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#21 Loophole Master

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 02:46 AM

Not much progress today. It's been hard to find some spare time. For the first time I mixed some paints, trying to get a richer brown for the allied boots and weapon detail. Never having tried that before, I was pleased to have little trouble mixing some black brown and red to achieve the colour desired.

The problem would be to achieve this mix again at a later time, so since I wanted the same colour for all my allied boots, I went ahead and used the mix on all my figures, also doing some extra leather details on Joe.



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Posted 09 July 2011 - 03:38 AM

Good job again, are you leaving the gloves green too or painting them a different color?



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Posted 11 July 2011 - 03:13 AM

No, I'm painting them a different colour, as seen below. I also painted the the inner fur of the hood white, though the paint was a bit too thick at first so the result wasn't as clean as it should have been. I think now I'm pretty much done with the base colours for Recon Boys, I just might add some brown to the central segments of the rifle.

And my wife decided to join in and started painting the Gunners. We decided to use the same colour for all of the allied hard armour, to maintain some unity in the whole army. She did a fine job with the painting, only a little bit of splashing which will be dealt with in future coats. It was nice to see the work moving ahead twice as fast.

 



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Posted 12 July 2011 - 03:33 AM

[So]Rice said:

What's the mail service over there like? If it's not too much of a hassle, you could PayPal me money and I could send it down there for you. If your ordering something, get the GW Washes set, and definately GW Boltgun Metal.

Hey, Rice, I think I'll take you up on that offer. I've scoured all the stores I could find, and it does seem there are no washes anywhere in Brazil. If you're still up to it, please mail me at thiaranha@gmail.com



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Posted 14 July 2011 - 10:41 AM

Minis are lookin nice man.

There is a company called Liquitex that makes a "basic" acrylic line that has between 24-48 paints. This is what I started with and still use in addition to the GW and vallejo paints I've bought. Once you become familiar with painting more you will figure out what you "need" on your own.

This is it

Great price as well.

If you are on a budget, this is def the way to go. I've made washes from these and they work quite well.

Les from awesomepaintjob.com just put out this good video about what you need and don't need right away to get started.

My Dust base set just arrived today! My command troops should be here on Monday!

Great work, keep it up!



#26 Loophole Master

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 03:14 AM

Haven't had much time to paint lately. Anyway, here's my latest progress. I think I'm now fully done with the base colour for the Recon Boys, after adding some wood to the rifles and some other final touches.

And I think I'm pretty much done with the base colours for the Gunners as well. I found that dilluting the paint with a bit of thinner really helps retain the details of the model.

And started painting BBQ squad. Since I love these guys, I really want to do them justice. I'm thinking of going for a reddish-black colour scheme for them.



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Posted 26 July 2011 - 02:07 AM

I'm nearly done with the base colours for my ally troops. Here's "Bazooka" Joe Brown. Since he's an actual character, I tried to stick more to his official colours. Man, I can't wait to start applying the washes and highlights to my figures... Hopefully the wash will dull a bit the brightness of the metallic paint on the shells. I also thought I should wait til after the wash to do the eyes, right?



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Posted 27 July 2011 - 03:20 AM

Finally, here's my base painted BBQ squad! I know this brownish-red is not the most combat-savvy of colours, but then again my BBQ squad has never been known to sneak discreetly across the battlefield.

And with this I'm done withe base colours for my ally troops (until my expansions arrive). I still have quite some time to wait until my washes arrive, so I guess there's nothign else I can do to them in the meantime. Should I apply a coat of matte varnish at this stage or just when the whole thing is done? It's supposed to be a spray, right? Hope I can find it around here...

Now I'm not sure whether I move on to the axis troops, or start playing with the tanks for a change of scenery.



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Posted 27 July 2011 - 03:17 PM

Look great, ,your washes are coming so you can finish these up!



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Posted 27 July 2011 - 06:06 PM

Looks good! One thing I noticed is a lot of people don't paint the armor/leg pads(?) on Joe. He clearly has some protection or at least a material over his legs, tied down at mid thigh. Similar to the arm pads, which you did paint.  I think it helps to paint this to break up the single color of his overalls.

Can't wait to see them once they are washed!

 

 



#31 Loophole Master

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 01:01 AM

 Dunno, that looks very much like pockets on the side of Joe's pants, so I don't think they should be a different colour. In some of the pics he's got kneepads, but the model doesn't have them.

Thanks, can't wait to see them washed myself. But should I apply some matte varnish now or just at the end of the whole thing:



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Posted 29 July 2011 - 06:15 PM

 Progressing real fine, Loopie! And having the wife gets involved is a real coup! You're the man!



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Posted 29 July 2011 - 06:23 PM

Thanks! Today I played for the first time with my halfway finished figures. I guess painted troops do fight harder, cause I won. It was a real treat seeing my painted troops on the battlefield, and the axis opponent (haven't painted those yet) was very jealous.



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Posted 02 August 2011 - 09:21 AM

The model does indeed have them. Same as every other picture he's in. You can see them tied off on his mid thigh. I have not seen pockets on the very front of any pair of pants that go all the way up to the mid thigh from the ankle and are tied off at the thigh. Same type of pads as his arms. you can easily see the line going up both sides of his leg. There are two little pouches at the top where the pad is tied off also.



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Posted 02 August 2011 - 04:28 PM

 Hey, Thiago!

 

Here´s another fellow southerner, from Argentina. I understand your problems getting what comes by as everyday stuff for minis players around the globe.

I havent really checked every post since there are many, but I think I get the picture pretty much.

 

First of all, let me tell you, you have excellent hand for painting, it really shows. Painting with enamels is a pain in the ass, and the reason the minis shown on this and other webpages look so good, is because we use acrylics as some already told you.

I´m pretty sure THERE are some stores in Brazil who sell citadel colours...we have some in Buenos Aires, and since your country is a much bigger market i´d bet on it. The thing is, they are not that really popular, only with Warhammer player, and since you havent played other mini game sas well, that´s the reason.

Effectively, Wayland and maelstrom have been forbidden by GW to sell their products in SA. But they still ship ALL other brands!!! You can get the excellent Vallejo colours, Coat d´arms, Privateer Press colours, ame way you get the Dust line products.

They are definitely cheaper when shipped than bought on a local store (normally double price for being imported stuff), but you have to wait for them on the dowinside!

There´s a fellow wargamer veteran from an argentinian Wargames whom you could contact for getting directions of stores and such...

In the meantime, you can always have what are calles decorative acrylics to use in your minis. You have to water them to use them, but should only cost between 2 or 3 reais each bottle. If you water them enough, they can easily replace washes (not as great as, but pretty good)

Please, let me know if I can be of assistance on anything.

 

Cheers



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Posted 02 August 2011 - 04:37 PM

 Needless to say, if you ever travel down to Buenos Aires for bussiness or pleasure, you´re in for some serious DUSTBITING!!



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Posted 02 August 2011 - 04:45 PM

Aldarion said:

There´s a fellow wargamer veteran from an argentinian Wargames whom you could contact for getting directions of stores and such...

I forgot to say that this fellow gamer I mentioned is based in Brazil, Porto Alegre I think.

I know him from a local forum, and though he doesn´t play DT he is professional miniatures wise. Send me your email if you want me to get you his directions.



#38 Loophole Master

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Posted 03 August 2011 - 12:46 AM

Thank you very much for the support, Aldarion. I've kinda gotten used to the enamel paints, so for now I think I'm going to stick with them. I've already spent too much on them to just set them aside and buy a whole other set of acrylic paints. As for washes, SoRice is already sending me a little GW kit, so I should be fine on that department for a while. But I'll certainly take up your offer whenever I find myself in Buenos Aires! I was there last year for my honeymoon, loved the city (though I don't think my wife would have been all that happy if I had ditched her to go play Dust).



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Posted 03 August 2011 - 01:30 AM

Loophole Master said:

Thanks! Today I played for the first time with my halfway finished figures. I guess painted troops do fight harder, cause I won. It was a real treat seeing my painted troops on the battlefield, and the axis opponent (haven't painted those yet) was very jealous.

Can't help myself:

When the Axis soldiers saw the Allies squads charging towards them, the color drained from their faces. 



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Posted 03 August 2011 - 02:17 AM

Loophole Master said:

Thank you very much for the support, Aldarion. I've kinda gotten used to the enamel paints, so for now I think I'm going to stick with them. I've already spent too much on them to just set them aside and buy a whole other set of acrylic paints. As for washes, SoRice is already sending me a little GW kit, so I should be fine on that department for a while. But I'll certainly take up your offer whenever I find myself in Buenos Aires! I was there last year for my honeymoon, loved the city (though I don't think my wife would have been all that happy if I had ditched her to go play Dust).

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I understand that, and actually your models look real good with the enamels, as I said before!

Nonetheless, since you are clearly gifted for miniature painting, I will keep encouraging you to eventually use the acrylics. In fact, there´s no need to do a complete turn over, and as far as I know, professional modellers use both kinds of paints, as well as oleums, to achieve specific effect.

Right know, you could use some acrylics if eventually you want to paint the eyes on your heroes, something that would be impossible with enamels and fairly simple with acrylics and a fine brush. As I said, I guess you could get both black and white for around 5 reais. In case you decide to try it, let me know so I, and i´m pretty sure many others, can give our personal techniques for eye painitng.

But, enough of this acrylics worshipping!!!

Glad you liked my city, I´m also married so we might find a solution so your wife doesn´t feel "ditched" if both of you are ever around here. 

Cheers.






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