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REVIEW: HARDER & STEENBECK NOZZLE SET 0,2mm

An important thing that makes me use a Harder & Steenbeck airbrush is it’s quality.  I’ve been using Infinity  CR plus for around a year now and am really satisfied with it’s performance. Futhermore I can say that I love this Airbrush so much as to expand it’s set of needles and nozzles whenever I have an excuse to do so. But this is a review of a 0,2 mm Nozzle upgrade set, so I won’t let my overall sympathy for H&S cloud my judgement.

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!  This article is made of two parts, first being rather a complaint about how this item was packed. If you want to see the actual performance review, scroll down to the second part...

PACKAGING:

The packaging of my brand new 0,2mm Nozzle upgrade set was the usual. A plastic tube, plugged at both sides and filled at some point with puffed-up foil separator. At one side was a nozzle along with a nozzle protector, and at the other the most fragile and delicate piece – a needle. At first glance it looked just fine…

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But it was not! Take a closer look and you will see how badly packed this one was…

harder and steenbeck complaint 1

Uuuugh… This needle was totally out of commission. No way to even try to repair it. I was very dissapointed.

I quickly filled a complaint and sent it to the store that sold me this ‘thing’. Fortunatelly for me the item was purchased in one of my favorite stores, which is well known of being both solid and supportive. They quickly redirected my complaint to Harder & Steenbeck and soon after I got a needle replacement. If I am to give you advice at this point, that would be:

  • To purchase stuff in a reliable store,
  • To always check out the needle before unpacking,

PERFORMANCE:

Due to a basic needle protectors being rather open I’ve already damaged an unimaginable number of 0,15mm and 0,2mm needles, that’s why I tend to work with a strong 0,4mm one. 0,4 being my favorite by necessity, I’ve decided to use it in 0,2/0,4mm sets comparison.

Harder Steenbeck 02 Nozzle 04 close

It is a precise and smooth working nozzle, with needle being long but durable. For the purpose of the test I used Vallejo Magic Blue. Air preassure was set to 2 bars, while I’ve made some dots and lines. It wen’t a bit grainy, so a Thinner was added to the paint. More dots and lines, and here’s the result:

Harder Steenbeck 02 Nozzle 04 all

For me it’s the usual stuff with 0,4mm needle providing me with means to paint entire miniatures and some small spots as well. So I’ve changed to a smaller caliber, installing 0,2mm nozzle set. With Infinity CR Plus being user friendly, I was ready for action in merely moments. The needle was very fragile, but also well covered and set up much deeper than it’s 0,4mm counterpart. The important difference is also the fact that nozzle protector and needle protector are just one piece in this set. I couldn’t see the needle while working, but at the same time it was well protected from my clumsiness.

Harder Steenbeck 02 Nozzle 02 close

Once again I’ve made some dots and lines using Vallejo Magic Blue. The paint was flowing without issues. I’ve added a thinner and made some more dots and lines. I was under a big impression of how tiny and precise the dots were. Also lines were slim and nice. Here’s the result:

Harder Steenbeck 02 Nozzle 02 all

And a result using Vallejo Light Green on the actual miniature:

Harder Steenbeck 02 Nozzle 6

At this point you may also want to see the performance of both nozzle sets in a short Video:

SUMMARY:

In the end for an unexperienced airbrush user like me 0,2mm was a totally new experience. Also entire thing being just one part made it much easier to use baskwash to clear up the nozzle by delicately turning the  protector left and letting the air flow to within the paint container.

Harder Steenbeck 02 Nozzle backwash cleaning x

 

I’m very happy about this set. It not only lets me use a tiny needle without fear of it being damaged, but also makes it easier for me to use some cool features of Infinity CR Plus with it. My verdict is 9/10 – a very useful thing to add even more value to an already awesome airbrush.

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Nazroth

June 2016

MIESIĄC CZERWIEC 2016

June was a month of both ‘good byes’ and ‘fresh starts’. Last month I’ve parted with Epic 40,000 Titan Legions commission and now a time had come to part ways with Infinity ALEPH. I had a blast with ALEPH miniatures, but none can compare to the crown jewel, being Penthesilea the Amazon Biker. This one summed the entire commission pretty well. Will I see some more ALEPH in the future? Certainly so, but not in previous quantities, as this collection is almost complete by now.

