Sunday, March 30, 2014

Lava/Fire Vampire WIP 95%

This vampire is nearly done.
I need to detail the engines a bit more, the back door, paint and install the canopy (will probably do this once the second is complete and have nearly matching canopies)  reshape the guns and install the mounting post assembly.  I thought that once again the sculptor of this and other Eldar vehicles had stock in some gem market, otherwise why would so many gems be put on a ship.  So I painted a subset of them so that it didn't look like it just had blue zits all over.

For the bottom I was torn with just how much to put into it.  I finally decided since this was "fire" I should have it look like it was heating up on reentry.  I think its fairly striking, and frankly the only time you will see the bottom of it is when its entering atmo right before it blows you to #$%W.  Plus this allowed me to bring it back a little closer to the client's  yellow, orange, black theme on some of his other vehicles.

And, for perspective.  the inspriation (that I rant perhaps a bit too far with) was this guy painted for the client by DaVincent .  In it I saw the lava from which I pulled my warm color selection.  The golds from which I pulled my gold selection for the engines,  the red violet I used in the wing panel gems, and the blue gems requested by the client.  But of course the symbolic cracked cool lava chunks on his cloak were too simple for a model this large, so I expanded on them.   Main colors I used were Yriel, Troll slayer, and Evil sunz. with a bunch of others for blending.  The ash I used is about 4-6 different grays with blue, red-violet, violet mixed in to pull it slightly to the red-violet through violet used in the model below.  The blue sword I avoided using on anything as I didn't think it quite fit the feel of the vampire.
Now.  Back to ICE!  I think Ill run with the crystal idea to tie these together a bit more as "twins"

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Shadowed the rocks over the lava,  then added some dark purple crystals to the inset armor panels. to bring the brightness of the whole thing down and give a bit better contrast,  oh yea and make it blend slightly more with his army.  Now it has more orange and purple  and a bit less gray.   Next,  shadowing and minor detials to the engines, vents, probably a few but not many gems, and the bottom.   And may revisit the purple crystals.. I dont want them to attract too much attention .. Perhaps leave them dark for the eldar runes...

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Vampire Raider 2 WIP

Ok, finally got the brother raider assembled, sanded, washed, primed.  yea!!!
now. Since the previous one has a cold theme I wanted to try something warm on this one, but basic fire is so overdone,  "real fire" is painfully easy and mindnumblingly monotenous, So I pulled a bit of inspiration from one of the clients models (loosely mind you)   Went with a few of the esablished colors (orange yellow, dark blue and purple)  and came up with this guy.  Not quote what I origionally inteded as I meant the gray sections to be a lot darker, but as I was painting it I thought the dark background on a warm or hot color scheme was so cliche, I had to try something a little different.  I rather like this,  but.. my oponnion isnt waht counts, so if you see this repainted.. He didnt like it =)  But I figured Id post it anyway for the record.   Not sure how much more work to put into it but Id say it is about 1/2 to 2/3 complete.  I am going to put something darker on some of the main wing armor panels, so that we have a backdrop to put a rune or something, and to pull the colors a bit closer to the clients army.   So probably dark blues or purples....

and yes the guns are warped.  I made the mistake of washing them after straightening them so Ill re straighten them shortly.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Eldar Craft-world-building Dras'Volharr WIP

When I started this "business" I named it ThirdFateCreations for a reason.  I like creating, more than just slapping paint down.  And this client is awesome as he is giving me a very loose leash to do just that. 

Ive been busy building the third Vampire, and while waiting for glue to dry started playing with world building, or at least emblem building.  After a few guiding features I took some artistic liscence with the inspiration images we have tossed back and forth, and morphed them to the eldar'ish style, with a bit of my own "flair" to make a craftworld symbol set that is fairly unique.  He wanted a dragon, a scorpion, and an eclipse.  Ive since expanded it for an air wing for the vampires, a reaver or farseer piloted titan set,  and different titan with the scorpion tail and poison.    I may play with a few more depending on how far he wants to take this(I have a few ideas for different unit types), but Im being paid to paint so I should probably get to it!  The primer should be dry by now   FINALLY!  *mentally beats whomever cast such a warped @#$#@$ as these vampires*   DONE DONE DONE DONE  ASSEMBLING   sigh.

Monday, March 17, 2014

...Your as Cold as ICE!...

Well that was the attempt anyway.  Needs work, and some consideration to figure out how to finish it.  Other than the obvious gems, engines, guns, etcetc.  Its starting to get a little frosty....  Death is a dish best served  (you might think its revenge, but the Eldar dont waste time with petty revenge)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Vampire Raider WIP

Having finished (mostly ) assembling two Vampires (Raider and Hunter)   I dropped the newly recieved Raider into a vat of Simple green for a 48 hr soak.    Then I decided I had enough and wanted to assemble something that was pleasant to assemble.  So I got some vehicles from Darkest Star Games,  and a civi and military vehicle from Antenociti and started assembling these.  It was such a pleasure.  Flash was non existant on all of these (as opposed to the hack saw blade and pliers needed to remove flash from the vampires)   Gate nubs were nibbed off with a blade in about 10 seconds per nub (vs the minutes of close cut pliar hacking followed by trimming with a blade, and of course  hacksaw needed to liberate fuse, wing, and engine sections from their enormous gates).  Ok so granted a model that is 2ft wide vs one that is 2cm to 2in wide is not a fair comparison.  But serious  no flash, barely any gates.  The most harrowing part of this was pinning wheels and suspension on the GTK since I didnt trust simple glue to hold these together after a bit of use on the table.  The GTK of course has so much potential I have some plans for it, we shall see which ones get realized.  For the DSG models, I am really digging the police cruiser most. Or perhaps its just a limo with a spoiler on top... because a spoiler would make sense for an air car....


