Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Imperial Guard: Tank Renovation Project (Part 3a - Chimeras: rebuilding...)

Now the Leman Russes are done it's time to turn my attention to my Chimeras.

I recently doubled the Chimera count by picking up two more tanks from ebay. I knew when I bought them that they were both missing turrets. I had a spare in my bits box and was prepared to pick another up. What I hadn't realised simply due to not examining the photo clearly enough was that they were both also missing all of their side armour.

As my intention in buying from ebay was to bolster my force on the cheap, I decided that rather than buy bits from a bitz company I'd make them from paperhammer templates.

The side armour was far easier to do than the turret - I simply used some foamcore which is pretty much the correct thickness, glued the paper template to it and cut it out. Then I edged it with card cut using the template and hot-glued it in place.


The turret was far more difficult - I tried three different card types and had problems with them all.

Basically after scoring and folding they would start to break and the fibres would fray. I settled on the one that worked best but I'm not totally happy with it. For strength I filled it with hot-glue which I also used to hold the heavy flamer in place.

Can't wait to get these painted, but as I plan to begin by rattle-can basecoating as I did with my Leman Russes I need to wait for a break in some awful weather we're having here...

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Thursday, 30 April 2015

Imperial Guard: Tank Renovation Project (Part 2d - Leman Russes: finished!)

In my last post I'd got as far as adding some decals and details to my tanks. That left me with tanks that looked clean and undamaged, fine for play but a little too "healthy" for my liking. Also the chalky effect you get when drybrushing was a little too pronounced for my liking.

So, to finish these guys off a little weathering was needed.

I started off with some very simple sponge-weathering. For the uninitiated, this is a really easy technique for creating rust and exposed metal where paint has chipped away. simply get a small piece of open-cell sponge (something where the "holes" or "pores" are not too small - 0.5mm - 1mm in diameter is fine). You only need a piece of sponge about the size of a peanut for this. Hold it firmly in a pair of tweezers or similar and dip it in your paint. Dab excess off on a tissue and then start working on the model, aiming mostly for edges and corners. Don't go overboard or you end up with something that's almost leopard-spotted.

I normally work in just two layers - I start with a Terracotta layer (which can look like exposed red-oxide primer or rust depending entirely on how the viewer percieves it) and then add a layer of quite a bright metallic (Citadel Chainmail in these pics). That's it. Done.

I then brought the whole look of the mini's "down" a bit. At this point they're too bright and clean for my liking - I wanted something a bit more dirty and oily looking.

I recently picked up on a technique known as an Oil Wash (also known as a Pin Wash). It's normally used to pick out seams between armour panels, but I applied it to the whole model in this case. You need some white-spirit and artist's black oil paint. Mix a little paint with some white spirit in a container until you have a runny paint that will run down the side of your container in much the same way as milk would in a glass (maybe a little thinner than milk, actually).

As a pin-wash you would then pick some up on a brush and touch it to the panel seam on your model and capillary action would draw the oil from your brush and flood the seam. Any excess can be cleaned off with a cotton-bud (q-tip) with a little clean spirit on it.

I went in much more heavy handedly and used a large brush to coat the whole model. It's given a nice oily patina, picked up a lot of the seams and also taken out a lot of the chalky brush-marks my earlier heavy drybrushing had introduced.

And that's it, aside from a squirt of varnish.

First Tank:



Second Tank:



Third Tank:



Whole Squadron:


Chimeras next!

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Monday, 27 April 2015

Imperial Guard: Tank Renovation Project (Part 2c - Leman Russes: details and decals)

Hi again,

The Russes roll on.

Last time I had textured my models very quickly and simply. This brings my tanks to a stage where they are ready for the penultimate stage of detailing and adding decals.

I'm very much an advocate of the school of thought that says "for a good table-top standard finish, you don't need to paint every part of your model". A textured basecoat with good (but minimal) detailing and some weathering really (for me) does the trick.

So, that said, what I did next was to paint in details and add some decals:


Like I said - detailing is minimal. I've basically added some red to the guns, picked out the Aquila's and painted the aeriel, lights and sensor lenses. Maybe 15 minutes work per tank.

I've added a few decals too (I actually went back after these snaps were taken and added some ID numbers - you'll see them in the final part of this little series).

And that's it - weathering next (which is just as easy as the stuff I've done so far.

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Imperial Guard: Tank Renovation Project (Part 2b - Leman Russes: some texture)

Cracking on with getting my Leman Russes painted up what I tend to do after basecoating with a flat grey primer like I showed in my previous post is to add some texture to the tank's paintwork. These are intended to end up looking like they've been in service for decades and have been shipped from one theatre of war to the next, so the paintwork is going to look like it's been around a while in different atmospheric conditions.

So the first thing I have done is to liberally and randomly apply more grey paint over the body of the tank. This is a slightly darker shade than my rattlecan-basecoat and is just very quickly and roughly painted on with no attempt to make the finish look consistent ot neat (other than to avoid the metallic parts).


Next the whole model gets a single, quite heavy drybrushing with white paint.

And in this photo I've blacked in and then metallic-drybrushed all the metal bits.

This is intended to be a quick process. I'm working on three tanks at once and all this stage took was about one hour to do all three.

Next I'll add some details (gun barrels, lights & lenses etc.) and decals.

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

40000 hits!!

Given that the majority of what I've done on my blog has been W40K based this is quite a moment for me: 40,000 hits since I started it up a little over 2 years ago.


That for me is an incredible figure and I'd just like to thank all the people who have ever taken the time to stop in, look at one of my posts, +1 or write a comment.

My genuine thanks go to you all.

Cheers!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Imperial Guard: Tank Renovation Project (Part 2a - Leman Russes: base colours)

So off we go on the final phase of tarting up my Imperial Guard/Astra Militarum (whatever they're called this week).

For no real reason I decided to start with my Leman Russes.

I have three of these - two painted to my original standard and one simply sprayed black:

Given the technique I'm planning to use I can consider these to all be identical in terms of a starting point. My plan is to drybrush the muzzle of the BattleCannon and tank tracks with a metallic colour (I hate painting tracks black prior to drybrushing so I'm going to use the fact that these are already done) and then mask the tanks:


And then spray them all with rattle-can grey primer:
Masking tape removed after sraying.

I'm already most of the way there! Well, not quite...

In my next post I'll add some texture to the grey paint as this is very "flat" at  the moment.

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Imperial Guard: Tank Renovation Project (Part 1 - getting started)

Now that I've finished my Sentinels to the same standard as my Valkyrie and Baneblade, it's time to turn my attention to my other tanks.

Since I first painted my tanks I've picked up a few more models (a Leman Russ bringing my total to three, a pair of Chimeras [which have no turrets!] bringing my total to four, and a Forgeworld Solar Auxilia Dracosan Transport with several bits missing).

So I have 9 tanks to paint (or repaint) some of which (two Chimeras and the Dracosan) need extensive modelling work to bring them up to scratch.

So here is my current collection shown as a starting point to the project:

My original Leman Russes (right) and my new addition (rear left)

Chimeras with no turrets - sorry about the scrotty photo

My original Chimeras

Dracosan transport - you can see my repairs and greenstuff work (anything not beige)

Mu original Hellhound
I'll create a series of posts over the next few weeks dealing with these item-by-item starting with my Leman Russes.

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