Monday, 8 February 2016

Firestorm Bases

  While playing the various games of Firestorm Armada, I kept on looking at the bases that the ships are mounted to thinking they where very boring and plain.  So I done a search and was inspired by a guy called Zbyněk Šibal who has his own blog called Erebi Miniatures, I think he is from the Czech Republic. Anyhow, his bases where very cool, so I decided to steal the bases, imitation is the best form of flattery they say and all that jazz.  Anyhow if you go over to his blog you will find the pictures around July 2013 time.  This is my copy (ignore my wonderful carrier).

  My star effects are not that pounced tbh.  But it's enough to get started and not be looking at boring clear plastic base.  The red is basically the side of the ship you do not want to be near, esp for a Dindrenzi ship.  I will explain how I done this, incase anyone else thinks this is really cool.  First of all you need to get your bases into a clump. Tape the tops together and make sure you clean the bases (the bit that is in contact with the desk/table/whatever).  I find a cloth with IPA on it works good or airbrush cleaner.  Like thus...

  What you can also see from here is that I have started with the stars.  All you need to do with this is to have thin white paint, I used Vallejo Model Air White.  Stick it in your airbrush and just "flick" the arm back bits at a time until it splatters like so... it's weird trying to make an airbrush splatter but this is the look you want.  You can also use a paintbrush and draw the bristles back and let them go.  Nat called this "flick painting"I believe, makes sense when you think about it.  You get the basic idea... next is the colour of your nebulas.

  This is just really faint line of the same white paint drawn in any random pattern you like.  These bases are not going to be put back together (unless you want to?) so the pattern can be as weird as you like.

  This is the "tarting up stage", for anyone who has ever seen a nebula/galaxy with their own eyes through a telescope (Orion's Sword or Andromeda are the common ones) then you know that this is wrong.  As they actually look white/grey normally.  Anyhow, this is where I copied the white paint stage just with Vallejo Model Air Blue and Vallejo Model Color Purple (the codes escape me right now).

  A little close up of said procedure.  Really easy and you get the idea.  Then onto the fun part!  This was actually the first time I used Ultimate Airbrush Thinners (despite having it for over a year).  I am very very impressed with this stuff.  Worked a treat with the Model Colour paint. :)

  Nice easy step this one... completely cover the bastard in black paint!  You might find that black primer is better but I used NATO Black from Vallejo's Model Air range.  In hindsight, what I should of done was spray some light gray down just so I could see the purple/blue as it stands now I can not see it that well.  Also at this stage, I sprayed some Satin varnish on the black to give it some kind of protection (after 24 hours so the paint had cured).


  This is the final result, simple and a lot better than just plain plastic/acrylic, easy to do tbh.  The nebula part might be abit harder to do with a hairystick, not sure how you'd do it tbh. Simple and effective, next thing I did was to mark a triangle off and spray Tamiya clear red onto it to make it come out like above. Simples...



Friday, 5 February 2016

New bits...

  Hello everyone,

  Well I am still floating around and breathing.  I've been really busy with bits and pieces (like everyone else).  Anyhow some of my time has been taken up by a "new" hobby, it wont take over my modelling or telescope stuff because it kinda fits into that.  I have been persuaded to play ...

  I have had a few of the models from this tabletop game for a while now.  Nothing major only a few cruisers and a carrier oh and the rule books for V.1 and V.2.  I liked the design of the ships really, but Rob (the guy I made/painted the Warhammer stuff for) convinved me to try the actual game.  So I bought 2 patrol sets and got a few bits that where on sale at Wayland Games (good shop).  I will not put the prices down as I know Nat will go mad at me :P  I've got a... biggish fleet probably around the 2000 point mark. I do have more, but for various reasons I have not made the models.  We played our first game a little while ago, the first match we drew, the second I won because I got a "lucky" hit on his battleship from my carrier and escorts and took it out with a critical hit... I have no idea what that means tbh :P  We played one game last Sunday this was a bigger 1200 point fleet and I was pretty much wiped out, mainly from me trying to be clever and not being able to pull it off.  Anyhow, I dont think I will record our games here, unless people are interested in this?  I will mainly only focus on the models and various bits.  So anyhow...

  This is my Dindrenzi fleet, I get a sorta militaristic feel about them when I read up on them.  So I kinda based them on Luftwaffe colours, they where primed with black, then had Black Green - RLM 70 (71.021 Vallejo Model Air) airbrushed lightly ontop.  The White is just your standard White from Vallejo Model range.  The various bits of metallic where from the Citadel range but the name of the paint escapes me now.

