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Seems like it's about time for me to start work on painting again.  I plan on taking new pictures of the fleets sometime over the next few days, should my workload allow.  They've grown since I let my previous painting thread die.
 
Latest painting project has been the new Legion.  Lovely model, getting close to done too.  Will add pictures of it too.
 
In the meantime, however, something neat I discovered: that the dindrenzi heavy cruiser gunrack extensions fit nicely along the side of a Praetorian.
 
Behold, my dear Judicator's newly-commissioned sister ship, Vindicator. (with aforementioned gunrack extras)
 

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EDIT:

 

Nearly forgot this project:

 

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I drilled into my models, where possible, to install widgets.  I don't like the widgets hanging off the bottom.  Call me crazy. ;)

 

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Bit used was 7/32".

 

What I discovered after starting, was that widgets are bigger at the top than the bottom.  It acts kind of like a ball joint, so there's room to adjust.  The process goes something like this:

 

0. Cut the pegs off of the widgets (so you don't have to drill so deep).

 

1. Drill hole as straight as possible (other than "be careful", there isn't much advice I can offer).

2. Clear out any dust or shavings, and test depth.

3. Add medium or thick superglue to the bottom of the hole.

4. Loosely put the widget on a spare flight rod and insert it in the drilled hole.

5. Keep the model upside down, rotate it all the way around, making sure that the rod is perpendicular to the model in all directions.

6. Repeat 5 until you're convinced it's as close to level as is acceptable for you.

7. Hold everything in place until the superglue cures enough that you can take the rod out (without disturbing the widget) and let it finish curing.

8. Repeat with next model.

 

I didn't get every model perfect, but no one but me is going to notice, unless my cruisers are lined up exactly side by side.

I was really pleased when I found out that the widgets had some play in them after the holes were drilled.  Sure, there was going to be a bit more work, but it meant that I didn't need to drill every hole perfectly straight.

 

And in reality, anything was an improvement over Dindrenzi "floppy" cruisers.  I've left the peg mount off a fair number of my dindrenzi models (cataphracts and spathas come to mind) because it's too wide, the ships don't sit straight on it, and they like to rotate around during a game.  I may go back and add it after I order more widgets.

 

But, if you have access to a drill press (so you can drill straight), I'd recommend using it.

 

(off to take pictures of the fleets!!)

 

EDIT

 

Pictures of fleets done:

 

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I have a few squadrons missing from these, because they're not built and/or primed yet: Sorylian Gunships, Aquan Destroyers, Aquan Corvettes, and RSN Escorts.
 
I haven't attached the drop pod boxes (?) to my Castras yet. I want to magnetize them, but without destroying the detail along the center spine of the ship.  Ideas on how to do that would be appreciated. :)

 

 

 

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I face the same issue with the Castra Assault Cruisers: why did they put all that awesome detail on the attachment point for the bits?

You could try inserting/attaching metal rods (aka paperclip bits) to the vertical sections that stick out, and place magnets in the flat sections of the boxes. That's the only solution I've come up with, but I'm not in a position to try it (I have painting yo do!) I'd like to see whatever you end up using.

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The problem of the Castras needs a little more analysis... In the mean time, I got my last round of models basecoated:

 

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Haven't settled on a scheme for the RSN Sirens, so light grey it is.  I'd just match it to my dindrenzi, but I haven't convinced myself not to start RSN too... and I still want Ryushi somewhere down the line...

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Had some time to paint over break. Managed to basecoat my backlog of models, and make progress on others.

 

Behold the mighty Legion:

 

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There's little bits to fix and finish all over the model, but I'd classify it as 90% complete.  It may overtake the Praetorian as my favorite Firestorm model... big beautiful brick of angry Dindrenzi that it is.

 

Next on the painting queue is a Retribution, but that might not happen for a month or two.

 

The store where I play 40k has been hosting a league for the past few months, and we're entering the home stretch of that.  Once it's over I'll double my efforts in Firestorm, both painting and demoing the game.  It'll probably be the perfect time to show firestorm off, since we're all getting a little tired of 40k after playing it so hard.

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Finally ordered Return of the Overseers last night.  Also got another set of Aquan Cruisers and the Directorate Frigate/Drone box.

 

I'm starting my 4th Fleet.  Directorate.  I'll now spend the next few hours browsing forums instead of doing homework to look for painting ideas.

 

The 40k league at my FLGS finished as of the end of February.  I've had the opportunity to show Firestorm off three times now.  No real progress yet, but it's still early.

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Seems like it's about time for me to start work on painting again.  I plan on taking new pictures of the fleets sometime over the next few days, should my workload allow.  They've grown since I let my previous painting thread die.
 
Latest painting project has been the new Legion.  Lovely model, getting close to done too.  Will add pictures of it too.
 
In the meantime, however, something neat I discovered: that the dindrenzi heavy cruiser gunrack extensions fit nicely along the side of a Praetorian.
 
Behold, my dear Judicator's newly-commissioned sister ship, Vindicator. (with aforementioned gunrack extras)
 
 

 

EDIT:

 

Nearly forgot this project:

 

 
 
I drilled into my models, where possible, to install widgets.  I don't like the widgets hanging off the bottom.  Call me crazy. ;)

 

 

 

 

Bit used was 7/32".

 

What I discovered after starting, was that widgets are bigger at the top than the bottom.  It acts kind of like a ball joint, so there's room to adjust.  The process goes something like this:

 

0. Cut the pegs off of the widgets (so you don't have to drill so deep).

 

1. Drill hole as straight as possible (other than "be careful", there isn't much advice I can offer).

2. Clear out any dust or shavings, and test depth.

3. Add medium or thick superglue to the bottom of the hole.

4. Loosely put the widget on a spare flight rod and insert it in the drilled hole.

5. Keep the model upside down, rotate it all the way around, making sure that the rod is perpendicular to the model in all directions.

6. Repeat 5 until you're convinced it's as close to level as is acceptable for you.

7. Hold everything in place until the superglue cures enough that you can take the rod out (without disturbing the widget) and let it finish curing.

8. Repeat with next model.

 

 

 

Truly a awesome idea.

 

I have installed widgets on my ships already but the best part is that I can remove the widgets and drill out the ships to copy this style.

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That's the state of the workbench after a failed attempt at using the airbrush today.  The paint and brush wouldn't behave, no matter what I did. Had to give up after a few ships, since I'd rather not spoil my brand new RotO ships.  The Retribution is currently in the brush painting stages.

 

That's the start of the directorate... The orange is Model Master's replication of the late-60s MOPAR Go Mango body color.  Seemed fitting to have my corporate-types 'driving' around in their versions of expensive classic cars (which is probably why I like the Deterrent so much!).

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Xaltius I'm really interested in some close ups of your aquans I'm contemplating a solar scheme for relthoza with incubi darkness main colour and yellow highlight yours looks similar but I can't quite make out the details that far out also did you seal the models ? They look kinda shiny would appreciate any close ups thanks 

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On July 23, 2016 at 5:40 PM, Xerkics said:

Xaltius I'm really interested in some close ups of your aquans I'm contemplating a solar scheme for relthoza with incubi darkness main colour and yellow highlight yours looks similar but I can't quite make out the details that far out also did you seal the models ? They look kinda shiny would appreciate any close ups thanks 

I'll get some close pictures of the Dagon up (since it's the only *finished* ship in the fleet), but I might be a few days.  Busy time in the lab with the semester approaching.

My Aquans have not been sealed yet.  That particular color is glossy by nature (Testor's Grape).  The blue on the noses of the models is flat though.

EDIT: I had pictures in my galleries:

 

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Thanks for the advice.

Could it be that most of my issue is that the first OSL layer is too dark, and the second is too bright? If I were to mix them up a little (make the dark brighter and the bright darker), it would improve the contrast between the base paint / first OSL layer and the white / second OSL layer.  I'm a little hesitant to just "add more paint" to the models, because my airbrush doesn't give me as much control as I'd like... If I had a nice dual action gravity feed, by all means... Maybe I should just add that to the ever-growing hobby shopping list.

I'll give it a try on the next batch of models... might chase after my Dindrenzi engines this way too...

I did manage to mess up the gun turrets on the Anarchist since taking the above pictures, so they'll have to be redone.  Going to stick to the previous method for now, just for the sake of consistency on the model.

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