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    MajSharpe reacted to Xeletor in The OCD strikes back   
    Another one.

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    MajSharpe got a reaction from mcworrell in Easiest Way to Paint TIE and Other Squadrons   
    All done.  That only took two evenings!
    Mel's TIE Droids:

    Bonus Assault Gunboats (because no Imperial swarm is complete without Tau Squadron! - also Mel's)
    The nightmare of blacking out all the stands can wait for another time.
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    MajSharpe got a reaction from Megatronrex in Easiest Way to Paint TIE and Other Squadrons   
    All done.  That only took two evenings!
    Mel's TIE Droids:

    Bonus Assault Gunboats (because no Imperial swarm is complete without Tau Squadron! - also Mel's)
    The nightmare of blacking out all the stands can wait for another time.
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    MajSharpe got a reaction from WGNF911 in Easiest Way to Paint TIE and Other Squadrons   
    PS:  that moment when you realise... hmm, yeah, that is definitely the way... (especially after a 10:1 ink wash)

     
    Erm wait, doesn't that mean I have to repaint all my TIE squadrons....?!

     
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    MajSharpe got a reaction from WGNF911 in Easiest Way to Paint TIE and Other Squadrons   
    Some more colour comparisons from my bag o' goodies - these are all Vallejo Model Color (not model air):
    Personally I think I'm going to try 70.816 basecoat with a light drybrush of 70.943.  Because a) I like the darker blue empire TIEs (especially from the fan remasterered theatrical edition), and also because 70.816's "friendly name" is Luftwaffe Uniform as WGNF911 mentions above... that kinda works with the evil Empire theme  
    Under "house" lighting:

     
    In actual genuine daylight:

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    MajSharpe reacted to Gottmituns205 in GottmitUns205: Expanded Hangar Bay   
    Going out the door to a very happy customer.

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    MajSharpe got a reaction from DiabloAzul in mel's miniatures reactions   
    Thanks, I just kinda winged it.   To get that look (and yes I like Vallejo game colours), I basecoated in 72.050 Cold Grey with the airbrush, then an ultra heavy wash of 5:1 water to Black Ink.  Left that to dry for ages, followed up with a highlight of Cold Grey again, then successively light drybrushes of 72.049 (Stonewall Grey) and 72.047 (Wolf Grey), then a light inking with 20:1 water to black ink, and while that was touch dry added a drop of brown ink and selectively dabbed on midichlorian rust.
    I'm going for a pattern where the "local" ships, dreadnaughts, nebulons, carracks etc. look way more beat up than the Pride Of The Imperial Navy - gives me options on how to use the minis depending on what mood I'm in, or whether my opponent fancies being dragged into my world of elaborate storytelling and scenario-crafting (I'm also a writer).
    So the death triangles (even the VSDs, for now) get a nice successively whiter-from-grey paintscheme to go with the Rogue/IV/VI/VII feel for Star Destroyer White (no Errant Venture yet), whereas the "local bulk cruisers" have to make do.

     
    Also good-enough-for-me, freighters!  Go inspect them closely, Alpha 1, they may contain contraband.  
    Mel's s closest (and my favourite even despite the WSF issues), Utar's resin at the back.  The WSF sucks in paint like a sponge, gave them both a Cold Grey airbase and a heavy ink wash, but they've both ended up looking so authentically metallic I stopped there and called them good enough.  The red is 72.141 (Heavy Red) which has more pigment than normal paint, and I still had to throw a lot on to get the colour to stay on the WSF.

