Thursday, 30 January 2014

More work on the Restaurant

Yes, I ended up adding extra parts instead of beginning to paint it.
The front door of the restaurant was looking a little plain, and not very faux-oriental. So I built up the entrance with some more cut-up cardboard.
While waiting for that to dry, some more relief detail on the walls didn't seem like a bad idea, so more foam sheet was sliced to oblige.
Once that was on, the roof looked a bit big and flat, so a bunch of off-cuts became a landing pad. It didn't look very functional so it got some stairs. Then it looked inaccessible, so I built a roof stairwell. Then a pathway.

One interesting thing: When making to roof for the stairwell, I didn't have any card to hand of the thickness I wanted. I did have a little piece of styrene sheet though. Thinking a clean bend would look better than a seam, I tried to fold it around my steel ruler. It cracked.
After a think, I cut another piece.Went over to the hob/stove/cooktop (depending on where you live) and wrapped one end of the steel ruler in a tea towel to protect my hand, then heated the end over the flame. I then pushed the hot end of the steel ruler against where I wanted the bend to go and carefully applied pressure. It worked very well, and I'm now considering the many possibilities of formed styrene sheet to use alongside foam and card.

More soon!

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Scratch Building

This is what I did last night. Its is an example of what can be achieved with the following materials:

Art board (thick card)
Foam Sheet (Like what's in the middle of foam core board. From the art store.)
X-acto Knife (with fresh blade)
Steel straightedge
Cutting mat
Tacky glue.

The concept is a Chinese restaurant or tea house. This is because I love John Woo movies. It is a single-storey building with a flat roof, multiple entry/exit points and plenty of space to move figures about. The model is built on one of my handmade "pavement" tiles for placement on a large road surface mat.

Tacky glue was used because it dries faster. You could use PVA just as well, but you might have to pin or clamp the walls while it dries.

There is nothing difficult here, just a lot of straight cuts. There was also no real plan when I started, it just developed as it was put together. Sure it took an evening to make, but I look at that as an evening of entertainment in front of the TV rather than a chore. It was also very very cheap.

Planned next is some extra detail here and there, including the kitchen piece from Khurasan's Noodle shop model and some low cover on the roof to make it a bit more interesting. Because Foam board has been used for the walls, it will be easy to scribe in some detail as well.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

3 floor MMG Building

Here are some shots of my recent work on 15mm buildings from Mad Mecha Guy. They are MDF and come complete with interior walls.

I liked the buildings, but for me they needed a lot of extra work. I based this one on a rectangle of MDF which I carved sidewalk panels into using a craft knife and straightedge. The idea is I arrange my city terrain on top of my Zuzzy "broken blacktop" mat so I don't need individual road pieces. this allows the flexibility to create layout of any shape without unsightly seams.

The open windows were the first eyesore. After the painting was done, I glued in foil covered card to try to make the finished piece look more like a city building than semi-built structure. Next, I pulled out all the interior walls. The spaces they created were too small and fiddly for gaming IMO. I split each of my buildings into 2 or less distinct areas and put in some semi-obstructing simple walls instead.

I added some random foam shapes and other bits and bobs to the exterior to try to make it less boxy. I also used a discarded interior wall to make the sign-y thing on the front.
I printed out a bunch of tiny posters and placards to look more lived-in.

Top floor detail... Wallpaper!

Finally, I used clump foliage to try to break up the great grey expanses with planters.

Overall, I like the buildings and they were a great price. No complaints. When I bought them I had the vague idea of using them for both modern and Sci-fi... This was a big mistake on my part. By trying to paint them to work in both situations, I came up with something that I found really dreary. To be honest I still think they are too much on the 'boxy' side, but maybe I can keep gluing bits on until I'm happy. More to come, I've got more of these than will fit on a 2x2 all done.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Khurasan Helmeted Resistance and cheap buildings

Here is some recent work I did for Jon from Khurasan miniatures, who is an amazing fellow.

He asked if I could try a military scheme on these minis, and very generously sent me a pack. As they are armed with "pulse rifles" that look a lot like AK47's, I decided to use them as fodder troops alongside my Armies Army Rusks. This made the color scheme simple... Russian green armor/webbing, black fatigues.

The painting went extremely fast. I think the whole lot took about an hour.
 I undercoated in light grey, painted the green and flesh areas, then washed the whole mini in Army painter strong tone.
Once dry, I highlighted the green and flesh areas, then painted the fatigues and weapons black.
Once the black dried I did 2 highlight passes of dark grey and light grey, and dabbed some chainmail onto the gun's metal bits.

I have had the unhelmeted versions sitting in my drawer for a long time, to paint as wasteland homesteaders. It will be interesting to get them looking different to these with color alone.

"What's that terrain in the background though Spacejacker?" I hear you cry. Its was an experiment using cardboard boxes from the craft store as buildings. Very quick and easy, and best of all cheap... They cost about $1 each not counting the bits I stuck on.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Black Undercoat Technique Tutorial

Slightly converted wasteland bikers from TheScene
Welcome to another recycled-from-instagram tutorial!

These were some Rough Rider models from TheScene that I wanted to paint up for Post-apoc gaming. I left off the cannons that are supplied with the models and squished blobs of putty to make stowage covering the holes. I also sculpted a hockey mask for the leader, who I pinned to the 25mm slotta base doing a wheelie.

I was going for a really dirty look, so these guys were a lot of fun to paint, as I could be quite messy. Here are the photos I took while working them up:

I painted on all the base colors first, then did a Vallejo Umber Wash over the bike, and picked out the faces with flesh wash, and a little extra shading with Citadel Nuln oil wash on the weapons etc. Some highlights after that completed the work.

I see now that I've left out a good deal of what else I did, but they were so fast to paint I forgot to take any pictures after the rust was dry. The toughest part was probably freehanding the decorations onto the bike front-plates.

Thanks for looking!

Fast Wash Painting 15mm Tutorial

I don't do a lot of tutorials because they are basically a pain to photograph. Sorry about that. To make some small amends, here is a tutorial I bashed out via Instagram as a series of posts that I have collated here for you today. 
The photos suck, but one of the reasons I like Instagram is that I can take bad photos and not feel like I should tidy them up in photoshop, resize them , upload them to picasa, then write a post.

The figures are 15mm scale mutants from Khurasan's wonderful Post Apocalypse range.

The finished product

One last guy.

I didn't take a pic of step 4, which was basically a couple more highlights with lightened base colors, then doing the bases with drybrushing and scenic tufts... You know the drill.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Old Stuff- Blood Bowl

Time warp!
Dug out of storage, here is my old 90's Blood Bowl team, the Charnel Valley Crushers.
At the time I was managing a GW store in Australia (I only lasted a year or so) and these guys saw a lot of action, even making it into Australian White Dwarf. I had just hired a promising young fella named Dave Taylor, who you may have heard of... Needless to say, we played a LOT of Blood Bowl in those days. Good times.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Crusties from GZG

2014 is starting with a mobile post from way back when I first got back to Australia. I am struggling with blog motivation, so Im going to begin by re-posting a lot of stuff from instagram you missed during the extended break.

Here are some Crusty power suits and a commander. Enjoy ;)