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September 2018

September was quite a journey. From Warhammer 40k Tau Empire, through Malifaux Master of Puppets spiced with Warzone Resurrection Valpurgius and a bunch of Infinity the Game scenery pieces. Have I mentioned a grand new Special Project of “Inquisitor’s Beast”? And the Toys… there were also the Toys XD XD

Warhammer 40,000 TAU EMPIRE ‘Fast & Furious’– View gallery…

Crates and Containers – View gallery…

“INQUISITOR’S BEAST” Special Project ‘Heroes Never Die!’ – View gallery…

Warzone VALPURGIUS ‘Chrome & Shiny’ – View gallery…

Malifaux MASTER OF PUPPETS – View gallery…

Nazroth

AIRBRUSH FOR BEGINNERS – What you need to start…

Allright, so you decided to start with an airbrush. You’ve made some reconnaissance, picked an airbrush and compressor and the only question that stands between you and a lifetime of airbrushing is “what else do I need to start?”. This very question was asked to me a lot since I myself started airbrushing. It might be about time to turn the answer into a short article, in hope to help all the beginner hobbyists out there…

NECESSITIES:

Assuming you’ve already picked an airbrush and compressor, there’s still a list of items you should get before you’ll be able to start airbrushing. Let’s dive head on into the list of necessary items…

Air Hose

Air hose is used to link the airbrush with compressor. When picking an air hose it is important to check which models of airbrush / compressors it’s fitting is compatible with. You can simply ask the store to recommend you an air hose compatible with types of fitting of your airbrush / compressor.

Adapter / Multi Way Valve Assembly

In case your airbrush has different type of fitting than the compressor, you will also require an Adapter, or a Multi Way Vavle Assembly with a proper type of connection. Take a look at E-Bay to see how many different types of fitting there are…

Spray Out Airbrush Pot & Airbrush holder

A filter equipped spray out airbrush pot and an airbrush holder (prefferably 2 in 1 like below) are also necessary. Thanks to these you will have an option to rest the airbrush on a holder inbetween different activities (like mixing paints, or even resting for a bit). Spray out airbrush pot will also keep the majority of paint waste contained in an easy to clean glass pot.

Cleaning Brushes

You will use these too clean up the insides of your airbrush.

Nozzle Cleaning Tool

You will use this tool to clean up the nozzle. When picking this one up make sure it is recommended for the type of nozzle of your airbrush. Too large tool might damage the nozzle.

(On the picture top: ALDER tool, damages H&S nozzles! bottom: H&S tool, perfect for H&S nozzles)

Water Bowl & Nozzled Plastic Bottle

You will use this duo to remove the excess of paint from your airbrush without the need to spray it all out.

Airbrush Cleaner, Airbrush Thinner, Airbrush Flow Improover

Airbrush Cleaner, Airbrush Thinner and Airbrush Flow Improover – these three liquids are a must have.

OTHER STUFF:

Below are some additional items that while not necessary, will come in handy once you start airbrushing your way to hobby glory.

Spare Needle

Airbrush needle is very delicate. A vast majority of beginners damage the needle during first few days of airbrush adventure. I advise you to get a spare needle, just in case.

Medium Round Brush

Long hair, medium size, round brush to remove excess paint from the tip of the needle without the need to dismantle entire airbrush.

Mixing Tool & Mixing Cups

You might use these to mix paints before pouring them into the cup on top of airbrush to avoid clods of paint to get inside.

PAINTS...:

Obviously you will require paints. It is not necessary to get any type of special airbrush paints. Thanks to Flow Improover and Thinner regular paints will do, but that’s a story for another article…

Thanks for reading. If you think I skipped a necessary or useful item that a beginner airbrush users should get, let me know in the comments section. Cheers!

Nazroth

August 2018

August made me very excited. It started with continuation of previous month’s project: Infinity BAKUNIN. Then I decided it’s time for a bit of system restart – Ironskull’s Boyz joined my small Shadespire collection. Afterwards it got pretty serious with my very first Airbrush Classes kicking off in Kraków. A long expected project of Infinity Combined Army followed and I had a chance to unleash all the hype accumulated for this one throughout last months. Then something special dropped in: a fantastic idea for a birthday present that I was asked to deliver in time and style. This one had to be blurred, cause there’s still some time before the grand event 😛 All projects complete and not much planned for next month, I cut the finish line with few days to spare, decided to spent them with Gingermane Studio’s scenery to add to “The Colony” Special Project.

