Monday, January 20, 2014

Finished Canis Wolfborn

Canis is done. I feel like this should be an epic post but I just do not have time for it. I have 15 min before bedtime and I just put the finishing touches on this bad boy. True to my word, I did some small conversions on him. It was just an arm rotation, but I think it changes the model significantly. It is hard to tell and I don't know if you can see from the photos, But I made an effort to green stuff all the gaps where the metal pieces fit together. This si my first time really fixing those gaps in a mini and I think it turned out pretty well. I am no pro-sculptor but I think I matched the fur ok. I didn't do anything exciting for the base because I was bored with spending a lot of time on awesome bases and not finishing the minis (you'll see more of this when I post pics of my Thunderwolf Calvary).

Canis is painted in my SW colors and his mount is done the way the rest of the Thunderwolves are. I went a little crazy with the wash so the mini turned out very dark compared to the other wolves.

I'll have to take better pics in the photo studio before I post pics to CMON.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Quick Tip - Fixing Large Bases

 I've noticed that, especially on flyer bases, that the model can get wobbly. I attribute this to the lack of stability int eh base. I've even had the base flex so much that my basing sand cracks off! To fix this, I like to glue some bits of old sprues on that bottom. 

In order to do this, you will need to snip off any bits off the top and bottom of the sprue so that it does not stick out too far. After that, file both sides flat. 

Lastly, glue the bits of sprue into the bottom of that base. It might be a smart idea to file everything flat so that the base lays evenly. The best way I have found to do this is to use some double sided tape and tape a piece of sandpaper to a piece of cardboard or a table that you hate. then move the base in a circular motion to even everything out. Be careful! you can end up sand the base uneven. 

I find the end result a lot more stable. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

On the Table Now - Quadgun, Canis and Thunderwolf

In keeping with my promises for 2014, here is what I am working on. 

The Quadgun in the back is made from two halves of a Defiler torso and the reaper auto-cannons from the same kit. The base is the top to an orange juice lid (I'll do a write up on how to make this when I can do a decent step by step), and the "gunner" on the front is a pilot from a Penitent Engine. The only thing left is the gun cowlings left to paint and it is done!

The Thunderwolf on right is the 5th TW I have. It was part of an unexpected trade on Bartertown. I decided to magnetize the rider at the waste so I can use him for a Iron Priest or a Wolf Lord mounted on Thunderwolf later. He just needs a dry brush on the fur and he will be done. 

I just started on Canis Wolfborn and I am really excited about this mini. At first I could have done without it as the doggie looks a little slow. As I paint it, I am falling in love. I held out for the metal model and got it for a good price on BT. It weighs as much as the old metal Dreadnought so if he dies in battle, I can put the mini in a sock and hit my opponent with him. 

I plan on doing a minor conversion on him. the normal pose for the mini has his left arm down by his side and his right arm up in the air. This leaves no hands on the reigns. I know from a few horse riding lessons that one does not need their hands on the reigns at all times as you can use the pommel to tie the reigns, but I would like to have him with at least the illusion that he has a hand on them. I am going to rotate the right arm from up in the air and position it over the reigns. This will also protect those spindly claws from getting damaged. 

We'll see how that turns out. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

2012 and 2013 No Yearbooks

I have not made a yearbook post since the end of 2011. That is sad. The biggest reason is that I lost track of doing On The Table Now posts and Finished posts. Without those, I can't keep track of what I have done over the year. I am painting a lot more than I post about. I've just gotten lazy.

So, we're turning over a new leaf here at TMM Blog. I am not a big fan of New Year resolutions, but let's make some promises to ourselves and by the tears of Sanguinius let's keep them!

1. Take a picture of everything you finish and post it.