Sunday, 21 June 2015

Forge World Solar Auxillia finished

Well here we are, squad done! These took a little bit longer than I'd hoped but I'm pleased with the end result. I wanted something that looked gritty and industrial and the bare metal armour brings that out nicely I reckon. These are really good models and I'm sure they could be used for all manner of things besides 40K. One little detail that's quite nice is the compressor on their back packs which has the bellows at different stages of compression from one model to the next.



Next in the queue are some more RBG models which will be a nice change.

19 comments:

  1. If Forgeworld put these pictures up they would sell ten times as many miniatures.

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    1. Flattery will get you anything ;)

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    2. I'm working on a list, starting with 10 solar auxillia ;)

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    3. Will I need to buy rubber gloves for any of the other 9? ;)

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    4. I'll get me coat... [walks into broom cupboard, walks out of broom cupboard, leaves by the nearest exit]

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  2. Stunning work again! 2 questions if you dont mind: what metallic paints did you use? What software did you use for the collage?

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    1. Cheers :) The metallics are Vallejo Model Air. Here's the recipe from my FB page.

      "Base coat mix of VMA Steel, VMC US Olive Drab and a bit of black. Then highlight up adding more Steel. Quick wash of GW Nuln Oil with a bit of Agrax Earthshade. Then some paint washes of different thicknesses. Mostly a mix of VGC Charred Brown and VGC Imperial Blue. A bit of VGC Parasite Brown for the rust. Then pick out the edges and detail with Steel again."

      The software I use is GIMP because it's free. Just simple cropping, minor contrast tweaks and cutting and pasting for me although you can do a lot more with it.

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    2. I see you use a lot of Vallejo. I have only used GW paints and was wondering recently if Vallejo are better? Also do you happen to know what the differences are between the different Vallejo brands are (Game Color, etc)??

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    3. GW are perfectly good paints and I use a few key colours from them. Vallejo though cost less than GW and contain more paint (17ml rather than 12ml). Other than that there's not much difference over all.

      The different Vallejo ranges are Game Color which are based on one of the older GW paint ranges. It was Vallejo's way of tapping into the fantasy market.

      Model Color is a huge range aimed at military subjects, lots of useful colours to supplement the Game Color range.

      Model Air is formulated for airbrush use. The metallics are very nice as they have a very small metallic fleck in them which gives a smooth finish. They're a bit better than the VGC and VMC metallics I reckon which have a slightly larger fleck but nothing too bad. GW used to make good metallics but I haven't used their current range.

      Extra Opaque are thicker, heavier pigmented colours that seem inspired by GW's old Foundation range/current Base range. Some good colours in there. Don't expect anything to cover in one coat or be useable straight from the pot though (same goes for GW's stuff).

      Hope that helps a bit.

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    4. Thanks for the info. I bought some Vallejo Air paints for my airbrush once but was not too happy with the application, found the Tamiya paints much better suited for airbrushing - have to try their metallics for brush painting. You are right about the current GW metallics, they are plain awful, i am using army painter metallics at the moment.

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    5. The only issue with the VMA metallics is they may need a damn good shake before use. They can settle and separate pretty badly if they're left sitting for a long time. It can be a problem if you buy old stock, not that you know how long something has been sitting on a shelf though.

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    6. Thanks for the summary. To be honest I don't find the new GW metallics all that bad, particularly the leadbelcher which can produce reasonable results with a wash or two over it. I've been finding the range of browns a bit limited (probably just not being adventurous enough with the mixing). And please lets not bring the rubber glove thread back into this conversation... :))

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    7. Sorry just to clarify...the olive drab went over the vma steel? just getting ready to order some paints for my solar aux

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    8. It's a base mix of steel and olive drab (and a touch of black). Then it's lightened with more steel for a first layer of highlight and then pure steel after that.

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  3. They came out great! I find that modern GW/Forge World miniatures take ages to paint. So many details...

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  4. These look really great ... truly stunning work. :)

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