Luckily, as old stars fade and leave the stage – new stars emerge to take their place. Epic 40,000 ORK CLANS just got some huge reinforcements. I wander if I should rename this one “Waaagh!”? It is still in progress now and due to a long shedule and another huge commission appearance, will be postponed till August.

So this month was bussy like none other still I took a couple of days off to pursue my own projects. With Infinity Championships of Poland in sight I had to expand my private collection of Infinity Corregidor. I also prepared a special “GO GO NOMADS” DIORAMA DISPLAY to be my entry in a painting contest, accompanying the championships. My entry actually won of which I’m very proud. Many hours of almost constant labour were totally worth it!

As for upcomming projects – expect some Warhammer 40,000 TAU appearing next month. Right now they are being prepared for paint job!

Infinity ALEPH – View gallery…

Aleph Proxy 11

“PENTHESILEA” Special Project – View gallery…

Penthesilea 11

Infinity CORREGIDOR – View gallery…

Mercy 1

Alguacil Hacker 21

“GO GO NOMADS” DIORAMA DISPLAY Special Project – View galerry…

Corregidor GO GO NOMADS Force on a Diorama Display

Epic 40,000 ORK CLANS – View gallery…

Ork Waaaagh Epic 40k WIP 1

Ork Waaaagh Epic 40k WIP 2

Warhammer 40,000 TAU WIP

WIP TAU 1

July – you better be ready for me!

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“GO GO NOMADS DISPLAY DIORAMA” SPECIAL PROJECT

Foreboding my previous lifestyle in favor of painting for hire was the best decission in my entire life. Not only that I have a lot of fun in my ‘job’ but also plenty of time for my own projects. For those who knew me before scarhandpainting.com the number of Special Projects appearing lately might be quite a surprise. I myself am taken aback by the sheer numbers of personal projects I can work on. Below is a visual step-by-step of just such a project.

GO GO NOMADS

A big Infinity Event is closing in. ‘Polish Championships’ will take place tomorrow and I’ve trained my Corregiror army and dice rolling hard in preparation. Along with the usual mano-a-mano combat, a Painting Contest will also take place at the event. Each player is eligible to select one of his army rosters and present the miniatures for everyone to see and vote. I thought long and hard to think of anything that could deliver my miniatures to the podium. I know very well that there’s plenty of awesome painters among the Infinity community in Poland and that competition will be very strong. My miniatures look nice but not awesome enought to compete with paint jobs that literally blow my mind. I’ve figured something special – a Nomad-like trick to fight for the attention of voters. A special display diorama to compliment my army’s visuals as a nice background, built and painted in the same theme as the bases of my Corregidor army.

For this purpose I found a suitable wooden crate to be used as the base for entire diorama. I’ve also set up a makeshift display of miniatures to see if the base is large enought to accomodate them.

Corregidor Diorama wip 1

Corregidor Diorama wip 2

 

The wooden crate passed this test so I’ve  gathered 3mm PCV and some HDF leftovers. The entire layout of the diorama was taking life in my mind’s eye as I started to work on it. I’ve used the wooden crate as a template to cut a floor and a wall for the diorama. After that an idea to build a small balcony with stairs and a sniper point came to my mind. I quickly dig through any materials and pieces that might be used for that and found my good old Micro Art Studio’s walkways set. The set had some sweet looking pieces that I implemented into this project.

Corregidor Diorama wip 3

Corregidor Diorama wip 4

Using a ruler and a pen I drawn some makeshift panels and bolt holes on the ‘wall’ and prepared space for MDF pieces to be put into. I also shortened the MAS’s stairs and added elements of my own to make them look more industrial. Floor followed in a quick succession with the center being switched for a big MAS’s MDF panel. I also moundet the ‘wall’ using three screws. Initially I wanted to use magnets to keep the thing removable, but in the end I wanted for my miniatures to be safe. After that I’ve mounted three wall panels to be used as a base for glow globes. I also made some dents, marks and holes in the concrete panels of both wall and floor. Once I was done I’ve made a last check of display. Just before undercoating I had an idea to add some pipes and a vent along the walls to build even more industrial theme of the diorama. I used lollipop sticks and some leftovers to do that and proceeded to the undercoat.

