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About me - I'm a Christian (Pentecostal), Married to Wendy, two step children Thomas and Natalie, dog and rose-crested cockateel(Beauty). I've been a miniature hobbyist for over twenty years; I occasionally wargame at my local club or at home with friends. I set up my commission painting service in 2014, so I spend a lot of time painting!

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Workbench - Kingdom of Britannia Naval Battlegroup - Finishing Touches

As the title suggests, I have since added the finishing touches to the KoB Battleship. Below is a new painting guide and pics. Since my last post I have completed steps 12-20 of the painting guide:
 
1.   Assemble and clean the miniature
 
2.   Undercoat Black
 
3.   Airbrush (using 1.5 needle) the Hull 1:1 mix Dark Green:Black(V), leaving the upper decks black
 
4.   Airbrush (using 1.5 needle) highlights to the Hull 2:1 mix Dark Green:Black(V)
 
5.   Airbrush (using 1.5 needle) building the highlights to the Hull Dark Green(V)
 
6.   Mask the larger vessels and airbrush the upper deck areas (using 1.5 needle) Dheneb Stone(C), paint this onto the smaller minis
 
7.   Drybrush the white areas with White(V)
 
8.   Drybrush the Hull Gretchin Green(C)
 
9.   Clean-up/Paint the Hull thinned Dark Green(V)
 
10. Highlight the decking Charadon Granite(C)
 
11. Clean-up/Paint the metal/black areas Black(V)
 
12. Paint the portholes Regal Blue(C)
 
13. Highlight the Portholes Lothern Blue(C)
 
14. Highlight the black areas Astronomican Grey(C)
 
15. Paint the metal areas 1:1 mix Liquid Gold Copper(V):Isopropanol
 
16. Airbrush on a layer of Gloss Varnish(V)
 
17. Clean-up/Black line the copper/deck areas with Black(V)
 
18. Apply red/blue ID stripes with Mephiston Red/Kantor Blue(C)
 
19. Apply decal roundels
 
20. Apply a layer of matt varnish
 
 






My next step was to paint and highlight the port holes As always if you would like a closer look at any pictures above, click on them. If you have any comments or would like to ask me questions or provide feedback, please fill in the comments box below (this will be moderated before being published on this blog).

Monday, 27 May 2013

Workbench - Kingdom of Britannia Naval Battlegroup - White Tops / Black Decks

Following the airbrushing of the hulls, I set to work highlighting them. It was at this point that I made my first change to my initial painting guide, deciding to drybrush the hulls rather than damp brush. I usually avoid drybrushing as I find it a little too messy. I decided that, as there was only one colour on the mini, any messiness could easily be cleaned up afterwards. I concentrated the drybrushing (with Gretchin Green) around the rivets and lower hull area. I was a little unhappy with the results, as a lot of my nicely graduated airbrushing had been covered with the drybrushing; I remedied this by layering on a couple of coats of thinned Dark Green. This helped to restore the hull colour, while keeping the highlights (which I didn't paint over). I then pondered my next steps; white areas or black on the decking etc. Previous to starting this fleet, I had airbrushed the white areas on one of my carriers and liked the results. I was fairly sure I wasn't going to get as good results on the white without airbrushing. I therefore decided to airbrush the white areas (at least on my Large class minis). The first step was masking off the completed green areas; this was done with blu-tac, masking tape and pieces of acetate sheet. On the smaller vessels I painted on the white (Dheneb Stone). Once dry the white areas were drybrushed with pure white paint (Ceramite White). The next step was painting all the black and metal areas black. It is at this stage that I have made a couple of artistic changes; firstly the decking, the original colour is too light and has a yellow hue, which wont look right with the new scheme. I have therefore changed this to black with Charadon Granite highlights; this is a more earthy tone and works well with both the green and the white. Secondly, there are certain areas of the ship (looking at the battleship) that look really good in black and contrast well with the green. I have therefore decided to have weapons and deck rails in black and all engine parts in copper. Below are a couple of pics of the battleship, taken with and without a flash, to highlight the lower and upper parts of the mini.
 

 
As always if you would like a closer look at any pictures above, click on them. If you have any comments or would like to ask me questions or provide feedback, please fill in the comments box below (this will be moderated before being published on this blog).

