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Monday, 20 January 2014

Finishing off my Kasrkin squads

So the next thing that's on my painting list are these
I was able to dig out 2 squads of kasrkins 
Iv still got to dugg out three or 4 models out of my garage but I have primed and started work on most of them.
Il be using the same colours as I have with my normal guard troops but I might experiment with some desert style camo patterns so that they stand out abit from normal troops
I still love these miniatures as there sculpts are great and there extra armour dos make them stand out.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Using oil wash

So tragedy struck today when I discovered Iv miss placed my army painter dip :(
And as it was the only day I had to sit down and get some painting done I decided to try something different.
I decided to use an oil wash on my guard as I had done this before but only on smaller projects I thought this would be a test/ trial :0.
Well these are the products I used after doing abit of research on YouTube and google 
1. Oil paint
This is just a standard brown from my local art/ craft shop
2. Thinner/ mineral spirits 
 This is actually mineral spirits although it says whit spirits on the bottle, there is a small "mineral spirits" at the bottom.

So first I had to prep my miniatures, this ment coating them all with a coat of Vallejo gloss varnish that I ran through my airbrush slightly thinned down with a drop of water on a 4:1 ratio of varnish to water.
Once dried I mixed up the oil wash all I did was a pee size drop to two cap dulls of mineral spirits, mixed with an old brush in an old jam jar and once mixed I dropped abit onto some kitchen cloth to see how it dispersed 
 As long as it is soaked up but the kitchen cloth this is an indicator of how thin it is and how well mixed your oil paint/ thinner is.
Then using a wash size brush I applied it to my miniatures endearing a good coverage and that it was not pooling in any unwanted places.
I allied it to dry in a warm room for about 3 hours then with a cotton bud and a small amount of mineral spirits I cleaned ip all the top surfaces gently wiping away the excess, ensure your not to rough when doing this as the gloss varnish is there to protect the underlying paint from the thinner but if you press to hard you might run the risk of stripping the paint away.
Once I was happy that I had cleaned away all the unwanted oil was from the top/ raised surfaces I simply slowed the miniatures to dry for another hour the sealed them with a cost of Vallejo matt varnish.
Overall I'm very happy with this effect and think with abit more practice this will be how I was all my miniatures in the future.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Guard almost ready to dip

So this has been a project that I was putting off for almost a year but now it seems like there is light at the end of the tunnel, yesterday I was able to sit down for half the day and churned out abit more work.
So as you will be able to see I'm not that far way from having my army ready to dip,
All I need todo is all the silver and white and a few splashes of colour and I'm ready
I will need to do a couple of other miniatures but there still in the post but this is the main bulk of my guard army less my rough riders and ogrins. 

Little bit more done

So with christmas and new year out of the way I made my January painting challenge to finish these guard off. 
I dug out my brushes and got some more work done

Just need todo the flesh, hair, silver and ponchos and then there ready to dip

Thursday, 2 January 2014

More work on my army

Well it's been a few months since my last post and I'm sorry but will leaving the army and finding a new job and getting settled as well as a few big painting commissions I had to put my guard to one side.
But now Iv turned my attention back to them and I have finally decided on a colour pattern for them, so hear are a few pics of the progress so far
I'm sorry about the picture quality but it was getting late.
I'm block painting the colours in as my intention is to DIP them using the Army Painter Dip.
As soon as I have them ready to DIP il post some more pics