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NiftyVT's Xana II Mechanicum

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Next up is a couple Armigers!


On my first I decided to experiment a little and marble the top carapace. In general I try to experiment or do some thing a little different/new on just about every model I do. Whether its a conversion technique, decal technique, or painting technique to name a few possibilities. 


In this case it was a painting technique with my airbrush. I saw a random facebook post that mentioned something about a 'dryer sheet' method of painting marble. And that was basically the only information provided. . .so I decided to give it a try! biggrin.png




So this is for sure a new weapon in my painting arsenal. wub.gif  After this I did a bunch of Adeptus Titanicus panels too!


Other than that I painted the rest of the model like the Knight for the most part. Just changed up some chassis colors. I did the enamel wash over the marble too. And the final result.



For my 2nd Armiger I decided to try something new. Over on the Heresy30k forum a member posted their technique/process on how they acheived a beaten copper look on the armor panels of their 28mm Warlord. I think I got the overall look down but it seems to just look better on the larger Warlord armor panels because you have more room to play.




So that was a fun little experiment. And the next time I do a set of martian bases I will do a little tutorial. The next thing I want to experiment with is adding pigments to the bases! I have a bunch of colors of pigment from Secret Weapon ready and waiting.


I also painted up a random objective, and as you can see the Armigers are magnetized. Plan is to eventually get some alternate weapon options.




A little sneak peak at what I am currently working on.


Now. . .what could this little guy be doing?



Edited by NiftyVT, 07 June 2019 - 11:48 AM.

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The marble carapace looks awesome!




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Thanks and its super easy to do too!


So I have pretty much exhausted my finished collection, except for my Knight Acheron, so now it's time for true WIP minis. 


First up are 2 Dragoons. These also emerged from the forge a bit. . . different.




The awesome Triaros that has been at this stage for 2 years. whistling.gif Top shield bit is separate to aid painting.




And a super cool Vultarax. This pic is a few weeks old and I have actually made good progress on it. Its almost ready for the oil wash step. 




Next up is some Rust stalkers that I saved from a player at my FLGS. I had to come up with some missing arms but I like the result. Also included are some more of my GW Skulls program metal tech priests/arch magos.wub.gif




I know the Acheron is a rather large omission but I just don't have any good pictures of it at the moment. 


There are a few other things on the work bench but I will post them later. If you look at the background of some of my pictures you might spy some yet un mentioned things. biggrin.png


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Alright, up next is a few WIP shots of my now complete Acheron. I started off with a fantastic base from Dragon Forge Design (where most of my bases come from actually). Standard paint job as previously shown. But first I match drilled some pin holes to secure the knight to the base. 


Close up of base + pin holes.



I did standard FW prep work and multi assembly for painting. Lots of tiny bubble filling and a little green stuff work to fix some minor mold slips. I have it standing on that foam core because I already have the pins in its feet.





If you ware wondering whats in the Jar: Its where I poor the mineral spirits when cleaning my airbrush and regular brushes after using the enamel wash. Then I take it to the local trash collection where they have a special disposal tank. 




I followed the same painting process as the plastic knight except this time I actually knew what I was doing! biggrin.png



When I did the plastic knight I did lots of liquid mask and painters tape mask in order to airbrush the armor panel trim. On the Acheron I found that I really didnt need to go through all of the effort and did most of the trim by hand and got the same result. However, the larger trim on the main carapace, after trying by hand, did need to be airbrushed in order to achieve a nice smooth finish but instead of the time consuming liquid mask + painters tape I used good old silly putty!




Nothing else really special about the build or painting that hasn't been shown. I did fully paint the interior but the one and only time I took off the carapace to show it off I scratched the exhaust ports pretty bad. After fixing the paint I havent removed the carapace since.  I am not even going to bother with the interior on my Castigator.  I do try to attempt something new with each mini so maybe on my next knight that has an interior I will try magnetizing and putting a hinge on the cockpit door. . . maybe a LED to light the inside or something. 


I should have time on Friday to take some pictures of the finished Acheron. cool.png

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And here are some completed pictures of the Acheron. Enjoy. biggrin.png Those decals that go across panel lines are such a pain but well worth the effort to get right.











Edited by NiftyVT, 14 June 2019 - 09:48 PM.

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Excellent work on the Knight Acheron. Are the red scorpions on its armor mere decorations, or do they indicate he's a freeblade ally of the Red Scorpions Chapter?

Wolf Scout- Catachan barking toad eggs+ Thousand Sons Marine= Fun! (Wolves of Catachan)
Sisters of Battle+ Fenrisian Beer- Inhibitions- Sanity= Trouble! (Order of the Blazing Heart Rocket Punch Pimp Magnet She-Wolf)


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Reasons to use the Iron-hearted Angels ('Codex: Blood Angels' supplement): Because you think the Librarian Dreadnought needs Furious Charge AND It Will Not Die to beat down a Chaos-worshiping punk and his Defiler, while a Stormraven needs a Vanquisher cannon to beat down this punk's Heldrake.




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Excellent work on the Knight Acheron. Are the red scorpions on its armor mere decorations, or do they indicate he's a freeblade ally of the Red Scorpions Chapter?

Xana II Deamonforge House Malinax icons. I got 4 of the transfer sheets from FW before they were discontinued.

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Disappointed that there are no Apoc rules for all my fun FW stuff. . .the wait and freeze on buying anything new continues.

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