Not to just kill time, but to destroy it.

26Sep/13Off

Wedding Gifts 1 of 3

For Mike, my groomsmen, I wanted to do something for his Imperial Guard army.

We have a story that involves Imperial Guard and Necron, which will be now mentioned as 'Imps' and 'Crons', on a barren nuclear winter type planet. So I wanted to do a vehicle, and make it 'cool'. Thats a pun kiddies. So here is what I did!

First I built most of it. Making sure the pieces that would have details enclosed, were not glued. Then I did the priming, and put sticky tack in spots around the hull. These would be the centers of the camo pattern I would do. My next step was to spray paint it light grey. Adding more tack around the remaining tack, I then painted it Fenris Grey, thats a light blue kinda grey colour from the Citadel paint range.

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After the camo basecoats

 

My next step was to paint the inside. I assembled the walls and floor. Gave it all a Boltgun drybrush, to make it look all... metally. Then, since I know it would be closed, and only the side and back doors would be open, used bright colours to paint the interior detail. Makes it noticeable in the dim interior.

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Bright little things!

 

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 Test fitting!

 

Then I did the same to the cockpit. Bright consoles to show through the glass. I added a frost effect by dry brushing the interior of the glass. And like a IDIOT! I took no progress shots of that. So here is the completed cockpit, from the back.

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Chilly lookin'

 

After that I wanted the thing to be done. So I hammered at it and and finished it. All glued together and dry brushed!

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Swoosh!

Then it all came to the base. I actually broke the one it came with! I was trying a recessed ice look, but snapped the base in half! Derp. So my Riptide had to donate its base for the greater good! And again, like a DOOFUS, I have no progress shots up to the water effects. I made the layered rock out of cork, and added sand for texture. And just for a laugh, threw a Necron Warrior into the ice. Which infact, Mike gave me. He had some bits and gave them to me, so I could practice painting Crons. Good move Past Mike. And before I laid down the water effects, I painted it teal, with dry brushed layers of lighter blues. For a deep ice effect.

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Water Effects goes on thick, and dries SEXY!

 

Then I played the waiting game. After 3 days, it wasn't dry. I worried I applied it too thick and it made a shell that would keep it wet FOREVER. Turns out I was dumb and it worked out. When it was dry I dry brushed it white. Which proved difficult, because it was not a hard surface, but a gel like substance. I had to resort to stabbing my brush on it to take paint. Then i picked out interesting spots and put white glue down, then flocked it with snow. Then grass tufts for... grass tufts. All works for the final product!

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No napping on the job!... wait. He dead.

 

And to round out me being a scruffy nerf herder, no final shot. I will as the guys for picture of the gifts in their homes. That'll look nice.

 

Thanks for reading! I look forward to showing you more projects. Next is Travis' LOTR Gift!

16Jan/12Off

All work and no play…

I had a rough time at work last week.

The Operations Manager was gone I did all of his warehouse duties. So lets say, 60% of his job. And my own. So damn I was tired and stressed. Because we dont have a large staff, i had all my regular duties. But everyone at work was supported and we got through it.

So I hit the weekend hard. Alan, and Dana, swapped houses, for guy time and girl time. Respectively. And I painted, drank, gamed, drank, ate, drank, painted sloppily, gamed, and then crashed. 5 hours of sleep till I had coffee, painted, gamed, went to motorcycle show with Mike and Alan, hung out (Mikes place to warm up), painted (my place), ate, painted, people went/got home, showered, crashed. My kinda weekend. Though I wish I gamed more. And thats where the no play comes in.

I miss The Old Republic. But I havent been in PC mode to play it, I have been working for new clients. I will have a meeting with them and play after, well, I hope I can play after.

They way things look now, Warhammer, primarily 40k, is my main hobby. Gaming is great, but I play less each week. Which is very conflicting. Cause I love what I am doing with 40k, but I really miss gaming with my friends.

Mainly my problem is that it feels my crappy ice cream job is eating up all my time and energy. Looking for an out with web. I got to keep at it. And a whole buncha stuff and junk.