The Year of Painting: Imperial Knight, Part 4

This was my first time airbrushing a model. It was my first time using “Future Shine” to make a wash. It was my first time painting free-hand symbols on a model (I’ve painted freehand on bigger surfaces before). And everything came out great! This just proves a personal motto of mine, Just do it. It will come out better than you think it will.”

Here’s the (basically) finished model, and this picture really shows how effective the “Future Shine” wash was – all the brown shading is from that wash.

Imperial Knight
Also, I’m not very experienced with decals, and those came out great, too!

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The Year of Painting: Imperial Knight, Part 3

Finally, Part 3!

After I got the blue, white, and black airbrushed on, I did a wash. This was also airbrushed on – a mix of brown paint and Pledge Floor Care (aka the legendary Future Shine). Immediately after I applied the layer of paint and floor shine, I wiped it with an old t-shirt. This allows you to push the paint/Pledge mix into the crevices, giving a nice aging to the model before I applied more paint.

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The Year of Painting: Imperial Knight, Part 2

Continuing from where I left off

Once I laid down the metallics, I added the color. I only wanted to add two colors with the airbrush – blue (GW’s Thunderhawk Blue) and black (Vallejo model color). I was extremely worried about mixing the GW paint – how to get it out of the pot, what to mix it with, how “milky” should it be?

I got the paint from the pot to a mixing cup by using a small popsicle stick (one intended for crafting). I then poured in some isopropyl alcohol to thin it and some airbrush medium (Golden brand) to help it “flow,” although I’m not 100% sure what that means. When the color stuck to the sides of the cup, but the majority of the liquid flowed back down, I decided to go for it.

Much to my surprise, it flowed perfectly, coated evenly, and worked like a charm. The GW paints are really, really good acrylic paints, and so far, no matter how I mix them, they seem to work really well. They are, of course, more expensive than most any other paint. But the results were spectacular.

Imperial Knight with blue coat
My reaction was pretty much, “Wow.”

For the top armor plate, I did some black airbrushing around the edges to give a dark undercoat, then layered with blue. The result was precisely what I intended! Continue reading The Year of Painting: Imperial Knight, Part 2

The Harlequin Troupe Master

The new Eldar Harlequins are amazing models, and (despite their very dynamic poses) there’s even some room for conversion! To make this Harlequin Troupe Master (who I have named “The Fellow of Infinite Jest”), I used one of the decorative Harlequins from the Starweaver kit (why add decorative minis when you can use them for awesome conversions?).

I bent his back leg just a bit to give him more of a dynamic pose and glued his front foot to a tiny ruin bit from the Eldar Wraithlord kit. It worked out perfectly! For his arms, I had to do a little cutting. In the Troupe kit, each figure’s shoulderpads are attached to their body. But, in the Starweaver kit, the figures shoulderpads are on the arms… but those arms aren’t holding the proper weapons to turn the figure into a Troupe Player! A simple cut at the elbows of all the arms allowed me to easily give the Troupe Master a shuriken pistol (actually, it’s a Dark Eldar pistol, but it looks close enough) and the Harlequin’s Caress glove weapon.

Harlequin Troupe Leader
A true Harlequin never has both feet on the ground!

Painting the Harlequin Motley is pretty insane, as you might imagine. My diamond pattern came out great! …eventually. It took many tries, and many paint-overs, and there might be a touch of chunkiness to the lines as a result… but it looks great from “table distance” (that is, when your eyes are one or two feet away, not looking really close or, say, view a picture taken with the macro setting on the camera). It was my first time doing anything like the Harlequin motley, so I’m pretty darn happy about it.

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Wolves, Frost, and White Power Armor

I’ve got some Space Wolves that I wanted to make my own – in general, I like to customize all my miniatures and make them “my own” in some way. The Space Wolves have no successor Chapters, so the existing canon wouldn’t allow an offshoot, strictly speaking. Of course, that’s not to say that some Chapter might not end up becoming a reasonable facsimile of the Space Wolves.

