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Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 7

Throne has it been a long time! And what have I so accomplished in such a lengthy period of seemable stagnation? Suppose I’ll have to show you, won’t I?

Struggling to find something new? Patience! All shall be revealed in time.

The Painting: Land Raider Crusader posts

Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 1
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 2
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 3
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 4

Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 5
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 6

Since last time

So, what HAVE I been doing? Not all too much if I am to be honest, at least not Warhammer 40K-related, that is. Apart from finishing the University semester and working both week and weekend, I won’t bore you with the details. The point, or rather the essence to extract from all this is that I’ve done SOMETHING, and that I have completed enough pieces to warrant a fresh post. Having painted the internal side doors and system panel, the Land Raider interior is more or less finished. Take a look:

Assembled, but not yet glued together, the overall impression of the interior is both solid and detailed.

I don't think I've ever put this much time and effort into a single piece, but the result is something I pride myself in.

How did I do that?

The first thought I had when starting on the system panel was that it shouldn’t end up too colourful. Afer all, this is a tactical Astartes workspace, not some flashy Eldar shrine. Also, I figured the panel itself should be toned-down and neutral. In real life this would be not to steal attention from the lights and monitors. So I kept the panels Chaos Black, and made sure not to stray too much away from greens and reds for the rest. Notice how this makes the white, yellow and blue stand out. The text and figures on the screens are mostly Scorpion Green, but the grid on the circular monitor is Goblin Green, and the marked-out spot Sunburst Yellow. The small “half-globe” in the lower rightmost corner of the lowest panel (am I being too precise?) was carefully blended with some Liche Purple and a touch of Ultramarines Blue towards the edge. I figured it to be some hologram-pad, and simply chose to paint it “inactive”.

Designating the upmost monitor as a “target screen” for the hurricane bolters was an idea I had from the start, but failed to create a split-screen-effect to show the aim of both turrets. Instead I figured the two buttons underneath the monitor would be used to swich between different views, and so ended up with showing the crosshairs of only one turret. The result is pleasing though, as I was quite lucky with the posing of the two targets. The monitor-group to the right shows the status of the passengers, in this case a squad of Sword Brethren Assault Terminators lead by a Terminator Chaplain (hopefully coming up in the foreseeable future). The three remaining monitors were given Templar screensavers.

What more since last time?

What? You actually thought that was it? In FOUR months? I am genuinly insulted (thereby diverting attention away from the fact that it’s actually been four months since my last post).

These Bolters are actually for the Land Raider interior, more specificly the rack in the entrance.

That’s right, I’ve been painting Boltguns for the interior rack. And why not document the process? In the images below you’ll see the process from the first layer to the final touch!

How did I do THAT then?

To add to the information from the images, I did indeed apply a second, modest, wash over the drybrushed Chainmail. After this I simply overbrushed with more Chainmail before the final highlight. A thin wash, or rather glaze, was applied to the ornament after highlighting with Shining Gold, this to tone down the yellow in the colour. The reason I use drybrushing for highlighting at all, rather than overbrushing, is to create a weathered look. Believe it or not, the Black Templars DO get to use their equipment, however rare and blessed it might be. Some combat knives that I plan to use as bayonets were also finished alongside the guns. The blade edge is Mithril Silver, otherwise Boltgun Metal. The grip is Tin Bitz highlighted with Brazen Brass. The final result on all the pieces can be seen below:

The finished Boltguns. Only three will fit in the gun rack. The remaining two will come to some use, I'm sure.

Basic tips’n tricks

When painting freehand details, you’ll need a sharp point on your brush. This means that there can’t be too much paint on it, but if you simply “prick” the paint pot to get that tiny drop, you’ll most likely find the paint drying before you are able to apply it to the miniature. In this case, you must find the optimal amount of water to thin the paint with. Too much water and it’ll run and become a wide streak on the model, too little water and it’ll dry too early or be left in a too-thick layer. You can usually tell you’ve got it when you dip the brush and it soaks up the paint without swelling. Swelling means too much water, while too thick paint will simply form a layer around the bristles without soaking.

The paint will dry pretty fast anyway, so don’t expext to get too much done without re-dipping. My advice is to always replace the paint completely, washing your brush in a water pot between each and every time. Too much work? Stick to transfers! (…get it?)

Next time

I’ll continue modelling the Land Raider, and adding a few finishing touches to the interior (varnish), but a book-, or game review should also be manageable.

Comments in both English and Norwegian are appreciated!


Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 6

Maybe not my most extensive update, the changes to the Land Raider interior are still significant enough to warrant a new painting post.

I've rarely been more happy with the general detailwork

The Painting: Land Raider Crusader posts

Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 1
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 2
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 3
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 4

Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 5
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 7

Since last time

To be honest, it’s actually been a while since I completed this painting session, but a somewhat hectic schedule has kept me from posting. That, and the fact that I wanted to finish the book review of Prospero Burns first, so that the recent post history of WBaB wouldn’t just be a long list alternating between painting and modelling. But enough of all that, let’s just take a quick peek at what’s new, shall we?

