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Made in gb
Implacable Skitarii







More progress done. Managed to mask all tje metallic areas and spray the rest. Removing the rubber was a pain, i imagine the rubbing way they show online will work on flat surfaces but for minis it just won’t cut it. I burned through 3 sets of latex gloves before i gave up and used my pair of tweezers.

Results are...mixed. There’s a lot of lifted paint around the edges of the rubber, but i feel it looks great and offers some intended effect of paint wear. I still have to apply red washes to bring out a few details but it might end up being a pin was rather than a full wash.

And of course. Once i was nearly done I remembered i was supposed to paint one yellow! So basically rinse and repeat. Not fun

Here’s current status of all parts. Will be on holiday for two weeks, so it’ll be a while before next update. I plan on touching up the metallic where needed so proper progress will come slow for now

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"The short life of an Astartes' best friend" - a very short fiction story 
   
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Boston-area [Watertown] Massachusetts

Progress is progress, and it's looking good! What will the yellow one represent?

--Brian



Falling down is the same as being hit by a planet — "I paint to the 20 foot rule, it saves a lot of time." -- Me
ddogwood wrote:People who feel the need to cheat at Warhammer deserve pity, not anger. I mean, how pathetic does your life have to be to make you feel like you need to cheat at your toy army soldiers game?
 
   
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Implacable Skitarii







 Briancj wrote:
Progress is progress, and it's looking good! What will the yellow one represent?

--Brian




All going well and managing to fix the botched black lines, it should be this:
With a metal rather than bronze gun and ammo holder, and probably a dark blue helmet screen.

 ciuncky wrote:
Haha, i had a feeling you'd be the first one to comment lol.




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Never ride faster than your angel can fly
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"Deus est Machina" - ciuncky's painting blog

"The short life of an Astartes' best friend" - a very short fiction story 
   
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Boston-area [Watertown] Massachusetts

Nice! Looking forward to it!

Falling down is the same as being hit by a planet — "I paint to the 20 foot rule, it saves a lot of time." -- Me
ddogwood wrote:People who feel the need to cheat at Warhammer deserve pity, not anger. I mean, how pathetic does your life have to be to make you feel like you need to cheat at your toy army soldiers game?
 
   
Made in gb
Implacable Skitarii







Hello, Adepts!

This is getting embarrassing lol. The third time i restart this project, but i couldn't take that pile of shame anymore. So using the extra time spend in traffic during this CV19 lockdown, without further ado, I present to you...

MORE gak DONE


To quickly recap, i've spend about 6 hours touching up the reds and yellows, then the metallic where the paint flaked when lifting the rubber masks. Horrible job that needed to be fixed properly as i decided to go with pretty clean builds / no battle damage.

Starting with a good use for the less used Badger Krome, i did some fancy green and yellow highlights, first time i did at such small scale and a bit difficult due to having a Neo Air compressor which won't allow fine tuning.

Up next, some decal job!
Stay tuned, this thing will END!
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Never ride faster than your angel can fly
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"Deus est Machina" - ciuncky's painting blog

"The short life of an Astartes' best friend" - a very short fiction story 
   
Made in us
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Keep at it!

   
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Implacable Skitarii







 Gitsplitta wrote:
Keep at it!


I wouldn't have expected anyone else to comment first after this hiatus lol!


Anyway, i managed to get to the decals part. It's probably my favourite area of any build, but sweet Omnissiah was this a chore.
As i'm horrible at freehanding, i used the line & square decal that you see on hoods and robes instead of painting it. Of course, the decal is formed of 2 other thin lines, so having to cut those out perfectly, then having to chop the correct decal into a million tiny pieces to make it fit properly to the curves of the models wasn't fun at all!

Final touchup with wite paint to fill in the cracks left by cutting. The pictures actually show a bit of mistake when painting, but not really visible by naked eye so i won't even bother going back to fix those, i'll probably ruin more.

Other decals on Ironstriders and Kastelans were your nomal decal job, nothing to write home about.
Phew, getting there...
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Never ride faster than your angel can fly
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"Deus est Machina" - ciuncky's painting blog

"The short life of an Astartes' best friend" - a very short fiction story 
   
Made in us
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Wow, that looks fantastic put together! Love the blending on the cloaks too. The whole affair just really jumps off the screen. Excellent work!

   
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Implacable Skitarii







Uhm, right.... some HELP NEEDED

I did some work on the bases and got to a halt now as I ran out of a pot of Martian Ironearth. Another 4 pots ordered, but no idea when they'll ship.

