Saturday 18 November 2017

2017 Painted Model commitment #9

I am now over half way painted for my Custodes and Sisters of Silence force. The centrepiece of the army is a Land Raider... it took about 3 weeks of evenings (not every evening, but a few) so here it is in all its magnificence...

Too big to fit in the lightbox...

Lots and lots and lots and lots of bling

Some writing

Venerable Land Raiders are tough btw

Custodes models are REALLY BIG (oh and yes the interior is fully painted, thanks for asking)

I had a game vs Alan Borthwick's Genestealer Cult at Warpstorm - and this inspired me to start painting my Deathwatch again (after I had built half a dozen new models to add to the pile...). 

Here is Captain Markus She'don of the Iron Hands (uses Captain Artemis rules)

My grumpy face

Still fluffing the light balance... grr. Might try again.

You might remember the Hereforge models from here - I got given another two to paint using the higher quality 3D print and the difference in print quality really showed. Still a lot of striation making it a pain to paint but certainly a lot easier. The amount of customisation you can do on these models before you print them is pretty cool.  

He may be a bad man

Definitely less bad

That cat has pretty amazing detail

How on target am I?
Weeks of the year complete: 46
Models painted: 57
Vehicles painted: 3

Sunday 12 November 2017

'Fixing' the painting station

A couple of months ago I finally joined some ranks of the semi-serious painting fraternity and purchased a desktop airbrush booth.

I had looked at one previously (i.e. several years ago, ok about 6 years) but what grabbed my attention now was the integrated LED lights ("Keep up Grandad" I hear a couple of voices say....). With one foul swoop I would divest myself of the two lamps at my desk, clearing clutter away ... albeit temporarily. I don't have a large space to build and paint at unlike some people... so anything that can do double duty is worthwhile.

So the day arrived and my booth was duly assembled, I powered it on and... .... .. the lights and the fan started up. What a racket! 

Upon investigation I found that it was not going to be a simple 'unplug the fan' as everything was wired so that I couldn't easily do this. Having done a grand total of zero years undertaking any electrical wiring (sure I can read a schematic... sortof... but when it comes to the practical, let's just say I'm a 'leave it to the professionals' type).

Determined to make use of this tool, I figured I needed at least one more switch, so with booth in hand I trundled off to my local Jaycar Electronics store. I was assisted by a very helpful store manager, and $2.50 later plus some entry-level wiring I now have a booth that has LEDs without the noise. When I need to use the fan I'll just push the button on the side of the box and voila! 

Ready for drilling... 

What lies beneath

My $2.50 saviour

Wired like a pro <cough>
All screwed back together. lights on!

The final setup... in the right drawer of the desk is all the modelling stuff on a tray similar to the one in the booth, ready to be brought out into the vacant space between laptop and painting area

Pretty excited to settle down this evening for some painting... I hope...

While I'm on the subject of painting, I bought a new portable photo booth with an LED strip off eBay, and I am pretty happy with the results. Look for less rubbish photos in the future!

With white background...

With black background...

Right, gotta go paint something!