     
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    MajSharpe reacted to TheToad in TheToad's repaints   
    Got done modding and painting the  AFmk2. I think I'll call her Providence. Let me know what you guys think.
    I'd like to thank @FourDogsInaHorseSuit for his post on disassembling these bad boys.
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    MajSharpe got a reaction from Undeadguy in Battery concerns with LEDs   
    Undeadguy's suggestion would work even better if you simply add a connector (USB or reclaimed PC stuff would be perfect for this, and there's loads of simple rechargeable USB dohickeys in existence?) near the keyhole, rather than try to engineer the keyhole itself?  That's what I'd probably do, if I were so inclined, and gives you more space to fit your light sources/removes the preserving wattage concern.  Also adds some weight to the base and allows you to observe the tournament rule of removing colliding models (not bases!)...
    Anyone think that'd be worth a shot?
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    MajSharpe reacted to Undeadguy in Battery concerns with LEDs   
    I'm not to knowledgeable on electricity, but what if you set up the batteries underneath the ship base and ran wires up the fin and had a metal connection at the keyhole? So your on/off is when you put the model together or take it apart. You could do another connection at the base so you can take off the fin to flip the card. It would allow you to have multiple ship set ups and easy swapping of bases and fins. And you can access the batteries.
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    MajSharpe reacted to Tiberius the Killer in Rogue Squadron   
    So I haven't read the books, (though I have played all the videos games) but I did a little research into Rogue Squadron.  But looking into the books, I noticed that most of the Rogue squadron aces are already represented by themselves.  Because of that, I didn't want to copy their paint schemes, so I decided to make up their own.
    Really I just wanted to try making some x-wings with closed s-foils, and in a more interesting pose.  I hope you enjoy them!


     

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    MajSharpe reacted to Red Winter in Black HiDef Acrylate   
    Thanks for the replies, gents.
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    MajSharpe reacted to Commander Klank in mel's miniatures reactions   
    Well I'm 57 and I'm at that point in life where this would be well within the "I could afford that if I wanted it" zone...  (I'm not bragging, I'm just saying).
    The FFG model is great; I just want a bad-assed version of the ISD on the board that is unique from what everyone else has. Anyways I doubt Mel would do it; he's said that before and he is busy making all those cool ships FFG don't have in their inventory.
    Speaking of Mel hares the big Vindicator model WIP he wanted to see... this is the bottom with just a base coat of light gray and a wash of GW nul oil (with Pledge floor polish added in). As you can see it turned out just fine. 
    The pinholes sanded off well enough but there were so many I just said frack it and sanded the whole bottom smooth with sanding sticks. This removed most of the tiny squares (surface detail) that were spread out over the surface of the ship. I then cut little squares and other shapes and glued them to the surface to get back some of that type of detail. At no time were the paneling detail lines at risk, which is what I suspect Mel was concerned about.


    Sooo, as you can see, if Mel did do the custom ISD and you got it in BHDA to save some money the bottom would be manageable for a modeler with some experience and time under his belt. It would just involve "a ****-ton", to quote The Walking Dead's Negan, of filing and sanding. You'd then have to add back some surface detail like I did with sheet plastic. 
      
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    MajSharpe got a reaction from Admiral Zaarin in mel's miniatures reactions   
    It'd cost an absolute fortune though, surely... plus the FFG model isn't *that* bad, is it?  Better to go for the things we can't get any more, like the Strike Cruiser, or the Assassin/Modified Corvette?
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    MajSharpe reacted to melminiatures in Black HiDef Acrylate   
    No, sprues would work. But sprues have a tendency to break. A LOT. And Shapeways cancels them. So I avoid them as much as possible.
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    MajSharpe reacted to melminiatures in Black HiDef Acrylate   
    BHDA for squadrons is no good. Shapeways charges a minimum for EACH miniature in WSF and BHDA. On the other hand, you can make groups in FUD without extra charge.
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    MajSharpe got a reaction from Ardaedhel in Black HiDef Acrylate   
    De jour printing material for one (I've not seen anyone at all using BHDA for squadrons) - I'd expect there's a technical reason for this, possibly a the minimums for BHDA are higher than for FUD?  Mel'd be able to explain the rationale better than I.
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    MajSharpe got a reaction from Ardaedhel in Black HiDef Acrylate   
    FUD for squadrons, BHDA for "small" ships up to a certain point (i've had a few with no issues), FUD for big ships unless you're willing to give up some detail/do extra work.
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    MajSharpe got a reaction from TheToad in TheToad's repaints   
    Our cruisers can just about repel firepower of that magnitude!
    Looks good, that's XI7s for you
     
