Daily Archives: June 6, 2016

Works in Progress

Buck

At Nashcon last weekend I picked up a few MDF kits from Impudent Mortal.  They are not very involved kits, so I knocked them out when I just had a few minutes of free time.  This set is the remote sentry weapon, but I think it will look good as some sort of crew-served system as well.  I placed a 28mm figure next to it for scale.  Note that the site of the weapon is translucent.

I started work over the weekend on three units of space ducks.  These were originally issued by Archive Miniatures and are difficult to find.  I am painting them in primary colors.  I started by priming them black and then dry brushing the whole figures in white.  Now I am painting in the various colors.  The original sculpt is a bit mushy, but they paint up just fine.

Space Ducks primed and dry brushed with white

Space Ducks primed and dry brushed with white

Space ducks with first few colors applied

Space ducks with first few colors applied

Also from Impudent Mortal, I picked up picked up this neat industrial kit.  While it is meant to be some sort of industrial tanks, I may use it as the engine room as I construct my space ship for science fiction games with Combat Patrol.

Horizontal industrial tanks from Impudent Mortal for 28mm figures

Horizontal industrial tanks from Impudent Mortal for 28mm figures. My daughter did most of the painting.

The other side of the Impudent Mortal industrial tanks

The other side of the Impudent Mortal industrial tanks

Finally, I put together these three Quonset huts from Impudent Mortal.  They are slightly bigger than the Dust Tactics ones.  These come in a pack of three.

Quonset Huts from Impudent Mortal

Quonset Huts from Impudent Mortal for 28mm figures

I have begun working on an excellent building kit from Sally 4th.  Watch for a review and the finished product in a week or see when I return from a week of family vacation.

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Fire Elemental Familiar: Figure 221 of 266

Chris Palmer

   This past week I knew I was going to be short of time again, with just having returned from Nashcon, and the holiday on Monday; so I picked out one of the remaining figures from the Familiars set: the Fire Elemental.
      I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish- soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.  I then glued the figure to a white-primed 7/8" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then glued the washer-mounted figure to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer’s glue.

      Rather than go with the usual red fire, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to again try the green fire I had used on the Kobold Shaman a couple weeks ago.  I began by paitning the entire figure with Nicole’s “Neon Green”.  When dry, I gave the entire figure a wash with Iron Wind Metals “Dark Green” ink, using a wet brush.

      When the ink wash was dry, I mixed a little of the “Neon Green” with some White, and added highlights.    I then started working outwards toward the tips of the flames with slightly thinned Crafter’s Acrylic “Holiday Green”.

   Next, I added a further outer layer with Americana “Leaf Green”, and lastly, I painted the tips of the flames with Accent “Forest Green”.  I also used the “Forest Green” to paint the elemental’s eye sockets.  Then I went back and added eyes with Folk Art “Metallic Emerald Green”.   Lastly, I painted the figure’s base White.
      When everything had overnight to dry, I gave the figure a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish” early the next morning.  Midday, I flocked the white areas with Woodland Scenics “Snow” flock and late that afternoon I sprayed the figure with Testor’s Dullcote.

     Well, I’m generally pleased.   I’m not sure if I like it with the empty hollow eyes, or whether a pinpoint highlight in each might be an improvement.

Figure 221 of 266: Complete

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