Thursday, November 30, 2023

Star Wars Legion A-A5 Speeder Truck

 Latest build is complete (and finished just in time for FineScale Modeler Magazine's #BAMM contest) - a Star Wars Legion A-A5 Speeder Truck.

I was really skeptical about this kit when I first purchased it because the Legion kits are kind of hit and miss and this has a fairly high price point, but I have to admit I was proven wrong. The quality of this kit is very nice, especially the well-detailed crew compartment (which sadly is very hard to see when complete) and cockpit. Assembly is fairly straightforward, though joining the multiple hull pieces requires a lot of rubber bands and patience.

I plan to use this for my Scum and Villainy force, so I painted it the resemble a Black Sun crime syndicate vehicle. As such, I was inspired by the "narco tanks" of drug cartels, which are fairly drab in their outside appearance, often being black or grey, usually to try to be a little inconspicuous. I primed and preshaded with an airbrush. This is mostly painted in Tamiya and Vallejo acrylics.

Weathering is done using oils primarily, though fuel stain on the upper hull are done using AK enamels. This is also the first time I've using oils in an airbrush, in order to get the exhaust staining, and I have to say I'm a full convert! The effect was easier to achieve than with a dry blending, as I'd done previously.

And this thing is a beast, being over 8" in length and 4" in height, it just barely fits in my photo tent.

Monday, September 11, 2023

Hevonen Imperial Utility Vehicle

 A quick update for today - this is a Hevonen Light Utility Vehicle for 40K. The art has a bunch of different Imperial-style vehicles for download and I really like the design because they all have a slight futuristic gothic feel without being overboard like most of GW's recent designs.

Since this was a test piece to see how it looked 'in the flesh', painting was very straightforward, done mostly with Tamiya and AK. Weathering is done with oils and enamels. Decals are just random stuff I pulled from the decal stash.

I highly recommend picking up Nfeyma's designs if you're looking for some understated vehicles for Grimdark terrain.

Sunday, September 10, 2023

1/56 scale Borgward Wanze

 I haven't done many vehicles for WW2 gaming in a few months, so I decided to print up a few in order to try out different print settings, as well as painting techniques.

First up is this Borgward Wanze I got off Cults. Even though it said it was scaled for 28mm, it was rather small, so this is the reprint I did at about 105% scale. Realistically, it probably too large but looks just right next to Warlord minis.

This was also the first time I've done dedicated pre-shading with an airbrush and I rather like the effect, though it tends to get a little lost after applying my usual oil and enamel weathering techniques and is going to require some refinement. Base colors are done in Tamiya, with the odd detail picked out in Vallejo. I admit I was a little sloppy with the sponge chipping and that makes it seem a little cartoonish.

It's a really odd AFV and not great in tabletop gaming, so will likely never be included in anything other than my Battle of Berlin force, but it made for a quick project.

You can grab the stl file here:

Khorne Berzerker

 Another attempt at painting a grimdark style 40K mini in one weekend - this time a happy Khorne Berzerker collecting skulls.

Base coats were done in zenithal layers of Tamiya black, purple, and red, then the entire mini was given an overall filter of Tamiya clear red. After that, I gave it an overall wash of Secret Weapon black red wash, then painted all the bronze gilding and misc. details in Vallejo. 

I then applied several red/brown oil washes to the entire mini and added the verdigris effect with dry pigment mixed with an oil wash. Once that cured, I gave him some additional weathering using AK/Mig enamels. I also used this mini as an experiment in doing old caked gore around the chainaxe. This was done by applying thick layers of de-oiled dark brown and dark red oil paints for the older gore and then using a sparing amount of bright red and brown oils, directly from the tube, to simulate more fresh gore. 

This was a fun mini to paint and a real departure from my usual work. I wanted him to look like he'd fought thousands of years of brutal campaigns for the Chaos Gods. If you want to paint your own, the model is available on Cults:

Friday, June 2, 2023

Chewbacca & C-3P0

 Another Midgard 3D print today - Chewbacca and C-3P0 (Cloud City). Awesome sculpt and print, but pretty difficult to paint in the same style as the movie. I painted this using mostly Vallejo, with some TurboDork Miami Sunset for the muzzle burn on the blaster. Just need a Cloud City Leia to buddy up with him!