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The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/09/29 23:25:08


Post by: Elbows


Surely there are some other folks on this board who enjoy rescuing models. I'm not a professional painter, but I really get a kick out of saving busted-up models. Givin' the little metal guys a new lease on life. Let's see some show-n-tell for those kits or minis you've rescued from the depths of a 12-year old's paintjob, or a simple eBay "pro painted" mess.

Let's see some before and after pics. Also, feel free to post stuff you've just picked up - and check back in later when you've finished it up!

Maugan Ra


And the rescued version:


One of the minis I feared painting the most...the dreaded Avatar!


And the rescued version:


I just received these guys - they're in a tub of Super Clean right now...


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/09/30 09:54:32


Post by: STG


Here's some i've given a revamp: (even though the original paintjob was mine too)
Original

Updated


Original

Updated


I bought a bunch of extra gubbins on both tanks but they are the same models used, fresh paintjobs helped too.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/01 12:54:50


Post by: Elbows


I'll put a few more in here to see if this gains any interest

Some Scorpions:




And the rescued result:


Some Warp Spiders - these fellas weren't actually too bad. I had another eBay squad as well which I didn't get pictures of.


The rescued models:


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/01 13:47:34


Post by: Dr H


I have done one ebay rescue project.
A friend picked up a set of Terminators for cheap and passed them on to me to do up and sell through his ebay shop.
Sadly, he chose poorly. These were plastic cement jobs and required a saw...

This shows the process:


And this the final product:


Individual shots:
Spoiler:







The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/01 14:59:25


Post by: Elbows


Perfect! That's exactly what I'd like to see more of! I'd also think this could make a very cool Monthly painting challenge for some month --- purchase an abused kit off eBay or at a charity shop and "rescue" it. Nice work!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/01 17:07:49


Post by: Modock


Great job you guys! Those Eldars look really good after repainting, especially the spiders.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/01 21:42:57


Post by: Chris56


I agree - those eldar models look fantastic!
I have to do some myself soon and I hope they turn out half as good.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/02 03:51:31


Post by: ZergSmasher


I just bought a case full of "rescue" minis for about $60, including a metal Captain, Apothecary, Standard Bearer, and Techmarine, a couple of Tactical Squads, a Land Speeder, a Land Raider, and some Terminators. Should make an interesting project getting them all fixed up considering how badly off they are (lots of very thick paint and random decals everywhere). May not get around to it soon, but I hope to repurpose them as Blood Ravens. The models date from 3rd edition I think judging from the rulebook I got with the lot.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/02 12:42:17


Post by: Elbows


Well, definitely post here and let us know how it goes! Heavy paint and decals mean nothing to a bottle of Super Clean or Purple Power.

A few more rescues.

A cocked-head Karandras (oddly a miniature I never liked...because I hate green)


Fixed...not green and I bloody love him!


Dire Avengers from eBay in the UK:


Returned to proper form (a full repaint, despite similar scheme)



The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/02 14:25:35


Post by: Skinflint Games


Loving this. Subbed.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/02 14:31:35


Post by: Elbows


Here's another. One of the best minis GW has ever put out, the classic Chaplain in Terminator Armour --- I was going to do a Space Wolf styled force, but later gave up on it and sold this fella off.

Before:


After:


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/02 16:04:56


Post by: Big H


Nice thread and great work !
I love a bit of ebay recycling, despite it often being rather time heavy but cash light. Subbed !


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/02 16:29:19


Post by: Ratius


Great stuff


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/02 19:46:24


Post by: Whittlesey40k


Great idea for a thread!

I've got a few to put up, but I'll start with this Land Raider. I painted it a few times as a kid in the early 90s, then decided it needed battle damage so took a hammer to the track and a 'meltagun' match to the side. Stupid child-me! This is how it looked for about 20 years.







So I stripped it.







Then tried to fix the damage. I was happy to leave the hole in the door, but I wanted the track fixing so I could actually use it in games.



Then finally got it painted up in my homebrew Stark Crusader colours.







I'm pretty please with the end result.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/02 20:42:57


Post by: Elbows


Whoa, great save! And indeed...damn your childhood self! If only you knew how much that would be worth down the line!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/03 03:20:25


Post by: Whittlesey40k


 Elbows wrote:
Whoa, great save! And indeed...damn your childhood self! If only you knew how much that would be worth down the line!

Child-me certainly has a lot to answer for. If I get chance I'll post some other saves later today. I'm not short of things to show!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/03 07:12:38


Post by: Oguhmek


Yeah, I've rescued a few poor, abused things I've bought for cheap online.

Last thing I saved were these Scarabs. The multiple, thick layers of paint were easy enough to strip, and the bases could cleaned off reasonably, but I'm amazed by the amount of superglue some use for attaching a Scarab to it's little stand... Managed to get them to look ok though.






Recently fixed this guy as well - have to love how you can give these old metal models a new life.





The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/03 09:32:10


Post by: Whittlesey40k


 Oguhmek wrote:
Yeah, I've rescued a few poor, abused things I've bought for cheap online.

Last thing I saved were these Scarabs. The multiple, thick layers of paint were easy enough to strip, and the bases could cleaned off reasonably, but I'm amazed by the amount of superglue some use for attaching a Scarab to it's little stand... Managed to get them to look ok though.

Spoiler:





Recently fixed this guy as well - have to love how you can give these old metal models a new life.

Spoiler:


Good save

It appears I was often guilty of over-using glue as a child, but I've learnt. Don't know what I was thinking!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/03 12:01:07


Post by: Elbows


Beautiful work on those Necron saves!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/03 12:33:01


Post by: Whittlesey40k


Another save from childhood me.

These are my HeroQuest player characters that I painted up as a kid.





Stripped -



Repainted -









The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/03 18:06:13


Post by: Elbows


Love to see some old plastic get love. I think a lot of people my age cut their teeth on Hero Quest (A GW joint venture, btw...)

Took these superb old metal Scouts:


And turned them:


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/03 18:28:16


Post by: Flinty


This is a great thread. Nice saves all. It's amazing the difference of slightly thinner paints and a bit of decent highlighting makes.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/03 18:32:01


Post by: Whittlesey40k


Great job Elbows!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/03 18:39:34


Post by: Luciferian


Good work everyone. You guys are a lot more patient with someone else's poorly painted models than I would be. I like everything to be fresh and new so that all of the big mistakes are my own


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/03 19:02:37


Post by: Elbows


I think that's more of a difference between plastics and metals. Metals are almost all one or two pieces - if it's not bent or broken, under that paint is a brand new miniature. Plastics don't tend to strip quite as well, and the person before you may have been terrible at assembling multi-part plastics.

