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Okay, who here does NOT have a stack of old CD’s laying around?  If you don’t, you are under 20 years old or entirely too tidy.  I have a stack of these tucked into a back drawer to use for basing smaller terrain pieces, hanging outside windows to keep birds from crashing into them, drink coasters, and even for a very dangerous game of catch (seriously, this can hurt you!).  However, probably the best use for these derelict storage media is as scenic bases for larger models.

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Many larger models don’t come from the manufacturer with bases and I think that this makes it harder to tie the models visually to the rest of your force.  Good basing gives context to your models and that helps the entire group of figures look like an army.  This is especially important when your force might not have uniforms or insignia or a regimented paint scheme.

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All Rise! The Necrons Have Returned..

Sometimes your gaming life takes a strange turn.  When the first real Necron Codex was released, a local FLGS had me paint up their preview Battleforce box to showcase the new models.  They were still trying to get the gaming community in the area jump-started so I did the job in exchange for the minis after 90-days of showing.  It was exciting to see…

Necrons on Cityfight Table

Necrons on Cityfight Table

via All Rise! The Necrons Have Returned..

So, just finished up another project for my Friend Jake. Here are 10 Sword Brethren for his ever-growing Black Templars crusade. Models include 2 each of squad leader, heavy flamer, combi-meltas, and then 4 armed with grav guns. As a bonus, there is a dual grav-pistol wielding veteran sergeant to put elsewhere in his force.  I feel he put a lot of thought into the posing and decorating of each so they were a lot of fun to paint.  Anyway, below are the squad shots.  You can check out closer shots of each model as well as some of the other Black Templar pieces I have done for him by going here.  As always, feel free to comment, like and or share.

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Black Templar's Sword Brethren 01 Rear

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More of this Black Templars crusade  here.

Happy New Year!

Posted: January 4, 2014 in Uncategorized
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For all you gamers, geeks, and hobbyists out there, here’s hoping you have a wonderful New Year!

Red Dice Happy New Year 2014

I just delivered a Forge World Void Dragon Phoenix to its new owner (JY).  I’ve kept track of the process in the Work-in-Progress section.  Check out this link for a review of the kit and a how-to on completing the fiddly bits.

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NOTE:  The customer only wanted me to trim, clean, pin, prep, and prime the model.  When he gets it painted I’ll see about posting some pics of the finished work.

Sometimes a project is not about what you can accomplish. Sometimes the project is about what you can save.

I have a friend that I have built many models for before. Some of you have already seen the Black Templar Talon or the custom Black Templar Titan. This time I will be taking a couple of secondhand predators he acquired and attempting to save them from the bits bin.

What we have are 2 Space Marine Predators that have been seriously abused.  Poor assembly with excessive glue has marred the finish.  failing to follow directions has resulted in incorrect and incomplete assembly.  To add insult to the injury, neither model comes to me with all of its parts.  I’ll be diving into the bits box for replacements or stand-ins.

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Once you have inventoried the project, it is time to make a plan.  In this case, the first thing to do is catalogue the missing pieces and the parts so damaged that they will need replaced.  You will notice from the pieces above that I have partially disassembled the models so I can better assess what I will need to do.   This will also give me more room to work in.  When the turrets, sponsons, and dozer blades are glued in place, you wont be able to reach areas for repair and later painting.  (Yes, I know the blades are mounted incorrectly but the owner likes the “snugged-in” look)   Also, in looking at magnetizing the weapons I found that I’d need to create a new mount to replace the melted and fused mess that it came to me as.

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I spent a couple of evenings using scraping tools and a hobby knife removing old glue and melted plastic.  A Dremel moto tool was used to cut blast holes in the bottom of the chasis.  The client wanted to have the battle damage to show when he turned over a destroyed vehicle on the battlefield.  He wanted the hole large enough for a 40mm base because that is what his smoke markers are based on.

As a side note, I have one real complaint about the Predator models in general – not just  these two.  They have droopy barrels.  Even when the kit is assembled correctly, the main cannon sags and points at the ground.  I hate this.  To fix this, I cut small pieces of sprue and glued them to the turret to provide a stop.  this will be much easier to do if you can add it before you assemble the turret.  I didn’t have that luxury here so extreme care was taken to ensure no glue got into the pin and socket.  I still wanted the barrels to be moveable.

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During this cleanup phase I drilled out the holes for the magnets.  The previous owner had installed the weapon hangers backwards AND glopped glue all over when they didn’t mount correctly.  Consequently I had to add a bit of sprue to the underside of the mounts as a standoff.  this leaves enough room to allow the weapons their full range of motion.

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Once all the cleanup and repair are complete, getting a good clean primer coat is imperative.  The better the base you put down, the better your final paint job will be.  Because the Black Templar’s paint scheme is rather stark, I spent a lot of time on details.  Getting bright golds with antique shading give your eyes to focus on.  The same idea applies to the lenses on the periscopes and targeters.  Finally, decals give the tanks their individuality.  Despite being members of the same squadron, you will still be able to differentiate them on the battlefield.  Hopefully I will get to do the command tank of the squadron some time in the future.

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Well, these are done and delivered.  I never enjoy finding kits that have been so poorly built.  But, the challenge of resurrecting these and returning them to the tabletop as a good-looking addition to an army is quite rewarding.  Don’t give up.  With patience and a plan, it’s (almost) never too late.

 

 

I’ve had some partially finished desert terrain pieces in a box for a long time now.  During a short lull between client projects, I took a couple of afternoons to finish them up and take some pictures of the process.   They are all done now and will be heading to a new home.  I figured rather than just posting a gallery, I’d actually put up a tutorial on the process.  Whether you are looking to create your first battlefield or adding to an existing collection, there should be something for everyone.

If you have checked out the Warhound Titan WiP series or the Stormtalon tutorial, the techniques I use in this terrain tutorial are what I used on those pieces.

Enjoy!

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