Monday, September 10, 2012

The Painting Peg Boards

Twenty dollars and an hour of work result in a pretty nice painting tool. Boards equipped with removable pegs for painting individual models.

3 - 1" diameter 4' long dowel rod
1 - 2" x 6" x 10' board (inexpensive $6)

1. Cut the dowel rod down to 6" lengths.

2. Drill 1" holes for desired spacing between rods. I recommend staggering them to take advantage of width of the boards.

3. The two in the pictures are going to be used for priming but I will be making a larger one with smaller spacing tomorrow.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Terrain: Wheat fields on the Cheap!


Any standard hobby knife or box cutter.


A Ruler


Cheap brown acrylic paint.


Cheap Wheat Field(s)

August Painting Challenge - Giant!!

So the August challenge is well under way. Challenge issued was a medium-large model with a minimum of a 40mm base. I had a primed giant ready to go...

...and I had wanted to try to airbrush flesh tones on, here is how it is turning out so far:

Airbrushing flesh tones... cheating. Remember my O&G Army has snow bases - I'm going for a pale snow giant look:

July Painting Challenge - Imperial Guard Commissar

Long time no post! My buddy Korwen, who has yet to post on this blog though he is a collaborator, has started our gaming group on a monthly challenge. We started with a single small model. I chose a Commissar to get warmed up.

The challenge is a great way to drive getting some painting done. I had a great time participating with the other 5 folks! Enough chatter, here is my submission for July:

Friday, June 29, 2012

Khador Juggernaut - In Progress

Some pics of my Khadorian Juggernaut I was working on last night! I'm really going for a dirty look here - sooty, grimy metal. Needs more though, and I have broken out the weathering pigments.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Supreme Kommandant Irusk

Started work on my Khador army! I used my new airbrush to get a really bold yellow and red on this model. The result was some great preservation of detail.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Alrighty, thoroughly distracted by the new Empire rule book. I have yet to play a game, but I did start work again on some Pistoliers and a kneeling Handgunner conversion!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Playing Around with my new Airbrush!

I'll admit there is nothing fancy going on in this image, but there was a lot of learning that went into getting to the point where I could apply green to these Greenskins with my Badger 155 Anthem Airbrush. What did I learn?

- No dark primer. It just doesn't show the atomized micron thick layer of paint that you can place on a model with an airbrush.

- Your brush will get clogged! It's the price of using water based paints. Plan to deal with this issue! Tiny nylon brushes and airbrush cleaning solution are a must!

- I've experimented with Citadel and Vallejo paints now. 70/30 seems to be a great mix for Vallejo Game Color. I plan on ordering the Model Air base kit when someone has it back in stock.

- No brainier here, but I really flubbed this one. Don't run air through your airbrush with paint still in it. That causes the paint to dry. Then you have to strip that airbrush down to nothing and nylon brush all of its insides with a real vigor. This gets worse if you use rapidly drying medium like isopropyl or Tamiya's X20.

- Water in you lines. Good lord this one is frustrating. The hotter your compressor gets the more air gets in your lines, the longer you work the more you have to deal with this. I have a tankless compressor, which probably means mine gets hotter than those with tanks. So this is becoming a nasty issue for me. A long line helps, but I am thinking I might add an inline moisture trap.

- Bubbles in you Paint Cup. This means your brush has a blockage.
No really it does. Keep looking, you'll find it. Sight test the straight lined pieces by holding your disassembled airbrush components up to a light source.

Nothing special in the photo, but it's progress! Oh... And Empire gets announced officially on the 31st? Like I need any more distractions.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

1-Off Imperial Guard Sentinel vs Possessed Chaos Marine

Still some work needed to be done on this guy. I brought the model to work to inspire future 40k painting as I have tabled my 40k stuff in favor of WHFB for now. I had a lot of fun assembling this guy, and giving sculpting fire a go.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Orcs and Goblins Boar Chariot!

I've been working on this guy for a bit, shaping up, pretty great! I've learned a couple of key things over the past few weeks:

1. Quick Dry Tacky glue yields some very cool "Snow hanging off the edges of bases" effects.

2. NEVER use Army Painter Dull Coat lacquer while the temperature is lowere than room temperature. It creates this awful milky white glaze on your model.

3. Poor Man's Wet Palette is my new best friend, I might have to post a quick tutorial on this here blog thingy about how to put one together.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Black Orc Big Boss

Black Orc Big Boss, on his new snow base.

Black Orcs: Iron Gobs: Snow Bases

Decided to set my Orc army in the frozen north! These guys are looking great! Now to see you dipping these in MinWax goes...

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Black Orcs: The Iron Gobs

The Iron Gobs love ta choppa hummies good. A good bit of work to do, but these guys are well on their way to being wrapped up! I started using MinWax Sealer on a couple as a 'ard Coat. Hoping to start snow bases tomorrow!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Blog Lives! Again!

Having found a bit of time to paint again lately, I am revisiting my old blog! Lots of projects in the pipe at the moment, and a new phone that takes excellent (and quick to upload) photos! Let's see if this reinvigorates posting!

Current project? 500 points of Orcs and Goblins!