This, for example is the Avatar after simply stripping it with Super Clean in an ultrasonic bath:

Spoiler:


Personally I don't buy used plastics - as they can be FAR worse (melted to pieces with glue, poorly assembled etc.). Plastics also don't snap free like superglue does when exposed to stripping. Super-glued components just pop off and can be cleaned. If it's metal, I'll gladly pay 25-30% of the cost of the mini new for a used one I can clean up --- not to mention for the metals I collect (my entire Eldar army for the most part) they simply aren't in print anymore.



The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/03 19:28:38


Post by: Luciferian


Good call. I haven't worked with a metal miniature since at least as far back as 5th edition - but they certainly do stand up to abuse much better than plastic ones do.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/03 20:48:00


Post by: Dr H


Oh, I do have another one. I'd forgotten this chap started as a badly painted blob.

As he was a single Tau firewarrior there was not much point just re-painting him, so I converted him to an Ethereal.
The base model stayed the same, I just added to it and re-painted him.



The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/03 21:38:03


Post by: Elbows


Perfect. That's a great save.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/04 00:49:13


Post by: Guildenstern


Awesome thread!

I'll have to have a look see and see if I can find any of mine that I've done, that actually have 'before' pics


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/04 01:08:21


Post by: KommissarKiln


I think 'rescuing' minis is an admirable way to bolster one's collections. (btw, do you like dogs, cats, etc? I highly recommend rescuing from shelters!)

Some Orks, before (brace yourself):


After:


Some baseless, rotor-less Deffkoptas:


After (sorry for image quality ):



I've since rescued numerous other Orks since these photos have been taken, but I lack before photos and current photos, unfortunately. There are a number of Boyz, Nobz, and Stormboyz not pictured here.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/04 15:14:12


Post by: Whittlesey40k


There's some great rescues on here. I'm really enjoying this thread.

It's another day, so another rescue of the mess childhood me created. Today, it's a rhino.



That's right, it's dolloped in Humbrol gloss enamel paint. Go me!

So, I stripped it -



And repainted it -



As it was all in pieces after the stripping, I also took the opportunity to fit lights!



The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/04 15:58:01


Post by: Elbows


Nice! I'm surprised you were able to get all that Humbrol enamel off --- I find enamel to be a real pain to clean.

Here's another rescue - again, one of the best miniatures GW ever produced --- the 2nd ed. Techmarine. Beautiful figure, gets all of the "point" across without being the size of a friggin' dreadnought.

Before:


After: (and yes...he's now serving Chaos)


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/04 16:01:29


Post by: Modock


Beautiful, so much character. You're doing a wonderful job with these revives!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/04 16:31:05


Post by: Ratius


Humbrol gloss enamel paint.


Ouch!
Tough to remove?


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/04 16:44:38


Post by: Dr H


I use Humbrol enamels on all my models.

I've had no problems removing it with Brake fluid (look for Dot 3, but Dot 4 also works).


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/04 16:56:55


Post by: Whittlesey40k


 Dr H wrote:
I use Humbrol enamels on all my models.

I've had no problems removing it with Brake fluid (look for Dot 3, but Dot 4 also works).
Can't tell if you're serious. Brake fluid's pretty bad for the environment (i.e. you can't just pour it down the sink/drain). But I have tried it before. Leave a plastic mini in it long enough and it'll start to melt the plastic. All the detail just gets really softened.

But I use BioStrip and it seems to work fine on enamels.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/04 17:44:52


Post by: Dr H


 Whittlesey40k wrote:
...Can't tell if you're serious. Brake fluid's pretty bad for the environment (i.e. you can't just pour it down the sink/drain). But I have tried it before. Leave a plastic mini in it long enough and it'll start to melt the plastic. All the detail just gets really softened.

But I use BioStrip and it seems to work fine on enamels.
Yeah, serious.
Yes, don't pour it down the sink. Dispose of responsibly.
And use gloves to protect your hands; it'll dry them out in a bad way (hygroscopic).

It depends on the type of brake fluid, hence specifying Dot 3/4. I've left plastic in that overnight with no problems (and not needed longer).
Dot 5 is the stuff you do not want to use. It's a different mixture of chemicals and will dissolve plastic.

You want the Polyethylene glycol (PEG) based fluids.

Not easier to use, but may be cheaper.
Just an option.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/04 19:35:49


Post by: Big H


 Dr H wrote:
 Whittlesey40k wrote:
...Can't tell if you're serious. Brake fluid's pretty bad for the environment (i.e. you can't just pour it down the sink/drain). But I have tried it before. Leave a plastic mini in it long enough and it'll start to melt the plastic. All the detail just gets really softened.

But I use BioStrip and it seems to work fine on enamels.
Yeah, serious.
Yes, don't pour it down the sink. Dispose of responsibly.
And use gloves to protect your hands; it'll dry them out in a bad way (hygroscopic).

It depends on the type of brake fluid, hence specifying Dot 3/4. I've left plastic in that overnight with no problems (and not needed longer).
Dot 5 is the stuff you do not want to use. It's a different mixture of chemicals and will dissolve plastic.

You want the Polyethylene glycol (PEG) based fluids.

Not easier to use, but may be cheaper.
Just an option.


I completely agree with the Doc.

No need to dispose of it as such, i have a jam jar of brake fluid (dot 3) that has been on the go happily stripping plastic and metal for at least 10 years, it doesn't seem to care if its dirty, just let it soak for a couple of days depending on paint thickness. I personally have had no problems with plastic melt, but I've not tried everything or resin for that matter.

I let the models drip in a funnel back into the jar, then remove any remaining small traces with hot water and washing up liquid.

You should never pour any oil of any kind down the drain, most council tips in the UK recycle oils.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/04 19:57:53


Post by: Whittlesey40k


 Big H wrote:
I personally have had no problems with plastic melt, but I've not tried everything or resin for that matter.
Yeah, you do need to leave it in there for ages, probably weeks. It's only happened when I've forgotten about it. I've not used brake fluid in years now though.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/04 22:14:23


Post by: Big H


 Whittlesey40k wrote:
 Big H wrote:
I personally have had no problems with plastic melt, but I've not tried everything or resin for that matter.
Yeah, you do need to leave it in there for ages, probably weeks. It's only happened when I've forgotten about it. I've not used brake fluid in years now though.