And, since the bath still wasnt complete, as preppign those only took about 1-2 hrs for deflashing, grooming, pinning, and sanding....
I went to work painting the first of the Vampire raiders.  I used the base colors requested by the client then started expanding to add visual interest.  The orange sections are done on this one. and Im still thinking about the dark sections.    I want to have at least one of these fairly close in a simple but detailed scheme, to the rest of his army before I start diverging creativly.  Ill still keep the same base colors with a bit of divergence for detail.   


Friday, March 14, 2014

Blast from the Cyberpunk past

A comment on the previous post prompted me to bring up a few of my old paint jobs for some of my 28mm vehicles.  I still like seeing these litter the tabletop during my sci-fi games.  And even better watching thier fuel cells explode injuring anyone nearby.  The cars may look nostalgic,  and in the last picture I have my first attempt at a similar skyline reflection in the switchblade bike(lower left). 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Release the secret... Hover cars!

I painted these up for Khurasan a few months ago and he has just released them, so enjoy!
some nice little 15mm grav cars.  yes its still 100% airbrush. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Interlude: cabin and weapons bay painted

Had to stop assembling to paint the inside of these guys.  masked, primed, and went to work.  Admittidely didnt spend much time on the inside since they will rarely be seen and  you need a flashlight to see into that little light pit once its buttoned up.   You try getting an airbrush in there... I was holding that heavy ship at some interesting angles to get feed and flow with my right hand.  Being ambidexterous would have been useful....

  Parts have been dullcoted for a bit of protection.... from the dark I suppose....Its scary in there!

Next, button it up and On to the green stuff!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Craftworld Shipyard gearing up

I have 2 of 3 super heavy fliers for this comission in hand, and have them mostly assembled. 

This took a bit of... acrobatic work.  First a mild rant.  Who the heck makes a model that requires a flipping hacksaw to remove the gates!  oh well, I suggest dish soap as a lubricant and dust collector when sawing resin, and use a filter to collect excess and a dust mask.   Or do it outside.   Next.  Clean and re-oil your blade when done. 

Next rant... I had to use hot water,  a heat gun, and eventually a belt sander to make the primary fuselage parts fit together.  I ended up pinning most of it with 1.5mm steel pins.  The wings were the main exception.  Those I cyanoacrylate'ed on then after it was cured used masking tape to contain the leaks on one side while pouring epoxy into the other to shore up gaps, solidify it, and ensure it cant flex enough to break the CA.   I may drill a few holes through the fuse and wing and pin those together after everything sets just to add a bit of strength... we shall see.   But the tail bulkhead  of both fuses had significant mismatches like the mold was badly deformed.  One I fixed with a few hot water sessions.  The second I used a heat gun and heat gloves to get the entire thing compliant, then forced it to conform to a ruber-banded fuse.  Things fit well enough now I can use epoxy or epoxy putty to shore up the rest.  

The next fun part will be to figure out how this sucker is going to be mounted.  Thats a lot of weight....

Most of the guns longer than 2cm and the turrets have been magnetized so they wont just break off.  Im contemplating magnetizing the vertical stabs aswell though it wont look quite as nice if I do at the seams.  But at least that way the client is less likly to break them in use or transport... Ill have to dwell on this one a bit longer. 

Then Ill need to inspect and probably use a heat gun to gently adjust the pointing of the leading edges of the wings.

But finally the main components are assembled so I can do a cursory painting of the inside before I seal it up, smooth the external transitions with sanding, cutting, or putty, then prep and paint the outside. 
I expect the third of this trio to arrive this week.  Then... ON TO PAINTING   YEAY!!!.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Lock n Load!: Puppets War Taurus AFV: Exterminator

Finished a Puppets War Taurus Exterminator.  I saw dwartist had started one of these a few months ago and had to give it a go.  Some in the forums complained about its blockiness but I thought for an APC It had just the right flair of futuristic sci-fi with a reasonable armor level.  I decided to give it what I considered to be a twilight or dusk timed city camo as it will see a lot of action during night and transition times when human eyes are the most useless while the APC optics suite is second to none.   This guy will likely see action in my UFO or my cyberpunk games.   I also have the unarmed brother, but have only base coated it and will sit on it for a while to figure out how to do it justice on my sci-fi tables. 
The Stencil used for the hexacamo is from anarchy models.    Be careful and take your time.  There are many wrong ways to use stencils like these. It took a few minutes to figure out the best way to integrate these into my painting procedures. They are great for beginners and intermediate but the more advanced will find you still need your freehand stencils in conjunction to make life sane and simpler.  I highly recommend sharp blades and sharp tweezers (and magnifiers for those of us whose poor abused Mk1 optics are becoming chronologically challenged)

Now...On to some rather enormous eldar craft!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Sci-fi MDF Terrain set 1 complete.

I got a set of 6 buildings from Shark Mounted Lasers and here is the first batch.   I sadly lost some windows so I couldnt paint more of them, oh well.  Still these assembled and painted up nicely for my sci-fi games. The square and rectangle buildings I painted up simply and then the L shape I wanted to be some semi-discrete night club, perhaps for a small gang.   The roofs were painted to have solar panels, because solar panel real estate is important in the future.  Next time I should probably acquire ladders and walkways... Oh well, some of my guys can jump!  It'll likely be a month before set 2 is complete (or started...)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Cyber Beetle: Its not so Cyber when its ripping your innards out.

Here is  a Puppets War Giant Cyber Beetle.  A nice little resin Mechanical scarab that has just the right amount of vicious to it.  I looked for images of scarabs for inspiration and settled on some emerald/brass jewlry , then added some texture, lighting, corrosion, and gore.   I have a couple more from Puppets war coming up soon as well as a few things from elsewhere.