dinsdag 29 december 2015

Into the Wastelands

Happily painting stuff for Frostgrave right now and making plans for Post-Apoc scenery right now, also in 28mm. I tried to keep them simple (build wise), thematic, like a episode of a series.

Repconn subdivision
  • Rocket (Pegasus plastic kit I got somwehere, just need to build a base)
  • Signs (already printed, just need to make the boards)
  • Single large building in multiple parts (new territory for me, using foamboard to make larger units that are slottable and have to fit within the restrictions of my cabinet)
  • Computers on tables, other office equipment
The Big Screen (Drive in theater)
  •  Movie screen (scratchbuild with steady base)
  • Projector house (small shack)
  • Car wrecks (working on that part)
  • Sound system (the portable speaker sets hanging from poles at the parking spots, easy to do when casting bits from equipment with the correct shape)
  • Rubbish bins (make a custom one or buy them? The first one would be cheaper when I make my own mould)
Super Duper Market
  • Building frontage and sides only, no top.
  • Parking lot with wrecked cars (no problem)
  • Commercial sign
  • Nuka Cola machine
  • Product sehlves.....lot's of. Sounds like a job for the laser cutter if I want to put in say 3-40 pcs in the isles.

To keep things easy (not that I can do much else anyway) I'll focus on the Drive in for now

Lots of other small stuff to do as well, so many ideas for this, but easy to get ahead of myself here!

zondag 27 december 2015

Gunbirds simple rust tutorial for painting wrecks

Hi, and welcome to my simple rust tutorial. I've been using the same version of this almost unaltered for the past 10 years, only updating here and there when I can afford newer tools or find ways to cut corners for the same effect in a decreased time period. It works for vehicles, metal buidlings, powered armour and whatever you can think of that needs to be worn and rusted.

You don't need many things to do this. Here is the shortlist of items needed.
- A model that needs to be weathered.
- Brown paint (I use Vallejo Flat Brown)
- Piece of foam (any sort of foam seems to work, from blisters to upholstery and anything in between)
- Matte and Gloss varnish (preferably fast drying, I use Vallejo Polyurethane Gloss Varnish (water based) and Daler Rowney Soluble Matt Varnish (thinner based) Both I can work with after 1 hour of drying.)
- Brushes
- Kitchen towel paper
- Mig AMMO Streaking Grime (enamel)
- White Spirit
- And a little enthusiasm. Don't be afraid to do anything wrong. You are working on something that is most likely already a wreck so I doubt anyone will spot any errors!

Ok, let's start. Assemble, prime and basecoat your model. I find that for rust weathering, a light colour like grey/white seems to work best as the contrast is bigger.
Put some brown paint on your palette and rip off a piece e of foam.
Depending on the effect you are after, dab the foam on some kitchen paper to release excess paint. If you do not dab at all but go straight for the model, the splotches will be bigger, darker and taller, and if you dab more they will be much smaller, softer and flatter. I use the terms taller and flatter as when the paint dries you can actually feel the texture you are creating. This is good and adds to the realism!

The foam can be held in your hand, bending it a bit to make a rounded curved bit, or held with tweezers (the latter will keep your fingrettips clean)

Now dab the foam onto the model.

And repeat. If you dab fast, the surface will be flat and relatively smooth, if you dab, hold, dab again, hold again, you give the paint some time to dry and create texture.

And repeat some more. Play with the foam pad. When the paint starts to dry you will notice the spots becoming less and less pronounced. You can now try and push the pad down and drag it a bit around. This creates a very soft rust pattern, almost dustlike.
It really helps if you gathered examples of rusted vehicles that you'd like to copy, and rust accordingly. 

So repeat and repeat, start out with fresh paint and keep working the pad till it is almost dry.

So repeat and repeat, start out with fresh paint and keep working the pad till it is almost dry.
If you look at the roof, I just dragged the almost dry pad back and forth for that effect.
Weather more heavily at logical locations, parts of the object that get used more. Or if part of it has burned in the past.
Work your way around the object untill you are satisfied it is rusted enough. You will notice that the pad does not reach in certain areas.
This is not a problem, keep weathering untill you done everything you want to use the pad for.

