Monday, March 21, 2011

Verthandi - Burning Ice - Flesh

The flesh tones are done for the most part.  I might touch it up a little, but that's about it.

I started hand brushing it last night, but it wasn't turning out like I wanted, so I ended up airbrushing since I can get a smoother finish with it.  I like the way it turned out.  Tonight I bought a couple new brushes after work and they were put to good use adding a few highlights and shadows, as well as touching up the eyes. I'm excited about this piece!  The pics really don't do it justice. :(

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Verthandi - Burning Ice

I bought this awhile back.  It's a 54mm fantasy figure from Andrea miniatures.  I'm working on this now because I just want to paint a figure and not deal with building/detailing.  Plus after the SCAHMS show, i'm in a figure kinda mood..

Here's the box.

So, first off, she's made of soft metal.  First steps were to clean up the mold lines, which I did.  The metal is soft, so it's basically the same as a plastic kit.  After that is a test fit followed by parts pinning.  Basically drill holes and stick the parts together with a piece of wire.   During the test fit, I noticed there's a huge gap in the back of her cape.  I wish i'd taken 'before/after' pics, but you only get an after.  As you can see in the pic, there's no more gap.  What I did was use a little 'green stuff' putty to fill the gap and resculpt a little detail on it.

Here's the figure primed, and below that is the first layer of paint.  She's gonna be a white chick, but i'm starting with a dark base layer for the skin.  This is actually different than my usual figure painting, where I would paint a medium tone and add highlights and darks, but this technique is something artists use for painting on canvas, so I thought i'd give it a try.

That's it for today.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

1/48 Tiger S33 - Complete!

So, here are the final pics of my Tiger.  It was a fun build, but I had some issues.  The WWII productions resin tracks for example.  They snapped together easily, but when it came time for paint, they kept falling apart and driving me insane!   The Eduard photoetch makes the kit look awesome, but again, it drives me insane!  I lost quite a few pieces and had to scratch build a lot of things.. it sucks.. but once you go photo-etch, it's hard to 'not' use them after.

Anyways, enjoy, and note in the last pic, my new silver medal that I got at the SCAHMS show today!

(click the pics for a bigger view)

Oh.. and my Tank Commander got a bronze!  Woot!

1/48 Tiger - Progress

I know.. it's been a while since I posted anything.  Let me apologize about the AFS kit.  I started it and intend to finish, but it's been put on hold for a bit.  Mostly because I was having trouble finding a suitable base, and when that happens, it kills my motivation, but that's been taken care of and it'll resume in the near future.  Another reason I haven't been working on it is because I wanted to finish the Tiger I that I started almost exactly a year ago.

Here are a couple in progress shots.


Base color followed by camo and decals.

Now let's talk about road wheels.  The Tiger has a lot.  Painting them can seem like a bitch, but here's an easy way.
Here they are.. ugh.. looks intimidating.

But not really.. first step is to pain them all black, which is the outer rubber color.
Then take a circle template, used for drafting/arts and find a hole that matches the inside "metal" part of the wheels.  Stick the wheel in the hole and paint the metal color.

And voila.. painted wheels.

Next up is the finished pics.. i'm making a new post for it because i've already posted a lot of pics in this one.