Posted by jlopatin on June 18th, 2013
Posted by jlopatin on June 9th, 2013
These are laser cut mdf buildings. They have been assembled, primed, and basecoated. The brick building has had some simple highlights applied. Detail work is all that remains.
The cork rock pieces have been painted, flocked, and detailed. They are ready to use!
Posted by jlopatin on June 5th, 2013
I finished weathering my Rustforge shipping crates! I used some new techniques, and though a simple tutorial might be fun.
This pic shows the assembled crates with a selection of mans to show scale. Click HERE for my review of these crates.
Here are the basic painted crates. I started by airbrushing a grey primer. Then I created a gradient using a Minitaire Ghost Tint (oil discharge). After that dried, I sprayed the color base coat. The gradient effect gave subtle shading.
Next, I did some simple detailing. I tried to model them after real world crates I saw on the way to work. I had a difficult time finding stencils that were sized appropriately. The ones I did find were very difficult to use. The lettering is not perfect, but I was satisfied with the learning experience. I used blue painters tape to mask off the areas. The tape is a little too tacky for this application, and you can see that it caused some issues. You can also see that I had some overspray issues on the red crate. These were all cleaned up before I moved on the the next step.
Weathering! For this step, I took a small piece of foam and dipped it into black paint. I dabbed most of the paint off onto a paper towel, and then used it to poke the crates. I also added some silver spots in the middle of the larger black areas to represent where it was worn down to the bare metal.
The next step was something I learned while at Adepticon. I created an raw sienna oil paint wash, and liberally coated the entire crate. Then, I used a Q-Tip dipped in mineral spirits to clean up the messy areas. This gave each crate a filthy look, and added some shading and highlighting. On one of the crates, I left the wash to pool on the top. I wanted it to appear as if there had been standing water at one time. Then, I mixed burnt sienna oil paint with a tiny bit of raw sienna to make a rust color. This was only thinned a tiny bit with mineral spirits. I painted streaks of this from the bare metal bits down the sides. The streaks were thicker at the top of the line, and tapered off further down. I used a dry Q-tip to smear these streaks and blend them into the background. The oil paint takes forever to dry, so you can take your time with this step. If you are not happy, you can wipe the paint off with a little mineral spirits and try it again! Once you have it the way you like, it is important to use your favorite matte varnish to set the oil paint. I used Testor’s Dullcoat in a spray can. 2 coats!
Here are the 3 finished crates. In the future, I may do a soft black wash before the rust wash to add deeper shadows. I might also use a lighter rust color on the dark red crate, as the effect is too subtle. However, I am really pleased with how they turned out overall. I can’t wait to see them on the table! Look for pictures of them in use very soon!!
Posted by jlopatin on May 28th, 2013
The Warmachine Cygnar starter box is completely finished and based.
The Brushfire mouse is completely finished and based.
Gandalf is completely finished and based.
I am very happy with how these turned out!
Posted by jlopatin on May 23rd, 2013
More progress was made on these figures.
This Warmachine figure just needs some detail work and final highlights. I was brave and painted his eyes! I am very happy with how leathery his cape came out.
This dog is from Malifaux. He was unpainted when i started tonight. Now, he is almost done! I still need to do highlights. He has eyes also!
The Brushfire mouse knight still needs some detail work, but he is coming along nicely. I used light highlights on his hair in an attempt to give him an older look. His eyes came out great.
Painting eyes is a little nerve wracking as there is a risk of ruining a nice paint job. I am glad I took the effort on these. Practice makes perfect!
Posted by jlopatin on May 19th, 2013
The Warmachine force is nearing completion. All the mechs have most of their highlighting done. The warcaster has his skin and hair painted and highlighted. He still needs work on his cape and leather bits. His armor is finished.
He’s a ginger! I am very pleased with how the hair and face turned out. They look much better in person!
I put together the Malidaux Relic Hunters. They are very cool models.
Gandalf got a base layer of grey, and then 2 different washes on his robes. I did a heavy black wash in the deepest crevices, and a grey wash over the whole model. He’s going to be easy to finish! The mouse warrior got brown fur and some silver bits.
The cork rocks got a bunch of drybrushed layers. Dark brown, dark grey, light grey, and then the reddish brown. They will need a light tan drybrush. The trees got dark and light grey drybrushing. They will get also get a light tan layer. Then, basing is all I have left!
Posted by jlopatin on May 12th, 2013
I finished the Wreck-Age barricades and my little tire pile. This was my first time using little clumps of grass. I am really pleased with the rust effect on the barricade.
The inside of this building got drybrushed in 2 shades of grey. Time to pick out details!
I had primed these rocks yesterday, but felt like they were missing something. I added some sand on the upper surfaces for texture, and reprimed.
The ground surrounding these walls was washed with Agrax Earthshade. All they need is a drybrush, and some grass.
I started the weathering on the shipping crates. This will hopefully end up looking like chipped paint.
Finally, I basecoated these troops for a friend. I hope he likes them!
Posted by jlopatin on May 11th, 2013
I added details and logos to the crates. They are ready for weathering!
I finally basecoated this industrial building with Vallejo Air Mahogany. It will have a ton of metallic details.
I spent some time on the concrete walls and Wreck-Age barricades. They all need work on the ground parts, but are otherwise almost finished.
I made these terrain pieces out of cork and resin tree stumps. They are primed and ready to paint.
I cut these pieces of hardboard with my new jigsaw, and turned them into area terrain markers.
These guys got a brown wash on all gold bits, and a black wash on all silver parts. They need highlights now.
Not a bad day of hobbying!
Posted by jlopatin on May 5th, 2013
Here is a shot from tonight’s game of Wreck-Age. We played 3 short scenarios and had a great time. The Drifters won!
Here are some workbench shots:
The Warmachine figures are coming along nicely. Next step is washing the metals, then a gloss varnish, and oil wash. Highlights will come last.
Here are the 3 shipping crates with the base coats. The red and blue ones have a subtle gradient. Next, I will stencil company names on the sides, then weathering! They already look great on the table!