Corregidor Diorama wip 5

Corregidor Diorama wip 6

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Corregidor Diorama wip 10

Once it was dry I have covered the entire thing in two strong layers of Eshin Gray, then painted up all metal elements with a Tin Bitz, Boltgun Metal, Mithrill Silver layers and then washed entire thing with Devlan Mud two times. I slowly applied layer after layer starting with Scorched Brown, then following with Calthan Brown, Ryza Rust, Lugganath Orange and lastly Flayed One Flesh. This is the same colour scheme as the one used for my Concrete Bases. Actually both metal and concrete were painted the same way as in these tutorials:

TUTORIAL: CONCRETE BASES part 2: Painting

TUTORIAL: PAINTING ‘FIVE LAYERS’ METAL

Corregidor Diorama wip 11

Corregidor Diorama wip 12

Corregidor Diorama wip 13

Corregidor Diorama wip 14

Starting with Calthan Ryza Rust I’ve covered metal elements along with concrete panels, but before that I’ve made a short pause to airbrushed white-creeme lines and a Nomad graffitti. Ryza Rust, Lugganath Orange and Flayed One Flesh went over the lines to create an impression of them being damaged and eroded along with the concrete panels. Once Flayed One Flesh layer was done I lined/edged all the angles using the exact same piant. I also added grease/Rust streaks and oil stains here and there to bring the diorama closer to a life scene.

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In the end I had to add a name, so I used a template created for me by Reycast Miniatures and airbrushed another graffitti onto the now black edges. Simple OSL was airbrushed and I mounted glow globes in the center points of each light. I also added three purple barrels to compensate glow globe’s green in preparation for red miniatures.

Corregidor Diorama wip 20

Corregidor Diorama wip 21

The final piece exceeded my expectations. Even my Girlfriend said it looks cool – and that’s rare! Damn – I count on this one to help me climb the ladder in the contest. If not – well, at least I have a fine piece to set up behind glass along with some less used Nomad Miniatures XD

Corregidor Diorama Done 2

Corregidor Diorama Done 3

Corregidor Diorama Done 4

PS:

27.6.2016: I actually won the painting contest XD Ultra happy about the fact! Here’s the entry:

Corregidor GO GO NOMADS Force on a Diorama Display

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“PENTHESILEA” SPECIAL PROJECT

This mini diorama is a ‘special’ kind of a Special Project. This is the first time I tried my skills on a commissioned Special Project. Penthesilea, Amazon Warrioress is a part of ALEPH commission, but I was asked to make her somehow unique – just to stand out on a display. I have a habit of preparing small gifts for all customers who happen to commission me with a big paint job, thus I prepared a special kind of scenic base for this miniature.

Penthesilea s1

It took three failed attempts to base Penthesilea, as I was torn between many different options of a scenic base. I have tried to use a photo frame and model a wild west highway on it. I’ve tried to make a futuristic enviroment on a small wooden plinth. I even tried to use a coffee cap to base Penthesilea, but each time I just torn her off and tossed my creation into garbage (or hid it in the closet for later use). Salvation came to me in the form of a Micro Art Studio’s container, with which these guys filled a package of stuff I’ve ordered from them. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and guys from MAS knew that I will have some use of their’s Kickstarter’s misscasts and leftovers. I cut the container in two and set up a nice background on it. Here’s a WIP pic:

Mirai WIP 1

 

This is how I actually started to work on this particular miniature – with a base instead of a model. After that it went pretty smooth with three days of painting, along with other miniatures. Each time I’ve ended up a key stage of this project, I was able to take a respite with another miniature, and then get back to Penthesilea. This pace kept me going with a lot of vigour, but also enabled me to look at Penthesilea with a bit of critique. I’ve corrected my mistakes at the start of each new stage and then followed adding new colours to the paint job. In the end I am very happy of how this one came out to be.

