Sunday, September 23, 2012

From Zero to Hero: Lord Chompy Bits - Neverborn Master

Hey you guys,

my painting time in the last weeks was few and far between, but I still managed to get a few figs done. I know, that Lord Chompy Bits (LCB) and the Dreamer are supposed to be one Master, but for convenience I split the tutorials for the two figures.

Am masked the glue spots with Vallejo plastic putty.

The model was primed with black Surface primer.

And then laid down a basecoat of a 50-50 mix of the VGC Black and VGC Cold Grey.

I then used my airbrush to apply a zebithal highlight, using VGC Cold Grey and VGC Stonewall Grey. When I was done,  I coated to the whole mini in Gloss Varnish.

I wanted the loincloth to appear to be made out of flayed skin. I applied a basecoat of VGC Dead Flesh.

I then applied random patches of VMC Basic Skintone, to simulate different stages of decay.

The skull plate was painted with VGC  Bonewhite.

Highlights where made with a 1:1 mix of VGC Bonewhite and VGC White.

To really bring the rotting of the flayed skin home, I applied red and blue ink to the folds to mix different shades of purple in the recesses. When this was done to my satisfaction. I coated the whole model with gloss varnish.

All in all a fun model to paint. I just don't really like the pose of the model, as any details on the head are lost because of the wide open maw. Finally, I leave you with some shots of the finished figure.



Monday, September 17, 2012

Tools of the Trade: The Dremel

Hey guys,

meet the newest addition to my toolbox: The Dremel. I've been eyeing one of these for quite a while and last week I took the plunge and bought myself the Dremel 3000.

I found that using a pin-vice to pin my miniatures, especially the metal ones, was getting to be quite a chore. I recently ordered a bunch of Malifaux miniatures, which are almost exclusively metal, and I wasn't really looking forward pinning them by hand. Because of that,  the Dremel rotary tool will will help me quite a lot. The first lesson I learned using this tool, was only to use the lower settings as the metal miniature would get quite hot if I used any of the higher settings. Also, this would give me much more control when pinning delicate parts.

I'll keep you posted on my experiences with this tool as I learn to use it myself. But so far it was a tremendous help in putting together the Coppelius figure, which was a real pain to assemble. If any of you have had any experience in using a rotary tool, I'm looking forward to hearing about it.



Sunday, September 9, 2012

Worst Malifaux model so far: Coppelius

This will be kind of a rant...

Yesterday, I've built my Coppelius model. As I have to say this was one of the worst models I've ever built and the worst Malifaux model I've built so far.

What were they thinking, when they were designed this thing? The limbs are so thin, that any kind of pressure will bend the model. Worst of all, the limbs are so thin,  that pinning, is almost impossible. And trust me, you will need to pin  this model, as any kind of pressure will snap the glued parts right off, because connection points are just so damn tiny.

And because of the way this model is cast, the mold-lines are ridiculous. Hard-to-reach and all all over the details of the coat of the model, which made cleaning them up very difficult.

Sufficient to say, I won't be looking forward to painting this one up...