Take some brown paint and add it in all of the valleys the foam pad could not reach. No need to be neat. Neat is bad. Or don't paint in the areas, that is up to you. Look at what would be realistic. A desert wreck is different from a more temperate climate. Then again don't overengineer it, it will take you more time and I make these scenic pieces in under 2 hours total (excluding drying times), doing them on the side of a regular project. In theory I could do a whole fleet of these in a weekend. If I was 16 again and had no wife, kids and social events :)
Now, since I am weathering a classic model car, these tend to have lots of Chrome. Chrome is pretty resilient and that old stuff doens't rust nearly as fast as the surrounding bodywork. So I paint it seperate. Also paint the windows black while you are at it.
I then paint everything aluminium.

 Get out a new bit of sponge if the old one has dried up and repeat the weathering process on the "chrome".

 Then get the Mig AMMO Streaking Grime and apply on parts you want to either filter the tone down one or to notches, or to use as grime streaking along the bodywork. Leave to dry for a few minutes. Again, don't be neat.
 Grab your white spirit, dampen the brush (I tend to just drown the poor thing) and hit the Streaking Grime spots and wether them in a downward stroke. If the colour of the panel you are working on goes too dark, clean the brush and go over it with fresh White Spirit, this will lighten it a lot. Repeat till your object is done.
 Leave it to dry. I tend to leave it overnight to make sure it has dried enough. Then glosscoat it with a water based varnish....don't use a thinner based one or you'll ruin your weathering cause it will react with what you did the previous evening. Paint in black areas for the lights so you can have a very thin line seperating the chrome and the coloured bits (you can of course do that before glosscoating, but hey, each his own)

 Paint the lights in the desired colours, and go over the windows again.

 Paint the base in your normal fashion and glosscoat that and the newly painted areas. Leave to dry. Paint over with Matte varnish.
 Add your favourite bits for setting a scene. Flock, tufts and in this case small printed bits of newspaper.

You could gloss varnish the windows again, but as these are old wrecks I prefer the black to be flat as if there was no glass.

And that is it. Less then 2 hours of work, spread over 2 nights and one afternoon when my kids were asleep, easy to do in between browsing your favourite forum or in between binging Netflix. No difficult techniques, no specialty stuff, no high cost, just a bit of time and effort nets you a nice and fast painted scenic piece for the gaming table.
 Oh, and in case you are wondering, the car is a plastic 1/55 Cars car, namely Doc Hudson, which can be had cheaply for roughly 2 euros. I think they work fine with 28mm miniatures provided your troops are not wearing GW style concrete plinths but something more subtle in the 2mm thickness range.

Let me know what you think of it, any and all input is appreciated. Consider this my Christmas gift for you all. Happy painting!

woensdag 23 december 2015

Merry Christmas to you all

Merry Christmas from me and my little family (Kim, Emma and Nikki) and I wish you the best of luck in 2016. (If you would happen to have some spare, send me some?)

I'm aiming to get 1 or 2 reviews up during the holiday season, but I'm sticking to 30 minute PC intervals atm to help me rest enough. Current prognosis is another 2-3 weeks of physical pain and limited mobility. Mental health they can't tell me, but I've been quite mad for years, thank you ;)

Best wishes!

zondag 20 december 2015


I've been looking to do a bigger scenic piece for TNT since going through my stash. As the bits I had wanted to do were not found during my last rummage in the attic, I had to either start something new skill wise (foamboard buildings) or go with the old favourite (the Hornby power pylon) that I did find. I also wanted to test how far I would come without painkillers and if I could do a major piece in one weekend, drying time and all. I would also go full out on weathering in the fastest way possible.

