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Watching Paint Dry 11: Back in Action
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Author:  Dave [ Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Watching Paint Dry 11: Back in Action

I haven't felt much like painting this year so I needed something different to kickstart myself back into it. I started Defender X for Monsterpocalypse a couple of weeks back and finished him up this weekend. I tried painting him last year but wasn't a fan of how the purple was coming out. After a bit of ink and contrast paint mixing I got something that I was happy with, here's the result.

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G-Tanks and a Repair Truck are next.

Author:  malika2 [ Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:39 pm ]
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I'm loving it!!!

Author:  m_folais [ Sat May 02, 2020 2:36 pm ]
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Is this for the game where you knock Eric's robot down and laugh?

Author:  Apocolocyntosis [ Sat May 02, 2020 2:37 pm ]
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neat, how was that metallic pink/purple achieved?

Author:  Dave [ Sat May 02, 2020 3:31 pm ]
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m_folais wrote:
Is this for the game where you knock Eric's robot down and laugh?


That was Battletech. He knocked me over on like turn 1 and we spent the next 20 minutes watching me fail to stand up and him fail to hit me again.

@Apoc

Testors Silver Spray
2 * Nuln Oil (thinned 1:1)
Drybrush of Necron Compound
2 * Magos Purple, amped up with some Liquitex Purple Ink
Glaze of Metal Medium
Glaze of Magos Purple above
couple of edge highlights of Magos Purple and silver, adding more and more silver.

Author:  Dave [ Fri May 15, 2020 2:25 pm ]
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While I can appreciate the access 3D printers have brought to this hobby (and Epic in particular) my heart still yearns for a time when if you needed a unit that wasn't commercially available you converted it. You see conversions less and less these days, so I thought I'd try a little challenge: finish a 3k army without any 3d printing or custom casting shortcuts. We'll see how this goes, but I'd like to finish this up before NEAT this year (normally held at the end of June, but still tentative given the world right now).

For the army I went with Imperial Guard, specifically Minervans using the old SM/TL models. I thought it was fitting to use models that are pushing 25–30 years old as it adds to the nostalgia factor for me. Minervans also offer plenty of opportunities for easier conversions what with all the vehicle variants.

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I didn't do anything special for the Manticores, aside from snipping off the wrecking ball on the back of their launcher. I have some 1/8" diameter adhesive fish eyes coming, they're used to make lures but I think they'll work out great as hatches. I plan to put a hatch on each one on the right hand side, as this will be useful for my Commissar characters (see below).

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The Salamander Scouts and Command are the most intensive conversions in this army, the back compartment was made out of plasticard square tubing and strips, filed and cut at different angles. The autocannons are nearly done, but I'm still trying to think of something for the heavy flamers aside from a plasticard build. These will get the hatches as well.

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The Exterminators just got some brass wire as autocannons, I'm going to try and put some muzzle details on the end. I doubt putty will stick to them so I'll likely try heating up and bending some thin plasticard strips. You can see my plans for Commissars here, I'm making plugs that I'll be able to move around. When a vehicle doesn't need a Commissar I'll just have some hatch plugs to put in their place.

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Finally, the only change I made to the Shadowswords was to use Squat heavy bolters for the sponsons. Not too bad, but then I realized I had to do 12 of them for the Storm Hammers… You can also see my Supreme Commander dude there as well, I need to sculpt his arms still.

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Author:  captPiett [ Fri May 15, 2020 2:46 pm ]
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Nice work Dave. I like the relaxed pose of that commissar.

Any plans to construct an infantry platoon, stormtroopers, etc.?

Author:  Dave [ Fri May 15, 2020 3:15 pm ]
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Not before NEAT. I've got 48 stands and a Stormtrooper platoon squirreled away for the army, but slogging through infantry isn't high on my list at the moment (for reasons you're surely familiar with by now).

Author:  jimmyzimms [ Fri May 15, 2020 9:42 pm ]
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if you have any of the old castaferrum dreadnoughts from 3rd edition, they had a heavy flamer arm that you could probably cut and do something with.

Author:  Rastamann_The_Returned [ Sat May 16, 2020 2:07 pm ]
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Very nice conversion job. I suck at converting so hard :(

Author:  malika2 [ Sat May 16, 2020 11:05 pm ]
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Wow...just wow!

Author:  Stormwind [ Sun May 17, 2020 9:58 pm ]
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Really nice idea for a project!

Author:  gunslinger007 [ Sun May 17, 2020 11:14 pm ]
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Great work Dave! I appreciate the throwback initiative. The commissar repositioning is stand out, and I can't wait to see the final product for the Salamanders!

Author:  Apocolocyntosis [ Tue May 19, 2020 3:47 pm ]
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great looking tanks dave, i really like the mk2 russ design

Author:  Dwarf Supreme [ Thu May 21, 2020 4:55 pm ]
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Ambitious project. I of course endorse the use of Mk I Manticores.

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