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Painting/Priming / Re: Airbrush, Airbrushing, and Compressor Questions
« on: March 28, 2009, 03:49:38 PM »
I just pulled my AB apart for it's first complete cleaning. The problem now is that it won't go back together properly. When you pull the back portion out that holds the needle, the trigger assembly comes out in 2 pieces. The problem I'm having is getting the trigger parts to go back together without being locked in one position. I've tried about 4 different ways to put the thing back together, but nothing is working properly. Can someone help me figure out how it should go back together? The instruction diagram is pretty much useless.

The AB I have is the Harbor Freight double action/internal mix by Central Pneumatic.

Model Talk / Re: Model Wishlist (Something stupid for a change)
« on: March 19, 2009, 02:32:33 PM »
How about some 1/20 scale Code Geass kits? The current 1/35 kits are too small for my tastes.

31 Days / Re: '31 Days' Contest Rules, Info, and Questions
« on: March 16, 2009, 06:07:13 PM »
I won't be able to finish in time unfortunately. :( I have 3 exams and a paper to do this week so all my time is going to studying. As much as I'd like to finish my army in time, I'd rather not fail my courses.

I will however finish them next week. It's no longer about the contest. It's about actually finishing a Warhammer army for once.

Model In-Progress / Re: Dagobah Diorama in 1/48
« on: March 10, 2009, 08:25:37 PM »
Have you ever tried mixing FFA into your celluclay mixes? I often mix it into a batch I need and have found that it reduces shrinkage quite a bit. I recommend using more FFA than water though.

31 Days / Re: Warhammer Dwarf Battalion
« on: March 09, 2009, 07:47:46 PM »
Have I ever mentioned how much I HATE the assembly line stlye of painting. I forgot to take pictures of the primer stage, but realized it was time for an update after getting burned out on painting red.

So far all of the dwarves have had their chainmail, axes, guns, and helmets drybrushed flat aluminum. The cannon crew accessories have also been drybrushed, but I used boltgun metal instead. I've also applied a basecoat of the foundation Mechrite red to most of the dwarves. I'm not particularly worried about being perfect with the red paint job just yet as it will all get cleaned up when I start painting the leather and brass areas on the figures. I'm also getting a wash of Red Gore ready which will finish the red. If you're a Warhammer fan, you'll know that my dwarves are being painted in the colors of Khorn.

I've also finished painting the cannon crew, but they still need a couple of touch ups and the bases need to be painted which will be done when I need to paint the rest of the bases. I finished the cannon crew first because I wanted to see what my paint shceme would look like on a unit and so far, I'm pleased.

Believe it or not, I'm actually a lot further ahead on this project than I originally predicted, I may even make the deadline...

Capitalism Corner* / Re: Import taxes on e2046 kits?
« on: March 03, 2009, 04:42:41 PM »
Thanks for your help everyone. I'll go ahead and place my order.

Also, sorry about posting this in the wrong area. I didn't know questions about taxes and import fees was supposed to go to Capitalism Corner.

Capitalism Corner* / Re: Import taxes on e2046 kits?
« on: March 03, 2009, 04:03:22 PM »
 :doh: I should have mentioned where I live. Wasn't thinking.

So the US doesn't charge taxes on model kits and toys? I didn't know that, but I'm not too familiar with ordering overseas. HLJ may have a different kind of shipping deal though to keep customers from getting nailed with taxes. I don't know about e2046 so I thought I'd ask.

Capitalism Corner* / Import taxes on e2046 kits?
« on: March 03, 2009, 02:54:25 PM »
I'm interested in purchasing a couple kits from e2046, but I need some help in knowing what other costs are going to be stacked on top of what I'll be paying them. I know that since it's in Hong Kong, I'm going to have to pay import fees so I was wondering what you guys pay on average in import fees? The kit I want costs $56 along with $6 shipping. I tried searching the web, but I couldn't find any info on this so I was hoping someone here could help me out.

31 Days / Re: 1/8 Scale Pumpkin Girl Marisa
« on: March 02, 2009, 09:08:16 PM »
I see. Thank you for the tip. It will come in handy when my Belldandy kit comes in the mail.

31 Days / Re: 1/8 Scale Pumpkin Girl Marisa
« on: March 02, 2009, 04:59:44 PM »
Very nice so far. I'm curious about the acrylic base coat you used. I noticed that the pumpkin and the hair have some shading already done to them and I was wondering how exactly the base coat functioned.

Did you paint the base coat as one solid color? or did you add some shading to it before oils even touched the kit?

31 Days / Re: Warhammer Dwarf Battalion
« on: February 23, 2009, 08:30:01 PM »
Just finished the Thunderers unit today. I forgot to sand the tips of the guns, but that shouldn't be problem fixing before primer.

31 Days / Re: Warhammer Dwarf Battalion
« on: February 21, 2009, 11:33:51 PM »
I finished assembling the cannon crew and also did the bases. I cut a few pieces of sprue and glued them to the feet. This allowed the dwraves to be level with the dirt which is quite an improvement over my previous bases in which the figures look a little sunk in.

The canon crew also came with a bunch of bits and pieces as seen in the pic which is starting to give me some ideas for the base. More to come once I know for sure what I'll do with the bits.

1 unit down, 3 to go and then it's off to primer.

