Saturday, June 14, 2014

On The Painting Table

I had hoped to post up the photos I took at the Old Line Massacre, but unfortunately I lost my camera. In lieu of that, here are some shots of my painting table. I wanted a more 30k appropriate model for apoc, so a Cerberus is underway. Originally this was slated for my EC army, but after seeing Chris's amazing EC Cerberus with fallen battle standard, I had paint it up with a different vision. I need to introduce some black, and white to the design, but for now it is just base coated in jungle green from reaper.

The cerberus surprisingly challenging when it came time to get the doors fitted on. After chopping the doors down to the right size, they still required a dip in boiling water to make them flexible enough to place on the model. Unfortunately, only one of the doors will open to allow viewing of the interior.

One of the things I did last week was paint up a rhino test for my Emperor's Children army. Somehow I'd forgotten the purple recipe and have had to try to replicate it. What you see here is the latest incarnation of that test. The rain streaks are a bit blotchy, but the intent was to see if they would add or subtract from the model in general. I think they work to a degree. What does not work are the dark brown or the dark grey paint chips. I am not sure what color to use for paint chipping the model. The purple is so vibrant it just overpowers everything. The ECS might just get a liberal helping of rain marks and weathering powders. What colors should I use to paint chip purple? Light grey, or pink might work.

The predator has just reached the paint chipping and oil streaking phase which is why it i semi-gloss in the photos. After that it will receive dusting of graveyard earth colored paint, and then weathering powders. The tanks is a bit bland, but it will fit in with the force nicely. As usual the interior is painted, though it does look a bit weird to not have any mechanical bits beneath the turret.

One of the cool things about this predator is that it is almost the same color as the original first generation plastic predator that I built 20ish years ago. That predator has since been repainted in Ultramarines livery, but seeing this one take shape brings my painting full circle. Back then it wasn't pre-heresy or Sons of Horus, but it was a tank attached to my Imperial Guard army, which sallied forth with rhinos as well. How things change and how they stay the same!

Next week my office/painting area will be fully dismantled and stored while hardwood floors are added. I might even take the opportunity to sort through all of my supplies and organize them. Just maybe.

*EDIT #1
added photos of the first phase of paint chipping on the predator tank. The next phase is to add a highlight to tighten up the chip and add a 3D effect. Amazing what a difference a dull coat makes!

*EDIT #2
arbitrarily decided to add streaks before 3d effect. Just want to finish the model at this point.

*Edit #3
added some dust using Marc Raley's technique of just pushing the dust on and staining the model. I had been using pigment fixer, but so far this method is much better. Less work, and better results. I plan to use my airbrush to blow the loose powder out. The tracks did not do well post matte varnish, so they will get new dirt, and new metallic weathering powders shortly.


  1. Lovely colors again. I saw a really cool idea for pinning doors I had never considered before over on How to lose at 40k:

    Might be my fav part of blogging. Discovering new ways to do cool things even after 20+ years :)

    1. I saw that link as well. I felt more like painting than modeling last week, so these guys are going to be pretty stock for now. I may borrow Chris' draped battle standard idea though. I don't know if I can pull it off as well as he did, but it would give me a reason to add my secondary and tertiary colors to the cerberus.

  2. Lovely execution of the modulation and weathering on the Predator, just the right contrast balance, nice one!

  3. I would love to see more on how you did the rain streaks I am wanting to use it on a knight titan my wife got me for fathers day but don't really know how to start

    1. Stay tuned. If I paint the EC rhino I will do a full step by step for everything. I don't want to loose the recipe again. The short version is that I used put down a semi-gloss coat and then used AK-Interactive's NATO rain marks oil. There were two other oils I tried out as well on the same piece. You might be able to see blue and red brown.

    2. I say yes to EC step by step.
      Purple is quite a difficult color and very few weathering product are made to be used on purple.
      The rhino side you painted does seem a little too dirty for EC, imho.
      But otherwise, very cool stuff, as always.