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    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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    Hobby wise I enjoy painting, basing, and a little terrain building. Outside of the hobby I like reading (especially tabletop systems even though I only play a few), writing (in my youth I had some talent, but time erodes all), and film work (before my daughter was born I was even forming a small film group in my area).

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  1. Rat13

    Cadian Imperial Guard

    Honestly I don't like them. Perhaps it is because I learned with Reaper dropper bottles but I hate paint pots. Though even if I transfered the paint to dropper bottles I just don't like how the Citadel paints feel. My plan is to avoid their paints like the plague and only buy small quantities of whatever is needed for a paint lesson. The lessons offered at the shop are amazing and really helpful but to paint in shop you must use Citadel paints (quite understandable but I doubt GW will wear me down when it comes to paint). As for the washes though I may be in love. Last night while doing the detail work I got a little careless on a couple of figures, but after a quick wash those mistakes almost completely disappeared. Plus it helps having a consistent wash, for black washes I usually make them myself and I've messed it up many times, sometimes too dark and sometimes too diluted, which can both ruin a "finished" miniature in different ways. At this moment I fully intend to buy a full size pot of black wash when I go in for Armies on Parade next month. Here are the next day pictures of one of the sloppily detail painted figures.
  2. Rat13

    Cadian Imperial Guard

    Tonight I finished the fatigues I had started last night before quickly moving onto the detail work on the regular troopers. Once the details were dry I used a Citadel black wash to finish them; so far I like all the Citadel washes I've tried. I'll have to check them tomorrow but I think my regular troopers, at least this set, are finished. Originally I intended to paint my commissar alongside these troops but it just didn't work. I don't have the mental fortitude to work on such a detailed figure alongside mooks. So instead he was pushed aside for the time being. Now I have to choose again, finish the commissar or begin the tank now that it's commander is finished? After I finished my figures I also base coated a small wall section I'll be using for my army's display. Unfortunately I somehow thought these were sandbags instead of a stone wall, I've got no idea how I made that mistake. At least it'll be a simple fix. I've been sitting on this piece for awhile since my college buddy randomly gave it to me after we started playing Song of Blades and Heroes (which seems quite awhile back now). I never got around to painting it simply because I kept forgetting to prime it. Turned out today was another good day for priming so those fifteen troopers I assembled the other night got primed. Which means I'll be painting up another infantry unit and I'll have a few special weapon figures leftover. Which of course means I will have to start thinking about what unit I'd like to assemble next.
  3. Rat13

    Cadian Imperial Guard

    Tonight I managed to attach all the grenades and ammo pouches I had forgotten earlier. I also worked on the skin tones of my current figures. I started with Tanned Skin, then used a Citadel wash, and highlighted with Scholar Flesh. I think the skin tones came out okay but I'll have to check them out tomorrow. The base coating on the fatigue's were started too but I only finished one before my eyes gave out.
  4. Rat13

    Cadian Imperial Guard

    I'm a couple days behind on updates, somehow I found time to work on things but didn't find the time to write the updates. The initial paint job on the watchtower didn't look natural enough so I decided to do something unnatural. I repainted it with a gunmetal grey and now it looks like a wooden watchtower that was painted to look like metal. My thinking is Orks came across a wooden watchtower and decided to paint it metal rather than rebuild or add on to it. Then of course the guard shows up and takes over the now oddly painted tower. Quite a few packages of bits arrived yesterday, so last night I assembled a few more troops. Once completed I'll be able to field another infantry unit. Of course I'll need another good priming day first though.
  5. Not to be critical but it seems to me you already have a premade castle (It looks to be pretty big too). All jokes aside this looks great and you've given me quite a few good ideas if I ever get around to building a castle.
  6. Rat13

    New hobby room set-up advice

    I just ended up getting an old metal desk my family had in storage for years. Honestly I love it, but man is it heavy and I'm really not looking forward to our next move. Aside from my cheap craft paint at the back all my Reaper bottles still fit in my Learn to Paint box. I'll have to look in to racks after Bones IV ships though.
  7. I love your Elvis Action Jackson. I'd hate to give you more ideas for Action Jackson but it could also be painted as Evel Knievel.
  8. Rat13