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    MajSharpe got a reaction from melminiatures in mel's miniatures reactions   
    Thanks, I just kinda winged it.   To get that look (and yes I like Vallejo game colours), I basecoated in 72.050 Cold Grey with the airbrush, then an ultra heavy wash of 5:1 water to Black Ink.  Left that to dry for ages, followed up with a highlight of Cold Grey again, then successively light drybrushes of 72.049 (Stonewall Grey) and 72.047 (Wolf Grey), then a light inking with 20:1 water to black ink, and while that was touch dry added a drop of brown ink and selectively dabbed on midichlorian rust.
    I'm going for a pattern where the "local" ships, dreadnaughts, nebulons, carracks etc. look way more beat up than the Pride Of The Imperial Navy - gives me options on how to use the minis depending on what mood I'm in, or whether my opponent fancies being dragged into my world of elaborate storytelling and scenario-crafting (I'm also a writer).
    So the death triangles (even the VSDs, for now) get a nice successively whiter-from-grey paintscheme to go with the Rogue/IV/VI/VII feel for Star Destroyer White (no Errant Venture yet), whereas the "local bulk cruisers" have to make do.

     
    Also good-enough-for-me, freighters!  Go inspect them closely, Alpha 1, they may contain contraband.  
    Mel's s closest (and my favourite even despite the WSF issues), Utar's resin at the back.  The WSF sucks in paint like a sponge, gave them both a Cold Grey airbase and a heavy ink wash, but they've both ended up looking so authentically metallic I stopped there and called them good enough.  The red is 72.141 (Heavy Red) which has more pigment than normal paint, and I still had to throw a lot on to get the colour to stay on the WSF.

     
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    MajSharpe got a reaction from melminiatures in mel's miniatures reactions   
    Nebulon-B2.  Local forces, definitely.  No pizza-slices, nothing fancy, no time or budget to paint over the midichlorian rust.  Definitely need to paint up some "garrison issue" TIEs now.

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    MajSharpe got a reaction from Megatronrex in mel's miniatures reactions   
    Thanks, I just kinda winged it.   To get that look (and yes I like Vallejo game colours), I basecoated in 72.050 Cold Grey with the airbrush, then an ultra heavy wash of 5:1 water to Black Ink.  Left that to dry for ages, followed up with a highlight of Cold Grey again, then successively light drybrushes of 72.049 (Stonewall Grey) and 72.047 (Wolf Grey), then a light inking with 20:1 water to black ink, and while that was touch dry added a drop of brown ink and selectively dabbed on midichlorian rust.
    I'm going for a pattern where the "local" ships, dreadnaughts, nebulons, carracks etc. look way more beat up than the Pride Of The Imperial Navy - gives me options on how to use the minis depending on what mood I'm in, or whether my opponent fancies being dragged into my world of elaborate storytelling and scenario-crafting (I'm also a writer).
    So the death triangles (even the VSDs, for now) get a nice successively whiter-from-grey paintscheme to go with the Rogue/IV/VI/VII feel for Star Destroyer White (no Errant Venture yet), whereas the "local bulk cruisers" have to make do.

     
    Also good-enough-for-me, freighters!  Go inspect them closely, Alpha 1, they may contain contraband.  
    Mel's s closest (and my favourite even despite the WSF issues), Utar's resin at the back.  The WSF sucks in paint like a sponge, gave them both a Cold Grey airbase and a heavy ink wash, but they've both ended up looking so authentically metallic I stopped there and called them good enough.  The red is 72.141 (Heavy Red) which has more pigment than normal paint, and I still had to throw a lot on to get the colour to stay on the WSF.

     
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    MajSharpe got a reaction from outerrimrebel in mel's miniatures reactions   
    One of Mel's dreadnaughts - stripes were achieved by masking off with yellow tape, sprinkled with sage (I didn't have seasalt, but sage works too, and smells good), dabbed with a piece of foam.  Another victim of the dreaded and mysterious SPACE CORROSION, which is caused by midichlorians, of course ;-)

     
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    MajSharpe got a reaction from WhatsArmadaWithYou in Disassembling the AF mkII   
    And I thought they looked ugly on the outside...
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    MajSharpe got a reaction from SFC Snuffy in mel's miniatures reactions   
    One of Mel's dreadnaughts - stripes were achieved by masking off with yellow tape, sprinkled with sage (I didn't have seasalt, but sage works too, and smells good), dabbed with a piece of foam.  Another victim of the dreaded and mysterious SPACE CORROSION, which is caused by midichlorians, of course ;-)

     
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