The basecoat has been applied. Since Tamiya primer is so smooth, the basecoat went on really well. This weekend I'll be using some masking fluid and making some nice hard edged camouflage on these assault guns!
I purchased my Iwata HP-CS in June for $150 and will never look back! It has given me the boon I needed to come back to the hobby scene and start painting again. It has a beautiful polished stainless steel body and is finely balanced. Cleaning is really easy as well. I have it hooked up to an 8ft braided nylon hose which is connected to a regulator with built in water trap. I used a quick connector on the hose so I can use the compressor for other air tools or brushes. Don't forget the Teflon Tape! The compressor is an oil-less garage style machine which makes alot of noise! I hope this year I can get some more painting commissions so I can replace this beast with an Iwata silent one!
The paint, thinner and primer I use for most of my projects is by Tamiya. The paint is $2.99 a bottle and contains 10mL. The paint sprays really well, and is easy to clean considering it is solvent based. I mix about 1:1 thinner to paint for the airbrush and run the PSI at around 7 to 10 psi.
Anyone who hasn't yet tried this match made in Japan should give it a go! I will be making a video soon showing the brush in action applying camo to a StuG III
Here is a start to the StuG company I am working on. My plan is to have them complete by the next Gamesummit. 1500 points of late war goodness. I plan on running them as 2 HQ, and 2 groups of 5 tanks in each platoon. I think I will paint them in a three color camo with hard edges. For support, it might be sporadic air and some rocket launchers! I don't know yet.
I purchased the proper Olive Green for the tanks and painted some more of the camouflage today. I am considering either leaving them base camouflage as it is now, or adding a third color - Red Brown. Still a learning curve using an airbrush after years of paint brushing! Here are some work in process shots of the progress so far:
Applied final 2 base coats of Tamiya Dark Yellow. I applied a dusting of 3:1 Dark yellow to white to add some highlights to the tank. Hard to tell in the pictures tho. Paint came out nice and matte which is great since the base coat was pretty shiny. I don't know why, same paint.
I ended up using Tamiya Dark Green for the stripes which I thought was a proper green to use, but it turned out more brown then I wanted. The bottle looks much more green then it turned out, and I even tested the paint on a canvas. I assume it did this because the paint is really thinned to be sprayed and the Dark Yellow basecoat. I may still leave the camo like this, opinions? I could add further Dark Brown and Olive Green and call it late 1944 Eastern Front? If I leave it, could be mid 1943 2-tone?
Since my last post something have changed including me moving to Orleans!
One of the things I have been working on is Flames of War! I have chosen the German Armed forces, mostly comprising of units from the Heer.
Up first, is my test vehicles. They are resin re-casts of Battlefront vehicles that I purchased on Bartertown. I didn't that they were re-casts of Battlefront stuff until after getting them. I did have to rebuild them after a nice soak in purple power. I used a ton of putty to repair the tanks, and used some stowage from my bits box. I am missing the schurzen armor plates unfortunately, so I will have to make due.
They were primed using Tamiya Fine Suface Grey primer, which is the best primer I think for miniatures. I also choose to use a light grey primer since I paint my miniatures in a similar style scale model kits. Since these are recasts they will be a test platoon for my new airbrush setup. I'll talk about that a little later. Now on to the WIP shots:
Hey everyone, Refyougee here again with an overview of the Grey Knights Codex. It is a wordy post (as was my Blood Angels review) and of course will be subject to change as we start getting games in with the book. Anywho, here it is, CP'ed from the original Game Summit post:
PS: I apologize for the interruption of the GS Live Blogging, it was too much for me to do all at once and probably a bit unfair to my opponents. I'll see if I can find a better way of doing it in the future.
Pitched Battle, Annihilation. Table has some ruins in the middle and a few hills. Pretty open :D
So he won the roll to go first. Deploying war walkers in the ruins near his side.
Setting up his skimmers around the ruins. I plan on deploying my tanks to one side and setting up the loganstar to give them cover. His jetbikes are on my left, I think I will setup opposite to that side.
Setup in a line with the wolfblob, logan attached to long fangs. Did not steal the initiative.
My username is Refyougee and I've been asked to contribute to this great blog - I've contributed here once before with my initial review of the Blood Angels Codex and I hope to continue doing so with the the GK Codex that is in the pipes.
I've been gaming for roughly ten years, starting the the now-defunct Wizkids games Mage Knight and MechWarrior Dark Age; I now play 40K and Warmachine, with a focus on Space Wolves, Grey Knights and Cryx. I'd describe my play style as semi-competitive, something which I will expand upon later :)
But that's enough for introductions. Today is the 40K Tournament at Game Summit, a fantastic event that happens 1-2 times a year. I've entered my Space Wolves in the tourney and plan on liveblogging the games as best as possible. I'm new to the whole thing so don't expect perfection.
Anywho here's the list I brought:
2X Dreadnought with 2 Twin-Linked Autocannons
3X Wolf Guard X3 with Las/Plas Razorback
Wolf Guard X5, 1 with Terminator Armour and Cyclone Missile Launcher, Las/Plas Razorback
Wolf Guard X5, Terminator Armour X4, Wolf Claw X2, Chainfist, Cyclone Missile Launcher
Land Speeder with Multi-Melta/Heavy Flamer
Land Speeder with Multi-Melta/Heavy Flamer
2X Predator with Lascannon Sponsons
Long Fangs X6, Missile Launcher X5
The lone terminator joins up the long fangs, and idea of the list is target saturation/heavy shooting with a CC bubble of the termies and Grimnar :)
Today I have a small sample of Dragon Forge bases that I will be reviewing. Jeff Wilhelm is the owner and operator of Dragon Forge Design.
