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And, the link to the youtube video (as it’s restricted to having the link in order to find it!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpZsIWhXAuE&feature=share

Brettonians complete!

Posted: August 27, 2012 in Commisison Painter

So the brettonians have galloped their way home, completed and shining brightly (well matted..but still, for drama). Their owner is very happy with the finished project, and I was happy to be able to hand them off and see the look on his face in person (I normally end up doing projects submitted by my contact form, so it’s rather rare for me to meet the person face to face, but this is slowly changing!)
With this particular handoff I acquired three new projects.

1. Empire griffon. Based from the smaller counterpart, the high elf griffon from the starter set, this one features an empire captain aboard. I have decided on a Red Shouldered Hawk and a Cheetah for the two patterns that will merge in the centre.

2. Exhalted Chariot of Slaneesh Chaos Daemon model. Yea, the giant one…That looks like a farm implement. The best part about this one is that the paint scheme is John Deere green, with yellow, and metals. Wait, no the best part is that the steeds of slaneesh are to be painted like holstein cattle, with the riders sporting cowboy hats!
To see the normal scheme for this model visit:

http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/catalog/productDetail.jsp?catId=cat440161a&prodId=prod1630085a

3. Cylena Raefyll & Nyss Hunter minimum unit. This one’s a fairly standard unit, standard paint scheme, and I also get to assemble them myself (bonus!) and they will be based as per the agreement.

If you”re interested, this unit can be found here:
http://privateerpress.com/warmachine/gallery/mercenaries/units/cylena-raefyll-nyss-hunters-unit
So..Onwards to the new projects I say!

More work on the Tau Manta

Posted: August 23, 2012 in Commisison Painter

So far, I have been working hard on the manta when time allows. It’s been an interesting process, as there’s a huge amount of work that needs to be done, as none of the parts seem to fit properly.
I started working on one side at a time, so I can use the scoring tool to replace the armour panels after the sides have been rebuilt. This has taken three successive layers of putty to rebuild, upwards of 3/8″ in some areas.
One side at a time is being built up, so the non-rebuilt side can be used as a reference point to accurately replace the lines on the model.
To keep up with the manta project, find it on our website at:

http://redstickstudio.weebly.com/tau-manta-wip.html

Did you ever realize, that no matter where you are (for the majority of the US) one can quite easily utilize spray can primer quite effectively without any special tools or items other than a simple can of primer (and possibly a grip attachment for extended priming)?

Rather than choosing to spend a few hundred dollars on an airbrush and compressor, or resorting to brush on primer (GW Imperial Primer or Gesso, which is a horrible option all together)to get a figure large or small primed. Why not just use regular old spray primer (Army Painter,  P3 or other reliable product) and achieve the perfect results.

Now mind you I’m not disproving of an airbrush, as it’s just another tool to the repertoire, but I have heard a silly statement of purchasing one simply to prime models because of an inability to deal with the weather conditions. Myself, I do have an airbrush, and compressor. It is an investment though, and a tool that¬† I am using on large models, and new weathering techniques, not just for priming. With large surface models I have, such as the Tau Manta, Red Scorpions Thunderhawk, Maurader Bomber, and a few other projects.

A few tips and tricks that helped me get the perfect prime on a model time after time..

1. Pay attention to the time of day, and the weather. This can’t be stressed enough really. With some practice you can easily prime in a covered location even while it’s raining to beat the band. It’s all about knowing the tolerances of your primer, and when it’s best used. Dry hot days can be some of the worst priming weather ever, no matter what you may be led to believe. Ideal conditions are an afternoon of warm weather, preferably once the sun has started to set.

2. Pay attention to where your models are stored before priming. Don’t take models that have been stored in cold locations and bring them outside and immediately start priming them… metal models especially. These sweat and have a fine layer of condensation which prevents the proper adhesion of primer to model, and encourages problems. Allow models to come to room temperature, dependent on were you are priming. With the models at temperature for where they are primed, this creates the best possible environment to have priming work exactly how it should.

3. Use quality primer. I am not saying spend twenty dollars a can on primer, but make sure, with a test model that it’s proper conditions and the primer works properly. Some primers just don’t work properly on miniatures, there’s no bones about it. Don’t use primers designed for plastic on plastic figures. While it’s a theoretically sound idea, plastic primers are designed for items such as chairs, tables and toys. Items with large flat surfaces that the paint needs to bond to. When it comes to plastic figures, this particular formation of paint has a tendency to clog details, and make models blob like after priming. It’s also nearly impossible to remove from the ruined models as it bonds with it, so products such as simple green don’t really remove that type of paint in relation to others it normally works on without any issues.

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I have finally had a chance to test out the new line of dropper bottle paints, produced by none other than Army Painter. I have been patiently awaiting their arrival at the lgs, as I was quite curious what it would hold.
Upon looking at them and their matching primers, I have to say, I’m impressed. They are indeed spot on colour matches, and consistent! I have used several now, and must say I’m very happy with the results. They are consistent, deep colours and they are spot on matches, not only for the primer can they match, but, specifically, in the case of black and white, they **MATCH** the other brands of primer ( save Games Workshop) that I use.
Rating:
Ease of use, 5/5 (I love dropper bottle style paints, less waste)
Consistency: 5/5 ( Didn’t have one clog, or colour change between bottles with the same name)
Value: 6/5 ( 2.99/3.25 for inks, for 18ml paint is a steal!)
Quality: 5/5 (I used it as a brush on primer, with an airbrush and brushed over various colours already on a model. Excellent performance all the way around)
Overall rating: 5.25/5

Wow..I wasn’t expecting to hear about this, but I have lots of product from Micro Art Studio (Poland) and must say their product is phenomenal. Due to personal differences from what I understand the company is being split, and things are going to be available on two different sites, so there is a huge list of items that will no longer be available directly thru Micro Art Studios but the new company that will be opening up from the dissolved partnership.
Here’s the PDF listing the discontinued items:
http://www.microartstudio.com/_Products/Micro_Art_Studio-Product_changes.pdf

And the two websites:
Grzegorz Tomaszewski’s Basicks – http://basicks.eu
Sebastian Makowski’s Micro Art Studio – http://microartstudio.com

I wish these gentlemen well in their future endeavours as they both produce amazing products!

Surfing around on facebook, I came across this amazing project that is currently running on Kickstarter by Studio McVey for the Sedition Wars miniatures that they have been creating. Mike and his wife Alison have been a part of some huge projects in previous years, with Games Workshop, Privateer Press, and other huge projects.
I’d like to point out that I support this, and have had the opportunity to see previews of Sedition Wars miniatures over the past year or so and am looking forward to the game being funded. The project was on Kickstarter for a mere six hours and had already reached it’s funding! It’s up to over $70,000 now, with more awesome items being added after it goes up each tier of support for it. With 32 days to go, I am curious to see how high it will go. Currently the next tier to hit is $80,000 and they have said there will be more as the funding continues going through! Each time a tier is met, everyone who has funded the “Biohazard” or higher level will receive the tier bonus in addition to what they would be getting for their support level. It’s pretty amazing, and I would like to say “Go Studio McVey, and Coolminiornot!”

To follow the project and donate click the link below:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/coolminiornot/sedition-wars-battle-for-alabaster?ref=live