Infinity BAKUNIN ‘Chrome & Shiny’ – View gallery…

Shadespire IRONSKULL’S BOYZ ‘Chrome & Shiny’ – View gallery…

Infinity COMBINED ARMY ‘Witness Me!’ – View gallery…

Gingermane Studio Scenery – View gallery…

Nazroth

TIP: PRE-PRIMING HDF PREPARATION

During my long hobby journey I worked with a lot of HDF laser cut terrain. Many projects I was engaged with were not limited to products of a single company, thus I will speak from experience when I tell you that practically all HDF laser cut terrain shares a single flaw: Laser cut edges are scorched and that leads to the edge surface not being suitable for light colour undercoat. Below I will show you a simple way to prepare HDF scenery for light colour undercoat.

I USED:

  • Vallejo Acrylic-Poliurethane Surface Primer paint,
  • Cheap old brush,
  • Water,

I picked Vallejo Desert Tan Surface Primer for two reassons. First it is a light, sandy colour – compatible with light colours that I will be using afterwards, when trying to achieve a smooth white colour of the scenery piece. Secondly, due to the paint being Acrilic-Poliurethane mix, which makes it fill any irregularities in the surface and still dry out into a solid, smooth layer.

*  Step one: I mixed Desert Tan paint 3:1 with water to make it easier to apply.

*  Step two: I applied the mix onto the HDF edge surfaces with an old, large brush.

*  Step three: I removed the excess paint from the sides of the HDF and applied it to the largest edge areas.

Once dried up, it looked like this. Kind of messy, but it totally dissapears after proper undercoat, leaving both the edges and the sides smooth…

Here’s the same piece after one layer of Vallejo Desert Tan airbrushed all over it. Smooth…

And examples of finished scenery…

Hope this one is helpful. If you have your own methods of preparing HDF before undercoating – please drop me an e-mail at contact@scarhandpainting.com – I would love to learn new hobby stuff 🙂

Nazroth

TUTORIAL: UNLIMITED PAINTING HOLDERS

Hobby Grips, Miniature Holders, Painting Holders – many names for a single high-demand product. Painting Holders are a topic that comes back time and time again at painting facebook groups. Hobbyists seek advice on ‘which one is the best’, ‘where to buy’ etc. The thing is that in general ‘the best’ is what works for you and while Painting Holders are a rather expensive addition to your hobby tools collection – it does not have to be this way. Below is a Tutorial, or rather just a simple idea on how to create your own Painting Holders in large numbers and for cheap.

I USED:

  • Super Glue,
  • Cheap plastic Glass, prefferable 3cl/30ml,
  • Blu Tack, or any substitute,

*  Step one: I made a ball out of Blu Cack.

*  Step two: To enchance durability of the 'grip' I applied Super Glue into a plastic Glass, then glued another one into it.

*  Step three: I mounted a small ball of Blu Tack on top of the 'grip'. This will hold the miniature attached to the 'grip'.

*  That's it. Money saved, say hello to my new Painting Holder.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

  • For obvious reasons this Holder would work for based miniatures only.
  • Making your own is cheap and fast and might let you ‘test’ if Holders (of any kind) are a thing for you, before you commit to purchase something expensive.
  • No, if properly built and mounted the miniature would not fall off. I have painted hundreds of plastic/metal miniatures like this and none have ever fell off the Holder.
  • There’s no limit to size of the grip used, except for your imagination. It does not have to be a plastic Glass, a Spray plug, or a paint container will do – altho for large areas and big miniatures I recommend to use more than one ball of Blu Tack, prefferably spread even across the surface.

 

Nazroth

July 2018

What a month! What a lovely month! A lot of my fav Infinity the Game starting with a ‘B4ckd00r Incursion Special Project’, on which I worked on hard at the end of last month. The project was a great prelude to more or less Infinity Nomad month, cause after speed painting a tiny addition to my own Nomad Collection, I begun a large Infinity Bakunin lvl 4 ‘Chrome & Shiny’ project. The sheer quantity of miniatures was a challenge and due to last week of July being reserved for vacation, I wasn’t able to finish entire collection. Next month – definitely more Bakunin!

‘B4CKD00R INCURSION’ Special Project ‘witness Me!’ – View gallery…

Infinity BAKUNIN ‘Chrome & Shiny’ – View gallery…

Infinity NOMADS – View gallery…

“The Colony” Special Project – View gallery…

Nazroth

EVENT: VETO AIRBRUSH CLASSES

Scarhandpainting Events have just became a reality. At August 11th, between 12:00 – 15:00 (UTC+01:00) I will be leading Airbruush Classes at VETO – Game Center in Kraków (Poland). The event is apparently aimed at local customers, but if you happen to be in Kraków at the time – come by to say hi 🙂 If this kicks in Airbrush Classes might become a regular thing and this would mean a very interrestind development in my hoobby career.

