All posts for the month May, 2013

So, I spent some time last night, and was able to finish these three up.  They took far longer than I had planned to get done, but nevertheless, here they are.

The base markings are 2-brush, Arcane Blue to Thamar Black.  The grass is old static grass from something, and the flowers are from Secret Weapon.

The L, W and R help deonte the three characters – Lynch, Watts and Ryan.  Each has special, unique things, so keep track of wounds and which ones are alive or dead.

Anyway, the models:

B13th_facing B13th_front B13th_back

I don’t know if you’ve ever had a look at the Long Gunner models, but they’re classic Privateer Press models.  One piece, loads of detail.  However, like everything else, they have some fiddly bits.

They have these huge rifle barrels, because they’re … well… LONG gunners, after all.  I recently picked up a full unit (and UA) and much to my surprise, when I opened the box, all of them had bent barrels.  Just kidding, I wasn’t surprised.  The barrels are plenty thick, but pewter is a rather soft metal, and the barrels just can’t take the weight of the whole rest of the model when they’re bouncing around in the box.

So, I took the worst one I had, and took some pictures of my quick and dirty barrel replacement procedure.  If you’ve see me do Iron Fang Pikemen lance shafts, then this will be nothing new.


I clipped off the barrel at the end of the stock.  There’s a little band that wraps around the barrel, fastening it to the stock there, so it creates a nice, flat plane and lets us cover the joint between the model and the new barrel.


I again used my 3/64″ brass rod from K&S, and made a replacement barrel by rolling the rod under the blade of my X-Acto knife.


Once that was cleaned up, I went back to the model, and drilled a hole for my 20 GA pinning wire (with a #66 drill bit).  The old model’s barrel took up the majority of the space inside the stock, and was oblong in its profile.  I don’t know if this was by design or just how the molds work, but I placed my pin hole just above center on the end of the rifle stock, hoping it would line up with the top of the barrel on the rest of the gun.


I then dropped a pin into the hole…


… and glued the barrel into place.


Now, to repeat the process for the rest of the unit and the UA!


Black 13th WIP

Last time, I showed you some WIP Full-scale Black 13th models.  I’ve since had some time to actually paint them to a decent point.  I needed to keep with the feel of my existing Cygnar scheme, but clearly define these three models as unique from the regular ATGMs that may be out on the field.

I started with a black basecoat (Vallejo Airbrush Primer), and worked the coat highlights up with Exile Blue, and then Cygnar Blue Base.  I need to reclaim some of the original black in the recesses, but it’s difficult to tell without a strong light, and the model in hand.


The coat borders were a base of Hammerfall Khaki, with Menoth White Highlight blended in for highlights.  I think these need a shade still, but I’m not convinced yet which color to use.

The gold is Rhulic Gold.  It will be washed with super watered down brown ink, and then built back up with Rhulic Gold,  Shining Gold, and then Radiant Platinum.

The Skin is my usual formula.  I took a flesh tone (Midlund Flesh in this case) and put down two layers as a base.  Then I  carefully washed the areas with some of my dwindling supply of Gryphonne Sepia.  Then, took the basecoat, and picked out the sharp edges like cheekbones, ears, noses, chins, and knuckles.  Viola!


There’s still lots to do, but hey, progress is progress.

And, just so I don’t feel lazy, here’s everything I’ve assembled recently:

  • Stormwall
  • Tempest Blazers
  • Stormsmiths (3)
  • Centurion
  • Hammersmith
  • Kraye
  • Hunters (2)

Yeah, Cygnar.  Who knew?