October 5, 2015

Paint station III: More gear!

Quick update!

I bought this magnifying lamp over the weekend in the Lidl. Only €40 - what a no brainer! I havent gotten to testing it in full yet, but I'm really excited to try it out!

Still too busy for tutorials and other stuff though. More about everything in the future!

Ah! New toys!

I did have -some- time to paint one Tau Fire Warrior. Went for a gray/blue-ish scheme. I really like the scheme this far. More on this rather soon.

Hello there little fireguy!

Thanks for tuning in!

August 30, 2015

Kill Team: Tau Crisis Suits & Kroot

Hey folks,

A quick update for you people.
I've had the busiest week at work. People fell sick, some where on vacation, I had to work till 8 pm on some days. Anyways, the weeks before have been very busy too. I kinda lost track of the blog. But here's a little update of some work I've been doing on my Kill Team.

Kroot Mercs, ready for action!

The heavy guys, still have to find smaller magnets to magnetize the weapons and upgrades.

Anyhow, this was the quick update! Keep tuned for more!

August 7, 2015

Tutorial: Swamp Terrain Part 1

Welcome back!

I've been so busy with work, Pathfinder and Warmahordes I've had problems with finding more time to do this tutorial. But finally, here it is... Part 1 that is.

Ok, first things first, the stuff we need to make swamps (well, some of the things, but this is for the first part).

  • Foam Core, the core of most terrain pieces! I used 5mm foam core I had lying around for years now.
  • White Hobby Glue, you know... the gluey kind.
  • Spackle or Filler, I used wallfiller I had lying around. Any kind will do, especially the cheap stuff.
  • Sand, to pretty it up a bit. I used bird sand, I think it has a nice texture to it.
  • A cutting mat or board, you do not want to ruin your table.
  • Stanley knife or exact-o blade, other brands will do fine!
  • Popsicle stick, I got loads thanks to summer.
A nice picture for reference!

First things first! Take the foam core and your blade and cut it into a round-ish shape. Make it look natural with some curvature. Easy enough. Just don't cut your fingers, fingers bleed like pigs and the blood WILL go everywhere. 

 Nice and easy!

 Keep cutting those foam core sheets!

Good job at cutting those sheets, champ! The next step is a little trick I learned from the model train builders. You can choose to make this the first step, it doesn't really matter.
It's time to remove the paper from one side of the sheet. It's really easy, but one of the best tips I've learned: Run some hot water, the hotter the better. Take your sheet and let the water run over the top. Make sure the hot water dissolves all the glue that holds the paper and the foam together. It should take a couple of seconds. You don't have to soak it, just heat it up a bit. Then peel it off.
I suppose it's even easier when you have a heat gun. Just blast the paper and peel it off.

*I've had a little problem removing the paper from very old foam core, so beware of that.

Scissors don't beat paper, hot water does!

Next step! Bevel the edges! Just take your sharp knife and cut in a 45° angle around the edges. This shouldn't take very long. Don't worry about mistakes like small holes dull blades make, we're gonna fix them in a later step.

No more sharp edges or corners, sweet!

The next step is the least fun. Well, the way I do it is just shit. Let me know if you find a better way, because you probably will.
I take my fingernails and pluck out the inner part of the foam. I leave a ring of foam around the edge of the sheet. Make sure you do not destroy the paper on the other side of the sheet. It doesn't take long though.
 When you do a lot of these like this, it will hurt your thumb. You have been warned.

Make sure you keep a ring of foam.

Now back to the fun part! I use filler for this part. It looks tasty but its not food. Believe me.
Take a popsicle stick, scoop up some filler and 'splotch' it in the corners and rough ugliness you made with your fingernails. Sure, you can keep some holes in there, but this will make everything look a little bit smoother.
I promise you its not goat cheese!

Work it in with that pop-stick! 

It should look like this when you're done.

And hey presto! We've got a nice base to work from! Let the filler dry, it shouldn't take that long.
This is the last step of this tutorial. Make sure to follow me for Part 2!


August 2, 2015

What the future holds!

Hey folks,

A quick heads-up on some future projects!
There's a lot of stuff in the pipeline like armies and roleplay related things.
  • Malifaux 'The Kin' painting and basing. I've created some special bases for these guys, cast in resin!
Gremlins don't like to get their feet wet.
  • Mordheim company, from assembly to finished group. I'll also be posting the stats. I'm very new at this game, so there'll be lots to post!
  • Runes of War, my warmahordes list... Halfway there though, still have to finish 2 units of runeshapers and paint 2 runeshaper units, the krielstone unit and doomie. Still a long way to go!
"I've got some runes right here!"
  • Khador 35 points Box + 4 aditional heavy jacks. Still a long way to go. Halfway through my winterguards, wardog and Sorscha...
  • My swamp terrain pieces, tutorial coming soon! I've finished some of the pieces, but I just want to make more. I'ts basicly some puddles/swampy slabs, but I'd like to create some Swamp village pieces.
My swamptroll feels right at home!
  • 'Vallarkand' world building, my Pathfinder setting.
  • 'Vallarkand' Terrain, I've started experimenting with no grid play, so terrain would be cool! There's some walls my friend and I already did (half... we ran out of time before a big game)
  • Maybe a killteam unit
As you can see, there's still loads to do, so follow the blog and watch the progress!

August 1, 2015

Paint Station II

A quick update on the paint station! I finally got my circle cutter to cut the holes for my paints and cups! The station is officially finished! This was a fun small project, and most of all, pretty cheap.

Full shot.

Close up.

Thanks for reading!

July 26, 2015

Paint Station

So my paint table is a real mess. I've always wanted to buy a big paint station from lasered mdf or plexi or something, but it gets expensive really fast. 
I like to build things like terrain and models, so why not build myself a paintstation. My mission was to make cheap, mobile (so not overly big) paintstation in a small amount of time. Here's how I went with it.

First I did some planning on a sheet of foamcore I use to paint on. My colorpalette is usually not that large, so 19 colors should suffice. 
One cup for brush and tool storage and one cup for water ofcourse.

How big will everything be? This step has a little math involved. 
Just measuring and sizing up everything.

I used Illustrator to make a quick mockup. I copied the measurements on the foamcore and cut out everything I could. I don't have a circle cutter yet, so that'll have to wait.

Here's where I got without cutting circles, all in an hour's work!

Finally a mobile painting station of my very own! I'm planning on buying some little reading LED's to clamp on there for lighting. Let me know what you think about the project in the comments!