Mirai WIP 2

Here’s the final piece: “PENTHESILEA”

Penthesilea ss1

Penthesilea ss2

View complete Gallery…

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COLOUR RECIPES: WARHAMMER 40,000 IMPERIAL FISTS

Here are some Colour Recipes for Warhammer 40,000 ‘Imperial Fists’ Space Marines from GALLERY: IMPERIAL FISTS lvl 3-4

Imperial Fists Hunter Stalker 2

YELLOW armour:

Corax White undercoat (GW),

White preshading*,

Gold Yellow 72.707 (Vallejo)*,

Soft Tone Ink (AP)*,

Matt Varnish (Vallejo)*,

Moldy Ochre (P3) edges,

Khaki 72.761 (Vallejo)*,

Earth 72.762 (Vallejo)*,

Dark Fleshtone 72.744 (Vallejo)* dirt,

*Airbrushed

IF pancerz WIP

BLUE OSL:

Light Sea Blue 71.089 (Vallejo)*,

White*,

Guilliman Blue Glaze (GW),

*Airbrushed,

BLUE Lens:

Teclis Blue (GW),

Hoeth Blue (GW),

Hoeth blue + White (GW),

White,

Guilliman Blue Glaze (GW),

White edges,

Imperial Fists Hunter Stalker 5

METAL:

TUTORIAL: PAINTING ‘FIVE LAYERS’ METAL

 

BLACK:

Black,

Frostbite (P3) edges,

White edges,

Khaki 72.761 (Vallejo)*,

Earth 72.762 (Vallejo)*,

*Airbrushed

Nazroth

REVIEW: BRUSH CLASH TAMIYA vs CITADEL

Welcome to the Painting Arena! A fight the of century is before us! In the left corner we have a ‘Citadel Layer S’ brush! When it comes to painting miniatures this hobby brush is a Games Workshop’s bread and butter! Worth approximately 4,3 €, Citadel Layer S will be clashed against a cheaper Tamiya 87050. Tamiya’s approximate worth is only 3,4 € but it has a fighting spirit like no other! Which brush will emerge victorious? Which one will fall to oblivion? Buckle up and see for yourself…

Brush Clash Tamiya vs Citadel 5

I used a Infinity: Lunokhod miniature that could use some paint job to clash Citadel Layer S against Tamiya 87050. Both of these brushes had seen some action but not enough to be called a ‘veteran’. Let’s say that both were purchased recently and were used just couple of times before this clash. For the purpose of this article I used Games Workshop’s Mechrite Red. Till now I had no problems using this paint. It’s consistency let’s me paint constantly for a long period of time before I need to either clean or switch brushes. I started by applying Mechrite Red on one leg of the miniature – I used an unrelated brush for that, to check out the paint. It went good, so I switched to Citadel Layer S. This is how it looked after painting a single Lunokhod’s leg…

Brush Clash Tamiya vs Citadel 11

After only one part of the miniature entire brush turned into utter chaos. Hair behaved like if they really ‘wanted’ to disperse. I had a lot of difficulity covering the entire surface without moisting and reposing the brush (which I didn’t for the sake of this article).

Next in line was Tamiya 87050 and I’ve painted both rear legs with it before taking a picture…

Brush Clash Tamiya vs Citadel 12

As you can see Tamiya 87050 hair held ground and stayed composed. I wandered how long this brush can stay this way so I kept painting and painted entire Lunokhod without ever reposing brush’s tip. Here’s the result…

Brush Clash Tamiya vs Citadel 13

Tamiya 87050 stayed composed till the end. Must say that regardless of using Tamiya’s brushes for some time now – I was surprised to see it’s performance. Check out the video below to see how the clash proceeded…

RESULTS:

After long battle in which a lot of paint was spilled – Tamiya 87050 emerged a victor! Not only cheaper but much – MUCH – more durable and paint job friendly. The tip worked well throughout the entire process with hair flexible and pose reshaping itself. This kind of brush will surely provide you with comfort. Opposite to that Citadel Layer S failed after merely seconds of usage. It’s tip went berzerk the instant I started painting. I would never recommend this kind of brush for anything except washing or applying glue. I wander why I’ve tolerated this kind of brush’s behaviour till now… well it’s either trash or death in suicide mission for this one now. Will never purchase another Games Workshop’s brush again.

