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So I sliced my finger good (or bad, depending on how you look at it) the other day. It’s still thumping sore but works gotta go on, right? Here’s the cut…
Doesn’t look like much in the photo at left, a small cut. What you can’t see very well in the photo is the deep slice and blood bruising in the perfect shape of a #11 Exacto blade, outlined in light blue. Going to be interesting to see how long this takes to come all the way to the surface.
In other news, I purchased a new tool. A 1 ton aircraft steel punch! I got this for making rivets since my old punch all of a sudden went bendy-wendy on me, not sure why/how. This has various plug/punch dies that fit into it so I can make a few different sizes I’ll be using this soon on the bomma and I’ll let you know how it works.
On the modeling front I did get some of that worked on today. First up, my test scheme for the new ‘umie force I’m starting as an alliance. I like how he turned out except the green uniform is a little light in my opinion, I want something a little more towards an olive drab green. I know how to fix that, just didn’t go back to change this whole thing. I also tried the decals from the box and was sorely disappointed. I think I’ll just go with some freehand of some sort. I might also play with the gun color, changing it to black as I think there might be a bit too much green going on and a little more black should balance that out.
I also dragged the blasta bomma out of mothballs finally and started work on that. After putting the dakkajet together I figured out how I was going to do the turret gunners on top – grot gunners from the burna bomma parts! I just need another dakkajet and I’m good to go there. I started by wrapping up the detailing on the nose/deff arsenal section. Added the banding to “strengthen” the look and bolts/rivets to the bridge of the nose and new banding.
Felt good to start cutting and gluing again. I’m hoping to keep working at a steady pace and completing this by the end of next summer. We’ll see!
Did some work on the Bride and IG trooper tonight. You can’t see it from the photo but I airbrushed a coating of Bleached Bone over the entire gown, then do a white zenithal highlight from the top to let the Bleached Bone be my shadowing. It’s very subtle so nearly impossible to see in the pic. I’ve also done the bandaged arms.
I’m looking for a color scheme for my new guard army too so trying something on a trooper. The idea is a medium green cloth with black carapace armor and brown boots. Nothing too fancy, they’re army, errr, guard! I think I’ve got too much highlight area as the medium green is disappearing. This is also the first time I’ve every done human faces so it’s gonna take a little time to master that.
Now I’m off to research painting these guys eyes, they’re even smaller than orks!
Sheeze, three days back on the bench and it shows me what for… Did something today I haven’t done in nearly 20 years – drove an exacto deep into my finger. One of those stupid things where two seconds before it happens you’re thinking… “YA know, if that slips it’s gonna go deep and hurt a lot…” SLIP! And in the 1/10th of a second it takes to go in and come back out, you’re already thinking, “Yep, that’s gonna bleed like a sonofabitch. Probably hurt too.” Well, it did both. Pre-drilling pilot holes in gun barrels with the exacto to make sure it’s nice and centered. The hole was a little off so I tried to push the blade to the side to correct and WHOOP… off the precariously balanced barrel tip and deep into my finger.
Welcome back to the bench! 🙂
Oh well, direct pressure and three band-aides later I’m ok. Typing is a little awkward but I’ll handle. So if I’m making a post like this that means there’s updates and pics. I’ve got both for ya all. It’s amazing how much you can fit on a workbench when there isn’t a Thunderhawk on it! There are four main projects I’m working on, all of them are green of a sort but not all are orks. First up is a kit my wife wanted me to make and paint for her. From Moebius it’s the Bride of Frankenstein 1/8 scale model kit. This is a great model, well done. Also my first large format model with human(oid) figures. I’ve assembled, cleaned, puttied, sanded and primed the sub assemblies. Here’s where it’s at with all the parts in place. It’s about 10″ across and 9″ high.
He’s green, right? Yeah, that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it. I’ve brought the blasta bommer back out and staged it so I can think about things while I’m working on other things. Working on my new dakka jet (below) I came up with some solutions that will allow me to move forward with this beasty. I’m starting to feel excited by this project again instead of the creative block I’ve had for some time.
This will segue nicely into the next portion of the new Red Jack Air Farce. I needed to create two rokkit paks for my new stormboyz mob as I sacrificed a number of important parts bashing my Wazzdakka model last year against Uberdark. Here’s the new packs made from the bitz box scraps and some styrene tubing and channel.
This leads to the expansion of the original new-model stormboyz squad I started about a year and a half ago. I’ve added 10 more to the squadron and assembled a dakkajet today to go with’em.
So, this should give me (when completed) and aerial force of 1 blasta bomma, 1 dakkajet, 2 fighta bommas and two 20 strong stormboyz squad, 1 lead by a PK nob and the other by Zagstruk. There are four toy plane fighter bommas and some grot egg-plane fightas in the long range plans but nothing to show yet…
And for my last bit of green project…. (I’m bracing for screams of “traitor!….”)
