Saturday, October 31, 2015

Skitarii Skirmish 4/5

I am putting the final touches on my Skitarii. Things are shaping up very nicely on my little 40K Jawas One of the last things they need is a bit of simple freehand on their robes so it seemed like a good thing to do a little write-up about.

See how nicely the "27," decal blends with the freehand stripe? Maybe its because my freehand is PERFECT, yeah right!

Freehand can be really intimidating, but it is one of those things that can really take a model to the next level.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Skitarii Skirmish 3/5

The Skitarii are coming along quite nicely so far. the underpainting worked out really well, I think.

 The arm got a pretty big does of highlight so the underpainting is more obscured but you can see it pretty good on the rifle

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Skitarii Skirmish 2/5

I was able to put primer on the Skitarri today. I started black and built up layers of progressively whiter grey to get a zenithal effect. I use my airbrush to prime with Reaper brush-on primer. The airbrush might not be the very fastest way to prime a figure but it gives a ton of control which is crucial at this early stage.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Skitarri Skirmish 1/5

New project time! It's the Skitarri box from Games Workshop. I really like these models. A friend plays a Techpriest sniper in our Dark Heresy game and couple of years ago I added a sniper rifle to the old Techpreist figure. When these came out I new it was only a matter of time before they would be on my desk.  

Time to snip the Skit'

The kit is pretty fun. Lot's of different poses for a GW box and tons of extra goodies.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Painting Joan of Arc

My new Joan of Arc is done. Hooray!

She could probably use a bunch of touch ups, and if I ever decide to enter her in a comp or something I will probably do some more work on her. The tough thing about painting her was that I started painting her one way, following the Angel Giraldez Masterclass book and when I was about 80% done with her I did a 3 day workshop with Alfonso "Banshee" Giraldes.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

How I Deep Clean my Airbrushes

Airbrushes are totally awesome.

Ever since I was a little kid putting together model kits in my pajamas over a bowl of cheerios I have had a serious airbrush fixation.

I remember painting camo with Testor's high gloss paints and then trying to convince my father that I really needed an airbrush. To his credit he came through and on my twelfth birthday I became the proud owner of a Paasche VL. I blew through a couple of cans of propellant and then it sat on my shelf for a very very long time.

25 years later I use the same Paasche VL for base priming and base coating and some finer stuff on occasion. It is a great, robust, workhorse airbrush. The other airbrush that I own is a Iwata HP-CS. The Iwata is also about 20 years old and I actually found it in the bottom of a dollar bin at Goodwill. I think it started life painting fingernails, but after some serious cleaning, a new nozzle, needle and a couple of O-rings it is good as new. Well, I guess it is. I never used it when it was new.  

Which brings us to this posts subject: Cleaning your airbrush to make it as good as new. Some of this came up on the CMON forums the other day and I thought it would make a useful blog post.