The issue is that I primed the bases black, then sprayed some Khorne Red and finally some Troll Slayer Orange to get a nice variation and have a fancy colour below the cracks.
But the Ironearth dragged EVERYTHING under it so now I can see cork and greenstuff and putty and resin and hell and nightmares through EVERY SINGLE CRACK.

Should I have sealed everything first? Anyone has some experience with this?
At this point my only solution is to soak the bases in Agrax Earthshade and hope it'll cover properly - a test is underway.
I'll then brighten it up a bit with a Troll Slayer dry brush as that's the only orange I have on hand.

Second solution is to apply a second really thin coat of Ironearth over the more obvious culprits and leave the rest as is, and I much more like this idea.
Shouldn't be obvious from arm distance

Anyone else had this issue? Was the paint old and reacted wrong?
What should I do in the future?

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Never ride faster than your angel can fly
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"Deus est Machina" - ciuncky's painting blog

"The short life of an Astartes' best friend" - a very short fiction story 
   
Made in gb
Stalwart Veteran Guard Sergeant





England

This hasn’t happened to me before, but I would say that, in future, either don’t add other paints underneath (just slap the ironearth straight on), or seal it first. That’s just guessing though, so take it with a pinch of salt. Love the minis btw.

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See that stuff above? Completely true. All of it, every single word. Stands to reason. 
   
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Implacable Skitarii







A quick update to show the bases,

Starting with 3 for the Ironstriders, the one with track marks has been so problematic as i (thought) i was out of green stuff so i made them out of an old batch of Oyumaru.
Even after priming and painting some colour on top, as per above post the Ironearth thick paint dragged all around and it looked horrible. Eventually i managed to find a bit of half cured, 6 year old green stuff that did the trick!

Now just waiting on some pots of Ironearth (hopefully delivered today) before i get a quick drybrush on them bases and drill for pinning.
Also need to apply a wash on the metallics

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Never ride faster than your angel can fly
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"Deus est Machina" - ciuncky's painting blog

"The short life of an Astartes' best friend" - a very short fiction story 
   
Made in us
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Nice work on the bases. It's a significant part of the model presentation that a lot of folks don't utilize to it's full potential.

   
Made in gb
Implacable Skitarii







Righty-o!

Managed to get the bases done
And also completed the 2 Datasmiths and the Dominus (the latter only got touchups from the last update ages ago)

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Never ride faster than your angel can fly
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"Deus est Machina" - ciuncky's painting blog

"The short life of an Astartes' best friend" - a very short fiction story 
   
Made in us
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Nice blending on the Dominus' cloak. Bases turned out well too! I really like what you've done adding the metal to them. Never thought of that...

   
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Implacable Skitarii







 Gitsplitta wrote:
Nice blending on the Dominus' cloak. Bases turned out well too! I really like what you've done adding the metal to them. Never thought of that...


The blending is all airbrush work. Take some practice, but i wouldn't be able to achieve such a level just by wet blending. I'm still learning this technique, as i recently got a wet palette to help

Couldn't help myself and got Belisarius Cawl too, to add to the "team"

On the bases, i didn't want the metal to pop too much, at the end of the day it should all be covered in martian dust anyway so i think it turned out okish. What else would you find on martian soil, if not metal haha

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Never ride faster than your angel can fly
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"Deus est Machina" - ciuncky's painting blog

"The short life of an Astartes' best friend" - a very short fiction story 
   
Made in us
Regular Dakkanaut




These look great, the red robes are particularly impressive.

   
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Implacable Skitarii







And finally, a JUICY update!

Got all the Kastelans glued up. Tried to offer them the most dynamic pose given the relatively rigid stance (chopped up the pins on 2 legs so a bit more movement was offered)
But the main dynamism comes from the shoulder gun, head pose and most importantly, arms.

Front and back view for all of them!

Contemplating if i should apply a thin white edge highlighting on the sharp edges etc. Might look good, but not 100% decided yet. On the Yellow one it'd be virtually invisible so maybe i try on that, and if i don't fancy i just stop for the rest.
The plan would be to apply this to all Kastelans and Ironstriders (plenty of sharp panels there!)

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Never ride faster than your angel can fly
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"Deus est Machina" - ciuncky's painting blog

"The short life of an Astartes' best friend" - a very short fiction story 
   
Made in us
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Fantastic modeling work on those! I have ne'er seen more dynamic and interesting poses. Blue ribbon goes to the shattered face plate with the head details underneath!

You'll love Cawl... he's so bloody useful.

   
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Implacable Skitarii







 Gitsplitta wrote:

You'll love Cawl... he's so bloody useful.


I don't actually play...even though i started this ages ago hoping i'll get around to it, i've never.
Maybe one day, when i'll have a kid to share the hobby with lol.