Nazroth

BATTLE REPORT: ‘UNEXPECTED BUMP’

Every year I try to put painting miniatures aside, even if just for a bit, to bring to you a Battle Report. Infinity the Game is still my favorite miniatures game and once again I participate in a yearly online campaign. Keeping the story short – it’s that time of the year and to uphold to tradition – I’m back with this year’s Infinity the Game Battle Report. (Apologies to all those who have no idea about Infinity and it’s lore).

SUICIDE KINGS - UNEXPECTED BUMP

 

After berely surviving ALEPHS incursion at Wotan blokade the Dong Peyote repurposed freighter fled to deep space for vital repair. It took a year to fix the ship, during which it’s crew kept a low profile, gathering reasources necessary to rejoin Nomad military operations. Couple of weeks ago DeePee’s long range radio scanner picked up a call for help from Johhny-5 Arachne Node, based on planet Dawn. The ship and it’s crew burned their engines dry to finally arrive at planet Dawn just in time. Battered yet unbroken, Dong Peyote entered the atmosphere of Dawn using a meteor shower to disquise it’s signature from Ariadna low-tech scanners, the same night as Vince McMahogany news of conflict erupting at Novyy Cimmeria shocked public media of the Human Sphere.

It was Zhàn Huó Firebase that picked Dong Peyote’s approach before it’s mighty load could be dropped at J-5 Node. To avoid being shot down, captain of the ship decided to fall back to low orbit. This did not sit well with the crew, eager to aid their Nomad brethren in defense of the node. Small elite squads were formed and then dropped over entire island in assault pods. Each squad was to carry it’s own mission, to then converge at the J-5 node, all the while Dong Peyote would support them from orbit…

Team ‘Kraken’ ,named after Kriza Borac suit of power armour that formed it’s core, crash landed at the no man’s land between Panoc-23 Multi-Base and the outskirts J-5 installation. Their secret mission doomed to fail, the team received orders to head north and intercept a heavy armoured Panoceania kill-squad. Guided by the all seeing eye of the Dong Peyote, team Kraken layed the trap…

Setup:

After setting up the trap Nomads layed in wait. [Won the roll-off and kept the Initiative, which resolved in setting up first.] The plan was to take Panoceanians by surprise, going in loud and hard, Full-Auto to cover Wraith (Spectre) advance and enable him to deploy Repeaters. That in turn would allow team’s Interventor to turn the tables on top of approaching Panoceania Heavy Infantry. Kitty, the Chimera was kept in reserve – being a fast runner, capable of crossing long distances and taking the enemy by surprise. A good simple plan. Exactly the type that might go wrong…

Nomad First Turn:

Critko was barely able to contain Kraken’s lust for blood. The big man was breathing heavily over the comms and Critko knew all to well that the time he had to cover a firelane with area of White Noise was counted in merely seconds. No one said that being LT was easy, especially when commanding a group composed of individuals from all three mothersships. He closed his eyes, counted to five and screamed loud ‘NOW!’ over the comms. (LT order and 4 regular orders for the White Noise to succeed. Like WTF?!)…

Entire team reacted almost instantly, springing into action. Kraken led the charge opening up with a wide salvo from his heavy mashine gun. Hot ultra-sonic rounds zipped through the air and over the heads of surprised Magister Knights, who tossed themeselves sideways and into cover. Blinded by the area of White Zone, a Black Friar reacted too late and was shredded to pieces. ‘First blood!’ roared Kraken, just as enemy panzerfaust missiles started exploding around him…

Enemy shock lasted less than five seconds. Just enough for Wraith to throw himself forward and behind cover. ‘These Pano Knights are a real deal’ he murmured to his team, deploying first of the repeaters. ‘They surely are’ whispered a voice behind him. The Spektr noded, more to himself than to Mighty Dong Peyote shadowing him, still being Camoed. ‘Allright Dong, one more repeater and you can go in. Oh, the sweet surprise these guys are about to get.’ He cackled…

Panoceania First Turn:

Heavy mashine gun shots peppered the air around Magister Knights yet they regained composure in a matter of seconds. With a loud ‘Deus Vult’ booming from their helmet speakers, they threw themeselves in the direction of incomming fire, swords raised high. The leading knight was first to fall into the trap. Critko Isolated him with ease, denying leadership to the entire squad. One more knight got Gotcha!’ed before the rest realised what’s going on and backed away…

