Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Showcase: Protectorate Starfighter

Protectorate Starfighter in Philadelphia Eagles livery for the X-Wing Miniatures game. Completed in Mr Paint lacquers; Tamiya & Vallejo acrylics; and Mig Productions enamels.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Showcase: Bossk & BT-1

Bossk and BT-1 from the tabletop game Imperial Assault by Fantasy Flight Games. Painted with Tamiya and Vallejo acrylics; Alclad lacquers, and Mig Productions enamels.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Showcase: Battlefront Miniatures Tiger I Ausf.E (15mm)

Battlefront Miniatures Tiger I Ausf.E in 15mm scale for Flames of War and Tanks! skirmish game. Painted with Tamiya and Vallejo acrylics, Mig enamels, and Mig pigments.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Showcase: TANKS Soviet Platoon (15mm)

I recently started playing the TANKS skirmish game by Gale Force 9 and Battlefront, the same companies that put out Flames of War, a 15mm scale World War II tabletop game. TANKS is a face-paced and light skirmish game played on a 3'x3' table with a couple pieces of terrain. The starter kit comes with two M4 Shermans and one Panther plus extra cards for the other factions, so you can use models you might already have. There are three factions to choose from: American, British, Soviet, and German. I started off with the Soviets and built a small force using a mix of the GF9 models and some 1/100 scale Zvezda models. I have an IS-2, three T-34/85s, an M10 tank destroyer, an SU-100, tank destroyer, and an ISU-152 assault gun. These were all painted with Tamiya acrylics and weathered with Mig enamels and pigments.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Showcase: ISU-152 (1/100 scale)

Soviet ISU-152 in 1/100 scale for the TANKS tabletop skirmish game. Completed in Tamiya acrylics, Mig enamels, and Mig pigments.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

WIP: Blue Leader X-wing (Bandai 1/72)

Screenshot from Rogue One, © Lucasfilm Ltd.
A friend of mine (who has already bought numerous pieces from me) asked me to build him General Antoc Merrick's Blue One X-wing from Rogue One. Since he was an awesome character with a killer mustache, I immediately accepted! After the break, I'll dive into my progress on the build.

Monday, May 1, 2017

2017 IPMS NoVA Model Classic

I attended my first IPMS show, the IPMS NoVA Model Classic, this past weekend and had a fantastic time. I brought with me seven models to be entered in four categories: Krupp 21cm Mörser 10 (1/35), Medium Mark A Whippet (1/35), Slave I (1/144), Jek Porkins' Red Six X-wing (1/72), Gold Two Y-wing (1/144), Darth Vader's TIE/x1 Advanced (1/72), and R2-KT (1/12). These seven models were part of a record 622 models entered in this years contest and I'm happy to say that I placed in all four categories that I entered!

The Results:

Sci-fi, all scales; 2nd place
AFV, WW2 & earlier, 1/35 scale; 3rd place
Artillery, all eras, 1/35 scale; 2nd place
Figures, sci-fi, all scales; 1st place

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Showcase: Bandai U-wing (1/144 scale)

Bandai 1/144 scale U-wing. Finished in Tamiya and Vallejo acrylics; Mig enamels; and 502 Abteilung oils.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Showcase: Krupp 21cm Mörser 10 (Takom 1:35)

Krupp 21cm Mörser 10 in 1:35 scale from Takom. Finished with Ammo of Mig and Vallejo acrylics; MIG and AK Interactive enamels, 502 Abteilung oils, and MIG and Vallejo pigments. This model represents a German piece captured by Canadian soldiers of the 27th Battalion (City of Winnipeg) during the legendary Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917. Full walk around after the break.

Monday, March 6, 2017

WIP: Takom Krupp 21cm Mörser 10 (1/35 scale), Part 2

Following a coat of Alclad gloss, I applied the awesome graffiti decals on the gun shield and barrel. The decals are extremely matte but seemed to go down better than the ones on the Whippet. I had to cut the "WPG" part of red lettering on the barrel off and apply it separately to make it fit properly. There is also a little curled piece on that part of the decal that I think is from my cutting it; I've tried to force it down with some MicroSol but haven't been successful. I'll most likely attempt to slice it off with a sharp scalpel blade. The carrier film is pretty obvious, but after they dry I'll seal them in with some gloss varnish followed by some matte varnish to hopefully make the carrier film disappear.
While the decals dries, I set to work adding some dirt and grime with 502 Abteilung oil paints. I used a couple of different browns to vary the finish, adding anywhere that gunk and dirt would likely buildup. I don't usually do this with oils as I much prefer using enamels, but I thought it would be a good way to practice a skill that I feel needs improvement.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

WIP: Takom Krupp 21cm Mörser 10 (1/35 scale)