  This is my Falchion Class Carrier, I bought this a while ago.  Think I got it from eBay... really can't remember.  Well this is the one that killed a battleship in one shot... I love my carrier :D  This picture is because I am trying to do the "engine glow" that you see on alot of these models.  I am also not gonna paint the bottom too much as you will see.... well none of it.  I've become a bigger geek...woohoo!


Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Revell 1/144 RSAF English Electric Lightning Gate Guardian - Completed

  I started to make this one for a Group Build on Britmodeller.  It was called "Lesser Known Air Forces GB", basically you was allowed to pick an air force from around the world excluding Russia, Japan, Germany, the UK and the USA.  I choose Mexico (which will be coming up later) and Saudi Arabia, namely the RSAF.  I did have a Revell 1/144 English Electric Lightning that fitted the bill perfectly and also a Retrowings Hawk T.1 (I think it's an OZMods original).  But the Lightning won out, I didn't wanna just build the model, so I decided on a base/diaorama of some sort.  This is what I was going to make...

  Now trying to find information on this was bloody hard.  There is pratically 8 pictures on it that I could find.  Google Earth/Street View is next to useless.  So anyhow, I decided to measure this all out to produce this...

  Measured it as good as I could, looks okay to me.  Next I'll show the WiP pictures and other goodies...

 Gotta love a good old box top picture huh?

  No cockpit needed as this is a display model (quite literally), so it went together really really quick...

  After the prime and first coat of Ali, which showed up a few imperfections in the filling.  This be the second attempt to cover stuffs up.

  Here is the model pretty much finished, next my attention turned to the base, still had to source the SNEB pods and the Firestreaks (I think...)

  I managed to get some hard cardboard from Nats dad, so I made a mock up.  Now that I look at the pictures, I built this before I had finished the aircraft... my bad.  Anyhow I liked the base that much I decided to use it regardless, the model weighs next to nothing so the base didn't need to be too strong.

  Gave it a few coats with Vallejo paints, straight onto the cardboard.  It worked out quite well if you compare it to the original.

  I managed to win a cheap Revell 1/144 Hawker Hunter, these kits contain SNEB/rocket pods.  So that was a result, I liberated the rocket pods from said Hunter and used them on the lightning.  The plyon was scratch built using evergreen plastic, it isn't really that pretty but it works fine.


  The finished model, I did finish the model before the deadline, however I didn't pot the pictures up in time so it wasn't allowed to enter into the competition... oh well that learns me for being lazy huh?  The base is just clear acrylic I had liberated from work and sprayed black.  Simple but it works.  The decals where all that I had to hand, the badge and serial code is probably not the right ones for the actual aircraft, however I am happy with how she turned out.



Airfix 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf110, C-2


  This is my third build for Karen at work.  This time I have gone for the "enemy" and provided the BF110, before anyone asks or notices, I am not allowed to put any swastikas on the aircraft.  Complete crock I think but I can live with it.  I used an Eduard Zoom set for the interior and mask for the canopy, both I will be using again, but not relying on them.  Oh I also had an Eduard Brassin MG15, which I also like as well and I will be using the other one that I have.  I'm not too sure on the colours, but this is what Vallejo suggest and I am aware of the cock up on the right engine with the wash.  I am going with an oil leak for that one :P  Well here are the pictures of said aircraft.

  Apart from the greens being a bit off wack and the wash not liking RLM65 (I dunno). I am pretty happy with this build.  The fit of the parts was amazing, the wing join to the fuselage was perfect, could get away without glue but I didn't wanna risk it.



Monday, 12 October 2015

Airfix 1/72 Curtiss Tomahawk IIB (P-40B) 112 Sqn - Completed

  Hello Everyone,

  Well this is my second build for the Remembrance Day Lunch that the librarian, Karen, at work will be holding.  This Tomahawk will be displayed next to a Spitfire, Bf-110 and Bf-109, possibly a Lancaster too.  I decided to add this one as who doesn't love a Sharkmouth?!  Plus I was trying to convey the notion that the world war was just that, worldwide... you know what kids are like.  Anyhow, this the newer tool mould from Airfix of the classic Tomahawk (always liked this aircraft).  I had a few issues with it, I think most of those issues where my own doing.  Live and learn huh?  I had to strip the paint as the xtracrylix didn't wanna play for some reason.  I had to resort to Tamiya and mixing the middlestone colour.  I am quite impressed with it.  On to the pictures.

  Like the Spitfire, these photos where taken in the sunny weather, or what little we had this year.  I used EZ-Line, very cool stuff really, altho I think it's just the elastic out of a pair of tights/stockings.  This was the first time I had to drill a hole to feed the line through but I think it worked okay.  I do have another one of the Tomahawk to build this time in the AVG colours.  Will have to sort out the guns on the front and maybe the guns on the wings.  Apart from that I am really happy with the build.