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Monday, March 21, 2011

Starting out part XII

So a couple of posts ago I wrote that I would be basing the warjacks(tm) and then move on to Sorcha. This was not meant to be, as I mentioned earlier in Post 6. I have decided that it would be best to finish the base painting and base highlights on Sorcha before moving on to the finishing touches. So without much ado lets begin.
For tonight's post I would like to introduce you to a new color.
Great Coat Grey. It has a bluish tint to it and it gives a heavy felt appearance to any clothing that you paint it on. Then again that could be just my imagination. All the same I picked it because it is part of the color scheme that Privateer Press uses for their Winter Guard models. That and I haven't had the chance to play with it yet. I might even paint it on the Juggernaut and Destroyer to give them a better tie in with Sorcha. Sorcha's in game fluff should answer any questions as to why I would want to match her to her infantry units. (was that a spoiler? maybe.)
Now for the rest of this post I will be using my trusty base brush. It's a size 00 that I had lying around and it is still in decent enough condition.
I will also use Khador Red Base:
In the middle
So now we move on. Here is Sorcha. She is primed and ready for painting. I believe that I covered the cleaning and primer process in earlier posts.
You will notice that her weapon is already base coated with Coal Black. I did this at the same time as her robot friends and for the same reason.
So to get started I load up my brush with Great Coat gray, spread it on my palette and then thin it down to a two parts water and one part paint ratio. Then I begin to apply it to the model.

Like all colors, paints etc. I prefer to apply about two to three thin coats instead of one thick coat of paint.
It takes longer, but at the same time gives you more control where the paint goes and how much coverage you get. Plus its also easier on your brushes as well.
You don't have to start with the Great coat gray. Though the same applies for whichever color you choose to start with. For the Starter box I opted to paint her cloak, coat and sleeves gray.
Although the sleeves are a little hard to see.
As I add the red you will be better able to differentiate between the Great coat Gray and the rest of the model. I would like to mention that it is better to apply 3 to 4 coats of thinned paint to a model than to do a massive cover all coat. This way you can keep all of the detail and not wear out your brushes too soon.
Now let's move on to the red.
I will apply the Khador Red Base to her armor plates to tie her in with her robots. Err 'Jaks(tm). Since red paint isn't very opaque it will take several coats to accomplish this task.

This is just the first coat. The color becomes brighter with each successive coat of paint.
She looks much better doesn't she?
This one was taken after the third and fourth coat.

Well, I will leave you now as I need some sleep. I will post and cover the rest of the base colors for the leather straps, hat and fir trim as well as the weapon.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Hey, it's Post 6

By now you are wondering where I disappeared off to. Well this will be a lengthy answer so I will give you the short version.
I had to replace the router i use at home and on top of that my internet connection has been rather unreliable due to the effects of rain on WIMAX frequency waves. I also got a new job and so I have to get up at 5 am pacific time (US) to be able to get to work on time. This is a good thing as it gives me money with which to pay for things like internet bill, electricity, paints, models and food. That last one is important. And it makes my girlfriend happy, also important. So hopefully sometime soon I will get a better internet connection and be more regular on my posts.
What you are looking at is a combination teaser and an attempt to tell you what the next post will contain.
After due deliberation the Senate has decided that basing the Juggernaut and Destroyers do not need to be based at this time, and are happy to see that basing them is far from my thoughts. Instead I will paint up Sorcha and then base all three models and finish their highlights. This is because i have been having a hard time getting to the appropriate stores in time to be able to acquire the materials to base the models. I do have the plastic bases that they should sit on but that is hardly enough. And besides you have waited long enough for Sorcha. She is also an opportunity to show you how to paint a living model, applicable to troops, and a character to boot. Warcasters are characters so Sorcha counts. The silverish blob is actually a Buccaneer that will be cleaned and painted for Cat in exchange for all of her hard work taking the pictures that you get to look at every post. I will be posting the progress for this piece as well as I work on it. Which I hope satisfies the need for a metal model tutorial for now.
Well that is it for now. I am going to go to bed and get some of that thing called sleep before i have to get up in the morning for work.