So, casually browsing Marktplaats the day after Kim had returned, I spotted a Aquila Lander wreck from the Macragge starterset form 15 years ago. Painted, asking price 5 euros (locally these usually sell for 15-25 euros for a full wreck set, at least when I watch those auctions). Luck favors the bold, so a quick email was sent and an hour later I was the lucky winner of a Aquilla Lander (and 5 euros poorer). In my mind it was the perfect item as with the right paintjob I knew I could make this fit for Fallout, and since I can't afford 3D printed vertibirds or 1/48 aircraft hulls, this was a genuine bargain. I told Kim what I had done (and she wasn't happy) and that I planned to paint and finish it asap, as in this very weekend. I always like a challenge.

So, friday around 18:00, the doorbell rings and PostNL drops this in my (cluttered) lap.
Actually not a bad paintjob. Bit basic, and with the already chipped decals right over the paint with no gloss underneath I cut my thoughts short and removed what was left from the decals and just oversprayed it black.I did the basics that night, did the rest during saturday and in the evening she was actually finished. I added a proper coat of gloss allover so she could dry overnight and I could add a mattcoat when my wife took the kids swimming. I reapplied some of the wet weathering (oil mostly) and I just finished adding some tufts and bits of newspaper.

I hereby declare Dolly done. Look at her and think Fallout + US Army Air Corps 1940's and that is what I aimed at. I'm happy with her, I hope you are too.

Job well done. Didn't manage it without painkillers, tried half of my prescription on saturday and it wasn't enough, I'm now on 2/3's and it is manageable. Arm still keeps going numb and cold but I can still use it, so another improvement.

For use with, but not limited to, Fallout, Sci-Fi, Rogue Trader, Inquisimunda and what not.


This weekend I'm trying 2 things. Less painkillers and speedpainting/weathering an item I received fridayevening by mail. In between family life and visiting friends so time is short.

Teaser pic:

zondag 13 december 2015


First up, many thx for all of the kind comments you left on the previous posts. I means a lot to me while I sit there on the couch doing hardly anything, and generally not feeling very happy.

I'll give you a recap of this week.
  • Scooter is a write off.
  • Wound on my arm got infected, was cleaned up and is doing a bit better now but still dedicated to Nurgle so I have to keep an eye on that.
  • I can sit behind the PC now for up to 10 minutes before my arm falls asleep....which is better then the 30 seconds we started the week with.
  • Due to the pain in my back and neck I've hit the limit of what they can prescribe me for painkillers. Recovery will be slow, not helped by the next bit.
  • As it turned out, around the same time I had my accident, a good friend of Kim comitted suicide. Kim had to find this out on saturday evening through Facebook. A bit of a double hitter, she was already panicking when I had my accident, so this news pushed her over the edge. After a day of nothing but crying she just snapped and had herself admitted to the psychiatric hospital, again.
  • I've been taking care of the kids since monday morning, which is not helping my recovery one bit. I already informed my insurance company of the matter and they will claim extra money so I can afford someone to help me keep the house clean. I can barely lift my kids, let alone the laundry. 10 minutes of vacuuming leaves me beat for half an hour. Yes kids, that's what bruised ribs do for you. A fat lot of good.
  • This weekend has been hell. I love my kids, but having them around all day made me snappy and they felt the brunt of it, sadly. I don't want to but I'm just so tired.

So there you have it. Have I done anything for the hobby? Yes, I have. Keeping within the limits of what is possible right now and doing it really slow, I managed to get a few things done this week. In the same way as I made this Blog post, in 10 minute snips at a time.

I used some coffee stirrers and sateh sticks plus a bit of plastic card to make me a billboard. Then realised it was top heavy so gave it a base to counter that as much as possible. To make sure everything lined up I used Lego. I then made another one with 3 struts and that one balanced nicely.

I also received a box of Cars cars and prepped a few of them for paint. So we go from this:
To this:
I really enjoyed cluttering the load bed with scrap newspapers.

And then I went from this:
To this:
Nothing more then a basecoat, a colour coat, some weathering and varnish. And lots of paper.

The billboards came out nicely too.

Well chuffed with these. Now I'm really tired, so just the Blog tonight, maybe repost these on the forums tomorrow if I feel up to it.