Thursday, 21 May 2015

Imperial Guard: Tank Renovation Project (Part 3e - Chimeras - decals)

I've done the penultimate step on my work on my first two Chimeras and added the decals:
I can't tell you how pleased I am with my home-made side armour!


Whilst adding the decals a few things occurred:
A multi-laser muzzle fell off (reglued),
A (proper GW; not one of my home-made) side armour panel fell off (reglued),
The penny finally dropped about what all the little protruding rectangles are around the lasguns by the oblong hatch on the hull! They're viewport-thingies so the guys shooting the lasguns can see to aim! I'd always wondered how they did that. I'll add some lens-ey paint to them before I get to the next step...

...which is weathering.

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Friday, 15 May 2015

Imperial Guard: Tank Renovation Project (Part 3c - Chimeras: detailing begins)

I've started adding detail to the tanks now.

All the metallic bits have been blacked and drybrushed with chainmail, the Weapon housings and muzzles given their dark-red colour to match the rest of the army and the lenses painted on the turret 'scopes. I've painted the leather cowls over the hull-mounted weapons and and deaths-head/aquila thingy on the dozer-blade. Oh, the tarpaulin has been done too.
This model was bought as part of a pair from ebay. It had no turret or side-armour. The turret here came from my bits-box and you can see it's damaged. I'll either find something to cover that (and the scarring on the hull just below it) or will fudge it with some weathering. The side-armour is home-made from foamboard and card!



There is more detail I want to do - I want to do some hazard-markings on the rear hatches and the icon-heavy hatches on both sides need doing. I need to black-out the gun-barrels too then get decals/weathering etc. done.

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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Imperial Guard: Tank Renovation Project (Part 3b - Chimeras: adding some texture)

I decided to paint my Chimeras in two pairs rather than all four at once, following the same process I've used on my other Imperial Guard tanks.

So I began by masking the tracks (as they're already mostly painted) and spraying the models with a flat grey rattlecan primer. I then randomly slopped on a slightly darker grey as done before:

Following that, a heavy white drybrushing. As one of the two models has its side armour constructed from foamboard, that left it looking a little flat so I added some "trompe l'oeil" rivets (a small spot of black paint followed by a small spot of white positioned just above it:
Taken with a flash to show up the drybrushing more

Next I will "black" all the rest of the metallic bits (guns, etc) before a chainmail drybrushing will go on.

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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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