Nazroth

May 2016

MIESIĄC MAJ 2016

I just love painting. For me the most exciting moment of each commission is the one, just before the end. All hard work is already in the past, everything went well and each stroke of a brush brings the miniature closer to the finish line. Unfortunatelly all things must come to an end with no exception to this particular moment. It is always short and soon after it’s gone. I must say good bye to the fruits of my labour, as these are being sent to the customers.  Finishing the Epic 40,000 Titan Legions commission was inevitable, yet it pains my heart to part with it. I had so much great time with the Titans – I will truly miss them.

Other than that, May was a month of Infinity (Yup – once again) while I was given the opportunity to paint a variety of Infinity miniatures at different painting levels. These varried between lvl 3 to lvl 5 and let me experiment a lot. Along with I AM NOMAD giveway campaign I’ve painted a small Nomad commission, along with another bunch of ALEPH miniatures.

“THE COLONY” Special Project was also finished, further amplifying the feel of parting ways. I should really find a way to fill that hole in my heart as otherwise I might feel a bit lonely.

Last but not least a small contingent of Imperial Fists, Warhammer 40,000 Space Marines, stormed my desk and was turned to a bright yellow. Long time no see with Space Marines so it turned out to be a nice change of enviroment for me 🙂

Epic 40,000 TITAN LEGIONS – View gallery…

Titan Legions Complete 6

SHIPMENTS

Infinity CORREGIDOR – View gallery…

Corregidor Bandit KHD 3

Infinity MISCAELLOUS – View gallery…

I AM NOMAD BANDIT 1

Nomad Iguana lvl 1

Nomad Intruder 3

Infinity ALEPH – View gallery…

X ALEPH Hector 7S

ALEPH Rebots 3

Warhammer 40,000 Imperial Fists – View gallery…

Imperial Fists Darnath Lysander 2

Imperial Fists Hunter Stalker 2

Imperial Fists Stormtalon 1

“The Colony” Special Project – View gallery…

THE COLONY 5

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June I’m comming for you!

Nazroth

TUTORIAL: REMOVING MOLD LINES

I’ve done a lot of scraping lately and at some point (inevitably) asked myself – why won’t I do a Tutorial about it? Many modellers struggle with metal miniatures, and especially their preparation. Some of my friends were even complaining about how thankless the task of scraping mold lines is for them, while in truth I find the process to be both simple and fast. But to be so – one must possess know how first…

I USED:

  • Modelling Knife,
  • Sharp edged File,
  • Round edged File,

Removing Moldlines 1

GRIP:

One of the most important things to remember in handling the Modelling Knife is the GRIP. I use a simple technique of holding the knife in the crook of my fingers while leaving the tumb free. The edge is always kept pointed outward (well, not always as I tend to cut my fingers far to often – but the basic rule holds).

Removing Moldlines grip

ANGLE:

We’ve already estabilished that the cutting edge should be pointed outward, but what angle to use? I found that the angle that works the best for me is something around 45 degree. It provides a smooth movement and is capable of removing thin mold lines. Some modellers like to keep their edge at a 90 degree angle as it tends to remove mold lines faster, but I must warn you that it usually ends up damaging the miniature’s surface. The friction is just too strong.

 

Removing Moldlines 2

Removing Moldlines 3

MOVEMENT:

You have a free thumb – why not use it? I like to to hold the miniature with my left hand, moving it around under the knife. I keep the thumb of my right hand on the miniature, applying preassure and using it as the point to which the knife will be moved. This way I have a perfect control over the speed and the angle of the knife.

