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Re: Myen'Tal's Conclave: The Painting Chronicles
« Reply #140 on: January 10, 2019, 06:16:38 PM »
5) Gearing up to acquire an Airbrush and compressor. I'm looking at the Iwata Medea Eclipse HP CS and their Ninja jet Pro Compressor.

Start with a cheap airbrush, its all you will need for base coating and spraying most mechs, you can do basic blending, stencils, etc. You'll spend more time cleaning the darn thing than spraying, and its best to work out the kinks on a cheap one first (You can get them for less than $20 AUD). This will also give you time to work out how to thin your paints for airbrush usage.




6) I also now have the ambition to start moving away from Citadel GW paint range. Now that they're going up in price again, coupled with the fact that they offer less paint, worse bottles that they come in compared to the competition, it just doesn't make sense to remain with it. I'm actually looking at the Vallejo Game and Game Air Range, perhaps coupled with some of their Mecha range paints. Anyone have any advice on how to best utilize these Vallejo paints?

The are used in the same way as Citadel paints. You get more paint true, but you tend to waste more with the dropper bottles unless you are batch painting with a wet palette, so it kind of evens out.

I've used them primarily for base coating as GW changed the Ultramarine blue on me, where as Vallejo keeps their range consistent.

There is a certain other forum that has a conversion chart, it is reasonably good, but missing a lot of the newer edges.

Air range is OK, but since they are the same price as a normal bottle, mixing your own goes further, so I don't really air brush with them any more. That said, I've found the white is fantastic for painting fine lines, I can't seem to get the ratio right for the GW whites. So can also work as a sort heavy shade, so it can pool into or around areas and still be used to evenly tiny flat areas, black metal is great for this.

I've stuck with GW as I'm lazy, having the colours on the box or their painting app, but the other issue is Vallejo can be a right pain in the backside in Aus, the distributors are not great here, so sometimes you have to mail order a specific colour. It took more than four months to get Ultramine blue back in stock in Aus a while back, so I have a stock pile now lol.


GW is about to do a price hike on their paints as well, it was about a 10% increase in the UK, if keep that percent across the board, then it will be almost $8 a pot here, when I can get a bottle of Vallejo at $4.50-$5, then I'll be migrating to Vallejo.


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Re: Myen'Tal's Conclave: The Painting Chronicles
« Reply #141 on: January 10, 2019, 08:36:49 PM »
Informative post, Mage, thank you for the advice :). I'm going to keep researching how best to take care of these brushes. You're right, preventative maintenance is half the battle :).

Funny you mentioned start with a cheaper airbrush. I happened across badger airbrushes website, which is holding some huge sale on their airbrushes. All of their available air brushes are priced at $55, no matter what tier, coupled with a $10 shipping fee.

I just bought two of them!

http://www.amazon.com/Badger-Air-Brush-Co-105-2XR-Airbrush/dp/B00471RFQA/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1547170297&sr=8-1-fkmr2&keywords=xtreme+arrow+airbrush

Thayer & Chandler Vega 1500 Airbrush / Mixing Pipette - Powerhobby.com

Might get a cheaper one just to practice with first though.

Here is the sale!

http://www.badgerairbrush.com/Special_Offers_Domestic.asp
« Last Edit: January 10, 2019, 08:41:54 PM by Myen'Tal »
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Re: Myen'Tal's Conclave: The Painting Chronicles
« Reply #142 on: January 14, 2019, 09:07:28 PM »
Another Akhelian and a half done. This might be my least favorite finished Akhelian so far. I'm not overly fond of the pattern, and the blue highlights on the black armor isn't as clean as I'm used to. I think he still looks good, but I'll be rethinking the pattern on Akhelian #5.





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Re: Myen'Tal's Conclave: The Painting Chronicles
« Reply #143 on: January 15, 2019, 07:28:48 AM »
Another Akhelian and a half done. This might be my least favorite finished Akhelian so far. I'm not overly fond of the pattern, and the blue highlights on the black armor isn't as clean as I'm used to. I think he still looks good, but I'll be rethinking the pattern on Akhelian #5.


I think he's fine, technically. However, I think that the pattern on the eel makes the model look a bit too busy; especially when combined with the bold contrast of the armour highlights and the eel's moth and fin tips. He not bad, but I think that your previous models have been better balanced, which elevates them above this guy.

I'm actually really keen to see the next guy with no patterns on the skin...I just think it could work really well. The skin as it stands looks excellent.

Looking forward to seeing how you progress.
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Re: Myen'Tal's Conclave: The Painting Chronicles
« Reply #144 on: January 15, 2019, 10:07:19 AM »
Yeah I think I might go back and redo the skin on the finished one. Which side of Akhelian #6 is the one you like the most? One flank is rakarth flesh and the other is Deepkin flesh layered on rakarth.
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Re: Myen'Tal's Conclave: The Painting Chronicles
« Reply #145 on: January 15, 2019, 11:29:28 AM »
Probably prefer the top one. The bottom looks a little more like one of Missy Elliot’s velour tracksuits...
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Re: Myen'Tal's Conclave: The Painting Chronicles
« Reply #146 on: Yesterday at 07:08:07 PM »




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Re: Myen'Tal's Conclave: The Painting Chronicles
« Reply #147 on: Today at 08:20:28 AM »
I'm in squig heaven! You've totally inspired me to make some kustom tankbustas now that I see I can finally get some plastic squigs off of eBay to convert.

Those goblins are looking mint. Can't wait to see you throw some paint on those.

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Re: Myen'Tal's Conclave: The Painting Chronicles
« Reply #148 on: Today at 04:04:41 PM »
I'm in squig heaven! You've totally inspired me to make some kustom tankbustas now that I see I can finally get some plastic squigs off of eBay to convert.

Those goblins are looking mint. Can't wait to see you throw some paint on those.

Oh yeah, the new Squig Kits are absolutely glorious to behold once assembled! I really like the basic squig herd a lot, but man o' man, the Squig Hoppers are just bursting with personality and detail. There's a good amount of faces that are swappable with each body component. The legs are not so swappable though, each of them goes with a specific midsection. But them and the goblin riders have a solid amount of customization to them.

Also, if you're looking to convert some of the Squig mounts in the Squig Hopperz box, the only piece that attaches the goblin rider to the mount is a fold of skin that plugs in just behind the head. If you shaved off the hand and the skin fold plastic, it could easily look like no one was riding it at all! :)
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