Monthly Archives: January 2014

Tutorial: Scibor Moscal Strielec part one

I’ve completed a test model for a Chaos Dwarf army using Scibor Strielecs as Infernal Guard with Blunderbusses. Here’s the step-by-step:

1. Basecoat the beard and skin with Vallejo Model Air Mahagony.

2. Use Reaper Master Series Tanned Skin mixed with VMA Mahagony and coat the skin.

3. Highlight the skin by adding RMS Rosy Skin gradually.

4. Paint the eyes with RMS Linen White.

5. Line the eyes and paint in the pupils with RMS Brown Liner.

6. Use RMS Flesh Wash on the cheeks and between the fingers.

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7. Highlight the beard with RMS Rust Brown, then mix in RMS Palomino Gold and gradually increase the Gold as you layer highlights.

8. Wash the beard with Games Workshop Seraphim Sepia.

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9. Paint the gun haft RMS Shield Brown

10. Wash the gun haft with thinned RMS Brown Liner.

11. Basecoat the coat with RMS Dark Skin.

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12. Wash the skin with a mix of RMS Flesh Wash and GW Seraphim Sepia.

13. Airbrush shadows in the coat with RMS Blackened Brown.

14. Airbrush highlights in the coat with a 4:1 mix of RMS Chestnut Gold and Dark Skin.

15. Use a brush to touch up the shadows on the coat with RMS Blackened Brown.

16. Touch up the highlights with RMS Chestnut Gold.

The rest is coming up tomorrow!

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WIP: Chaos Dwarfs and Reaper Hyrekia Dragonthrall Mage

I finished basing the Reaper Hyrekia model by painting the Oxide Paste, painting black around the edge, and putting some turf on the base to be vines, moss, etc. I’m pretty happy with how she turned out considering she was a pretty basic tabletop model:

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I’ve decided I do like the Bones plastic. It doesn’t hold sharp details very well, but paint goes on easily and adheres really well to it, and that’s really important to me. I’ve painted far too many models that I’ve had to touch up repeatedly just because they were handled (carefully!) before being sealed. That problem is mostly with metal models, but it can happen with plastic and resin also.

I also got some work done on a test model for the Chaos Dwarf Infernal Guard. I’ll put up a step-by-step of painting a Scibor Moscal Strielec tomorrow!

WIP: Chaos Dwarfs

This month I am beginning a Chaos Dwarf army commission. The first unit is 15 Scibor Moscal Strielecs, a Scibor Moscal standard bearer, Scibor Moscal musician, Scibor Moscal officer, Scibor Moscal cannon crew (3 dwarfs), and GW IG Cadian heavy weapons team mortar – representing 24 Chaos Dwarf Infernal Guard with Blunderbusses. I’m starting with the Scibor Moscal Strielecs.

The cleanup on the Strielecs so far was fairly annoying. Although the resin seems nice enough, the models were plagued with bubbles. There were a few areas of weird textures, and part of the gun barrel was missing on many models. There were very few mould lines, however, and they were very fine if the model even had any.

The models are nicely sculpted with lots of details, but (and this is just my personal pet-peeve) the delineation between areas on the model isn’t sharp enough. For instance, faces almost blend right into coats. To me, this makes painting far more difficult.

I primed the first 6 Strielecs.

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Reaper Bones Plastic followup and WIP

On yesterday’s post, there was a very useful comment with a link to information about working with Bones plastic: http://www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?/topic/48668-bones-preparation-glues-putties-mould-lines-etc/

The staff on the Bones model that I had to boil is still straight, so this really does seem to have fixed the problem.

I repainted her, and here she is attached to a round base with some Vallejo Oxide Paste to blend it all in:

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Reaper Bones Plastic

Happy New Year!

I decided to take a night off from my previously scheduled painting and grab a mini out of my Vampire box from the first Reaper Bones Kickstarter to experiment with this new plastic. I found only two minis loose in the box (the rest were bagged together, stapled together, etc.) – Mister Bones and a very basic female something-or-other. I didn’t want to mess with Mister Bones, so the as yet unidentified female it was.

Supposedly this plastic does not require priming, so I didn’t prime it. I did clean mould lines and scrub the model, but that was it. I even left her on her broccoli base since it was so tiny I figured I could blend it easily into a regular base later. I found the weird, crunchy, hard spot that every Bones mini I’ve handled has had. Not entirely sure what that’s from, but on this model it was in her armpit, which made it a bit harder to clean up.

Her staff was bent up pretty badly, as you can tell in the picture below.

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I put her in scalding hot water from the tap, held the staff straight, and put her in cold tap water. This seemed to fix the problem.

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The first layer of paint went on a bit differently than I’m used to, as though the paint was a wash. After that dried, the rest went on as normal. It seemed to be staying on well also, so I think it’s probably true that this plastic does not need priming. I have a really hard time seeing the details on it though, so the matte finish of a primer may be helpful.

In this picture, her skirt, top, and boots are all the same color, but the skirt has several layers of paint and the rest of her dress and boots has only one layer, so you can see what I mean about the paint going on like a wash in the first layer.

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The next morning her staff had reverted to its previously bendy self.

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I did some reading, and found that the temperature of the water I used to straighten her staff the first time may not have been hot enough. This time I was going to put her in boiling water. There was a good chance of ruining the paint already applied to her, but that’s a small loss in the name of science. Figuring out how to handle Bones plastic is pretty important considering how very many Bones minis I have now and will have in the future from the second Kickstarter.

I dipped her in the boiling water for about 10 seconds, and her staff completely reset itself. I didn’t have to hold it straight, and cold water was probably unnecessary. I did notice that the staff was less pliable after this process, but only a little.

Unfortunately, a lot of the paint was ruined.

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I found out what mini she is before starting this post – Reaper Bones 77193 Hyrekia Dragonthrall Mage. She’s not even supposed to be in the Kickstarter Vampire box! Of course if I try to just randomly pick a mini out of that box the extra one would be the one I pick, and of course I would ruin her, lol. Oh well. I’m going to give her staff some time to see if it stays straight.