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Side project

I have begun on a small side-project. I did get some very nicely detailed miniatures from Anvil Industry and I decided to paint them up in a colour I don’t usually paint with. I think they look great, although they are in a very early stage.

I began by priming the miniatures with Vallejo Surface Primer Grey (74601) followed by Vallejo Surface Primer Black (74602) from bellow. Then I went over the models with Vallejo Model Air Blue RLM65 (71008) straight out of the bottle. After that I added a little Vallejo Model Air White (71001) to the mix and sprayed, from above, at some pieces standing out, like the feet and the backside of a leg. Obviously the heads and shoulders got this mix as well. After letting the paint dry for a bit I diluted Citadel Coelia Greenshade with a little thinner and washed the minis to the current state.

 

 

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Progress

The last week of vacation is passing fast. Too fast. I still have a bunch to do at home, furnishing the bedroom and more.

Anyway, I try to do some work on my Plague Marines and I think they are coming out nice. It is a somewhat slower process than I expected but I am finally getting the robes painted as well as the ropes holding them together. The few weapon belts get the same treatment as the ropes. Six out of the ten primed models are done to this stage.

I am painting the robes with Vallejo Model Color German Grey (70995). The ropes and weapon belts get their colour from a pot of Citadel Rhinox Hide. I think it was a mistake gluing weapon and arms to the miniatures before painting – I will not do that again! Because of this I need to do a little touch up of the armour every now and then, while painting the robes. It is not too problematic but I could have saved some time on this. For repainting the armour I use Vallejo Model Air Aged White (71132).

I am aware the paint looks very thick in these pictures but it really is not. I always use well watered down or thinned out paints. I almost got myself into retaking the pictures but it is late and I need to get a lot of stuff done tomorrow.

 

 

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Base coating

I managed to get some airbrushing and detail brushing done last night and it felt great! It has been quite a while since I painted the last time but most techniques just stay in memory once you have learned them; “A moment to learn, a lifetime to master”. I am far from mastering anything about painting miniature models but I am eager to learn.

I used my airbrush to put down three coats of paint and then I painted the eyes with a regular ‘fine detail’ brush. Here is the recipe:

  1. Prime the whole model with Vallejo Surface Primer Black (74602).
  2. Add Vallejo Surface Primer Grey (74601) from above at a 45 degree angle to – hopefully – add a little depth.
  3. Base coat the whole model with Vallejo Model Air Aged White (71132). This will be the colour of the armour.
  4. Use a fine detail brush to paint the eyes red with a very watered down Citadel Mephiston Red. A few thin layers should do the trick. Clean up any excess with some Vallejo Model Air Aged White (71132).

A good thing with Vallejo’s primers and the ‘Model Air’ colour-range is that they are ready to be airbrushed straight out of the bottle, without the need of getting thinned down. They also come in drop down bottles which makes it easy to put paint in the cup of the airbrush. Additionally, from my experience, Vallejo paint tend to react on airbrush thinner far better than the ones from Citadel, making it more simple to clean the brush afterwards.

I prefer drilling a small hole in the foot of the miniature I am going to paint, insert a paperclip with some super glue and then stick it in cork in order to have better control over it. Since I have only ten cork stoppers and fourteen models to paint I will have to go over these steps once more after the current batch is done.

This is how far I got last night before I felt to tired to continue and headed over to bed.

 

 

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Aged pretty well

Today’s mail brought some new pots of paint and a couple of bitz which I raided off eBay. Instead of posting yet another post of the new stuff I’ve bought, I have something else to share. Recently I went through a whole lot of old boxes and among the treasures I found there was three old Citadel Colours.

The Enchanted Blue seems slightly dry but might work. The Sunburst Yellow and the Snakebite Leather however look ready to be painted with straight away. This I find very cool! As an homage to the old days I feel that I need to add one or more of these colours onto the models I am about to paint. I wonder if today’s paints will be usable still in two decades or so?

The featured image is from here: http://ars-atra.com/

 

 

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ALEX moved in

Since I ran out of stuff to do with my upcoming 40K-army – I am simply out of miniatures at the moment – I have been looking for other things to take care of. During the past days I have been working hard on organizing my dedicated hobby work area. Living in the country where every reasonably sized town has an IKEA-warehouse has its advantages. I got myself a drawer on casters named ALEX (502.649.27). I bought the grey one which I think fits in perfectly. The plan is to store all, or at least most of, my paints in it for easy access. The pots from Citadel fitted in perfectly but I have yet to find a solution for the ones from Vallejo. Maybe I will have those on a shelf or something, we will see. Anyway, I am very pleased with how it all turned out.

The featured image shows Ingvar Kamprad, who founded IKEA back in 1943.

 

 

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