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It’s been a while since there was a How-to Tuesday, but today’s installment is hefty-enough to make up for the segment’s absence, I assure you.

Ashton Holbrock, aka Red Modeling Paint Studio aka kommander_redfinger on the PP forum has been streaming painting tutorials and posting them to YouTube for over two months now. He does this as part of his commission painting service.

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Ashton paints the client’s mini live on Twitch, instructing them in the techniques and methods he uses to paint his amazing miniatures.  All of these videos are then archived on his YouTube channel.  He covers airbrushing, 2-brush blending, color theory and a multitude of other things as well.  If you tune into his Twitch broadcasts, he opens up the last 10-15 minutes of his hour long broadcasts to questions from the audience.

Here’s some videos of his that are very insightful:

Airbrushing:

2-Brush Blending:

So, give his YouTube channel a look, and be sure to subscribe to his Twitch feed so you can watch him live and ask questions

Lost Hemisphere fans likely already know about Faultie’s project for this year’s charity, but in case you don’t, check this out:

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Faultie’s always been a fan of the Rhulic nation, and this year, he wanted to do a WWII bomber inspired Earthbreaker! So, he commissioned some “nose art” for the project, and off he went! What’s even cooler than having some concept art to go with a model? Putting that art on the model! Faultie made it into a decal, and it’s on the Earthbreaker! If you like the art, you can purchase all sorts of Steamin’ Sally merchandise, which will help support the charity!

Faultie’s vision called for a customized Earthbreaker, and loads of converting has gone into this thing.  You can read about his project log here and here.

My contributions to the project were minor compared to what Faultie’s done, but I’m pleased I had a chance to assist with such a cool piece.  I took Faultie on a supply run (and found a few goodies myself), painted the faces of the crew, and painted the explosion on the base.

Here’s a few pictures of the base being painted, after I finished the explosion and handed it off for final assembly and glamour shots:

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And here’s some shots with the Steamin’ Sally in action!  Check out the nose art, under his arm!

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Lastly, here’s a video!

 

 I can’t wait to check out the finished piece in person at Templecon 2015!  If you want a chance to win this thing, buy lots of Lost Hemisphere raffle tickets.  If you can’t make it to Templecon, see if a friend will buy tickets for you!

The lads over at Lost Hemisphere have worked with the same company that produces pins for Privateer Press, and will have a pair of pins for sale at TempleCon! Being the goody-two shoes they are, the proceeds from the sales will help go to charity!

You can read all about it on their recent update, just click the picture of their awesome new pins, below!

Awesome Astrolobe and LH Logo pins!

I’m working on some Plarzoid.com swag as well, but it’s not quite ready to show you yet, give me another week or two.

In the mean time, if you’re planning on attending Templecon, what armies are you bringing and what events are you looking forward to?

Clint is back again discussing his Tau endeavors as we get ready to begin the Ceres IV Campaign…

I am back from the amazing event which is NOVA Open here in the DC/Virginia area. Though I went to kick friendly and figurative dirt in the faces of other Warmachine players in good-natured competition, I spent most of my free moments wheeling and dealing with vendors over Tau. After also winning a raffle (woo hoo!) and trading away a few spare models on Bartertown, I expanded my collection thusly:

  • Riptide x1
  • Hammerhead x1
  • Crisis Suits x….9
  • Stealth Suits x3
  • Pathfinders x20
  • Darkstrider
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Yay for Apocalypse Formations!

I stated in my first write-up I was shying away from armor and despite the Hammerhead pick-up, I’m actually more resolute. I plan to use zero armor pieces in my eventual “completed” force. The deal on it was good so I picked it up in hopes of prodding Plarzoid into a trade from his Tau bucket. I still have hopes he’ll complete a force after his Dark Angels and join me in the Tau greater-goodliness. I also contemplated picking up the official model for the Fireblade Cadre, but thought better of it since he’s basically a $25 Fire Warrior model I can create myself with a few bits and some green stuff.

Going back to the list of new additions, you read it correctly, I have added nine Crisis Suits bringing my total to fifteen. Because the nature of this project is character, creativity, and aesthetically driven, I now have enough spare models to create all the concepts I can dream up and store them in a rogues gallery of retinue options, so to speak. They’ll be a lot more complicated to build so for this installment, I’m grinding out as many Fire Warriors and other force staples as I can.

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As the 40k bug continues to nibble away at my painting time, I find myself looking for painting videos for inspiration, tips and other nuggets of knowledge.  This video is a good hour and a half long, but goes into loads of detail on how to do what I call the “base wash base” method of painting. This method produces above tabletop quality paint jobs, and requires only two to three different size brushes and having some decent brush control (being able to “paint inside the lines”). SS82’s method is quick and can easily be applied to just about any miniature.