Yes, they will be green. I’ll be starting small alliance force if ‘umie. I’ve already got a skyshield landing pad and a bastion. I’ll be adding just the standerd HQ Command Squad and two regular troop slots to start. Yes, I plan to add more, probably in the 7-9K points range when I’m all done so I can add super heavy tanks and the like. Expect lots of tanks 🙂
I’m going to start a new feature through my social media outlets. Both has an experiment and a personal record of interests and such. Each week I’m going to try an post something interesting about one of four subjects of interest. Warhammer 40K (and the hobby), beer, web design and development and/or trivia.
It also gives me an easy way to find all the cool crap I’ve found in one place. 🙂
I’m going to start with 40K. The Cool Ork Project of the Week. COPOTW! This weeks project is something that’s been going a while (the thread is 13 pages long, worth every page). Paperclips Ork Warship. A real, working, smoking, remote control ork warship that floats and looks killer. This one has been in progress for nearly two years and the level of detail is amazing. Make sure you check his work out. Awe inspiring work, Paperclip!
I’m considering this a lesson learned and don’t mind passing this along 🙂
When I started painting the large aquilla on the top deck I was originally going to mask it out and airbrush it in layers. After looking at it for a few minutes I decided to use a brush instead thinking how difficult masking this off would be and how long it would take. Stoopid me.
I started with a brush and tried my hardest to make the layers even and without brush marks. The foundation color, Deneb Stone, went on ok. A little sloppy but figured the next two colors would compensate for this. I put down two layers of Deneb Stone, then two layers of Bleached Bone. Because of the lighter colors over black primer, it was nearly impossible to achieve a smooth finish before hitting the Skull White. I had almost four hours into just the aquilla.
This started me thinking about how long would it really have taken to mask off the intricate aquilla. Well, I found out tonight. A little over an hour to do both. It took me another 10 minutes to put down two layers of Skull White and 15 minutes to thoroughly clean my airbrush, another 5 to remove the masking tape. I’m assuming with two more colors to apply and dry, those would have taken about another 30 minutes. This would have been a total of around two hours. I had already wasted 4 hours on brush work (grrr) so I’m assuming if I would have started masking instead of painting, I would have saved around 3+ hours on it.
So, what do I do? Turn it into a tutorial! Detail masking for airbrushing.
Here’s about halfway through the first aquilla, pretty intricate – and a little daunting.
I’m using lo-tac blue painters tape. I stick it down lightly to my self-healing cutting mat. I use a steel rule to cut the skinny channel sized pieces of tape. I cut angled pieces and apply them to the edges and push them into place using a rounded end dental sculpting tool. This is really easy, pushing the tape into place and making sure it fits snuggly against the edges of the raised aquilla.
The next tip I want to show is how to apply the tape around the curves – the most difficult part. Cut a piece of tape larger than the area you’re going to mask off and gently stick it in place. Use the dental tool to push the tape into the corner. This is similar to copper tooling (do they still do that in schools?). The tape it flexible enough and should form itself fairly well to the shape. Use a sharp exacto to trim out the shape, erring on the higher side of the lip. Take care to move slowly as the blade can slip and cut into other areas (I did it a few times too)
Here’s the detail masked aquillas.
Then the rest of the landing pad is taped/papered off to prevent overspray.
I re-coated the squilla in Bleached Bone to smooth out the surface before applying the white.
Then applied two layers of Skull White.
Here’s the skyshield with the masking tape removed and a closeup.
A nice, even, and solid white. A few small spots that will need touchup but these are actually from when I was using a brush.:)
The next step will be the chevroned panels, then I’ll do the weathering.
Spent some time with the Skyshield landing pad today – that and my airbrush! Finally!
I primed both the Skyshield and the bastion black blocked out the main color areas with the air brush. The top side of the landing pad was airbrushed with two colors – Tamiya Nato Black XF-69 and the lighter Neutral Gray XF-53. The side shields and the rest of the platform were airbrushed with Knarloc Green.
I went back to my military model;ing roots and dug out the dry brushes. The “metal” areas were dry brushes first with Codex Grey…
Then it was gone over again with Fortress Grey.
I will be doing metallic highlights to accentuate the wear and tear on the edges in some areas but only after I’ve done the rusting and grease stains.
THe green areas were then dry brushed with Camo Green.
This give the edges a nice “pop” but the overall effect is a little too neon-ish and bright so I went over everything again with a dry brush of Rotting Flesh. This toned down the brighter green of the Camo Green and gives the right worn look for the green edges.
Here’s the overview with all the dry brushing done to bring out all the details.