    New hobby room set-up advice

    I really need to stop looking at threads like this, the jealously is strong. Seriously though I'd say you don't actually need anything. Organization however is an absolute must. My station is pretty organized and I still have trouble finding things sometimes. That one thing you're looking for is always lost, even if its exactly where it always is but its been so long since you last used it you forgot where that was.
  9. Rat13

    Cadian Imperial Guard

    Today I went down to my local Warhammer shop and learned how to paint faces. Though I had to learn on Citadel paints the instruction was in broad enough terms that I'll be able to transfer everything to good ol' Reaper paints. Turns out my flesh tone collection (full of tones I never use) will come in quite handy. I was even able to complete one figures skin but didn't paint the eyes. One step at a time. While I was there I admitted to defeat and signed up for Armies on Parade. Though I really tried not to sign up in the end I figured I might as well since my "army" will be finished before Parade day. Of course that means I'll need to create a display. So once the kid was in bed I began working on my old watchtower. Since I'll be displaying Imperial Guard I've decided to use the old adage of, "good enough". So I base coated the piece and intend to give it a cusory paint job because I doubt the Guard really care what it looks like. I also cut a piece of cardboard that I intend to base like a piece of terrain. This of course isn't meant to last but will be a simple throwaway piece. Trust me with the materials I intend to use it won't cost me much anyway. Here is a simple mock up of my display.
  10. I've seen similar barricades on here before, so I decided to try my hand at building a firing position. This isn't much more than a proof of concept build, but with popsicle sticks, a squared dowel, and some cheap craft paint this is what I came up with. I'm not sure if I'm going to just build a few more exactly like this or if I'm going to use some nicer materials. This did however prove the concept, showed me what I could build cheaply, and helped me find a use for my craft paint.
  11. Rat13

    Cadian Imperial Guard

    Thanks for all the additional information, I'll have to check that out. I know my first box of ten from 1990 came with a ton of additional bits, so much so that I was surprised by how little you get in the $85 starter boxes nowadays. Seriously, I know the box is a pretty good value but why not give a new player a few more bits? Maybe a couple more guns and arms or heads, something to help a new player start a bits collection. I ended up scheduling another painting session/lesson at my local Warhammer shop for tomorrow. Unfortunately that means I'll have to buy some GW paint. With the small Astra Militarum set only being $15 for six half size pots (which coincidentally have the exact colors I need) though I've decided to think of it as $15 for a lesson to improve my facial painting. I have to admit a hands on lesson can do wonders. I'm painting faster and better after just the starting lesson I received about a week ago. Maybe that's all part of their plan? Either way with my friends getting us into this game I'm pleased our local shop owner is so helpful. Since I'll be going in to hopefully learn how to paint faces tomorrow that meant my Cadians needed a basecoat. Since I was doing their faces I figured I might as well start basecoating their other parts too. I managed to get their flesh and their armor base coated before calling it a night.
  12. GW actually used to sell arrow slits for fortifications in blister packs. I'm not sure if they still do but if you could find some old ones for cheap they might be worth picking up. I picked some up quite awhile ago but haven't got around to building any fortifications yet. Please don't judge my unpainted Sir Forscale to harshly, he is primed I just haven't gotten around to painting him yet.
  13. Rat13

    01610 Dain Deepaxe (Duergar)

    Good to know it wasn't just me. I honestly stared at those sides longer than I should admit to just trying to figure out how to paint them.
  14. Rat13

    Cadian Imperial Guard

    Weather cooperated today so I was able to prime. With any luck I can start painting tomorrow. Now the big question, what should I do first? I could spam out the regular soldiers and save the commissar to break up the monotony, or I could start with the tank and then work down to the regular mooks? Decisions, decisions...
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    01610 Dain Deepaxe (Duergar)

    This looks great. I recently painted that figure too so I have to ask, how did you paint the torso, specifically under the arms? I assume you assembled it after you painted, I couldn't figure out the details at all so I just used a black wash on the section and called it a day.
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