An Order Sergeant de-camoed on a rufftop and opened fire at aRGee (Riotgrrl ML) damaging her armour. She ducked for cover, AP rounds bouncing off her armoured shoulder guard. That’s when comms exploded with a scream of agony. Kitty, the Chimera got shot in the back by a rapidly decelerating AD troop. Crusader Brethren landed in a cloud of dust and sent another volley from his spitfire. He then switched to supressive fire, blocking entire fire lane and covering the howling Chimera against any attempts of Nomads trying to aid her…

Nomad Secoond Turn:

Except for immobilized leader, knights were falling back behind cover. That was an opening Kraken waited for. He rushed in, taking the statue-like Panoceanian out of his misery with a short, well placed series of HMG fire. He gained momentum and steered his heavy armour to a new direction, moving around a low building and outflanking remaining knights. ‘Bullseye’ he murmured to himself, once his armour’s targeting lenses caught new signatures. Crouched behind cover and protected by a Magister Knight was Panoceania’s Leutenant. Kraken pulled the trigger and the world around was set ablaze by the light of high-speed tracking rounds. Both Panoceanians returned fire, but it was too late. Smoke rising from the holes in their blooded armour, Panoceanias barely touched the ground when Kraken exploded into action once again. He covered half the distance between them and jumped onto a ladder, holstering the HMG on his back. Strong pulls from his massive hands saw him emerge on a rooftop across Panoceanian Sniper. Termo Optic Camo haze danced all over sniper’s silhouette, while he pumped round after round pinning aRGee and Aby behind cover, across the battlefield. Kraken had just the right tool for the job. Full-Automatic fire cut poor Panoceanian in half…

At the other side of the battlefield a nameless Zero shimmered into being. Spitfire wielding Crusader Brethren was unlucky enough to find himself at the receiving end of Zero’s Combi Rifle. Kitty was barely alive but not beyond reach of heavy drugs mixed with some Aby’s magic…

Panoceania Second Turn:

Sudden redeployment of Kriza Borac allowed the two remaining knights to attack through empty firelane. As one, they threw themeselves out into the open and charged. The first knight to emerge from behind corner, in hope of rounding up on Wraith, had a nasty surprise waiting for him. The Mighty Dong Peote (Bran DoCastro) dropped Camo and Engaged the knight, moving under the barrel of his shotgun and closing the distance in a blink of an eye. The knight took a wide swing with his sword, but the Mighty Dong Peyote parried it easily and put the knight down with a strong punch of his energised brass knuckles. Second knight joined the fight eager to drew Nomad blood. Mouth opened, Wraith watched in ave as the Mighty Dong Peyote whirled and danced around the knights, using one of them to throw himself into air and laying a devastating punch on another knight’s helmet. For a moment there, it looked like a strange mix of blue armour, Nomad mask, smoke and blood. Entire fight lasted less than half a minute and then it ended just as suddenly as it begun…

Kraken allowed himself to be distracted by close combat that took place below. Energy discharges and blood dropplets seem to slow down before his eyes. This was a sign that the suit pumped a fresh coctail of drugs into his bloodstream just to keep him standing. He turned to survey the battlefield, just in time to see a boarding Shotgun wielding Crusader comming at him from behind. He squeezed the trigger hard but a rain of bullets never came. The display showed ’empty’. Kraken had no time to reflect on this, cause a Borading Shotgun slug hit him square in the chest and sent his heavy suit to the ground. Another round blasted a huge gap in his thigh, blood and nano-oil exploding in every direction. Kraken roared like a wounded animal. With inhuman effort he unholstered his pistol and sent few rounds in the direction of the assailant, but it was already too late – his vision blurred, he let himself be embraced by blackness…

Kraken woke up suddenly, surrounded by chaos. Screams of the wounded and the dying were accompanied by constant gunfire somewhere in the background. High walls decorated with ‘J-5’ signs surrounded a vast hall, filled with makeshift beds, each being occupied by a wounded soldier. Aby stood over him arguing passionately with what seemed to be one of the cat-eared Daktaris. ‘Where are we?’ he wanted to say, but a short, rough gasp was all that managed to leave his dried lips. ‘Shh big boy, you lost a lot of blood’ said Aby and put her hand on his bare, muscled shoulder. The touch of her warm hand made him realize he’s been stripped of his armour and this sent a burst of adrenaline into his brain. He tried to sit straigh but couldn’t. Something was wrong. Something was very, very wrong. He looked down his body. ‘Where’s my fucking leg?!’ he roared through cracked lips. Aby just smiled at him gently. ‘Don’t worry big guy. We’ll get you a new one’…

This battle of Firefight was fought between me and my dear friend Astharis. At the end of turn two, Panoceania retreated, but not before earning a honourable one Victory Point, by taking out Nomad Data Tracker with two well placed Boarding Shotgun rounds.