Weeks might be bad !
Works like a charm on metals tho. To be fair i'm pretty lucky in that i have a large workshop and several tractors, lorries and vans, so a jam jar of Dot 3 brake fluid is neither here nor there. YMMV


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/04 23:40:05


Post by: theCrowe


I've rescued plenty of eBay tragedies over the years but I don't tend to take pics of them first. My gran used to pick up odd miniatures at car boot sales for me and post them over back in the 90s and I got a taste for it early on.

I should hunt out some things to rescue just to join the fun here.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/05 02:19:15


Post by: Lovebeard


This is fun!
Couldn't find the picture of it before the MEANGREEN unfortunately, but trust me it was terrible.
Here's my participation:

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The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/05 11:51:18


Post by: Elbows


Awesome work!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/05 18:58:35


Post by: Holy_Dakka_Cow


I love this thread!
Really giving inspiration to clean up all the old job lots I've brought on eBay!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/05 19:38:02


Post by: theCrowe


Actually it turns out I have documented one of these.


Didn't get a snap of his sorry state to begin with but here's a crummy old goblin In the dip.


Here he is stripped with additional bits prior to the chop and glue job.


And here's the finished article. My "new" Goblin Boss.

I should go dig through my collection and find a real rescue case. Just for the craic.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/05 20:02:49


Post by: Elbows


Crackin' job on that old dude.

I have far more stuff than I properly catalogued (hence why some bits don't match the before and after pictures).

Here's some Eldar artillery.


And the rescue.


Some more scouts (note the sergeants are swapped with the squad I painted prior)

eBay:


After:


I'm not a Marine fella at heart, but the metal Scouts are just friggin' fantastic.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/06 10:29:31


Post by: Whittlesey40k


Love the colour scheme on those scouts. Another great save by Elbows


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/07 00:59:55


Post by: krystalking


I love this thread, subbing for sure.
I have a few Ebay rescues myself, but nothing documented and to be fair I'm not a great painter (base colors only most of the time, with washes on some, speed is important on most models except for leaders and specialists) so I dunno if any of my models would count as "rescued" compared to what I see here.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/07 01:39:52


Post by: master of ordinance


Bummer, now I am starting to regret not taking pictures of my rescued old Leman Russ Exterminator. When I got it roughly half the fittings had been replaced with cardboard (?) and some weird soft plastic rod. The upper tracks where missing and had cardboard glued over them as "armour", as was the engine hatch.
Several hours and a lot of plasticard and bits later and it looks servicable with not a scrap of card remaining.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/07 01:40:55


Post by: Kaiserbudheim


Hey this is a great thread! Rescues have been some of the most rewarding painting experiences I've had with the hobby so far, hope to have a lot more under my belt soon. Here are some of my rescues:

Chaplain in Terminator Armor


Chaplain in regular Power Armor


Captain Erasmus Tycho


Librarian


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/07 03:30:23


Post by: Elbows


Gorgeous work Kaiser! Amazing how much better you can turn out a model which was "pro painted" on eBay!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/10 20:28:49


Post by: Kaiserbudheim


Why thank you! Anyone else have rescues to share? *Bumping* for interest


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/12 16:43:29


Post by: martian_jo




While not super amazing, I have a thing for taking some poorly painted old minis and bringing them up to halfway decent looking.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/12 17:23:28


Post by: Kaiserbudheim


@martian_jo That is an excellent save! Gah how hard was it to strip off the original paintjob? The og looks exceptionally thick....


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/12 17:26:00


Post by: Ratius


That original librarian kaiser "Goldilocks"


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/12 17:29:15


Post by: supreme overlord


LOVE this thread. I'll have to take pictures of my rescues from now on.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/28 10:58:44


Post by: Whittlesey40k


This thread definitely needs a bump, so here's another one of mine...

Another one painted by me as a child.


And rescued 25-ish years later!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/28 12:20:27


Post by: Elbows


I have a few more I think.

Before:


After:


Before:


After:


Before: (Admittedly these weren't half bad...maybe better than my version!)


After:


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/28 16:20:28


Post by: Sauragnmon


I plan on bulking out at least a portion of my Guard Armour units with rescues, so there's that on the inbound.

STG - you got any plans for those Chimmy sides? I can find a home for them if not.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/28 20:59:53


Post by: theCrowe



Gotta love when you're stripping something that looked like it was dipped in a pot of Blood Red and you find that it was likely dipped in a pot of Emerald Green first.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/28 21:01:45


Post by: Elbows


Oh, that's the beauty when you discover a model's been painted about...six times prior


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/11/01 18:42:44


Post by: u971


Screwed up a couple of 6mm planes late one night so they had to be rescued,along with a handful of bits from the past that i ruined,
So they all went in the pot this morning and after a half hour of scrubbing they are back to new and ready for turning into "something"

1.


2.


3.





The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/11/01 20:30:41


Post by: Elbows


Excellent...I've got a Warlock in the pot as we speak. (humming along)


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/11/11 13:34:03


Post by: Elbows


Saved this busted Warlock off eBay and turned it into a Bonesinger for my army.





The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/11/11 16:20:01


Post by: Supershandy


Should have done a presentation with the new model come out from behind smoke filled doors

I do like eBay for that kind of stuff though, all you need is a bit of elbow grease!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/11/11 20:01:06


Post by: Guildenstern


Sadly didn't get the direct off ebay pic before these guys went in the drink, but this is sorta close.



So the worse was really the plastic one, tbh. It was a horrid painted red, painted over some other colour, over a dreadful amount of primer. Also, whoever put it together left the tabs on from cutting it off the sprue, not simply moldlines. I couldn't even see them originally under all the paint. Got those taken care off, fixed a few bits (add some plasticard to make smoke stacks). The metal ones are were in much better shape overall. I put the middle one you see here in the simple green again to take off the rest of the black.



here they are undercoated with their main colour and waiting to dry.



The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/11/11 20:37:45


Post by: leopard


Humble efforts.

in 2009 I picked up AoBR for youngest (then aged 9, he just joined the army.. where does the time go?), and picked myself up a copy because why not? Not having played 40k since 1st edition...

Anyway the marines are horrible and I'm not finding them because I'll cry, however the orks..

Warlord ended up like this in late 2009



No wonder he looks angry, dry brushed skin and I remember being proud of the loin cloth.