Of course, this isn’t where it ends, it’s merely the beginning. Now it’s on to all the small details – and this thing really does have a lot of details, Lights, aquillas, skulls… There’s a bunch of each. I started blocking out the hazard stripes sections and the aquillas on the main deck. I plan on doing the aquillas in three layers starting with Deneb Stone, then I’ll do a smoothing layer of either Bleached Bone or Kommando Khaki, then an overcoat of Skull White.
It’ll take me a while to block out all the other colors so it’ll be a few days before another update on this. Feels kinda nice to do something different. The bastion will get a similar treatment but with making it look like spray painted cement instead of metals.
Well, it’s not the USS Enterprise 😉 but I’ll be tracking my progress here for a little competition I’m having for our little Waaagh!Fest pub tournament in June. At the end of last years tourny, a number of us were hanging around with a beer discussing next years event. We came up with the idea to have an open competition to design and make a themed board. We’ll be posting voting thingy for them at the end of May and let people vote for which one they like the best. The winning board will be the centerpiece board that gets placed in a mini-UFC fighting ring/dance floor at the bar where we have the event. This is where the top two players will have their last match (Fight -ON!)
I think there’s about 6 or 7 people who are making boards already and of course I have to do one as well. My first thought was “ork mekyard” which ir right up my alley. After seeing the current state of my real life though I decided I might not be able to finish it so I fell back to an Imperial Promethium (or something else liquidy and valuable…) pumping station that needs to be guarded and have air landing access to. This allowed me to use a couple of kits I’ve had sitting on my shelves for about a year. The original idea was to orkify these but I can always pick up a few more when I get to that.
Here was my original layout of big stuff to sort through for consideration.
I spent about an hour pushing things around, adding and removing, looking for fire lanes and defenses and came up with this… (the coloring is mine in PS)
I’ve assembled the Bastion and the Skypad and they’re primed, ready for airbrushing today. These will be done up pretty standard, just with a really nice paint job. Then I’ll work on the pumping station part. I’m still not sure if I’ll include the greyish colored pipes/pump thing (was a Monsters Inc toy/game thing) and there’s going to me some trees and hills as well.
Hey folks! The one thing I can do the same time I work on my models and paint is listen to music. I’m not one of those who can have movies or a tv series going on in the background – it will absolutely freeze me in my tracks like a deer in the headlights. It’s a running joke around my house that I don’t get anything done if there’s a tv on in the room – it will actually stop me as I’m passing through the room like some kind of video tractor beam.
That being said, I’m always on the lookout for new music. New sound, new songs, stuff a little out of the ordinary maybe. I complain often about how the music industry in general seems to be a bit stagnant lately, mostly in the realm of heavier metal/rock and pop. I happen to be listening to a few songs that did catch my ear this year and wondered what exactly did I “pick up” this year in the way of “new” music? It seems it wasn’t such a dry year after all.
Now before I list anything, by “New!” I mean new to me, not new to the world, or finally breaking out into the mainstream. There’s a few in this list that are a couple years old, it’s just that I “found” them this year.
Without further ado (to those who might want to read on), here’s Randy’s Top 10 New Music Finds for 2011. (in no particular order)
The Civil Wars – Barton Hallow
I’ll admit, this is the only song on the album I like – but I like it sooooo much. I love the southern mountain country sound and harmonies of their soaring voices — just makes me want to sing along with’em. My wife wondered what was wrong with me the first time, now I look around when this song comes around the playlist before opening my mouth 🙂
Halestorm – I Get Off
Rock-n-roll, heavy metal, sleazy and dirty. Kinda reminds me of the early 90’s sleazy rock done by a dirty girl instead of a dirty guy. Makes much more sense and makes you feel all sleazy like just listening. Have a I said “sleazy” and “dirty” enough? Sleazy, dirty fun.
Skrillex – First of the Year (Equinox)
Dubstep has apparently (and finally) come to the US. The song starts out with a old-style JayZ/electronica feel with the high pitched voice-over sounding all innocent enough. Then the dubstep hits ya and you just want to stomp around like Godzilla on a movie set. The video ups the creep factor and really pairs well with the audio. Hard, aggressive and well paced, I love most of his stuff that’s currently coming out. Probably my best new find of 2011.
Steelheart – Steelheart
This one is an old one, released in 1992. I found this one while building up my “Nostalgic 20’s” collection. I’ve always been a fan of Steelheart and their self titled debut is one of my favorite albums from that era. How I missed this followup is beyond me. From the opening machine gun staccato guitars and absolutely wailing siren voice, this song just rockets you along at 150 miles an hour, sirens blazing the entire five and half minutes. I’m not sure exactly why this didn’t get the airplay it deserves. guess I’ll never know. I’m just glad I found it.