The end result was 8 for the Nomads who managed to:
*kill more Lieutenants than the adversary (2 Objective
Points).
*kill more Army Points than the adversary (3 Objective
Points).
*kill the enemy DataTracker (1 Objective Point).
*accomplish two Classyfied Objectives (Extreme Prejudice & Secure HVT).

against 1 for the Military Orders who :
*killed the enemy DataTracker (1 Objective Point).

We had a lot of fun as the game was plagued by rolls that broke stathistics, some really cinematic moments and funny situations.

Highlights:

* I totally lost faith in Critko (Interventor) who up to now was always a reliable, almost godlike hacker. 5 rolls to place a single White Noise was just beyond rotfl.

* Kraken (Kriza Borac HMG) was vital to achieving vistory. The HMG beast is fast and was able to outflank Panoceanians and take out some vital targets. He was ultra badass, even tho last Pano effort to earn some OP’s actually took him out (Unconscious).

* In this game Intruder HMG done literally nothing, except providing orders XD

* Double Repeater trap combined with Kriza’s AROs was a bullseye, that allowed me to keep the Magister Knights at bay.

* The Mighty Dong Peyote (Bran DoCastro) was insane in this match, overcoming two Magister Knights in a glorious and brutal CC.

* I expected to see more TO: Camo. Imagine my surprise when first Crusader entered the board behind my troops and killed the Chimera. Imagine my surprise when second Crusader entered the board and took out the Kriza XD If my forces weren’t spread wide or if I lost the Initiative – these guys would be devastating.

See the original in Kurage Crisis Warconsole

Nazroth

COLOUR RECIPES: INFINITY TOHAA purple

Here are some Colour Recipes for Combined Armys from GALLERY: INFINITY TOHAA lvl 4. Please take note that this is a simple colour scheme, not covering multiple overlapping layers and blends inbetween, that lead to the final product. It is supposed to be used as guidline not a step-by-step.

 

BLACK/GREY armour & weapons:

Black Undercoat,

Panzer Dark Grey (Val),*

Fenrisian Grey (GW), l&p

Pallid Wych Flesh (GW), l&p

Dark Tone Ink (AP),

Pallid Wych Flesh (GW), l&p

PURPLE Symbiont & clothes:

Hexen Lichen (Val),

Genestealer Purple (GW), flbr

Dechala Lilac (GW), l&p

Purple Tone Ink (AP),

Dechala Lilac (GW), l&p

Pallid Wych Flesh (GW), l&p

BONE armour:

Mix Fenrisian Grey (GW) 1:5 Wolf Grey (Val),

Mix Strong Tone Ink (AP) 1:1 Soft Tone Ink (AP),

Pale Wych Flesh (GW), l&p

CHAKSA skin:

Sand Yellow (Val),

US Light Grey (Val),

Mix Strong Tone Ink (AP) 1:1 Soft Tone Ink (AP),

Flayed One Flesh (GW), l&p

GREEN light:

Duck Egg Green (Val), p

Light Livery Green (Val), *

Waywatcher Green, glaze

l&p – lines and points,

p – points,

bl – blend,

gl – glaze,

drbr – drybrush,

flbr – flatbrush,

stpl – stippling,

*Airbrushed (with multiple layers and mixes)

Nazroth

June 2018

June, sweet June. I’m back in the saddle – painting stuff and enjoying hobby time. Surrounded by a large supply of miniatures to paint I was able to regain my usual positive hobby attitute. First of all, entire months was about Infinity the Game, which I love to paint. That being said – I begun the month working on an awesome Combined Army Avatar project (which by the way will be continued in the near future). I then jumped straight into a grand project composed of over 30 Tohaa miniatures. This one was special because I was working with someone elses conversions and that was cool! Next I’ve painted a small Panoceania wave and finished with a grand new Special Project, that must stay a secret for about ten more days – fear not tho, I will reveal it once I get a ‘go’. Am very excited about all this stuff and upcomming month!

Infinity COMBINED ARMY ‘Witness Me!’ – View gallery…

Infinity TOHAA ‘Chrome & Shiny’ – View gallery…

Infinity PANOCEANIA ‘Chrome & Shiny’ – View gallery…

 

Nazroth