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  • Birthday 02/24/1981

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    RPGs, Painting, ASL, Science, My Pug

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  1. Here is a picture showing the mini directly after the basecoat -> whitewash -> fading And here I've painted the base coat starting to show through And here I've added heavy weathering and chipping at these same locations And then maybe I went a little overboard with the rust
  2. Thanks for your suggestions guys. This was a test piece to try out some techniques before starting with the rest of the army. I figured it would be easy to practise on the largest of the minis as at 15mm things can get really small, really fast. I kind of figured there was too much rust after I put it on from a historical perspective, but I was trying to balance chromatic depth and history. When it was only whitewashed it looked rather bland. I'll try changing things up with the next tank and make it more mud caked instead of rusted (maybe dried and wet mud this time). Cheers! Sam
  3. This tank is supposed to be part of a Bastogne company. Fighting through the winter until eventually running out of gas, this battered tank started out with dark yellow dunkelgelb, was white-washed, and has now started to rust through the end of winter. Anyway, this is my first Flames of War figure painted so far. I'm going to try and finish a Konigstiger company from the "River of Heroes" book. This also represents my first use of enamel paints, oil paints, and powdered pigments. I haven't added any decals yet as I haven't figured out where to get the proper numerals and division symbols. Nod pointed me in the right direction to what symbols would be necessary for a Konigstiger Bastogne unit: "I've got the 506 and SS 501 around Bastogne..... the 506 first tiger II's delivered had large olive green patches on dark yellow base. balkenkreuze in centre of turret side. Later tigers had dark green and earth brown spots. it had a three digit marking system, but still numbering the tanks in the companies from 1 to 14. The company digit was placed on the RH side of the balkenkreuze. the 2./ had red numbers with a white outline. the 3./ had black numbers with a yellow outline. it div symbol was the W with yellow tiger. the 501 the Tiger II's were void of zimmeritt and painted in ambush scheme. 1./ black numerals with white outline, on middle of turret side. No balkenkreuze 2./ red with white outlines 2./ blue outlined with yellow. battalion had large red numerals with white outline. SS 501 had the crossed keys on the shield"
  4. I'm having trouble finding the specific post. Is it in the painting section of the forum or is it the FAQ? Thanks, Sam ps: I've been reading around a bit. I'm going to buy a 10 color palette of Michael Harding oils and give it a try this weekend. Cheers! edit: Sorry... found it now. Geeze I'm dumb.
  5. I mean the oil paints that come in tubes like the artist's paints. Cheers! Sam
  6. Hey guys, I've got a couple of questions for you. 1. Where is there a good primer for painting miniatures with oil paints? I'm just starting. 2. What are the better oil paint brands for miniatures (I'm thinking fine pigments that dilute well)? 3. If you've got any other suggestions for someone starting to try oils please shoot them at me. I'm a fairly salty dog when it comes to acrylics, so I'm not newbie. I'm just new to oils. Cheers guys! Yours, Sam
  7. Maybe for airbrushing? It's going for 2 for a $1 at Michael's.
  8. I'm so sorry for your loss Meg. I don't know what I'd do if I lost one of my brothers, it makes me sad even to imagine it. I will take your advice on appreciating them more to heart. I wish for you the best. Yours, Sam
  9. I use a Rainin LTS Pipette to grab 50 microliters at a time. Here's an example of a Gilson: http://cgi.ebay.com/Gilson-Pipetman-P100-V...1QQcmdZViewItem
  10. We need photos. How much does a box set like this cost? I miss the days of metal minis being Ubiquitous.
  11. This is the best 1st mini I have EVER seen. Wow.
  12. Vallejo makes a metallic medium with some use to add to any color. I haven't really used it much as I prefer to above method.
  13. I love demi-metalics. And they can be really simple. Basically I pick my shade,base, highlight as if the mini wasn't going to be metallic. Then I mix with those colors the silver triad (shade with shade, base with base, highlight with highlight). Basically I treat the really light silver as my white so I highlight op to that. Occasionally I'll brighten the light silver with a dash of white as well. I love the way it works. Also, if you want more of a NMM feel you can give the bugger a matte coat and it looks like you're a NMM master. I've found demi -metalics work best with really bright vibrant colors where you can see the sparkle.... but that's just me. :)
  14. The organization comes from loaning out paints to mates. I also host paint parties for my gaming group on weekends sometimes so I needed a way of helping people figure out what colour goes well with what.... it also helped with the putting away I spent many a night putting stuff back in it's proper place before the numbering system.
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