I’ve dubbed this chapter the Frost Wolves, because snow and Space Wolves are cool together. And, in tribute to the Luna Wolves of old, I thought a white paint scheme would be awesome.

But I discovered that painting white power armor is kind of a pain in the ass. When I tried it with my Space Wolves Chapter Master (a custom stand-in for Logan Grimnar), it came out not-too-good. I ended up just painting him gray (and he’ll probably stay that way).

Afterwards, I looked around the interwebs and found some tips and hints about painting white power armor, and I took another stab at it:

Space Marine in white power armor
“Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?”

Not too bad. The white paint I have is a little chunky, so if I could smooth it out or get new paint, it might work better. Even so, this is doable. I was hoping to speed-paint these guys, but putting three layers of white on is not conducive to speed, so there you have it.

More Frost Wolves to come!

The Balmorra Ray!

When last we visited my modified YT-1300 (now dubbed “The Balmorra Ray”) for the X-Wing Miniatures game, I had finished removing the original cockpit and creating a new one. Since then, I cleaned it up, primed it, then cleaned it up some more, then primed it again… and now, finally, I’ve painted it!

First, I did some airbrushing. I gave it a nice bright red accent, then I dulled that color by spraying light gray from a distance, which does a nice job of bringing out the midtones of the color without making it too dark. Here are the pics:

YT-1300, after airbrushing
Bottom view. This looks so neat.
Top of YT-1300, after airbrushing
Top view, also neat.

Then I edged off the splatter of the airbrushed red, did some dark washes and some brown washes, put on some black, and highlighted the bridge area. I also painted in a windshield. Here are the pics!

Finished YT-1300, Top
The finished “Balmorra Ray” (which is the name I gave the ship, because a ship needs a name)!
Finished YT-1300, Bottom
And the bottom, which came out mostly darker. I’m fine with that.
Finished YT-1300, Front
The highlighting is a little brighter than I wanted, but I’m going to leave it be.


Finished YT-1300, side 3/4 view
The glamour shot!

The flash on the camera makes the highlights and shadows more pronounced than natural lighting, so I think it actually looks much better in person than in the photos. I’m very happy with how this turned out, including little details like the clear plastic connector still being clear.

I do need to color in the engine (right now, it’s primer gray), and then I desperately need to put a clear coat on it, because the paint on this rubs off way too easily (and I don’t know why).

Thanks for checking it out! More to come!

The Wolf King, Painted!

Fans of the blog know I’m not an avid painter. I don’t think I’m bad at it, I’m just always wishy-washy about starting… because I’m afraid I’ll mess it up.

When we last left the Wolf King (3 years ago), he was scratch-built but unpainted. I am happy to say he has now been painted.

After laying down a base layer, I took a picture (to remind myself that these paint jobs look terrible at first):

Base layer for the Wolf King
Yuck. That’s just awful.

From there, the work improved. I was going to try and paint him (and my other Space Wolf-wannabes) in white armor, but… I do not like the way that looks, it turns out. So, the Wolf King ended up more of a gray color. Voila!

The Wolf King, front view
The Wolf King, rear view
The view from the back!

The Black Legion Chaos Terminator Lord that lies cut in half at his feet also came out pretty nice!

Wolf King, base decor

And here’s where his power fist ended up…

The Wolf King, more base decor
It’s amazing the Wolf King didn’t get any of that blood on his armor, huh?

I sculpted a lot of things by hand, like his hair, bear, and some the fur at his shoulders, waist, and leg. Unfortunately, I think you can easily tell…

Wolf King, view of face

All in all, I’m happy with how it turned out, despite some of the sculpting things I don’t like. But, considering how many times I reworked this figure, I guess it’s pretty darn good. I don’t like it as much as my Terminator Chaplain paint job, but it’s still good.

Comments are welcome!