Working on my first Veritech as far as RTT goes, but I have got the whole Area Denial Squad finished:
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Robotech Tactics: Destroid Area Denial Squad Painted
Robotech Tactics: Painting the Tomahawk Destroid Model
This afternoon I painted my very first Robotech Tactics model, a Tomahawk Destroid.
To show the coloured in firing arc pips:
I’m not terribly good when it comes to camouflage, but I didn’t want to do the normal solid colour schemes. One reason for that is that the camouflage pattern should help hide things like mold lines and where I screwed things up during assembly. It’s also just more interesting to me to look at.
I got so excited about painting this afternoon that I completely skipped scraping the mold lines before I applied the undercoat. I will try to be more restrained in the future…
I undercoated in Krylon Flat White. I was going to use the Testor’s Model Primer originally because it’s a finer spray and I was afraid of obscuring some of the more shallow details, but I couldn’t find any in the local stores and didn’t want to drive out of town today. I use regular Krylon spray paint for all my other base coating anyway, so I didn’t feel too fussed about it
My base coat was Reaper’s Olive Drab. It may have been a mistake to use a Reaper paint for something meant to be shown off to the KS backers, since I normally use Citadel and am not entirely used to Reaper paints (they mix and apply differently.) But I really like the Olive Drab colour and didn’t have an equivalent in Citadel on hand, so there we go.
After basing I washed the whole thing in a heavily applied Citadel Thraka Green wash, which is an old wash that is no longer produced. I’m not a very good painter, so I really rely on washes to help me out.
The camouflage pattern is Citadel Dark Angels Green. I didn’t have a plan when I started, just started off making some high spots on the rear torso dark. Then I just sort of winged that mother.
A few spots, notably the gun clusters, I filled in with a Vallejo Black, which I also used to repaint the base black. My original idea for the base was a medium gray colour, but what I had wasn’t covering my paint splatters from painting the mecha, so I switched to the black because I didn’t feel like going through the trouble of multiple cover layers to get an even shade.
Also I decided it would be useful to fill in the firing arc pips with colour.
There is a little plate like thing on the rear of the bases that I assume is meant to be a place to add a designation for the particular mecha so you know what model goes with what card during play. I painted that a heavy white so that I can go back with a Sakura pigma pen and write in a number or name for the mecha when I get a better feel for how my army is going to shape up.
Oh yeah, the search light I layered up with light brown to ice blue, then added the white for the reflection effect (one of a very few special effects I ever attempt.)
For the pictures my camera isn’t great and neither is the lighting in my kitchen. In Photoshop I used the auto-colour function, then bumped the brightness to +20 and pulled the contrast down -50. This was to help highlight the difference in the greens of the camouflage. The two oblique pictures are probably the better representations of what the model looks like to the naked eye.
Change to the website: I’m collecting images of my RPG characters on a page in the Rec Room section called the Character Gallery. It’s a regular page and not a post, so unless you are just wandering around the website for some reason you probably wouldn’t have seen it. I think most of the people who come to RA are either friends of mine who have me on RSS feed (and so only see the blog posts), or stumble in from web searches. A lot of people are looking for “homemade camper” for some reason, which I briefly mention in a blog about a car show I went to a while back. But I digress…
Last week I painted a miniature to represent my regular gaming group’s side adventure. It’s a break from our 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons to take on an old style 2cnd Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game in the Ravenloft setting. It’s a thing to add variety to the ongoing game, a throwback for the experience gamers, and something new for the couple of newer gamers in the group. Personally I prefer AD&D 2E over D&D 4E, but if I let myself start typing any more about that this post will cease to be about my new mini, and become a long, insane tirade…
So here is the bleeding miniature I painted:
I’m still using my iPhone to photograph minis, and I still don’t have a photo-box set up to do it in. I put a piece of white hard canvas on top of my kitchen stove so I can use the fluorescent lighting in there. Sometimes I will select out the mini and remove the background, but for most of my pictures I don’t. On the newer 40k minis I’ve been photographing them on the cutting mat, and I would have a hard time explaining exactly why if anybody asked me. But for a one off model, why not go through a little extra trouble?
I think I’m getting better at painting, and I’m very pleased with good old Frithrik Ritter here.