Monday, November 30, 2015

WIP: Bandai 1/72 X-wing (Red 6), Part 8

Painting on Porkins' base is complete! I will let the paint on the base dry overnight and then give it a gloss lacquer for a smoother finish. I already have the acrylic rod cut to the proper length and then I will epoxy everything together.

Monday, November 23, 2015

WIP: Bandai 1/72 X-wing (Red 6), Part 7

Here are some early pictures of Porkin's X-wing. Everything on the model is done except for maybe a final topcoat of matte varnish. I got some 3/16" acrylic rod in the mail today that I will use to mount the model to a wooden plaque.

Monday, November 16, 2015

WIP: Bandai 1/72 X-wing (Red 6), Part 6

All of the oil and pigment weathering is complete! I used the same process on this ship that I did on Luke's: various oil paints for panel discoloration and pigments for streaks and blaster marks. I also picked up some small wood plaques from Hobby Lobby to serve as a base. They came in a two-pack and were pretty cheap.
I won't be using the plastic stand, that was just for demonstration purposes. I'm thinking of making the base gloss black with a red Starbird in the center and attacking the ship with a clear acrylic rod or a metal rod painted black.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

WIP: Bandai 1/72 X-wing (Red 6), Part 5

The matte varnish has dried and I have assembled the X-wing. This weekend I will start working on the panel discoloration using oils and then a final pass of weathering with pigments, not unlike Luke's X-wing.

Though I had intended on keeping Porkins for my personal collection, the same client that commissioned Luke, Vader, and the TIEs made me an offer on this model. I'm happy to report that he will live out his days along side his wingman Luke!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

30,000 Pageviews!

I hit 30,000 pageviews today!

I started this blog in 2012 shortly after I started the hobby. I had no modeling experience and for whatever reason I decided to start compiling my work and thoughts into this blog. Since then, I've matured as a painter and writer and I look forward to continuing that trend!

WIP: Bandai 1/72 X-wing (Red 6), Part 4

 Porkins is nearing completion! The oil paint has dried and now a couple of coats of matte varnish are drying on the model before I move on to discoloring the individual panels with different oil colors. I'm not sure what to do with the base at this moment, but I probably won't use the Death Star tile that came with the kit.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

WIP: Bandai 1/72 X-wing (Red 6), Part 3

This is a short updated, but I've started the gunk wash on Porkins' X-wing. The bottom half has already been gunk washed while the top half has not, leaving a noticeable difference. After all of the parts are done they will be left to dry for a week or so and then will be given a matte varnish in preparation for more weathering. Gunk washes have quickly become one of my preferred methods of weathering. The dirty surface effect they create works very well with Star Wars ships and it really makes a nice base for the rest of the weathering.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

WIP: Bandai 1/72 X-wing (Red 6), Part 2

I just applied the filter, only this time I used white spirits instead of turpenoid like last time. I let a piece of sprue soak in some white spirits all day and there seemed to be no ill effects so I went ahead and gave it a try. There are two coats of a filter made with 502 Abteilung German Ochre; the effect is obvious on the S-foil with the grey paneling, which was painted with Tamiya Royal Light Grey (XF-80).