M.I.A. – Teqkilla
Best known for Paper Planes, second outing is better than her debut full length album. I went looking for her new album after Spin magazine did a multi-page article on her. The debut song, Born Free, had me instantly hooked but Teqkilla makes me just move. I’ve actually had to stop painting and let the song finish so I could go on. Great tune. When it comes down to it, I really love the unconventionality of her work. It’s not main stream but imminently movable.
Mumford & Sons – White Blank Page
Hitting the airwaves here in the US with the super catchy Little Lion Man, I think this is a much stronger song for them. I think the thing I like most about Mumford & Sons songs is the whole starting soft and working into a swelling rise of sound and emotion. Listening to their music reminds me of being on a small boat in a wind swept sea, just within sight of land but it’s a long way to get there. Yeah – I just wrote that and I meant it. 😉 This is also another song that I need to make sure no one is around when it comes on my iPod.
Katy B – On A Mission/Easy Please Me
Alright, I know this is two songs but it was too difficult to pick only one of them (so shoot me). The second dubstep song to make it into my list (see a possible theme there?) but in a much more poppy, dance form. On A Mission is a consummate crowd bouncing pleaser. The teasing intro leading into a very subtle and downplayed base beat that sneaks into your head and makes your whole body bounce, but in a very laid back way. Don’t’ let the soft, lilting voice fool you, there’s a lot of power hidden behind that innocent round face. Easy Please Me is her latest single and a more straightforward song about being hit on in bars. By the end of this song you get a chance to hear the amount of power and control she has over that silky voice.
Korn – Get Up! (feat. Skrillex)
I was wondering a short while ago, “Whatever happened to Korn?” Seems as though this was it. Their newest album features someone else on almost every track, which makes me wonder if they did it to shore up creative shortcomings or what. Doesn’t really matter I guess becausethe one they chose to work with Skrillex on is completely awesome. Starting with a weird, Speed Racer vibe – makes you wonder where the hell they’re going with it. Thankfully they don’t make you wait long as both Korn and Skrillex make themselves readily apparent. This song makes me believe that Heavy Metal is a perfect, evil match for dubstep. I really hope more artists look into this as, for me, it’s a really exciting mix.
Cupid – Cupid Shuffle
http://youtu.be/h24_zoqu4_Q (embedding disabled by request)
Yeah, I know I’m five years late to this party but damn, this one has to make you wanna get up and shake something! My first exposure to this song was at a cousins wedding and my brother (who is a white guy who can dance) breaks out and shows all the young’uns how it’s done (again!). Groovy, easy and absolutely cooler than any other “dance-line” style hip-hop songs like C’mon’n Ride It and the Down South Shuffle. If I’m in the basement (again, alone too), I will get up off my chair and do the dance – at least FEELING like I’m absolutely smooth. I can’t help it – again, sue me 🙂
Funkadelic – Maggot Brain
OK, this one is an amazing song and wished I’d have found it 25 earlier, for obvious reasons once you have a listen. Released in 1971, this song is the funk version of Pink Floyd’s One of These Days – without lyrics. Very Hendrix inspired guitar work over ten minutes will relax you unto oblivion. A perfect song for completely being in the painting zone and letting everything absolutely flow from you like an ethereal dream stream of hazy consciousness. I have our local college radio, 88.1 KVSC, to thank for this song getting added to my greatest hits collection. Go local college radio!
Slow and steady wins the race, right? I must be winning something!
I’ve put in about 5 hours over the last two weeks with a bunch of piddly stuff on the stormboyz. straps and buckles, control boxes, and a couple of weapons. I find that I’ve got the NMM for small and round things down pretty good. The larger, flat open spaces need a bit of work. Here’s some detail shots before I did the reds and hoses for the weapons on four of them – the ones with the under-slung sluggas.
Getting a little better at where to put the white highlights and how much – hands are still a little shakey though.
And at the end of the night, a little conga line left and right. I still have the bolt on spike/blades on the one to finish and I’ll call these four done for now. I’ll move on to the other six stormboyz and do their weapons as they’re all pretty much the same combos of knives and sluggas. Then I’ll go through and do all the shoulderpads. After all that I get to figure out what to do with all the rokket packs!
I also wanted to introduce you to my painting buddy. His name is Rowdy and he lives up to every letter in his name. When he’s not raising hell around the house, he’s the cutest damn thing. Whenever I do my modeling, whether painting or creating stuff, he always parks himself within a couple of feet of me and sleeps. Never in my lap, always a short step away. He gives me a good excuse to wake him up every once in a while to take a break from whatever I’m doing. I know, he looks a bit strange here but he does this all the time. Not just lying on his back all stretched out but craning only his neck up and looking at you weird like this. I see it every morning while I’m ironing my clothes for work.
Rowdy’s wierd too.
It will probably be while before my next post again as my wife and I close on our new house (yay!) on Monday. Two weeks, at least. Under three if I can get enough stuff done and my painting hutch unpacked sooner rather than later. We’ll see.