Anyway, moving on, restarted orks for 7th edition (briefly, before I saw the book and gave up), That warbles was #1 to be reworked, ended up thus



and looking generally a lot better for it. will admit to one slightly cheat though, just re-primed and repainted without stripping the old paint *looks at feet in shame*

The rest of the AoBR orks have been done to the same scheme but don't have any "before" pics on them.

Have done a few eBay salvage jobs, loving the thread, will have to do some "before" pics next time


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/11/11 20:54:07


Post by: Elbows


Nice! I only wish I had some of my original army to rescue


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/11/11 22:47:59


Post by: JamesY


I picked up Narik Dreygur from eBay for a very reasonable price, when he arrived;



and now;



The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/11/12 14:40:46


Post by: Elbows


Nice, looks like you took off about 2mm of paint.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/11/12 14:49:36


Post by: JamesY


Cheers . I actually didn't strip it at all, the paint wasn't thick, just looks that way as it had no shading or highlighting. I just sprayed it black and carried on from there.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/11/18 18:52:06


Post by: theCrowe


 theCrowe wrote:

Gotta love when you're stripping something that looked like it was dipped in a pot of Blood Red and you find that it was likely dipped in a pot of Emerald Green first.


Aaaand rescued.



Just a squig, but totally worth it.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/11/18 20:52:36


Post by: Elbows


Crimminy...that was in some odd shape beforer you saved it!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/11/18 23:25:58


Post by: theCrowe


Oh the before pic is of the squig's rear end. I'd already scrubbed his teeth clean with the brush before I remembered to take a pic. But you can see the green left in the isopropanol from what I'd thought was a big red blob.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/11/21 08:30:31


Post by: Sandstorm109


Land Raider Redeemer that I worked on a while back

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The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/11/21 20:54:33


Post by: Captain Brown


Some of an almost entirely recovered Tau Army.



Painted:




Painted: (incorporated model damage into battle damage)





Cheers,

CB


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/11/21 21:26:33


Post by: Elbows


Awesome work. The paint on the Tau is tits.

The Land Raider - what the hell happened to it before you rescued it!?


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/11/21 21:58:35


Post by: reiner


Got these in a trade, an old Rhino with a razorback hatched glued on and primed black, and a Vindicator with some popped panels and missing headlights primed red. They were greasy to the touch (not sure of ebay origin)


The paint stripping was impressive. The vindicator's red never fully came off and the rhino was black on top of grey on top of yellow/red. The yellow and red would also not fully come off.
Spoiler:






A few rounds of soak and scrub, I finally got them rehabbed (Images in spoiler):
https://twitter.com/forstrex/status/889473709920186368
https://imgur.com/a/YTyWt
Spoiler:






The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/11/21 22:40:06


Post by: Elbows


Now...THAT...is a rescue. Top flight.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/10/06 13:19:50


Post by: theCrowe


Holy moly! That's on another level. Seriously slick air-brush work. Do you paint gangsters cars for a living or something?
"Jut hit it with a little pinstriping and cover up those bullet holes, oh and the blood, yo."


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/11/22 06:33:15


Post by: reiner


I really enjoy rehabbing I had a chance to fold them into my current army project and ended up having a good time with them, regardless of the amount of scrubbing needed.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/12/14 14:53:27


Post by: Brotherjulian


I love buying old metal guys off EBay and stripping them. Not painted yet but I think I have about six metal 2nd ed land speeders that are going to make a fun squadron to throw down at the lgs.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/12/14 19:02:47


Post by: Elbows


I've got four eBay purchases en route. Been too busy painting "new" (read: boring) Chaos Space Marines. Happy to get back to some proper Eldar metal. Will post stuff when it shows up.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/12/14 19:06:44


Post by: Ratius


That land raider and those rhinos.
Good lord!
Great work!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/12/14 19:19:26


Post by: Apollinaire


Ah, I'd forgotten this thread. Found this poor decapitated assassin in a job lot of old metal Necromunda figs. This pic is after his first dettol bath, he's currently having round 2, god knows what he was painted with! Looking forward to getting started on the rebuild.

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The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/12/14 20:43:55


Post by: Elbows


An Eversor with a random chopped off Vindicare head...and no hands. He must have pissed someone off.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/12/14 21:36:18


Post by: Apollinaire


 Elbows wrote:
An Eversor with a random chopped off Vindicare head...and no hands. He must have pissed someone off.


Certainly has ... The body had a Van Saar head stuck on, which I've reunited with its original (headless) body. I reckon he'll be a Vindicare holding the rifle down in his right hand with the Exitus pistol raised in his left. Should be fun!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/12/19 00:43:13


Post by: Elbows


One more I found - though this was an entry into a painting competition thread about six months back?


+


Into:


And this desperate Farseer...


Into:


I have a couple in the works, but I'll wait till they're properly sorted.



The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/12/20 17:31:22


Post by: Elbows


Another one this month (included in this month's competition for Open Round)





Turned into:



The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/12/20 17:59:19


Post by: Illumini


Great thread! Lots of really fantastic rescues.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/12/20 19:54:31


Post by: bubber


 Apollinaire wrote:
Ah, I'd forgotten this thread. Found this poor decapitated assassin in a job lot of old metal Necromunda figs. This pic is after his first dettol bath, he's currently having round 2, god knows what he was painted with! Looking forward to getting started on the rebuild.


I did an arm replace on an Eversor. I used an Eldar Guardian arm:




The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/12/20 22:05:34


Post by: theCrowe


You know that's just typical Necromunda for you. I have a couple of such Franken-minis languishing out in the garage. Funnily enough one is a Vindicare Assisin with a Van Saar head and a couple of weapon swaps. The other is a harlequin with Jakara spyrer parts. Young me was a little knife-happy.

Always a pleasure to follow this thread.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/12/21 20:29:11


Post by: Archonite


This was probably my biggest repair. Free landraider from some guy who trashed it

Shows all the missing parts


Warped hull construction


Side of a plastic bin to make doors, extra vehicle parts to fill the other gaps


Had to pin a smaller rhino door to fill the larder LR door hole



Cracked the entire LR apart to reassemble the gaps and warped floor to get to this


Fast dirty paint job





The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/12/21 20:49:25


Post by: Elbows


Excellent work!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/12/30 04:25:53


Post by: reiner


Awesome rehab raider! Great work


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2017/12/30 14:22:13


Post by: Elbows


Just a few more for the year end. Not overly in love with these, but I needed to fill a few gaps in the army.