Fresh off the heels of my Whippet build, I decided to stick with the First World War theme and build this interesting little kit from Takom. The kit gives you two options for construction: the short-barreled 1910 model and it's replacement, the long-barreled 1916 model. I opted for the 1910 model because the painting guide shows a piece captured by Canadian soldiers of the 27th Battalion (City of Winnipeg) during the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917. After the break, we'll dive into everything this kit has to offer.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Showcase: Bandai A-wing (1/72 scale)

Bandai 1/72 scale RZ-1 A-wing; finished in Tamiya & Vallejo acrylics, MIG enamels, and Tamiya pigments.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Showcase: Medium Mark A "Whippet"

Takom 1/35 scale Medium Mark A Whippet. Finished in Vallejo & Tamiya acrylics; MIG enamels; Abteilung 502 oils; and MIG, Secret Weapon Miniatures, and Vallejo pigments.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

WIP: Takom Medium Mk.A "Whippet" (1/35 scale), Part 3

Picking up where we left off on the last post, I move on to more identification painting and then weathering on the Whippet.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

WIP: Takom Medium Mk.A "Whippet" (1/35 scale), Part 2

With most of the construction covered in the last post, I'll now move on to the finishing details of the build and the beginning of the painting.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

WIP: Bandai 1/72 A-wing, Part 2

With the enamel wash with some matte varnish, I can begin the next stage of weathering. First up is some chipping using Vallejo Model Air Blue RLM65 (71.008), which I am doing by hand with a paintbrush instead of a sponge. Using a brush allows me to make finer chips and gives me more control over placement. The downside is that it is far more time consuming, however, I feel the end result is definitely worth it.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

WIP: Takom Medium Mk.A "Whippet" (1/35 scale)

Even though I am primarily a science fiction modeler, I have a serious soft spot for World War I armor. That's where this kit comes it. In the last few years, a couple of model companies have been putting out some wonderful First World War kits and I've had my eye on a few of them. On a whim, I decided to pick on this fantastic offering from Takom. The Medium Mk.A "Whippet" was Britain's first medium tank, intended to compliment the slower heavy tanks. With a crew of three and armed with four .303 Hotchkiss Mark I machine guns, this tank had a top speed of a blistering 8 mph, making nearly three times as fast as its heavy tank cousins. First entering service in 1918, they proved effective at covering the fighting withdraw of British infantry division during Germany's Spring Offensive in the tail-end of the war. After the war, they continued to serve the British Army until 1930, seeing action in Ireland during the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921) and as part of the British Expedition in support of the Whites during the Russian Civil War.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

WIP: Bandai 1/72 A-wing

To go with my recent R2-D2 and BB-8, my client also asked for a 1/72 scale A-wing. After talking over the paint job, we decided to go with the blue and white color scheme seen on the original Ralph McQuarrie concept art.
The base color is a custom mix of Tamiya Flat White (XF-2), Neutral Grey (XF-53), and Deck Tan (XF-55) over a German Grey (XF-63) preshade. I was hesitant to use the panel line preshade technique because it isn't the most realistic, but since this is an imaginary ship I decided to go ahead and do it. After the base color was down, I went around and picked some panels out and sprayed them with various Tamiya and Mr Color grays, similar to the studio model.
The blue areas were primed with white, preshaded with NATO Black (XF-69) and then given a coat of Flat Blue (XF-8) and Flat White (XF-2) mixed 6:1. I painted a few panels with some different blues for a little variation. All of the pure white areas (the triangle, the tops of the vertical stabilizers, and the rear of the cockpit) were painted with Flat White (XF-2) and the red stripes were painted with a mix of Flat Red (XF-7) and Hull Red (XF-9).
After a coat of Alclad Gloss Klear Kote, I added all of the kit-supplied decals. These little decals are pretty nice and add a little bit of detail to the model. Bandai decals are a little on the thick side but respond well to MicroSol and MicroSet.
The decals were sealed in with another coat of Gloss Klear Kote and some washes were added to add some depth to the panel lines. I used MIG Neutral Wash for the white/grey areas and MIG Dark Wash for the the blue areas. This also brought out the fantastic rivet detail that is present on all of the panels; the end effect is really quite nice.

After the wash dries, everything will be sealed in with a matte varnish and I'll move on to more weathering!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The one in which I try something new...

Yes, those are bags of LEDs. For some time, I've been itching to build a model with lighting but I've always felt apprehensive about it because electricity is not my strong suit! However, after pouring over websites and videos about wiring LEDs, I've decided to give it a go because I have a big project coming up soon that I think will look fantastic with lights. In the meantime, I have model on the way that will serve as a testbed for my new electrical endeavors.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Showcase: Bandai Slave I (1/144 scale)

Bandai Slave I (1/144 scale); completed in Tamiya and Vallejo acrylics, MIG enamels, and Secret Weapon Miniatures pigments. The stand is from the Fine Molds version of this model.