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Workbench - Kingdom of Britannia Naval Battlegroup - Green Hulls

Now that I have my colour scheme sorted for the KoB fleet, I've been airbrushing the green hulls. As stated on my last post, the colours used were all Vallejo Game Colors - 1:1 mix of Dark Green:Black, this was used as the initial even coat, on the areas that were to be green. Most of this colour will be covered in subsequent coats; it's mainly used to help build the transition of colour from black to green. Next further green was added to a 2:1 mix Dark Green:Black. Again, a nice even coat was used, though this time the deepest shaded areas were avoided to create some contrast. Finally pure Dark Green was applied in several coats. Each successive coat working towards a highlight point to make that more green and therefore stand out from the shaded areas. The highlights included the hull' prows, tops of the conical shapes (at the side of the hulls) and railing on the smaller minis. Below are a few pics.
 



As always if you would like a closer look at any pictures above, click on them. If you have any comments or would like to ask me questions or provide feedback, please fill in the comments box below (this will be moderated before being published on this blog).

Monday, 20 May 2013

Step-By-Step Guide - Kingdom of Britannia Naval Battlegroup

 
After a couple of day’s contemplation, I have finally decided on the colour scheme for my Kingdom of Britannia naval fleet for Dystopian Wars. Below are a couple of pics of the paint test Frigate along with a basic painting guide. Once fully completed I will post the completed fleet.




1.   Assemble and clean the miniature 

2.   Undercoat Black 

3.   Airbrush (using 1.5 needle) the Hull 1:1 mix Dark Green:Black(V), leaving the upper decks black 

4.   Airbrush (using 1.5 needle) highlights to the Hull 2:1 mix Dark Green:Black(V) 

5.   Airbrush (using 1.5 needle) building the highlights to the Hull Dark Green(V) 

6.   Paint the portholes Regal Blue(C) 

7.   Paint the decking Calthan Brown(C) 

8.   Highlight the Portholes Lothern Blue(C) 

9.   Highlight the decking Tausept Ochre(C) 

10. Clean-up/paint the black/metal areas with Black(V)

11. Paint the metal areas 1:1 mix Liquid Gold Copper(V):Isopropanol

12. Clean-up the black areas with Black(V)

13. Paint the upper deckDheneb Stone(C)

14. Highlight the HullGretchin Green(C)

15. Highlight the upper deckWhite(C)

16. Shade the sturginium engines with thinned Magic Blue(V)

17. Airbrush on a layer of Gloss Varnish(V)

18. Black-line the where needed Black(V)

19. Airbrush (using 1.5 needle) the Tesla weapons Magic Blue(V)

20. Airbrush (using 1.5 needle) highlights to the Tesla weapons Electric Blue(C)

21. Airbrush (using 1.5 needle) further highlights to the Tesla weapons Glacier Blue(C)

22. Airbrush (using 1.5 needle) extreme highlights to the Tesla weapons Dead White(C)

23. Apply red/blue ID stripes with Mephiston Red/Kantor Blue(C)

24. Apply decal roundels

25. Apply a layer of matt varnish

(C) = Citadel Paint (V) = Vallejo Game Color Paint

As always if you would like a closer look at any pictures above, click on them. If you have any comments or would like to ask me questions or provide feedback, please fill in the comments box below (this will be moderated before being published on this blog).

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Eye Candy - Dreadfleet - Bloody Reaver

Another ship has sailed from my Dreadfleet commission; this time its the big one - The Bloody Reaver. Though slightly shorter than the Heldenhammer, its at least an inch longer mini. I'm not generally a fan of the bad/evil side in games, so rarely paint them. What I loved about this ship was that it is made up of several ships, all different colours. Those purple sails, I love that colour.










 
 
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Saturday, 4 May 2013

Eye Candy - Dreadfleet - Heldenhammer

I have this long term commission to work on the a Games Workshop Dreadfleet boxed set. I started with the Heldenhammer as this is one of the biggest and most impressive minis in the box. Measuring in at about 11 cm long by an impressive 11.5 cm high, its probably the biggest ship mini ive tackled to date. I have painted it roughly following the steps in the accompanying White Dwarf magazine (with a little artistic licence). Below are a few pics of the completed work.











 
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