Into:



The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/02/21 16:56:17


Post by: Captain Brown


I have lots of restored models as most of my armies are built from cast off's or figures that no long hold a players attention/imagination any longer.

Some Tau Fire Warriors:



Painted:



And a Devilfish:







The long painting war continues...

CB


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/02/22 16:52:12


Post by: Captain Brown


Another eBay recovery of an Imperial Guard Basilisk that became an Ork looted vehicle.



Here is the Looted Vehicle I made from the Basilisk:





The long painting war continues...

CB


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/02/22 16:53:19


Post by: Elbows


Well done, that man!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/02/22 18:02:16


Post by: darkcloak


This thread is fething awesome.

I especially like the Terminator 'comic strip' at the top. Whoever did that layout did a great job.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/02/22 19:30:48


Post by: Elbows


I haven't rescued anything recently...it's making me want to go "find" something on eBay to rescue.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/02/22 22:43:36


Post by: Captain Brown


Some more recoveries:

Here was a Mad Doc Grotsnik who was covered with extra superglue and paint.

Original model:


Cleaned, stripped and painted:



He wore the Red Pants!

The long painting war continues...

CB


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/02/25 22:24:35


Post by: Private Benjamin


I acquired a couple of used Leman Russ and using various bits including older Rogue Trader metal i started my Imperial Guard Tank Company; before and after:






The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/02/25 23:04:11


Post by: Elbows


Hah, the Canada Hive World?


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/02/26 21:42:13


Post by: Private Benjamin


 Elbows wrote:
Hah, the Canada Hive World?


Yessir! A world mostly uninhabitable, covered in ice and snow and a desolate wasteland that produces much of the Imperium's "THC sticks", an alternative to "LHO sticks"

Here is my Vendetta Gunship eBay Recovery in the P&M Blogs: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/749735.page

Before:



After:



The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/02/26 23:11:38


Post by: Elbows


That first one hurts my eyebones...


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/02/27 03:23:09


Post by: ShadowCaptainMathius


 Elbows wrote:
That first one hurts my eyebones...


True story


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/01 11:46:30


Post by: Manalishi


Got this manticore in an ebay lot a while back:



The paint was... ok.. but streaky and blotchy in many areas with plenty of missed spots, and the missiles were unpainted and held on with blutack.

And now for the after pic, turned out pretty well, and I magnetised the missiles.



The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/03 05:30:37


Post by: Private Benjamin


 Elbows wrote:
That first one hurts my eyebones...



 ShadowCaptainMathius wrote:
 Elbows wrote:
That first one hurts my eyebones...


True story


Hand priming by brush painting it purple ...

Come check it out!!! ---> https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/749735.page





The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/06 23:04:04


Post by: Captain Brown


Here is another recovery, a Storm Boyz Nob.

The Nobz who was built from some damaged and missing parts like the Power Claw ends...which have been replaced by some old Vehicle sprue Dozerblade parts.




Cheers.

CB


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/09 16:44:05


Post by: Captain Brown


So Tread Heads I started updating the vehicles with a severely damaged Chimera I received in trade that was going to be a static terrain piece as the turret was glued to the body and lots of parts were missing. I started adding some parts, but then broke the frame and that let me even the tracks and make the model level and stable and it no longer looked like a warped Chimera so I decided to save the tank and refurbish it.






If you look carefully you will see bubbled areas of the hull and joins from excessive plastic cement, but after painting it looks like a older and rather rusted transport.

Cheers,

CB


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/09 17:08:26


Post by: Aetare


This is a really awesome thread - can’t believe I hadn’t seen this sooner.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/13 15:23:05


Post by: Elbows


After tackling and nearly completing my Chaos army I'm back to trying to finish up some Eldar.



The Dire Avenger Exarch (bottom, left) is reborn as an Autarch of the Yderis Craftworld.



The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/13 16:41:49


Post by: Captain Brown


This is an original Forgeworld resin Vulture (so very heavy solid resin and no flying stand).

After striping, sanding, repair, and painting it can now use the GF Plastic Flying Base.



The long painting and converting war continues,

CB


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/13 16:45:01


Post by: Elbows


Lovely work. Real shame the plastic GW version never matched the looks of that thing.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/13 16:51:30


Post by: Zid


Fantastic work everyone! I love when people save old models... would love to see someone save some of those ugly arse 2nd Ed Tyranids and make them look less terrible lol


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/13 17:06:06


Post by: Cruentus


Nice vulture. I'd love to get my hands on one of those.

The 2nd ed Nids? There's little hope for those. LoL Those warriors... That screamer killer was great though.

Rescuing old misused models is probably the second largest part of the hobby for me. Nothing more satisfying. I just dropped some vibrant yellow thickly painted bloodletters into the stripper. Its going to be a two-parter. Some had to go back in for another day or so.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/13 18:22:56


Post by: Elbows


In 2nd ed. you had the Carnifex/Screamer Killer which was okay --- I bet with a modern paintjob someone could make it really shine. I actually prefer the 2nd ed. Tyrant the best of the ones they've done (far less ALIENS looking).

The Genestealers were more or less the same, despite being older. The Hormagaunts looked cool but were absolutely miserable to base/game with. Termagants more or less looked the same. The warriors were hold overs from the initial models and were quite bad.

They were followed by the...nice(?) intermediat ones. I bet with a few arm swaps, head swaps and some nice painting even the worst Tyranids models could be made worthwhile.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/13 19:39:45


Post by: theCrowe


Mate, have to seen this?

https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/743240.page;jsessionid=E1559105F35DB99C4FD1A749690A0AA7

Its a 2nd ed. Nid-pocalypse! Brings a tear to me old eyes... Beautiful.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/20 16:38:45


Post by: Captain Brown


Some Mark I Rhinos off eBay.


Striped and repaired/upgraded.


Like new.






The long painting war continues...

CB


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/20 16:42:45


Post by: Elbows


Ohhh, yes! Daddy like!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/20 17:08:55


Post by: Flinty


Captain Brown wrote:
So Tread Heads I started updating the vehicles with a severely damaged Chimera I received in trade that was going to be a static terrain piece as the turret was glued to the body and lots of parts were missing. I started adding some parts, but then broke the frame and that let me even the tracks and make the model level and stable and it no longer looked like a warped Chimera so I decided to save the tank and refurbish it.