Removing Moldlines 4

FILE:

Some modellers like to use files instead ofa  knife. It surely provides a smoother and more elegant surface, but takes much more time to accomplish, what knife does in merely seconds. I still use files in these two cases:

1  UNEVEN SURFACE

I use Sharp edged file each time an uneven surface like hair, refracted clothes, teeth of a chainblade etc. appears. I use long, smooth moves betwen the lines of the slot – usually one such move does the job of removing mold lines just fine.

Removing Moldlines 6

2  SMOOTHING

Once I’m done with the knife and Sharp edged file I use a Round edged file to smooth all the surface. My moves are light and fast, just brushing over the sides of the miniature.

Removing Moldlines 5

Here’s a quick video of how I do it:

And the end result (which you can actually see in much better quality in any of my galleries):

Removing Moldlines end

Nazroth

“THE COLONY” SPECIAL PROJECT part six

Half a year of waiting, two months of working and four days of painting have finally seen “THE COLONY” SPECIAL PROJECT finished. Last week, after adding some final detail which you can check out in “The Colony” Special Project part FOUR and FIVE, I was engaged with painting all the terrain. It was a hell of a hard work, as the enormity of surface being painted overwhelmed me to a point where I slept around three to four hours each day, woke up to paint, made a break, then got back to painting etc. Still, my work has paid off – as right now my gaming table for Infinity is complete!

THE COLONY - part six: DREAM RE-REALIZED

Or so I have thought till the moment of taking first pictures came by. Not only the ‘GO GO NOMADS!’ night club looked like if painted by a three-years old, (Which my beloved GF announced just as soon as she layed eyes on my masterpiece…) but also some key colour wheel synergies were missing. Here and there I overkilled colours or just made plain mistakes. Couple of improovements had to be done ASAP, as otherwise I’ve risked my mind being overheated with self-directed anger. So I’ve started working on things that triggered my self-loathing, eliminating them one at a time.

THE COLONY building 5

‘GO GO NOMADS! Night Club’ was the first one to undergo a small redesign. I’ve dimmed the pink, and ‘browns’, adding much more white to consolidate colour scheme and black to set a strong, but natural contrast. This change did the trick of dimming the effect of “child’s dream”… It’s still ugly as fuck, but my concious is clear – it was planned from the beginning to make this one into a nice easter egg.

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Next thing to add was “detail” as my buildings clearly lacked it. The simplest way to do it was to use some already existing, tiny wall features, paint them using a variety of colour and also add more plexi-glass holos.

Colony buffed 3

Colony buffed 4

Colony buffed 7

In the end I also harmonized the main colour scheme by adding much more green. I used aquarium plants and some MDF leftovers for this. Green plants broke the flat colour scheme of the walls, and complemented the overall colour scheme – now all the Holos were once again moved to the visual background.

Colony buffed 1

Colony buffed 2

Witness Me!

Inbetween all these changes and upgrades, I was able to made a short photo session. You can view the entire GALLERY HERE, while below is a small sample:

THE COLONY 1

THE COLONY 5

THE COLONY 6

THE COLONY building 3

THE COLONY building 2

THE COLONY building 1

 

Also as a bonus – I’ve already played one battle on the table – taking some in-game pictures and preparing a short video about how terrain was set up for it.

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LUNOKHOD 1

SU JIAN 1

TOMCAT DEATH

Epilogue

Is this the end of The Colony? Judging by how necessity is the mother of invention I think that we will see some more of The Colony in the future. Especially with such kind of things around… just be sure to visit this site from time to time 😉

wip śmieci

Nazroth

“THE COLONY” SPECIAL PROJECT part five

The story of “The Colony” Special Project is closing to an end. In FOUR’th part of this article I’ve started to add detail to all my buildings. The quantity of vents and additional stuff was so enormous, that I had to support with a help of a friend, to prepare all of them – still it took more than a week to complete. Once vents were in place I started to paint all the buildings, which was a challenge in it’s own way. I never imagined that painting buildings can be so exhausting and so many mistakes can be made during such a (should be) easy and relaxating task. Still – I was confronted with the ‘unexpected’ and had to improvise more than couple of times…

