Sunday, 29 December 2013

Chief Librarian Tigurius (Ultramarine Librarian model)

This is the figure I plan to use as Chief Librarian Tigurius in my 1500pts force.  He will be my only HQ choice.  After painting 3 batches of 10 men recently this came as a welcome break.  With HQ and 2 (4 x 5 man units) Troop choices sorted its time to get back to the tanks.  I will however briefly discuss how I produced this model, as I made effective use of Humbrol Maskol to enable more airbrushing.  I have aimed to build this figure with a '35k' younger Chief Librarian Tigurius in mind, to fit in with my themed Ultramarine Army.

Ultramarine 10-man Tactical Squad (2)

The second squad is now complete.  Inevitably it has come out better than the first one due to reviewing and learning from the first group I put together.  This build uses new kit as well as a few components from the Sternguard box.  Again I have gone for Combi-Flamer and Flamer, however I have chosen to build a Missile launcher into this Squad rather than the more costly Lascannon.  In time this unit will get a Rhino as well, with the first Rhino now 99% complete and needing a write up for the blog.

A change I made on this unit was to go a bit heavier with the VMA Light Sea Blue to get a better contrast after the oil wash and satin varnish was applied (these generally dull your highlights).

The transfers on this unit came out really well and I think I have refined how I will approach transfers from now on.  The GW hard coat gloss brushed on seems to give better adhesion than any airbrushed gloss varnish when it comes to sticking in transfers.  The red and blue containers of Micro Set and Micro Sol also seem to work better than the Humbrol Decal Fix.  The process for applying my transfers consists of the following:

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Ultramarines Land Raider Updated

 I recently revisited my Land Raider I completed a few months back having grown in confidence and ability with various different techniques.  I am really pleased I did go back because I think these additions have brought the model up another level.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Ultramarine 10-Man Tactical Squad

So this week I have got back to building and finishing off a number of different projects.  I am keen to clear the slate to get onto some of the other bigger kits I have sat waiting to go.  I have managed to tie up one of the final hand painted units from my previous Space Marine Project: The Emperor’s Crusaders, finishing another Tactical Squad.  I have also finished some additional weathering on my Land Raider and the main chunk of this article – the Airbrushed Ultramarine 10 man Tactical Squad.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Ultramarines Forge World Rhino/Razorback WIP Part 2

Ultramarines Forge World Rhino/Razorback WIP Part 2

So a bit of a delay in getting this up, but her comes part 2 – exterior and turrets done, and now getting ready to oil/pin wash then onto weathering.  The VMA blues are great for Ultramarines and make it really easy to shadow/highlight the various parts.  (VMA Steel Blue, French Blue and Light Sea blue – VMA thinner 50:50 with Light Sea blue all at 20psi through the AB).

The Ultramarines U was made using the tutorial provided by Buypainted.  A good compass and cutting tool were essential in getting an even shaped U – it took a few tries, but worth getting right.  Lining it up on the part isn’t as easy as it looks – again take time to get it right otherwise you will be repainting the blue…(only once for myself….)

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Ultramarines Forge World Rhino/Razorback WIP

Ultramarines Forge World Rhino/Razorback WIP

With the first of my 10 man tactical squads for my 1000pts Ultramarines Army complete, it took little convincing to revert back to armour, looking to build a battle field taxi for them.  I will do a separate post on the second squad having used the first squad to refine the way I plan to paint all the infantry for this force.

I am trying to build a 35k Ultramarine force – I really like the new CSM releases (the Sternguard and Hunter/Stalker) and want to be able to include the Forge World Heresy designs as well.  The new tactical marines are great but I don’t want to go down the road of full Heresy or full 40k… anyway.  In short I want to mix the elements of GW I like with the FW stuff.  The best way I can make this work in my opinion is experimenting with paint schemes. 

I really like the grey Razorback that pops up in the old codex and on the back of the Razorback box.  I don’t know the background to why grey is used but I have seen Land Raider designs using it as well.  I think a mixture of some vehicles/infantry with grey panels in the design will do 2 things; 1. Give me a unique spin on your typical Ultramarine paint scheme and 2. Meet the 35k theme I am looking for.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Forge World Scorpion Type II – Saim-Hann

Forge World Scorpion Type II – Saim-Hann

With my first project under my belt, I dug out a Forge World kit that had been left under the bed for a good number of years.  I could not ge the smooth finish I wanted so parked the model to one side, but never came back to it.  All the practicing of pre-shading, zen highlighting and shading using the Falcon kits drove me to dig it out and get it done.  This will be more step by step but do ask questions below if you want something made clearer.  Again, Buypainted! gave a vast amount of guidance and inspiration - credit where credit is due!

1.              The main hull was constructed, wing-lets, tail section etc.  The turret was also built however don’t do what I did initially and leave the pulsars sperate.  The crew and smaller weapons were mounted on old sprues to assist in painting.  The whole lot was primed us Vallejo Polyurethane Grey Primer – great stuff, and key to get the different shades of red later on.

2.              I started with the base.  You cannot paint the top and bottom separately like you can with a GW Falcon so I painted the bottom first as I was more content with tidying up the underside rather than complete corrections on the top (the bit that you see and really matters).  I highlighted the whole thing with VMA Black mixed with VMA white – no real measurements here, all by eye.  It has to be a dark grey that’s for sure.  This was repeated 3 times getting lighter and lighter.  I did the underside of the turret at the same time to keep everything consistent.  VMA Steel for the engines and washed as described later.

3.              Edge highlighting next – and there are a lot of edges for this!  VMA US light grey worked well, no fuss or mixing.  At this point I sprayed the whole thing wth Vallejo Stain varnish to protect my work up to that point.  Using Mig Abteilung Oils black and white spirit I made up an oil wash that was applied to the entire surface.  Then using a flat, square, 15 mm wide brush with a little white spirit on board I dragged it gently over the flat surfaces to create the feeling of a fast moving vehicle (really simple, looks good too I think – MarneusAugustusCalgar does this on his Forge World Storm Eagle he entered for Golden Demon, likewise Buypainted! Does something similar - links on side bar).

Ultramarines Land Raider

Ultramarines Land Raider

This is my first blog on a site I am still trying to understand!  So this is more of a test run for me more than anything else.

Over the last year I have been sucking up as much information on painting vehicles as possible.  I took the plunge financially and invested in an airbrush from Iwata back in March having exhausted my brush skills when it came to vehicles.  Despite best efforts I could never get a smooth, thin finish on flat surfaces.  Enter the airbrush!  It solved that issue and opened up a total new avenue within the hobby.  Furthermore it took my painting up a number of levels.  This was actually my first fully painted airbrushed model.

What you can see just off to the right is one of two old Falcon kits I practised on before moving onto this expensive kit.  Buypainted’s youtube channel gave me most of my early guidance and tips.  His Vindicator tank pretty much set the tone for this Land Raider.  I had never heard of Vallejo paints and spent quite a lot building up a suitable collection to duplicate my paint collection I had built up GW wise.  There is no doubt the Model Air paints offer up a huge amount.  They are good to go at 20psi, work brilliantly over pre-shading and come at a fair price (I ordered mine fro SnM Stuff – a UK retailer that offer everything I need).