Friday, November 28, 2014

Charging through the mall on Black Friday

Here are some group shots of the Rhinos!

As I have mentioned before, these lads are very large, with the bases measuring 60mm

I have also been attempting to vary the fur colors.

I have one more very white rhino on the way, and one even darker than these...

It's interesting how each of the weapons is so different!

The next two rhinos are even bigger than these guys, so it will be a challenge to fit them all in the photo area at once!

Stay tuned... much more on the way!!!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Fire Sale!!! Black Friday arrives!!!

Here come the Outlaws, looking to create a fire sale of their own with the super nifty Flame Truck!

All kidding aside, Wild West Exodus has a smokin' hot 35 percent off everything in the webstore for  a massive 4 day sale.  There are a number of brand new items up for Pre-Order.

I had a lot of fun painting this vehicle.  All of the heavies like this are in minimal numbers of pieces, making them much easier to deal with than what you might normally find at this size.

I used some Secret Weapon dry pigments to finish off not only the weathering, but to feather out some edges, and even create some color variations in the brass, etc.  I have noticed that the pigments can be used for 'painting', and not just dirtying up something!!

I have more vehicles on the way, such as the Judgment heavy support, which will oppose this beast!

Fragility is also something that is not a concern for these models.  Very solid construction makes them practically unbreakable!

I will do another post showing some standard infantry sized WWX minis standing around this to give you an idea of scale.  The main weapon crew is the same size as an Iron Horse/Interceptor rider, so the scale matches up quite nicely!

So, be sure to visit the Wild West Exodus site over the weekend.  I know I will. :-)

The 'Secret' to good cooking

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope you are all having a great day with great food!!!

And if it's not Thanksgiving where you live, I wish you all the best, and express my appreciation for you coming to the Painting Madhouse!!

So, I mentioned a rust/staining technique that I discovered by accident.

It involves using the Secret Weapon Orange wash.  Quite often, I use the Secret Weapon washes with regular paints to create semi-opaque washes, mostly in the middle tones.

I also  use it to thin my paints instead of water.  This time, when I did that, I noticed that when mixed with certain 'regular' colors, it made a very nice stain/rust color!

Obviously it flowed quite nicely, since it was very fluid with the Orange Wash.  This meant that it would flow into those crevices very well, with not much effort.

But it also had a staining property when used it a very watery form.  Thee were times where I would place a drop of this mixture on the surface and dab at it with a paper towel, creating random textures that I could enhance with darker, more opaque layers of paint.  

You can see a hint of that on the rear gun mount. 

Yummy breads made by Chef Babo will be a fantastic addition to Thanksgiving dinner!!!  Butterscotch morsels, ginger ale tint, and a crust of melted butter/caramelized sugar should help to fight the sleep induced by turkey!

In this side shot you can see that using the Orange Wash mix works very well for the rivet stains.  It's very easy to 'draw down' a strand of the orange rust from the rivet.

In this view, you can see a number of instances where I put down a 'puddle' of the orange mix, and then manipulated the edges in different ways.  Sometimes I would feather them out to make it very soft, and at other spots I would add in those darker colors, letting them mix by themselves.

You can see a few of the 'regular' paints I used as my rust colors.  There was also a very deep, rich umber color as well.

The method really shone on the wheels!  It was the perfect thing.

Here are all the pieces, ready for assembly!!!!

The first image of the assembled Flame Truck.

There is still a few hours of finishing work to be done, mostly in the form of weathering powders.

Stay tuned for the final images!!!!


Well, it's that time... for cranberry sauce!!!  Sugar, raspberries, a pinch of curry powder.. and cranberries!  Poof.  Something you can put on just about anything.  Yum.

More yum from the new Outlaw heavy support, this time working on some glowing stuff and verdigris.

Also, working on the gun crewman before her gets attached...

The verdigris on the copper surfaces.  I wanted this to provide a slightly different color to the overall palette of the vehicle.

Uppy can barely contain his excitement as the cranberries pop!  Be careful, Uppy!

Some initial weathering effects were begun at this point as well.

As you saw in the concept art, some seriously heavy weathering is happening all over the Flame Truck. It fits the nature of the Outlaw's pattern of 'borrowing' things.

This would be many hours across innumerable surfaces on the truck.

One tiny portion mostly complete.  Once all these effects are done, and the vehicle is assembled, I will break out the powders to do some final touches.

I did manage to discover a new method for weathering!  It utilizes one of the Secret Weapon washes in a way I have never thought of before.

It was all very accidental.  I just thought I would give it a try, and it really worked out well!  I love experiments... especially when they work!

This is definitely something that I will work into the overall technique.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

How do you cook your Turkey?

Hey folks!  It's almost that time again.  Traveling through the wind and snow to get to someone's house for Thanksgiving!!

This is what it was like in our neighborhood a few days ago.

It's about to get much warmer, however, as the Black Friday sale at Wild West Exodus approaches!!!

This little dandy you see here is the new Outlaw Flame Truck, a new heavy support choice for the Wild West Exodus troublemakers!

I thought I would show you a few WIP images, starting with the usual shaded basecoat.  As always, the object here is to 'block in' not only colors, but where the lights and darks will go.

It's far easier to paint all the component element separately, and then do the final assembly later!  It also means that I don't have to handle certain edges as much, removing paint along the way!

By setting up all these basic shadings, I can then pick and choose what I want to make even darker, or tint to a different shade.  When you are dealing with as many shades of gray as this, it can get a bit monotonous, so you really want a way to work in that variety.

That can mean making one area more greenish or reddish, and so on.

The primary gun mount.  The colors were changed on this a few times, which is the kind of flexibility the Shaded Basecoat approach provides.

The crew of the gun mount also had a lot of earth tones on him.  That's good, as it will make him stand out from the cooler greenish blue grays...

The wheels are a major part of this vehicle.  These are shaded with the darkest parts towards the top, and lighter closer to the ground.  It's all about the reflected light!

These will look quite different when all the weathering is added.

Speaking of food... this cranberry/orange dressing was very nice on this salad!!  There had to be some kind of recipe included. :-)

Here's a shot with many of the pieces getting their darker glazes and shading.  There's a bit of preliminary weathering on the prows...

More definition is added to the wheels... in the hubs as well as the treads.

One last shot of the wheels!!!

For those living in cold climates:

Wage says, "Don't forget change your furnace filters once a month!"

More from the brand new Outlaw Flame Truck soon, so stay tuned!

A plague of Locusts

Well, eventually there will be Union Locust light support craft flying above these trenches!

For now, here is the completed base, which is just about 60mm.

It's interesting to see these sorts of bases painted and compare them to the original wood, gravel and other materials used to create it in the first place.

As you can see, the addition of the Secret Weapon skull and cartridges gave the interior of the trench a nice boost!

These ground level views show the stick/log assembly, and how I tried to paint it to look more 'in scale', and less like sticks.  Also, I attempted to run that same balance of browns, grays, greens, tans, and so on.

I am really looking forward to showing the finished Locust on this fun base!!  Stay tuned.