THE COLONY - part five: PAINTING STUFF

Before we proceed to actual ‘painting stuff’ it is vital for me to continue where I’ve finished “The Colony” Special Project part FOUR. I’ve introduced you to ‘Astro-Gastro Center’, which was one of my table’s centerpieces. A single picture is not enough to show the number of detailed food boths added all around the building…

Astro Gastro Center

kebab detailed all

The idea was born out of necessity. After deciding to differentiate both of the ‘big’ buildings – I had to find a nice theme for this one. I had a lot of trash and leftovers from purchased terrain sets. I was also supported with couple rare pieces (like Zen Terrain’s food both signboards) provided by a friend. I’ve picked the best pieces and decided to build the theme around them, for this building to be at least as special as the ‘GO GO NOMADS’ night club.

kebab szyldy

kebab windows

It started with some small adjustements to the building’s walls. Once I had the boths made and in place – I started to add some small elements to try to give each both a special theme.

kebab 2 done

kebab 1 done

kebab 3 done

One day’s work resulted in Astro-Gastro Center being born out of scratch.

kebab detailed 1

kebab detailed 2

kebab detailed 3

kebab detailed 4

 

Sniper's Nests

I’ve been already head to toe in building stuff, so I decided not to stop at decorating the buildings, but also work at adding some high placed spots, for snipers, forward obserwers and linked ‘shooty’ troops. Not too much – just enought to raise the area of play – one level up. I used what was left of my MDF pieces, added some Plasticard and prepared these, fully detachable advertisement banners. As a filler I used the only thing that I had around – the Scar_hand Painting bussiness cards 🙂

[I have already played on these – they have a nice impact on gaming style, along with just being useful).

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banners 2

banners 3

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Undercoat Headache

Now I can focus on the actual painting, which started just as it always does – with a proper undercoat. For my colour scheme I require three strong layers of undercoat. It starts with grey, proceeds through either creeme/bone or soft grey and finally get’s whitened with Games Workshop’s Skull White spray. Skull white is vital to the overall looks of this Colour Scheme, as it’s really white and matt. It goes well with MDF terrain, covering all with a nice, strong layer. Whole process of undercoating ate an entire day – with me sitting on a balcony, spraying each individual terrain piece – one after another. Three rounds of undercoating, with my nosdrills clogged, eyes irritated and head on a verge of exploding. At least my neighbors did not protest about the smell…

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SPRAY wip 2

SPRAY wip 3

SPRAY wip 4

SPRAY wip 5

Colour Splatters

One day later the regular ‘painting’ started. It took three days of labour with a lot of painting and not much sleep. I used an Airbrush, while a regular brush applying some Fire Hot Orange to keep up with my table’s main theme (Orange + White/Creeme + Greenery). I used a masking tape for this – providing some curious, industrial shapes on the roofs and walls of all buildings. I also used a colour wheel to check out which colour will go well along with orange/green in a tri-colour scheme. The wheel told me that purple-pink should do, so I decided to try it out on ‘GO GO NOMADS!” night club. (which I actually regret by now as while ‘solo’ the building looks just ugly as fuck :P).

painting terrain 1

Another ‘layer’ was composed of sandy yellow and soft brown. I applied them both in certain hexes along the roofs and in much smaller quantity over the walls.

painting terrain 2

Finally added some blood splatters and grease, which sounds pretty easy if not taking their enormous quantity and dimensions of the buildings I had to work with.

painting terrain 3

I also added some soft points od dust and dirt along with smudges here and there. Then decided to fill all vents with dark brown/rust Vallejo effect and add more smudges – comming out of them.

house paint 1

Epilogue

My work is finally done and I have mixed feelings about the end result. While the entirety of “The Colony” presents itself great – particular buldings require some additional work. Especially the infamous “GO GO NOMADS!” night club is one to build up my concerns – will surely make some corrects and keep working on it in the days to come. A proper gallery is under construction but now I can provide you with this small sample of how “The Colony” looks like.

THE COLONY 1

THE COLONY close 4

THE COLONY close 3

THE COLONY close 5

THE COLONY close 10

See you in “The Colony” Special Project part SIX next week 😉

Nazroth