The detail on these bases is amazing. The sculpting is very sharp, and shows that Jeff is very skilled. These bases are amazing and require no explaining! Crisp detail, no flash, sharp edges!
The designs that I have are cobblestone, deck plating, and some ruins. They fit their theme very well and are different enough that across and army, you wouldn't be bored them them. The resin used to cast these have a very plastic feel, and don't chip easy. I took a few and tossed them decently good, and no damage was done!
Thats right, next weekend Ottawa will be graced with some great gaming! This years Game Summit will be featuring two Heavy Gear Blitz Tournaments, open gaming and demos. Even the Dream Pod 9 Staff (Robert, John and David ) with be attending next weekend. I personally can't wait to try my hand at the Friday night tournament. I'm actually going to get some games in with the demo armies they are suppling!
I've included some of the information below: Heavy Gear Arena and Heavy Gear Blitz! Demos all weekend Friday, February 18th, 7 pm to 10 pm Saturday, February 19th, 9 am to 6 pm Sunday, February 20th, 9 am to 5 pm
Heavy Gear Blitz Lightning Tournament Friday evening, February 18th, starting at 7 pm to 10:30 pm -11 pm
Game Summit Heavy Gear Blitz Tournament Saturday, February 19th, starting at 10 am till 5 pm - 6 pm
It really is great news! Both armies are now updated to 5th edition and match Codex: Marines. The FAQ's can be found here
Some major changes:
3+ invul storm shields
6+ invul combat shields
Typhoon Launcher per Codex: Marines
Cyclone Launcher per Codex: Marines
Smoke Launchers are now obscured
Holy Orb is now a normal blast like a frag missile
Signum per Codex: Marines
PoTMS per Codex: Marines
Strength 4 Shotguns
There are other nice little updates, so check it out!
'We are the warriors of the Grey Knights, armoured in Faith, shielded by Devotion and armed with Purity of Purpose. But greater even than these, we carry the light of the divine Emperor of Man into the dark places to purge the daemonic wherever it may be found.' - Brother-Captain Stern of the Grey Knights, Prior to the Purging of Xoedic Binary 978.M41
In April the Grey Knights, an elite and secretive Chapter of Space Marines, will stand ready to fight the forces of Chaos and the horrors of the Warp with new reinforcements. Take a look at the Astronomican today to see the Studio's Incoming! article for more information about the legendary heroes that are the Grey Knights.
The Avalon Cruiser is Complete and Ready to Deploy!
I finished up the Cruiser today, and it turned out really well I think. I used a mix of different grays for the hull. I used storm and icy from reaper and codex from GW. The was reapers carnage red mixed with GW blood red. I used the red to create a nice contrast from the dull hull.
To create shading I used nauseating blue from GW. Its one of my favorite colors in the GW range. Metallics were done with Tamiya gunmetal and GW boltgun metal. I am still unsure if I will put a wash on the metal surfaces.
I will be creating a stat sheet for this cruiser using Squadron Strike later this week. I'll compile a complete list when I finish up the other starships and make them available for download. Now all I need to do is name this warship! Any ideas?
I am currently working on an Avalon Cruiser from the Battletech universe. The miniature is made by Iron Wind Metals and can be found here. The choose to do the cruiser in a dark grey with red trim. As you can see, I just have some of the basecoat done. I plan on using a gunmetal for the engine parts and vents. For the base, I am just using 1/16 brass rod and a square base. More to come soon.
2010 was a big year of allot of people, and possibly the biggest one ever for me! Here are a few highlight of last year in the eyes of the Ottawa Gamer!
One of the biggest things ever for me, is I got married on September 18, 2010. We got married in my hometown of Timmins, Ontario. It was really fun, and we are both glad its over, due to the stress involved with the planning!
Codex: Blood Angels
I've always loved the back story on these guys, and this codex is full of them. It inspired me to start putting together the parts for my next major project. I'm still debating on two chapters at the moment. I am thinking of doing Knights of Blood, or Storm Wardens. In the end, I really want to do a Silver based marine force, with either blue or red as the accent color. Maybe I'll just do Knights of Blood as the main force, and make a few Storm Wardens squads. Who knows how this will turn out, but I do have a suitcase of spare miniatures that will be used for this army! Detailed step by steps will done done for this project, and will be the major highlight for 2011.
Pedobear and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics
I don't know if anyone remembers, but Pedobear made it into a newspaper with a spoofed logo in a few newspapers. I think it was absolutely hilarious!
Island of Blood
Looking back at recent boxed sets like Black Reach (2008), Space Hulk (2009) and Island of Blood (2010) shows that Games Workshop is putting out very high detailed simple construction kits on the market. I personally can't wait to see if 2011 will bring out another wicked box set like the last three!
Flames of War
This great WW2 tabletop wargaming is making a huge splash in Eastern Ontario. Small gaming groups are sprouting up all over the place, which is great! The models are nice, the rules are smooth and who doesn't love historical gaming? Due to my love of model kits, I will be creating a mid/late war Panzer Division which will include allot of halftracks!
I didn't list some of the smaller things like a brand new Dell XPS15, a Sony LED television, tuned and detailed my car and other cool things. As you can see, 2010 was a very exciting year for me.
Wow, what a great year! I really hope everyone accomplished everything they wanted too in 2010, because I didn't! I got married, tuned my car, more armies, LED TV, a new laptop but I never finished any hobby commitments!
This years resolution will be to finish all projects I started.