Pandemic

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Re: Pandemic

Post by Tapeworm » Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:26 pm

This army is going to be so epic! I just wish there would be some paint splashed around. :rasp:

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Re: Pandemic

Post by Dai » Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:52 am

Man, you really do have a lot of cool stuff Stelio.

I had the Heavy Bolters Dread and definitely painted the arms, torso and legs separately. I also left off the banner as I just knew it would snap off at some point, plus it could then be useable for my fantasy Minotaur or Dragon Ogre.

Shame to read about the Knight legs. My own experience with 3D printed models is not much better. Still not impressed with all those ridges from the printing process. Think it’ll be a LONG time before I decide to go down that route again I think.
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Re: Pandemic

Post by minamoto » Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:42 pm

This log is so full of awesomesauce :luv: :luv:
And that lovely Dreadnought of Nurgle :luv: I remember painting all thes pustulles :bum:

Looking forward to when you slab some paint on them.
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Re: Pandemic

Post by Stelio » Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:31 pm

Last Sunday I got a bit of time to myself, so I started work on the Rhino. Here are the Grim Skull components, ready to go:

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The resin used is different to any other that I've seen. It's smoother but also it seems tougher. Whereas Forge World resin, for example, seems somewhat brittle or fragile, this stuff feels more like conventional plastic. It's certainly still got a remarkable level of detail.

As to the components themselves, they are obviously cast from Games Workshop pieces with additional glorious detail added. And that left-hand door (right on the photo) with the leering skull faces? That's actually the (out of production) Forge World Death Guard Rhino door, again shamelessly cast. I'm not quite sure how this item is still available to buy. I'd have expected it to be shut down by corporate lawyers.

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One modelling quirk to note is that since the right-hand doorway is open to the inner blast doors, it's necessary to cut away those doors from the inner side section, as visible in the photo above. Actually that piece of door is useful; I'm going to try using it on a piece of terrain that I have in mind at a later date. (I might see if I can get a second door from another Rhino at some point.)

And here's the fully assembled vehicle:

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It's all glued together. There's no point making the interior accessible, as the inside decor in no way reflects the outside. I will be modelling an interior on one of my Rhinos, but not this one.

You can see that I've added some spare components from the Plague Drones to the front fender, which was looking very bare in comparison to the rest of the model. And at the back, where there were some flat blank panels, I've added some pits and scratches to tie in with the look and feel of the rest of the model.

And I've mounted the smoke launchers from the first Forge World Death Guard Dreadnought at the back of the Rhino, carefully removing a maggot to make way. It's perfect.

Still to do:
  • Put together a combi-bolter mount for the gun emplacement.
  • Fill in gaps between the edges of components, using the backing soda + superglue trick.

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Re: Pandemic

Post by Stelio » Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:44 pm

On Painting

I want to paint my models. I really do. But I haven't done anything about it yet, beyond buying some paints.

One the one hand, my first priority has to be on completing the models ready for play. While I've got my 1000 points of Nurgle Daemons ready, Max also needs his 1000 points built. So that's my current focus.

There's also a new plan of playing some Kill Team as well as Warhammer 40,000 in September, so I also want to put together some Plague Marines and Poxwalkers for that.

And on the other hand, I have very little painting experience, so I admit that I'm putting it off. In particular, I'm worried about the spray undercoat: if I get it wrong I'll trash the (expensive and rare, possibly unreplaceable) models, and it can go wrong if it's too hot, too cold, too humid, or I just balls it up in some other way.

However... some of the models I'm building for Max (notably the Dreadnought and Knight) have to be partially painted before they are fully assembled. So in a sense the modelling work will force me to start painting.

tl;dr: Painting will happen... eventually.

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Re: Pandemic

Post by Tapeworm » Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:03 pm

There’s some good airbrush primers out there. The one I have and have used in the past is the Vallejo surface primer. I have all of the colors and they all work well but when first sprayed the finish is very delicate and needs to cure for a couple of days. The one big difference between conventional spray primers and the Vallejo primers is you can’t sand or file the airbrush primer. There’s an old trick with spray primer where you paint alternating colors of primer when you are trying to get really smooth surfaces. It makes it much easier to find low spots that need to be filled. Airbrush primer is really nice because it’s less sensitive to temperature and humidity, you have much more control, and it can be sprayed inside a structure without the terrible smells of conventional primer. It can be a bit tricky when working with airbrush primer because when working on a converted model you’ll notice things like mold lines or gaps that were not as noticeable before priming. With conventional primer you can scrape, file, cut, and/or sand the problem areas. Vallejo surface primer is rubbery and has a tendency to peel off if you try to manipulate the surface too much. I’ve ruined several models with conventional spray primer because where I live it’s almost always very humid and I’ve had it ruin some really nice conversions with this weird alligator skin texture that is absolutely horrible and to remove the primer I had to use heavy enough stripper to eat all of the putty work. That’s why I switched to airbrush primer and have been pleased with the results other than the issues I mentioned earlier.

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