Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Finally, finally got round to finishing this fella off. Had a lot of fun with the painting, and i've replicated what i did in the 90's with the balls on the ends of the arms - have them in Tamiya Clear Blue with lightning bolts in white to try and convey energy globes:
Monday, 22 October 2012
Bit more progress on this one for you today. I had to fill the back of the AR-170 cockpit window and decided to cut down the Stukas one and glue the rear where it should have been all along. That left quite a gap and, as you can see here, i've filled the whole area with P38.
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Liking having more than one project on the go, and being in a hardware frame of mind, i've been looking around for something new to do. There seems to be a fair bit of talk now about fighters in the 40K universe, so thought i'd have a go at a scratchbuilt Nurgle one. Okay then, but what to use? Figuring an existing aircraft kit in 1/48th scale, as that's closest to GW's 28mm range, would be the simplest option, i had a ponder over what one to go for. That was easy - the Stuka has always struck me as a bizarre design, totally unlike anything else in the skies of WW2 and i figured it'd do just right. At a model show a little while back i picked up Airfix's version for only a tenner:
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Sunday, 7 October 2012
Two new arrivals yesterday. Bane's a real nice sculpt and all i'll be doing with him is to wash and highlight the metallic bits. Hush too is a lovely bit of sculpting but... oh dear, the paintjob - bright metallic pink for the straps etc that should be red, and gold instead of the leather coat. Luckily, the face and rest are ok, so will be a quick remedy.
Thursday, 4 October 2012
Okay, the first up of old metal miniatures to populate the Space Marine game is one i was after waaaay back then but, as this was before there was a GW shop in town and i had to get mine from Boot The Chemist and therefore stuck with their limited range, i never had the chance to buy. This is how he came, stripped back down to the metal and primed, with the torso unglued to the legs and with the wings not stuck on:
Well, just finished up two more things: Here's my pingpong ball Nurgle Spawn:
Monday, 1 October 2012
Jonathen Dewar and me go back about 20 years or so. I only met him last year, but we go back a good two decades i reckon. Picture the scene: Its the early 90's, the Garage Kits scene is starting to kick off in this country and the likes of Forbidden Planet, Comet Miniatures, Creatures Unlimited and The Cinema Store start stocking kits based on fantasy film subjects way different from the usual Universal/Alien/Aliens/Predator/Hellraiser characters that the big companies are producing. One of the most distinctive producers i soon cottoned on to were Jaydee Models, which not only had a real diverse and interesting choice of subjects, but the sculpting had a very unique style to them and very often the poses alone set them apart from the rest. At the same time, Forbidden Planet had fully painted up, unique pieces that were just jaw-dropping in their audacious subject matter and execution. It didn't matter then that i'd trek to FP and not buy anything - it was enough to just stand stare at these incredible works of art that (A) i had no chance of owning, (B) I had no chance of emulating. It wasn't until the UKGK book came out in 1997 that i was finally able to link the above two together, as this execellent book had B/W shots of all of these models and one-offs i'd been hankering for, plus a name in Jonathen Dewar. So i was stunned and amazed to meet him last year at Brampton as he was THE sculptor in that book for me. It was fantastic nattering to him yesterday and to see his work "in the flesh" and i do heartily recommend a visit to his new site - http://www.jaydeemodels.co.uk/index - and i thought i'd have a delve back into the UKGK book to show you his works that i SO wanted. First up, THE Crow kit for me - never, ever seen it bettered:
Attended that yesterday and it was pretty much the same thing as last time, with the same amount of stalls and the same vendors attending. As last year, our table was the only devoted SF one, although there was a smattering of spacecraft on display on others and, there being only me and Alun and Rich on ours, we were limited to what we could bring, therefore display: