Author Topic: POS battle droid and STAP (amt ertl)  (Read 2752 times)

November 02, 2005, 01:57:43 AM
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Got to be one of the worst kits I have worked on (maybe equal par with the PG-EVA).
I started assembly about 4 years ago, and gave up due to the amount of filling and sanding and general crappyness of the kit.
However,my daughter spotted it and being a bit of a soft touch (and keen to nurture my daughters recent interest in anything Star Wars) I have been  tinkering with it for the last couple of months on and off.

Can't be bothered with it any more, so I'm calling it finished (images in this gallery can be clicked to enlarge twice)

http://p-trax.com/v-web/gallery/Battle-droid-with-STAP





November 02, 2005, 03:42:03 PM
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Looks very nice. The insides of the boosters painted up very nicely and it looks like you did a good job on the gaps. I actually like the battle droids and the STAP is one of the few Star Wars toys I own. Nice shading as well.

November 02, 2005, 05:34:11 PM
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ahh the battle droid. so incompetent they were replaced by stormtroopers :lol:

anyway  even though this kit is horribly designed, you still did a great job on it. Nice shading
and subtle weathing, my favorite kind. The boosters really are cool, were they tough to do?

Also sorry to know you bought the EVA kit. I bought it about 2 years ago much to my current dismay. I love unit 01 but man did they do a horrible job. worst 130 bucks I ever spent.

November 02, 2005, 10:57:37 PM
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I tot it was from some poster things of the STAR WARS when I saw this kit... :o

Nice man!! Really nice!!!  :lol:

November 03, 2005, 12:27:03 AM
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Thanks for the comments all.
the boosters took a bit of work, can't remember how many progressively lighter shades I airbrushed?
As for the weathering..............I can't imagine how I modelled before I started using MIG pigments  :razz:

November 08, 2005, 08:41:17 AM
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i've collected me a nice group of MIG pigments, but really haen't started using them.
I've read plenty, but am interested in YOUR take on how to secure them to the model?

do you apply, then never touch again,
use the drop of turpentine then wait,
or spray with a protective coat?

whats your experiences and your preferences...

thanx

QC

November 08, 2005, 06:19:13 PM
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Very nice work  :o
I like it! The first time I see clean looking Star wars kit  :wink:

November 09, 2005, 01:11:02 AM
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Quote from: "qc"
i've collected me a nice group of MIG pigments, but really haen't started using them.
I've read plenty, but am interested in YOUR take on how to secure them to the model?

do you apply, then never touch again,
use the drop of turpentine then wait,
or spray with a protective coat?

whats your experiences and your preferences...

thanx

QC


I use them in all the above ways, :) I guess that's not much help, but it depends what kind of finish I am looking for.

I have also had a lot of success mixing the powders with washes.

November 09, 2005, 05:25:13 AM
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if you'd be so kind,
elaborate.

which techiques do you use for the desired finishes?

do any of them have limitations?

(e.g. the "securing" of the pigments via "flooding" the surface with turpentine then letting dry, ...well, scares me.  my instinct does like the idea of leaving a solvent of that "heat" on a painted surface...long enought to evaporate)

just tell me about your knowledge on the subject, please.

Thanks

November 09, 2005, 06:52:51 AM
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My best advice would be to experiment.
I wish I had the time to document fully all the proceedures I use :). there are so many different results possible (which is why I love this product range).
 Everything I have done is a result of trial and, thankfully not, error.

If you want to be safe, seal and allow to fully cure, before application. I mostly use acrylic or lacquer paints, and application of enamel based washes etc is not an issue in my experience.


A few examples worth playing with.



I tend to mix up colours from different pigments and  apply dry over a matte finish. I will tehn remove with a clean brush/cloth if effect is too heavy. This can be sealed with another coat of matte, and repeated if necesary.

If making rubble etc, I will mix up pigments in enamel thinner, once evaporated I break up the resulting "cake" and distribute. then seal.

When making ash or muddy bases, I have heaped on the pigments, and "flooded" with enamel thinner. Tehn sealed when fully evaporated.

I mix pigments with enamel washes. This can give a range of effects (depends on colour used, amount used, clean up after application etc).

I have mixed with acrylic thinner and used as a paint, for streaking etc. Once dry effect can be smudged, blurred etc.

I have also mixed with  plaster slurries, gel media etc.

THey are so versatile it is impossible to catalogue all the effects possible (they range from fine detailing to heavy soiling/weathering).

Just play around, thats part of the fun and experience. Whats the worst that could happen :wink: