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MajSharpe

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  1. That guppy is absolutely terrifying. Amazing work, even down to the A-Wings too! "Concentrate all firepower on that one that's looking at me!" "But sir, tactically..." "I don't care, Lieutenant, it's LOOKING at me."
  2. For a touch-up job, all I do is wash in mildly soapy water and allow to dry thoroughly after a good rinse in clean water. Using normal modelling acrylics (vallejo in my case), you can just paint over the existing surface, but it's not 100% durable and you might find you need to do little repairs from time to time. On Rebel ships this usually works anyway. For a full respray, I prime with a proper primer appropriate to the intended colour, and usually go with a matt varnish afterwards too.
  3. Definitely WSF then - it's totally serviceable, at tabletop length, but as many others have noted it's very hard to achieve a good paint job as the material is extremely porous, and it doesn't hold the fine details that Mel lavishes us with. That being said, there's absolutely no reason to shell out for Extreme detail, Ultra is the highest I ever go and it's perfectly good. There's a few threads here and elsewhere about getting the absolute best out of your WSF minis, but they all involve lots of really fine detail work with filter etc. As is, you've done a grand job, I had to battle to get my freighters looking even half-decent.
  4. Yup they look like they were printed in WSF, rather than FUD. That's the tradeoff - cost vs. surface quality.
  5. Still hasn't arrived yet... indeed I don't think they're posting it until Wednesday... but I am looking forward to it.
  6. That is one seriously cool Light Cruisers. Either that's a some sort of Royal flagship, or Slaanesh has invaded another dimension.
  7. I see you have constructed a new lightsaber. Your skills are complete. Indeed you are powerful, as the Emperor has foreseen.
  8. Well it's an acrylic, so I am going to give it a try on a couple of ship bases, a piece of backing card... and since I really don't much like the ship, an Imperial Raider (now stealth mode), see how it responds to some edge highlighting and so on.
  9. Well you've got to self-certify that you're not Anish Kapoor first ;-) (plus the Yellow from the same artist looks pretty special, you'd have to do a space guppy in that) (edit; I've just ordered some from Stuart Semple. Comments below on what I deploy it on? Please do not comment on my total lack of self-control, I know :-D )
  10. Well... making a cast aluminium duplicate of an ISD isn't *completely* impossible, just time-consuming and exceptionally uneconomical... it'd be a very very expensive vantablack ISD ;-) Goshdarnit I want one!
  11. You'll need the Kyp Duron and the Sun Crusher for that, anyway, coming soon in Wave 7: Insanely and Yet Increasingly Overpowered and Unlikely EU Superweapons. Still waiting for Mel to bring me a World Devastator ;-)
  12. Well this is filling a niche that... er... *checks age (god I feel old* *does math* 12-13 year old me REAAAAAALLY wanted. Model Dreadnoughts, model lancers, all those good and wonderful things that X-Wing, TIE Fighter and X-Wing Alliance along with the whole EU catalogue and then to a lesser extend (because WTF is a Tartan Cruiser?!) Empire At War introduced. I still play EaW, quite a lot (the Thrawn's Revenge Mod is epic), but to be able to hold in my hands, paint, and generally play with some of these things taps a part of me which I will never let go of. Because I don't want to be a boring old fart with a mortgage, insurance and an opinion on Capital Gains or Income tax. So kudos to Mel, and all the other model makers, designers, creatives and dreamers who let me dream a bit more myself. Having set that if Mel would like to get into processing Shapeways high quality prototypes (I was thinking metals) into pressure-cast resin replicas to increase volume + profit, I'd totally entertain being a part of that. I've never been a good enough scratch modelmaker to do it myself.
  13. I'm only ever disappointed when I check my credit card statement ;-)
  14. Of course for some Alliance ships, having the paint peeling off is a desirable thing...
  15. Updated X13 - It looks soooo much better under normal light, but my camera doesn't want to play - panels highlighted, details added. If the VSD was worth flying, I'd have a whole fleet of them. so.... Errant Venture next?
  16. I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly guffawed, and rolled their eyes... I fear Darthain has been making puns again ;-)
  17. This is the inverse of my "Imperial Star Destroyer White" technique, which looks great in daylight but my camera hates. To do the white: Spray in Vallejo Cold Grey. Ink wash (1:10 black ink to water). Dry overnight. Recolour panels carefully with Wolf Grey. Apply a 75% highlight from the bottom in Ghost Grey. Apply a 25% highlight from the bottom in Glacier Blue. Gives a really strong 'Rogue One' white feel. Here the inverse is achieved, pre-washing with a red/black mix ala ISD Dark Side - the washes are definitely necessary on the darker colours to blend them in together, in the white I haven't found it necessary - all my "non local" death triangles get the white treatment, from Light Cruiser up. Interested to see how it'll look on the Quasar Fire. For the greys here, an undercoat of black primer, a general overcoat of Heavy Charcoal, and a 25% highlight in heavy blue/grey. I like the heavy pigment paints when working on the darker side, they overcome the background where you need them to, and thin quite nicely to a glaze too.
  18. Well given the really interesting (if sadly predictable!) tactics for the Hammerhead, I might pick up 2-3 of them and go for a 'Divine Wind' list. The Quasar-Fire? Just one to begin with I think, and see how it performs. It doesn't get much more space-triangly than that though, does it :-D (I'd be interested to see if anyone has views on integrating a QF into a reb fleet, too... not for any particular reason of course, no spoilers here ;-) )
  19. Oh I'm no Vykes, I leave such intricacies to those excellent and dedicated commission painters who make a living off these beautiful things. Tabletop ready has always been good enough for me, one of the early lessons my 40K collection taught me (at some expense in Imperial Guardsmen, I might add) was when to stop. My background is more 1:35 scale models, so I shoot for that sort of look'n'feel, generally... mmm, KV-2 style soviet'd guppy, you say... mmmmmm...
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