibrous material of the darker "carbon fiber" like grey sections. There is an attempt at reflections of the trees on the horizon of the canopy as this ship is flying just above the treeline.    The nose art on the right shows the dragon head and 5 stars for 5 aircraft kills.  Tanks aren't worth noting as they barely stand a chance.   This is

I took two sets of pictures because I couldn't decide which background looked better.  Second set coming soon.

 Edit:  Second set finished

Muzzle flasshes in this one are photoshoped, everything else is genuine.   99% airbrushed.  I didnt both airbrushing the highlights on the hellfire missiles.
Google appears to be down so Ill upload a couple closer pictures when its no longer being annoying.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

WIPs: ClearHorizons Raven and XV107

I just go this Raven from Harold over at ClearHorizons and put the first few colors on it. I think Im going to aim for something between halo and Crysis (which ate the past few days of my free time)

 And Next. I went a little mech crazed a few months back and this xv107 was the last acquired.
With respect to GW I dislike most of their tau mech lines except for some of their FW stuff.  It seems like most of their xv8's and 104's are clunky and unimaginative, but the xv9's and 107 seem to have a touch of elegance.  Probably the former designed for mass production and the latter designed to actually look nice.   Now if we could only convince them that a big cannon doesnt have to look like a silly upscaled version of the smaller one.   IE since when does a tank cannon look anything like a glock.  On the xv104 they missed this but on the xv9 commander and this guy they actually reimagined the pulse weapon nicely.

anyway, as I started slowly working on the mechs I started getting the itch to paint this guy as shown, so he got accelerated.  He is about 60-80% done. I was wanting to keep him high-tech looking but move away from my standard schemes a bit.   Nearly every surface on him has a subtle painted texture but they dont resolve at this distance.   more when he is done.
Now if I can pull off what I want to do with him. 
Happy holidays and I hope this guy doesnt drop down your chimney...

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Covenant Heavy Plasma Pistol: NERF Diatron

And another one for the armory =)
A nerf diatron seemed styled after the covenant weaponry, so the paint job seemed fitting.

Edit: can anyone tell me why google/blogger adjusts the saturation of random pictures?  Some I can upload directly and others I have to send to photobucket so it wont adjust the saturation and make the image absurdly bright and washed out...

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Stealth suits from Pierre

Pierre at sent me a couple stealth suits to try out.  I was tempted to paint them with the cliche half stealth half suit paintjob.  But the more I painted these guys the more I liked their sleek suits so I kept them looking high tech.  They are on a couple of my bases as these seemed appropriate and simple.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Sniping with a bit of style.

I nearly always go for the sniper rifle if I cant use tech, biotics, or some other indirect means of taking out enemies so when I saw this rifle..... 
A Mass effect/District 9/sci fi inspired Nerf Centurion sniper rifle.  Just a bunch of texturing and weathering after setting the basic bland color scheme. 

Now back to little things... or some are little,  at least one more nerf in the lineup (covenant inspired).   The rifle is a fun toy with some decent power to it.  Don't aim at heads, and you should probably wear safety goggles anyway.  =)  

Sunday, December 8, 2013

WIP: Weapon in Progress

So I jumped on the band wagon.  Got my girls some nerf guns (we all know the excuse) so I got myself a nice big nerf Centurion sniper rifle.   Then I just had to paint it. Its not done, and I dont know how far Ill take this project but its moderately sci-fi'ed up. Havent touched the clip or the bipod other than priming.    Not sure If I want to leave this as a basic rifle or add some good old sci-fi glow to it.  Ill also need a bigger backdrop to take a decent picture of it.  And I have another mech about 20% done, Ill take pictures of him when he looks a little prettier.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

RAH 66 Complete

Ive loved the design of the Comanche since I was a kid and so bought it a couple months ago after watching ebay for about 1.5 years to get a decent price. This was painted to look like an anime or infinity styled sci-fi  chopper that sees action in the city.  And I often avoid painting the inside of a cockpit since I think it just distracts for the part of the model I care about.  Thus I painted the canopy to look like a fully immerse display where the pilot reads streams of data on the inner panels which tell him much more about his surroundings than his eye could... after years of interpretive training.   Sight carries a lot of information, but the human mind is highly adaptable and excellent.  Of course these "pilots" dont have great social lives outside of the nets.

This is a 48th scale chopper The rotor blades have a UAGDP or plasma sheath to reduce friction .  The Stinger missile is a close approximation scratched by me along with the fire.  The tail side stabs were also modifications based on some prototype RAH66 pics on the net.