CB


I love this... "I broke it so badly while trying to fix the horrible mess that it was easier for me to make it properly"

And an excellent job it is too. Thanks for sharing.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/21 20:38:43


Post by: Captain Brown


 Flinty wrote:
Captain Brown wrote:
So Tread Heads I started updating the vehicles with a severely damaged Chimera I received in trade that was going to be a static terrain piece as the turret was glued to the body and lots of parts were missing. I started adding some parts, but then broke the frame and that let me even the tracks and make the model level and stable and it no longer looked like a warped Chimera so I decided to save the tank and refurbish it.

CB


I love this... "I broke it so badly while trying to fix the horrible mess that it was easier for me to make it properly"

And an excellent job it is too. Thanks for sharing.


Thanks, although the turret will never move again (due to the amount of plastic cement used by the previous owner).

Here is another rescue, although I did not take a photo before the bath in Simple Green.

The Warboss when stripped of the partial paint job it arrived in.



Then with some paint:



Cheers,

CB



The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/23 18:03:30


Post by: Captain Brown


Some more Tau Fire Warriors.



Because there were a lack of left arms with the Fire Warriors I did things like the one I added the binoculars to, taking spare bits to make models as there was a limited number of left arms and when on was really glued to slag I wanted no model left behind.




Cheers,

CB


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/24 15:41:03


Post by: Scott-S6


 Elbows wrote:
Lovely work. Real shame the plastic GW version never matched the looks of that thing.

There's no plastic version... (although it has been updated to a hybrid resin/plastic kit). You're thinking of the Valkyrie.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/24 21:16:26


Post by: Elbows


Right, I really mean that the plastic Valkyrie kit should have been used to make a plastic version of that.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/25 10:07:16


Post by: Scott-S6


 Elbows wrote:
Right, I really mean that the plastic Valkyrie kit should have been used to make a plastic version of that.

The hybrid kit is a breeze to build so I'm not really sure where the benefit in that would be.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/26 18:08:26


Post by: Captain Brown


From shattered bits, to primed and rebuilt.



To painted.



Cheers,

CB


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/27 08:55:28


Post by: ZoBo


ahh...so many lovely rescue jobs here!...I always love seeing a poor beaten-up old model being brought back to life

...wish I'd spotted this thread much earlier, I'd say at least half the stuff I've painted has been some form of ebay-rescue

anyway, I've just got done with a full rework of this chaos land raider I found on ebay a few weeks ago...granted, in a way, it does look a little worse off now than it did when I got it, but that's by design!

...from this:



...to this:








The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/28 13:18:46


Post by: minisnatcher


Some great looking stuff, those poor abused models are getting a great new home!

I picked up a Greater Brass scorpion conversion a couple of weeks ago. Here is the

before (how I got it from ebay)



and after:







The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/28 14:19:36


Post by: Elbows


Whoa, some lovely work. Awesome. I'm diggin' the Land Raider, and that's from a guy who isn't a fan generally of overly Nurgled things!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/03/29 18:00:33


Post by: theCrowe


Well, I thought it was long overdue this old fella got a freshen up. One after your own heart, Elbows.

From this...


Into the dip and scrubbed as much as soft 80's lead will allow.


And back to life with a nice new red paint job.


Not the best photography I'm afraid but you get the idea. Old Eldar are Immortal!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/04/02 17:55:37


Post by: Captain Brown


Great stuff everyone.

Cheers,

CB


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/04/02 17:58:44


Post by: Elbows


Crowe, nice save! Arguably one of the oldest "Space Elf" models back when they were just more or less mercenaries - before the Eldar were a real thing. Great save.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/04/02 21:30:54


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks man. I couldn't believe the layers of paint and the flash and mould-lines still on this fella underneath it all. The mould-line was a big nasty step too! Took some serious filing and fixing!
And the arm was broken off before. The paint was just so thick you couldn't see the join! Anyway, always glad to resurrect a classic. I've also got some GorkaMorka metals ready for an overhaul.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/04/12 16:25:09


Post by: Captain Brown


These were another eBay rescue. After a bath in Simple Green.



Cheers,

CB


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/04/12 16:39:21


Post by: Elbows


Eldar for the Eldar God(s)!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/04/12 20:25:36


Post by: Bellerophon


 Elbows wrote:
Eldar for the Eldar God(s)!


I have gathered quite the quantity of old metal Eldar in my quest to do a Biel-Tan army with no finecast. Unfortunately I haven't taken any 'before' photos before they got thrown into acetone, but I'll put some 'after' ones up once the rescues are complete.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/04/16 17:32:56


Post by: Captain Brown


Here is a Forge World Wave Serpent (from the first flight). Striped and repainted after being purchased on eBay.

In fact it was two eBay purchases, one for the tank (which was dark green) and had some strange metal bike parts for weapons. Another for the Shuriken Cannons in the turret which were damaged and required new pins.



The hard to see Shuriken Cannon on the hull was a regular one converted to hang below the bridge between the two sides, it is magnetized like the turret.

Cheers,

CB


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/05/10 21:05:41


Post by: Elbows


Nice work. I haven't touched a brush or model in a month, but I just received some terminators for a project we're doing locally...and of course I went old metals, a bunch of nasty ones from eBay. Should be posting them over the next week or so.

Here are the first two treasures.





The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/05/10 22:12:25


Post by: Flinty


Heh. I used to have that librarian, until I lost/someone stole my case of ancient stuff. I got it when I was about 12 when GW released the metallic paint set. It was definitely enough to.make your eyes bleed even without the warp powers


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/05/10 22:20:55


Post by: Adeptus Doritos


I've got a little box of older metal 40k and Fantasy models I grabbed at some yard sale for a few bucks. I want to rescue them, but the problem is- they all seem to have corrosion on them. What's the best way to get this off?


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/05/10 22:38:17


Post by: ZoBo


 Adeptus Doritos wrote:
I've got a little box of older metal 40k and Fantasy models I grabbed at some yard sale for a few bucks. I want to rescue them, but the problem is- they all seem to have corrosion on them. What's the best way to get this off?

what do you mean by corrosion?...like splotchy whitish stuff?...I've had that on a lot of old metals, honestly I just cleaned up the mouldlines and flash, and primed and painted them as normal...it didn't seem to have any effect...maybe give them a seeing to with an old toothbrush and some warm soapy water if you want to be on the safe side though


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/05/10 23:12:14


Post by: Elbows


Yeah, if they're genuinely corroded you're talking about lead-rot...and that's impossible to fix (and can spread, so ditch them). I've seen a lot of lead-rot horror stories. However, if they're post what...1992-1993(?) they shouldn't be lead, and thus would be unlikely to have any kind of corrosion.