Below the state Ironstriders were in. Sadly friends came along with a kid and he left his greasy marks everywhere so paint had difficulty sticking to anything. Also a pretty old pot, so very thin with a lot of pigment dried on the side.
What you see is after 3 layers of paint and i got a bit sick of painting all that - contemplating if i should mask all metal and just spray it all red. Might save time after all...

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Never ride faster than your angel can fly
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"Deus est Machina" - ciuncky's painting blog

"The short life of an Astartes' best friend" - a very short fiction story 
   
Made in us
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Ah, but it looks prettier this way!

   
Made in gb
Implacable Skitarii







Dunno, don't really "feel it". Plus it would be a contrast to the rest of the red metal so not sure i'm up for that. I decided to mask, and did part of it already with blutack, the big parts will just be covered in masking tape.

Let's see how they come out!

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Never ride faster than your angel can fly
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"Deus est Machina" - ciuncky's painting blog

"The short life of an Astartes' best friend" - a very short fiction story 
   
Made in gb
Implacable Skitarii







At long last, the armies of The Omnissiah march!

Skipped over pics the last few boring steps. Long story short the airbrushed Ironstrier bodies came out perfect so all i had left was a bit of weathering on the feet, matte coat and finally a gloss touchup on all the lenses etc (sadly not visible in pictures).
No proper images to add to the Completed Log until i somehow source a proper photo camera and lights. Until then, these should do
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Never ride faster than your angel can fly
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"Deus est Machina" - ciuncky's painting blog

"The short life of an Astartes' best friend" - a very short fiction story 
   
Made in us
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Nicely done and an enjoyable project to watch. You should post a group photo.

   
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Boston-area [Watertown] Massachusetts

VERY nice work!

--Brian

Falling down is the same as being hit by a planet — "I paint to the 20 foot rule, it saves a lot of time." -- Me
ddogwood wrote:People who feel the need to cheat at Warhammer deserve pity, not anger. I mean, how pathetic does your life have to be to make you feel like you need to cheat at your toy army soldiers game?
 
   
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Wicked Ghast





Australia

I love the super vibrant style

Nothing to see here, move along mortal.  
   
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Implacable Skitarii







Gitsplitta wrote:Nicely done and an enjoyable project to watch. You should post a group photo.


Briancj wrote:VERY nice work!

--Brian


JustALittleOrkish wrote:I love the super vibrant style


Thanks all, i'm overall pretty happy with the result too!
@Gitz, once sun hits so i can do a proper natural light picture, i'll take a snap of all!


In the meanwhile, i've decided to convert this Mechanicus exclusive thread to a full archive of what i'm painting. Modified the first post a bit to reflect that, and also the name.



Current project is a Chaos Knight as well as the Thousand Sons part of the Burning of Prospero box.
As i like having 2 projects going at the same time, in case i get fed up with a painting scheme.

Images will follow ASAP!

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Never ride faster than your angel can fly
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"Deus est Machina" - ciuncky's painting blog

"The short life of an Astartes' best friend" - a very short fiction story 
   
Made in us
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Look forward to it!

   
Made in gb
Implacable Skitarii







Quick update after i managed to grab some pics of the Knight.

First off was a lot of filling and sanding, as i didn't want to have trench gaps between the smooth parts on legs etc.

Once that was done, basecoated all armour plates in Desert Tan and highlighted white.
All metallics also painted with the new Vallejo which looked amazing, only to be afterwards totally drenched in a wash of Seraphim Sephia.
Reason for that is i wanted final highlight to provide some shine, rather than do a normal wash and lose that element.

So there you go, last 2 images showing the head before and after a really heavy drybrush
More soon!

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Never ride faster than your angel can fly
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"Deus est Machina" - ciuncky's painting blog

"The short life of an Astartes' best friend" - a very short fiction story 
   
Made in gb
Implacable Skitarii







Well well well, as any self-respecting Chaos Knight, i went with the chainsword and the gauntled.

That left me with a cannon that i had no use for, except for some bits i could probably use for basing other kits.
BUT wait - why not use it to "base" this one?

After some fiddling, main cannon body turned upside-down, the holding part of the arm turned into two pipe exits, and some pewter cables to make any Magos happy,

LO AND BEHOLD.
And yes, that's the mark of chaos, trying to get some contact paper cut to size and mask the symbol on the top carapace.

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Never ride faster than your angel can fly
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"Deus est Machina" - ciuncky's painting blog

"The short life of an Astartes' best friend" - a very short fiction story 
   
Made in us
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Ehhhhhxcelent!!

   
 
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