How did I do that?

Okay, so the right interior side is finally finished, along with the engine and ramp parts. Well, almost finished, I still plan to attach some boltguns to the rack on the right interior piece. Also, a couple of screens are to be gloss-varnished, I didn’t want to do this before the fotoshoot considering that the light reflections would obscure the details. When it comes to the painting, all the metal parts have been washed, but only the engine parts were left that way. This is just to make the them look realisticly dirty. The rest was drybrushed Chainmail, except the skulls and smaller details; these were overbrushed Mithril Silver. I’m really happy with the small lenses/lamps on the engine control panel (especially the blue one), as I think the highlight blending gave just the right look. My purity seals/parchments are also improving, these were started with Bestial Brown and so more and more Bleached Bone was added to the mix. The data on the information screen was carefully drawn in with Scorpion Green and Sunburst Yellow.

When it comes to the freehand on the display (see picture number 2) I gave the top of the mountain a distinct shade with some heavily watered down Black Ink. This made a nice contrast to the light blue sky. The blue is Ultramarines Blue, mixed with increasing amounts of Skull White as it gets closer to the mountain. The ground was highlighted with a mix of Dark Flesh and Bestial Brown until the bottom was pure Bestial Brown (with a little Bleached Bone). The lower ramp was included in the main picture simply to show that the red and green lamps are ready, the green lamp flashing to indicate that the ramp is opening and it’s about time to start the killing.

Basic tips n’ tricks

To illustrate perspective depth in landscapes when doing freehand, remember that the ground gets lighter the closer to the observer it is, while it’s the other way around with the sky. The lenses, no matter the colour, are created starting with a fairly dark version of the colour, then blend in a somewhat lighter version diagonally upwards in the direction of your choise. Then add a line of a much lighter version of the colour in the bottom corner, and, to finish, add a tiny dot (or two) of Skull White in the opposite to illustrate reflection.

Next time

Not quite sure actually. I’ll be working on the Land Raider, of course, but there’ll probably be a game review or something before that. Also, a new Marine should soon be added to the model gallery. Stay tuned!

Comments in both English and Norwegian are appreciated!


Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 5

To quote the last thing you’ll ever hear after turning your back on a presumably dead Necron Warrior, wounded with a weapon that allows armor saves:

/I AM BAAAAAACK!// 

The left side is finished, so consult earlier posts if you haven't seen it yet.

The Painting: Land Raider Crusader posts

Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 1
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 2
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 3
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 4

Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 6
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 7

Since last time

Alright, so this first post of 2011 is by no means a testament to what I am normally able to accomplish in a period of time as long as it has been since last time. Christmas, and all that followed, proved to distract me more than originally anticipated. But now, as stated earlier, I’m back, and itching to resume buisness. After almost going insane trying to come up with a colour system for the engine compartment, I finally managed to slap myself in the face and get started. The unfinished right side of the interior, and the assault ramp, have also been recieving some much-needed attention:

How did I do that?

Pretty much the only things new on the right interior side are the gun rack and panel screen. The rack was started with Dark Flesh, then highlighted with Graveyard Earth. One more highlight on that one, and attaching some boltguns, and it should be finished. The screen is a little more work, but putting a lot of effort into it would probably be a waste of time. The ground is so far Dark Flesh, the sky Ultramarines blue, and the road a 4:1 mix of Chaos Black and Skull White. I plan to finish the whole thing with a coat of Gloss Varnish. The engine did indeed take some time, and still there are colours missing. Also, all the metallics will be recieving my “ultra secret metal wash”. The panels will remain black, or get painted gray, I haven’t decided yet, and the Mechanicum logo will be red with a silver or golden skull. The “bulb”, which I THINK is a screen (help me out here?), will require some more thinking. It COULD be a fuel indicator, in which case I only need to discern the colour of Prometheum…

Basic tips n’ tricks

When painting engine parts, like the one described above or, for example, those of a Space Marine Bike, try to resist the temptation of simply drybrushing everything Boltgun Metal, all the while making sure not to get TOO colourful. Colours are used to make out the difference between metal and plastic, tubes and joints, actual engine parts and protective panels. Knowledge of engines is by no means necessary, simply use your imagination. After all, the 41st milennium is more like old Sovjet Russia, where panels are metal and engines are plastic, and where you don’t paint the Land Raider; the Land Raider paints YOU! Which, on occation, it probably will…

Next time

Probably an insight in the process of shaping the Terminators seen last time. Also, I’m thinking of a new game review. Time will show.

Comments in both English and Norwegian are appreciated!


Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 4

Finally finished with the first passenger side of the interior, and well on the way with the rest, I can finally sight the end of the first part of painting. Well, barely glimpse it would perhapse be more accurate.

As you can see, the engine has now been included in the process. Bit of a challenge that one, if you intend to be thorough.

