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I messed up

I was about to start putting some paint on the armour plates on the three miniatures of my side project. I messed up badly. First I decided to go with blue plates but that looked really bad. I went on doing some more washing on the second model, only to have it seriously messed up. On the third model I tried a strong orange on the plates and it looked pretty nice but I still wasn’t happy with the result. Beyond repair the models ended up taking a bath in my supersonic washer, stripping them clean from all paint.

I still think the colour I used as a foundation was nice and I am thinking of using it again. Maybe going with white armour plates?

 

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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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Ready for the next step

Today I painted the leftover backpacks. I also did some details in metallic paints, which honestly felt like a reward. So shiny! For the metal detailing I used Vallejo Model Color Silver (70997) and Vallejo Game Color Brassy Brass (72058).

The next step will have me use the airbrush again. Can’t wait!

 

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Backpacks

Tonight I did get the rest of the robes painted up. I also came up with how I want to paint the backpacks. I will add some brass details to them, besides the green and white, and I think the final result will look very good. The green I use is Vallejo Game Color Cayman Green (72067).

The unprimed models come from Anvil Industry and are for another project. The details of these miniatures are impressive and they offer a good portion of variation, giving a wide range of possibilities. Check them out at https://anvilindustry.co.uk/.

 

 

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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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I will be painting soon

My most recent order of paints have arrived. I can’t wait until I get to use these amazing product from Vallejo! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get all products I need from stores in Sweden, so the rest had to come off eBay, resulting in longer delivery times. However, Ministuff is a great vendor when it comes to Vallejo and I usually check them out first when I am in need of new pots.

The featured image is from here: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/P5G3

 

 

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