Spoiler:


Generally powdery grey looking. That sucker is done, from what I've read - perhaps I'm wrong though. Worth looking into.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/05/11 00:26:57


Post by: ZoBo


 Elbows wrote:
Yeah, if they're genuinely corroded you're talking about lead-rot...and that's impossible to fix (and can spread, so ditch them). I've seen a lot of lead-rot horror stories. However, if they're post what...1992-1993(?) they shouldn't be lead, and thus would be unlikely to have any kind of corrosion.

Spoiler:


Generally powdery grey looking. That sucker is done, from what I've read - perhaps I'm wrong though. Worth looking into.

eesh...hadn't heard of that before actually...looks nasty


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/05/11 18:30:52


Post by: Captain Brown


Here is a second Forge World Wave Serpent (from the first flight). Striped and repainted after being purchased on eBay (it was originally some sort of Green and Black).

It was a combination of two eBay purchases, one for the tank and one for the Shuriken Cannons in the turret which were damaged and required new pins.



Again this model has a converted Shuriken Cannon on the hull as this model did not have that option due to it's age.

Cheers,

CB


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/05/13 22:51:03


Post by: theCrowe


Hey, that's pretty much what my Terminator Captain looked like when I picked him up. Great mini! Had to have him for my Ravens.
Really looking forward to seeing your work on both of these.

Spoiler:

Mine turned out like this

Not a great picture, I know.


Captain Brown: great work on those grav tanks- takes a lot of time and effort to finish one of those suckers let alone two. Fair play for getting them done and bringing them up to such a nice standard. Excellent result there.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/05/13 23:26:03


Post by: Elbows


Very cool! Yeah I have a box of others I need to snap pictures of soon!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/05/14 05:38:13


Post by: Rogerio134134


Cool thread, I recently bought 6 Bretonnian grail Knights and a Pegasus Knight. The Pegasus Knight has been difficult and he was plastic cemented to the saddle. Will post pics soon but it's turned out well.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/05/17 04:07:35


Post by: Captain Brown


Here is the third Forge World Wave Serpent (from the first flight). Repainted after a good scrub of simple green.

This model was even more of a mixture than the previous two...the Falcon portion of the model was mine and when I decided to convert it the original paint scheme had to be updated. Then I got back and jewels in a trade on WarSeer. Then an eBay purchase of the turret and the forward bridge section (which were painted in a red scheme).



Again this model has a converted Shuriken Cannon on the hull as this model did not have that option due to it's age.

Cheers,

CB


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/05/19 20:38:33


Post by: LordRahl


i dont typically take before pictures but i did for these guys
some of the shoulders and arms were too heaily damaged and replaced, but i love what i did to thier heads..

before:


after:


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/05/20 14:46:17


Post by: boundless08


Jesus, I can't imagine anything more scary than a power armoured squad of flying Deadpools!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/05/25 16:35:08


Post by: Captain Brown


These were more eBay recovery figures.



Cheers,

CB


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/07/05 21:53:34


Post by: Elbows


Long time since I posted last, but the Terminators are on hold, so I did this guy.



Stripped and re-done as a gift for my buddy's IG army.



The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/07/06 03:26:44


Post by: The Allfather




I picked up these guys sword and board in Toronto. Used useless.. fuzzy for some reason..

And now..



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The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/07/06 08:33:03


Post by: Stormatious


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The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/08/07 22:17:08


Post by: Skinflint Games


Accidentally bought a copy of 2nd Ed box set a few months back, in it were these guys:



Now repainted as Deathwatch - first proper Citadel minis I've painted since the '90s, quite pleased with the results!



Full post here for those interested:

https://skinflintgames.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/deathwatch/


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/08/07 22:57:21


Post by: Elbows


Nice. The previous owner didn't do too bad either - very 2nd edition, as if right out of the painting instructions from the box!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/08/08 23:10:07


Post by: theCrowe


Gotta love the old quintessential plugga -bolter marines. Never felt a space marine army was quite complete without at least a handful of those fellas.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/08/09 14:40:12


Post by: Skinflint Games


Thanks guys! Grots up next :-)


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/08/09 17:22:48


Post by: sphynx


Great thread, very inspiring.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/08/09 18:19:50


Post by: Elbows


I was just thinking about it; this would be a great monthly painting challenge for the board. Just a basic "buy the worst thing you can find on eBay and save it" challenge.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/08/09 20:15:54


Post by: Skinflint Games


 Elbows wrote:
I was just thinking about it; this would be a great monthly painting challenge for the board. Just a basic "buy the worst thing you can find on eBay and save it" challenge.


Great idea!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/08/10 08:06:05


Post by: ZoBo


 Elbows wrote:
I was just thinking about it; this would be a great monthly painting challenge for the board. Just a basic "buy the worst thing you can find on eBay and save it" challenge.

that actually does sound really cool!

although "buy the worst thing you can find on ebay"...oh boy, there's some real doozies on there...I've seen things that would probably take at least the full month just to strip


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/08/10 11:07:44


Post by: JamesY


Plus we'd all end up in s bidding war with each other.

Some great rescues been done since I last looked.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/08/10 17:22:26


Post by: Elbows


Well, I really meant "a previously painted or assembled" model, but...you know what I mean! Honestly it could just be a model you've already painted but have stripped down to repaint, etc.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/09/06 01:23:10


Post by: Polonius


I finally have some good before and after shots of a classic Armorcast Shadowsword.

Before:





WIP



After:







The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/09/06 02:14:42


Post by: Private Benjamin


 Polonius wrote:
I finally have some good before and after shots of a classic Armorcast Baneblade.


That is a wonderful rescue! Was it originally one of these?



The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/09/06 02:26:35


Post by: Polonius


 Private Benjamin wrote:
 Polonius wrote:
I finally have some good before and after shots of a classic Armorcast Baneblade.


That is a wonderful rescue! Was it originally one of these?


No, it’s a shadow sword kit from the very early 90s, back when armorcast had the license. The image you posted is the forgeworld kit, which was much more detailed (and valuable)


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/09/06 03:07:30


Post by: Elbows


Yep, though the old Shadow Sword was built on the same resin chassis - it had a plug and play style center right?





The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/09/06 06:00:23


Post by: queen_annes_revenge


Yarrick I got on ebay.

