Thursday, 31 March 2011

Thunderbolt Project Pt3

Sorry I haven't done much this week as once again work has taken over. But first off I must thank
The Magnet Pro for his kind words and recommending me to other people by posting a whole blog about my site. Also to everyone that is either following or has visited my blog site so far.
But enough of that you want to know what I have been up too. Well to tell the truth not much, the main body is now complete as I have painted all the different lenses on the fighter, and the cockpit. These were accomplished pretty much the same way as GW do theirs, apart from I put Hard Coat over the top of the lenses to give the impression of it being glass. I have also based painted the pilot and seat and I am hoping to get him started and finished tomorrow.
I'm going to leave it at that for now, and I have decided not to put any pics up yet as there is not alot to show really. But I will do tomorrow showing the pilot and the completed cockpit area.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Thunderbolt Project Pt2

As promised here is a progress report of how it's going along with a few pictures. But first you will notice a few additions to my blog. This is due to the fact that I have been to other people's and notice these additions such as the revolving globe, and the picture slide. I thought they were rather cool and have decided to add them to mine.

But enough of that and back to the Thunderbolt. I am rather happy with progress so far as I only did a little bit on Saturday night and the rest today. I am especially pleased with my emblem on the rear wing which I did free hand. The weathering turned out really good too, but I know a few of you will think it is a bit over the top. I personally feel that it should be quite worn as they are not going to come out of a fight in a good condition.

I do feel I might have gone over the top on the radiator as I realised once I had painted it that this would largely be covered but never mind it's done now. The other part that I am pleased with is the rear exhaust. believe it or not but this took me ages to do. I first used the technique in my Forgeworld painting book but thought it looked a little wrong and to clean, so I added some of my own techniques that I have learnt over the years.

Well enough of the chit chat you want to see the pictures. So here you go, I am open to any sugestions you may have or comments.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Thunderbolt Project

Now that the Chimera is done. Thanks to everyone who left comments they are greatly appreciated. I have now started my next project the Imperial Thunderbolt.

I have always liked this model and got fed up waiting for GW to bring out a plastic version, so I purchased this at Games Day last year. I have waited this long to paint it as I wanted to get my painting skills on vehicles up to a good level so as not to spoil such a nice model.

I have decided to keep it in line with the rest of my Army by using the same colour scheme, as I felt that it would be nice for the Imperial Navy to give one of it's aircraft on a perm basis. It has come with one of those plastic flying basis, but I am not quite sure how I am going to attach it yet but still be able to transport it. If you guys have any ideas then please let me know as they will be much appreciated.

This project will take me some time as it is not exactly a small model and there is quite a bit of detail on it. But for now here are some pictures of progress so far.

Monday, 21 March 2011

The End (Part from a few thing's).

Well as promised it's finally here just finished tonight par a few loose ends, the Command Chimera is done. It took longer than I thought it would but that was mainly due to work, and family life but hey we can't have hobby all the time. (I so wish we could).

The last bit's that need doing are the rear ramp, to be altered so it closes a little better, some transfers applying with weathering and battle damage, (not quite sure how I am going to achieve that yet), and a coat of purity seal so the weathering powders don't rub off.

What I do need help with, is I am not sure if I should give it a dozer blade or not. The reason why I am indecisive is I don't want the model looking OTT. So any input would be greatly appreciated.

Here's what you have all been waiting for the pictures, and I can start my next project the Imperial Thunderbolt Fighter in Praetorian colours.

I apologise if the pictures are bright as the flash was going at the time the pictures were taken but I hope they do the model justice.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

I'm Back

Hi folks. Well I made it through the weekend up at the In law's, and I even managed to get a GW fix while I was up there and see the new Grey Knights. I must just add the models are really nice and the Codex not bad either.

Well this is what I did on Monday night after work, the back door of the Chimera. I did make a slight mistake I forgot that there is not the room clearance for the rear door to close fully, so I am going to have to make a couple of very careful modifications so it will almost close fully. I will then finish the door off by applying the mud and dust so that the door blends in with the rest of the vehicle.

Well that's it for now, on with the next part, the turret and hull mounted gun and that should be it on completed Chimera.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Chimera Update

I am sorry to say I have not been able to do any more on the Chimera, as the joys of work have taken over rather annoyingly. It also does not help that I have got to go and see the In laws up north this weekend, so I'm not going to get any hobby done then either.

But rest assured I will make a concious effort next week to get it completed or near enough as damit. But till then have fun and enjoy all the hobby has to offer.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

A Little Bit Further

Well this what I did last night. The side Armour for the Command Chimera to bring it a little bit further to completion.

I am happy with the outcome, especially the damage on the side armour. This I acclompished by painting the whole armour with Red Gore, once dry I washed the whole area with Red ink. (I know how have I still got red ink after all this time, easy I have got a small stash of it). I then highlighted with Blood Red and then Blazing Orange. I then did my chipped paint work using the method explained in a previous blog. The damage was then dry brushed with Chaos Black, a dry brush of Boltgun Metal then a very fine dry brush of Chaos Black to give it the scorch mark from weapons.

I think this Chimera is coming along nicely and is starting to look like it is a vehicle that leads from the front and takes a battering. But I will let you guy's be the judge of that.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Chimera Update

Sorry that it has been a while but unfortunately work got the better of me. But here are the pictures of what I did on Friday night and this morning.

As you can see the interior is all done and the top glued on. Was a little tricky gluing the top on as the hull is some times a little to short in height when the interior is glued in. But I was lucky in this case as GW seem to have changed their design slightly to compensate for this with their new Chimera models.

Like I promised I would. I have gone to town on the weathering and damage of the hull, which I am really pleased with. The effects which I have used came from the Forgeworld Master Class book. I think it does look well worn and battered, and that you would want to spend as little time in it as possible. But I will let you guy's be the judge of that.

That's it for now, but if you want to know how some of the techniques were achieved then let me know and I will pass my knowledge on.