31 Days / Warhammer Dwarf Battalion
« on: February 21, 2009, 02:11:45 PM »

Just so everyone knows, that glare is not flash. I have really bad lighting near my computer so all other pics for this build will be alot better as they will be at my other desk.

I may not get very far in this build because of my homework load, but I'm going to give it a shot and have fun doing it since Doctor Who is on hold until I get a primer that won't crack.

I'm going to try to build and paint an entire battalion of Dwarfs in 31 days. :wacko: I'll also need to come up with a display base, but I don't quite know where I'm going with that one yet.

More to come soon...

Model In-Progress / Doctor Who
« on: January 05, 2009, 10:11:38 PM »
Let me just say first that my Mom is AWESOME!!!!!!!! She found me my grail kit that I did'nt even know existed. I'm a Doctor Who nut and I always thought it would be cool to have a model kit of my favorite Doctor for me to display. Since getting this kit for Christmas, I've been very careful about reading all the steps in the manual and have been putting a lot more thought into this kit than any of my previous works.

So far I have most of the inner TARDIS unit assembled along with most of the non-issue seams taken care of on the figures. I've had to stop on the figures as I need to find some more putty. The Mighty Putty is not very good for the fine seam line work that's required in certain areas of the figures, but it was a great filler for the legs and parts of the torsos on the Doctor and Martha figures. I still need to fill Martha's torso, but I'm waiting for the glue to dry first. Most of the Police Box parts of the TARDIS are completed, but not pictured at this time. It's actually the only part that has reached the primer stage. Once I get more putty, I'll be able to resume work on the figures. For some strange reason, the parts for the TARDIS have been a wonderful fit with almost no seams, but the figures have a couple of misalignments that need to be addressed. I also needed to modify the back of the Doctor's body. It had a couple of pegs that were supposed to fit in the coat, but were removed so that I could slide the finished torso into the coat. This helped take care of additional masking and reduced any problem areas while painting.

An interesting thing to note about the figures is the fact that they can be assembled and painted in portions without the need to mask anything. The parts that are exposed flesh are particularly interesting as they were cast in vinyl while the rest of the figures are hard plastic. This is only a minor drawback as I won't be able to learn to use oils like I wanted, but the manual has a fairly involved paint guide that I've been studying and will be going the acrylics route for the flesh.

I plan on doing a diorama with Vote Saxon posters from season 3, but I need to get more of the assembly done before I can gauge the size of the diorama I'll need as I may need to cut that part to save space.

I will try that and let you know what I come up with. Thanks for the info.

I'm currently working on a Doctor who model kit and I want to make a diorama that uses the "Vote Saxon" posters from season 3. Problem is, I don't have any computer programs that I can do it on and I don't know how to make them either. Here's what they look like:

Another problem is that the kit is non-scale so I don't really know how big I'd need them to be. The Doctor figure looks to be about 1/6-1/8 scale though and the TARDIS is 24cm tall.

If someone can help me make them or show me what kind of programs would be useful that would be great! Any help is appreciated.

Model Gallery / My Warmachine miniatures
« on: July 03, 2008, 10:23:37 PM »
My hobby shop had a massive sale on all miniatures and I cleaned them out pretty well. Among all the Warhammer minis I also got a bunch of Warmachine pieces. They're pretty interesting and are actually a lot of fun to make. This thread will feature all of the Warmachine pieces I do, but for now I've only finished one. A Khador Maurader Warjack.

This model was done to test both new weathering tricks and try to shade with various degrees of red. I placed small areas of red in different places to make it seem as if the Warjack had been all red at one point, but age and costs had made it so that only the large plates were now maintained. I'm not to sure how I feel about the result, but I think it turned out pretty well. Everything I learned from this piece will only help me improve on my next. (hopefully)

Comments and critiques are welcome. I expect to have some more minis done next week so stay tuned.

Model Gallery / Re: My Warhammer miniatures!
« on: June 30, 2008, 08:03:40 PM »
For some reason the grey I used on the marine bikers did'nt want to adhere properly. I think it was because of a slightly damp drybrush, but I'm not sure. I figured that riding a bike would kick up a lot of dust so it seemed natural to have the bottom portion of the bikes dusty.

Archaon's been sitting unassembled on my desk for almost 2 years. A GW guy sold it to me when I was a noob to painting and was so unhappy with the original result that I dismembered it and had it sit in my storge area ever since. I never did like that GW guy. I finally worked up the courage to attempt it again and am very satisfied with the result. It took all of a Saturday to put the thing together too. I started at like 10:00 AM and ended at 10:00 PM. The horse had like 5 layers of grey on top of the black and the cape was also drybrushed with about 5 layers of red. I'll post more pics of Archaon in my next update.

Model In-Progress / Re: KV-X2 to VICTORY!
« on: June 30, 2008, 07:54:44 PM »
That's cool. I have some other projects taking up my time at the moment so I can wait. Where did you go on vacation?

The rust color looks very nice. It really helps make all the small details pop out.

Model Gallery / Re: My Warhammer miniatures!
« on: June 23, 2008, 10:57:48 PM »
I'm having problems finishing my Brettonians, but I have finished up my Chaos Marine Bikers along with Archaon: Lord of the End times. Enjoy!

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