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The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/09/06 06:37:51


Post by: Elbows


Excellent work. Beautiful job.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/09/06 11:01:10


Post by: Polonius


 Elbows wrote:
Yep, though the old Shadow Sword was built on the same resin chassis - it had a plug and play style center right?





correct, the armorcast kit had only one chassis.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2018/09/06 22:03:07


Post by: Captain Brown


These were so caked in paint and varnish they came to me at less than $1 a figure.



Cheers,

CB


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2019/01/16 22:57:07


Post by: Elbows


Wonderful stuff. I'm still perusing eBay for the occasional metal to buy and re-do...need to find some. I actually paint less now when I'm not rescuing something!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2019/01/30 01:25:06


Post by: Argive


OMG this thread is great, should get pinned.
I love the idea and the work from everyone. You can feel the mini love.

Wish I had my old minis when I first started..


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2019/01/30 02:46:01


Post by: Elbows


I'm just sad that my Eldar army is so large, I don't need to buy more miniatures at the moment. I'll start looking for Warhammer Fantasy stuff to do for a dungeon crawl or something!


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2019/02/05 22:28:55


Post by: theCrowe


Well haven't finished the base yet (such as it is) but here's another rescue for the shelter.

Picked them up in this sad old state.

And stripped them off.

Not too bad of a job, I've seen much worse. A case of neglect more than over enthusiasm.

So I got to cleaning and assembling and painting and...

Pretty happy with this fella. Nice mini with plenty of character, can't go wrong really. That other guy though... What is that they say about polishing a turd?


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2019/03/23 14:29:56


Post by: JamesY


I wanted a poxcaster as a back up wizard option for my maggotkin, and got this from eBay for £2;



Cut the horn off a spare plague bearer head and some liquid green stuff, and a quick repaint and;



The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2019/04/03 08:02:56


Post by: mcmattila


Finally I get to contribute something on this thread!

This is an old Warzone 1st ed. Capitol model that I've had since early 2000s. It was originally painted by a friend of my brother's.





I cleaned it up, built a base and primed the figure last October, and now finally got to painting it. Finished model:





If you want to read a bit more about the model and painting it, pop over to my P&M thread or my blog.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2019/04/03 08:41:31


Post by: Deadshot


I haven't got pics of my rescue job just yet, but, I do have picks of a rescue job I'm attempting right now. I'm currently stripping most of my Blood Ravens for repainting. Here's what my "Marneus Calgar" looked like initially









Attempted save with drybrush and wash






Restored pics incoming - currnetly on my painting table for the Dakka monthly comp.






And while, out of shame, I deleted the existing pics of my Honour Guard, you can see them in the background of Calgar. Here's what they look like now

















The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2019/04/03 15:46:49


Post by: Tikay Fortooun


He's not painted yet, but the satisfaction I got from peeling the paint in one go was incredible.

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The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2019/04/04 01:21:31


Post by: boundless08


Spoiler:
 mcmattila wrote:
Finally I get to contribute something on this thread!

This is an old Warzone 1st ed. Capitol model that I've had since early 2000s. It was originally painted by a friend of my brother's.





I cleaned it up, built a base and primed the figure last October, and now finally got to painting it. Finished model:





If you want to read a bit more about the model and painting it, pop over to my P&M thread or my blog.


This guy is great. In fairness to your friend it wasn't the worst painted before but you brought it up a level. Several levels! I can't get over that guys butt bulge though! Too many centralized squats


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2019/04/04 02:08:46


Post by: Argive


That's a butt!? I though it was his helmet slung back.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2019/04/04 02:16:32


Post by: Elbows


Tikay: I know those feels...nothing better than a non-primed paint job which just slides right off.

Deadshot: I can't wait to see what you do with Marneus ---- if you're going to bother (I don't know if you're upgrading to the new model etc.) The new saved guard fellas are superb...and Marneus should join them!

I haven't done a bunch lately - mainly because my armies are so large I'm runniing out of excuses to buy metal minis and add them in...still haven't looked into fantasy stuff which I need to do!

I felt like I had posted this but didn't see it:

eBay:


Rescued:


eBay:


Rescued: (poorly in this case...)


And I have this fella on the way:


To be similarly converted into a Dark Apostle for my Renegades. Also working on another set of Warp Spiders....




The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2019/04/04 07:38:22


Post by: mcmattila


 boundless08 wrote:

This guy is great. In fairness to your friend it wasn't the worst painted before but you brought it up a level. Several levels! I can't get over that guys butt bulge though! Too many centralized squats

Thank you very much! That's not his butt though, as Argive said, it's his helmet, styled very much like a football helmet. If it were a butt bulge, I think a trip to a doctor would be in order


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2019/04/22 21:43:35


Post by: Elbows


Finally finished those Warp Spiders...and I'm not a fan. Just didn't have a good colour concept and just pushed through without thinking it over. I'll use them, but I'm...unimpressed with the palette.



The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2019/04/23 18:02:38


Post by: Scythern


Maybe put some darker washes over the blues. They are technically great, but I agree they are just a bit off with the palate


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2019/04/23 20:37:15


Post by: Shadenuat


They look okay. I would highlight main armor edges into lighter color - like Ivory, brighten the helmets and use dark brown instead of light brown for bases to make models look more striking.


The Dakka Rescue Shelter @ 2019/07/13 18:51:39


Post by: Captain Brown


This an eBay recovered hull and some resin parts, supplemented with some plastic and resin parts I cooked up to replace the missing parts and restore the tank to something close to her original configuration.
Purchased in 2002 (based on this photo information)



Rebuilt from the component parts up. Including replacing or rebuilding missing parts. Including using a current Wave Serpent plastic kit to replace the troop compartment (the one it came with was badly melted and missing the rear ramp completely), going through bits to replace the secondary weapons, casting my own jewels, a FW purchase on a second turret and weapon, and some trading on WarSeer and Dakka.

Starcannons and shuriken cannon

Starcannons and shuriken cannon

Starcannons and shuriken cannon

Starcannons and shuriken cannon

Scatter Lasers and shuriken catapults

Scatter Lasers and shuriken catapults

Scatter Lasers and shuriken catapults

Scatter Lasers and shuriken cannon

Scatter Lasers and shuriken cannon


For those wondering the pilot is fully painted, but the previous owner did get some sealant on the canopy, giving one side a frosted look.

The long painting and converting war continues...

CB