The Painting: Land Raider Crusader posts

Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 1
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 2
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 3
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 5
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 6
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 7

Since last time

First of all: It’s not my thing to start off making all sorts of creative excuses for the post being late, so let’s just say I’ve been otherwise occupied and be done with it. Buy it if it’s within your good graces to do so. So anyway, there has been some development on the Land Raider interior, as both the introductory text and image suggests. Most of it very pleasing, some less. Before I forget though; be advised that a new model has entered the model gallery, so why not stop by when you’re finished here?

How did I do that?

The first image shows you the right passenger side,  now all cleaned up and given a few coats of Boltgun Metal. The left side is, as I’ve mentioned, completely finished, except for varnishing (yes, I DO bother with this, so don’t even BOTHER asking). The shrine will, after some consideration (hardly any), most likely remain black and empty. The metallics were drybrushed with Chainmail, the seats highlighted with Bestial Brown and all the studs tipped with Mithril Silver. The keypad in the foremost compartment is mostly Skull White, and otherwise Scorpion GreenBlood Red and Goblin Green. The small “backlighting effect” attempted on these last keys were achieved using, respectably, heavily watered down Sunburst Yellow, Blazing Orange and Scorpion Green. You probably didn’t even notice it before I told you, but I consider it practise.

One thing I’m less pleased with is the metal skull seen on the panel in the third picture. Like the rest of the metallics, it was highlighted by drybrushing on Chainmail. And on such a tiny object the drybrushing proved to obscure a lot of detail. So what I SHOULD have done was using the overbrushing technique, as practised upon the Imperial Eagle seen in the last picture. That one I’m really happy with, so the trick will be not to spoil it with the next highlight.

Basic tips n’ tricks

The overbrushing technique is all about using a fairly dry brush and applying very little pressure. Dip the brush in the paint, without watering it down first, and then stroke off most of the paint, preferrably leaving the brush nice and flat. Now you can carefully apply the paint to the model, for example a grille or chainmail armour, without the paint running into any cracks. It is, in principle, about the same as drybrushing, but doesn’t leave a “chalky” result (somtimes this is preferable though). It is more gentle with tiny detail, but not the best if the goal is a subtle and seamless coat (like on the body of my Necrons).

Next time

In the following post I will hopefully have started on the engine itself, and perhaps even finished the so far ignored floor. The ramp parts will most likely also be finished, and the right passenger side given a few more layers. Will there, however, be something in between? Well, we’ll see, won’t we?

Comments in both English and Norwegian are appreciated!


Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 3

In the middle of christmas shopping and reading for this semester’s last test, the Land Raider interior still gets it’s share of attention.

The interior is starting to look more realistic and habitable.

The Painting: Land Raider Crusader posts

Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 1
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 2
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 4
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 5

Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 6
Painting: Land Raider Crusader – Part 7

Finally, the main wall colour is complete on all interior pieces (except the plates framing the engine in the back, I just recently discovered). And so only detail painting remains, I’m reeeeeally looking forward to a certain side-door piece that has at least 12 different screens and a host of buttons. I’ll probably be asking for some input on that when the time comes, but for the time being; why not take a quick look at my current progress?

You’ll see that I have not yet cleaned up the first piece, simply to show you how bad it looks before a good clean-up with Chaos Black and Black Ink. Otherwise, that stage of painting is finished, also on the inner side of the assault ramp (see main picture). The second piece has been through some highlights and a thorough wash of the metallics. The parts that were simply Boltgun Metal now looks much more realistic, and just a tad corroded. A highlight of Chainmail will finish the job. The altar shelf, with the candle-stands, was base-layered with Tin Bitz (see previous post) and highlighted with Brazen Brass and finally Shining Gold. Only then was the wash applied.

“But what KIND of wash are you applying, that makes the metal look so unbelievably awesome?”, I can hear you crying out (right?). Well, it’s supposed to be this big secret, but perhaps I’ll consider sharing it when my site reaches 1000 views? Or simply 10 “likes” on this post will do, I am susceptible to flattery in most known forms.

The seats were highlighted with a 2:1 mix of Dark Flesh and Bestial Brown (more highlights to come). Some blending was attempted to seamlessly merge the highlight with the basecoat, but I wasn’t all that successfull. Some more practise needed with that technique, I suppose. The lamp was highlighted by adding increasing amounts of Skull White to the mix with Sunburst Yellow. Some of this was carefully drybrushed onto the wall to increase the illusion of the lamp being lit. Same thing goes for the single burning candle. The candles themselves were highlighted with a 1:1 mix of Red Gore and Blood Red, and then simply Blood Red.

Basic tips n’ tricks

When highlighting, aim for the most protruding areas, and avoid parts that are obscured or would be in shadow from a vertical light source. Extreme highlighting means adding a very light colour (often light gray or white) to hard edges or sharply protruding objects, simply to define the edge. A basic example would be adding an extreme highlight of Mithril Silver to a metallic object where the brightest highlight is otherwise Chainmail. The brighter the final highlight – the more contrast on the object.

Next time

The next painting session will be about cleaning up the first piece, finishing the second and probably starting on the engine piece. But before that I might just toss in the first in a series of Warhammer 40, 000 game reviews, so stay tuned!

Comments in both English and Norwegian are appreciated!