Monday, March 18, 2019

#MonsterMarch3 Week three progress. More camo!

Painting Legio Tempestus Camouflage WIP

So I managed to get the second pass of masking tape on all of the armor panels.  Whew...it's a lot of itsy bitsy tape to cut and stick.  I'm excited to get the last coat of paint on so I can see how things came out.  The pieces above will all get a good dry brush of Vallejo Steel before I lay down the final camouflage coat of Vallejo Air Deep Sky. here's a bit more detail on all the panels now that they have the final masking in place.

Painting Legio Tempestus Camouflage WIP

Painting Legio Tempestus Camouflage WIP

Painting Legio Tempestus Camouflage WIP

Painting Legio Tempestus Camouflage WIP

Painting Legio Tempestus Camouflage WIP

In the close-ups you can see the first layer of tape under the paint.  The new masking is carefully laid down on areas that have not been taped yet, or positioned to overlap existing tape.  This approach varies the pattern and ensures that lifting off the bottom (first) masking layer doesn't also lift all the second layer of color.  The top (second) masking layer is meant to preserve the second layer of paint as a "middle" later of interesting shapes which may be partially covered by the top layer of shapes (which is actually the result of the first layer of masking).  Ugh...it makes one's head hurt to think about it.
 
Painting Legio Tempestus Camouflage WIP

I still wonder if the pattern is too sparse.  It is definitely more dense than the first attempt on the Reavers, so we'll see.  Check back in Thursday or Friday when I post up the official week three status post to see how things came out!  I hope to have all of the tape off by then and the final camouflage pattern will be revealed.

Cheers and Happy Gamming!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

#MonsterMarch3 Week Two Status (painting Legio Tempestus camouflage!)


On to week two of #MonsterMarch3. #ithinkibitofftoomuch, #suckitup, #getonwithit.

Lots happened this week but the results don't necessarily reflect the work involved.  It's time to get the armor painted.  And for Legio Tempestus, that means lots and lots of urban camouflage.  When I painted the two Reavers, I felt I used a pattern that was too sparse and too large making the resulting camo a bit chunky in my mind, at such a large scale (relatively speaking).  To that end, I'm working with smaller shapes this time, and more of them which means a lot more masking...and the Warlord has a LOT more armor panels!

To mask out the shapes, I use simple masking tape (an artist's/drafting variety that won't lift the paint when removed) and a sharp X-acto blade to cut the shapes.  Then either the knife blade or tweezers are used to lift and put the pieces in place.  Here's a a bit of what that looks like.  I stick a strip of tape to my cutting mat and then start cutting the shapes off and applying them to the armor.

masking camouflage patterns on an adeptus titanicus warlord titan

The shapes are varied using irregular triangles, trapezoids, squares, etc..  Here's how the pattern looks once applied to all the various panels...

masking camouflage patterns on an adeptus titanicus warlord titanLegio Tempestus Warlord Titan for Adeptus Titanicus WIP


Legio Tempestus Warlord Titan for Adeptus Titanicus WIP

Legio Tempestus Warlord Titan for Adeptus Titanicus WIP

Legio Tempestus Warlord Titan for Adeptus Titanicus WIP

I may look ridiculous to some, but no worries. I think it's petty neat, but wait...there's more...

Legio Tempestus Warlord Titan for Adeptus Titanicus WIP

Legio Tempestus Warlord Titan for Adeptus Titanicus WIP

Legio Tempestus Warlord Titan for Adeptus Titanicus WIP

Legio Tempestus Warlord Titan for Adeptus Titanicus WIP

Ok, that should do it.  This took me roughly five hours over two evening painting sessions.  Granted, I was not trying to win any races so I could have got it done a bit more quickly with proper incentives. As you'll see at the end, I also put some work in on the base.

Next, I laid down a thin (I hope!) coat of Vallejo Air USAF Light Blue with the air brush.  Last time, I laid the paint down a bit too think both in terms of the paint in the pot and the amount on the Reavers' armor.  This time I thinned the paint more and lowered the pressure on the airbrush and tried to lay down a light coat of paint over the masking. Here are some examples.

Legio Tempestus Warlord Titan for Adeptus Titanicus WIP

Legio Tempestus Warlord Titan for Adeptus Titanicus WIP

Now it's back to masking the second layer of shapes for the camouflage pattern over all the armor panels again. Once I have the new color masked, I'll do all the dry brushing for the metal so that any over brushing on the armor will get painted over by the last layer of color.

Is mentioned above, I did take short breaks to work on the Warlord's base while masking the armor.  I used my usual Vallejo Black Lava to grit the flat surfaces of the base and then applied GW Martian Ironearth to an area I designated as a long dead river bed.  This breaks the terrain up a bit and will match similar work on the Warhounds, I hope.

Custom base WIP for an Adeptus Titanicus Warlord titan

The Martian Ironearth dries well on the base, but is pretty fragile and flakes of easily.  You can see a couple missing flakes of color near the top rim of the base.  To stop this, I sealed everything with some flat lacquer spray prior to priming. I could simply have primed over everything to seal it, but I felt the lacquer would be a bit tougher to dislodge in the future.

Custom base WIP for an Adeptus Titanicus Warlord titan
 
Here's the primed result.  As with the Reaver bases, I'm painting the black primer overall, but will bring back the red martian soil in the end. I chose the ironearth for it's ability to vary the texture of the base, not for its color.  The shot below is flipped 180 degrees as it would be seen from the rear of the titan.

Custom base WIP for an Adeptus Titanicus Warlord titan

And that's where I am today.  I have one more painting session this week to get cracking on the second layer of masking for the camouflage, but I felt that wasn't interesting enough to make the post - once you've seen the first layer, you've got the point, I'm certain.  Check back next week to see where things get as I finish the camouflage layers and get to work on the metal skeleton.

At some point there must be checkers as well, so I need to print up my decals for that soon too!

Best of luck to all the other #MonsterMarch3 challengers out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

#MonsterMarch3 Week One Status


One week in, here's my status on the Legio Tempestus Warlord.  Following assembly, it was time to begin priming the model using Vallejo Surface Primer Black and my airbrush.  I love priming this way since I can do it inside easily without fumes using my spray booth (which exhausts outside). I started with the bits still on sprue.

Priming the armor panels

Priming the heads and weapon shields. 

I decided to prime all the options for convenience.  Obviously I won't be using the traitor armor, ick. :) Next I stuck some of the loos bits to some double-sided tape and primed those.

Priming the armored foot pistons

Priming some loose body armor.

Then it was time to prime the rest of the (mostly) assembled warlord.  I have more work to do on the base that is waiting for supplies so it is not primed at this stage.

Adeptus Titanicus Warlord WIP - legs primed
Priming the legs

Adeptus Titanicus Warlord WIP - torso and arms primed
Priming the body and magnetized weapons
Once this had dried completely, I laid down a base coat on all the metal parts using Scale 75 Black Metal and my airbrush.  Too lazy to mask at this stage, I just tried to be careful and not go crazy covering areas I would later be painting another color.



And now the Warlord with its metal bits...

Adeptus Titanicus Warlord WIP - Front

Adeptus Titanicus Warlord WIP - back

And that's where things stand for now.  The Warlord is looking good, looming over the rest of the maniple so far...

Legio Tempestus Titan Maniple WIP


Next up, I began base coating the rest of the model in preparation for painting the camouflage pattern and laying down the checkers.  I'm printing a new custom decal sheet of black checkers on a clear background. I picked up some Testors Decal Bonder spray which can be used to seal inject printed custom decals with a normal decal film.  This will be much better, I feel, than using matte spray over the decal paper. I hope the Decal Bonder will stop an issue I've had with the black rubbing off while positioning the decals, despite the matte spray trying to seal it in. I'll cover the whole process and my evaluation of the results in a later post.

So to prepare, I sprayed GW White Scar on the white areas and Vallejo Air Medium Gray on the parts to be camouflaged.  Masking tape was used to protect various areas during painting, particularly those parts I'm not going to use on this titan.

Adeptus Titanicus Warlord Legio Tempestus WIP - base coating the armor
painting armor panels onthe sprue
 The tilting shields will have a white field.  I'm thinking one will be checkered, and the other plain white with a decal of some sort. The left pectoral armor will be white with some black pattern on it, which the rest of the armor will be camouflaged.  I thought the knee and thigh armor would look cool quartered with white and black for this titan; sort of an exaggeration of the smaller checks as personal heraldry for the engine.

Adeptus Titanicus Warlord Legio Tempestus WIP - base coating
painting more bits on sprue
 I'm experimenting with one head option that will be quarters with white and black with camouflage on the opposite quarters.  The gun shields will also be quartered with camo and white.  One white quarter will be checkered, the other plain white, I think. Its quite fun planning out the heraldry on these large models.  I think it'll look a bit busy, but I guess that's also the point!

Adeptus Titanicus Warlord Legio Tempestus WIP - starting the camouflage
Torso armor to be camouflaged

Adeptus Titanicus Warlord Legio Tempestus WIP - base coating the missile launchers
painting the missile launchers
 The missile launchers will be black and white checkers on top and camouflage on the bottom.

Adeptus Titanicus Warlord Legio Tempestus WIP - base coating the torso and weapons
Plates on the torso and weapons to get camouflage 

Adeptus Titanicus Warlord Legio Tempestus WIP - base coating the torso
Thinking about camouflaging the torso...

So that ends week 1 of #MonsterMarch3 for me.  I'm busy with family for the long weekend, then I get stuck back in for week two.  I'm very excited to watch this beast take form as the various colors get laid down.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!


Monday, March 4, 2019

#MonsterMarch3 Week One progress. Assembly!


Welcome to my first update for #MonsterMarch3.  For this challenge, I did not have an assembled model, so I'm following the program and using week 1 for assembly.  The Adeptus Titanicus Warlord kit is a lot of fun to assemble.  Following along with the instructions, I started with the leg assembly.

Adeptus Titanicus Warlord Titan WIP - leg assembly

To add an element of motion to the engine, I'm posing it stepping onto (and cracking) a rocky out cropping as it strides forward. The cork is only loosely placed at this point to provide enough area to get the legs posed well.  I'll clean up and glue down the cork so it resembles a landscape cracked by the weight of the engine as it stomps down.

The assembly is stock otherwise.  It's cool how easy the legs are to pose.  Great set up for the knees combined with the ball joints at the ankles and hips. While the glue dried on the legs, I set to the torso. All armor panels are left off for painting and I won't glue the waist until much later after the painting is well underway.  These models are small enough that I chose not to magnetize their waists.

Speaking of magnets, this model was designed to accommodate them in the shoulders and carapace weapon mounts. Very cool.  I chose to drill the magnet holes a smidgen deeper to accommodate the 2mm thick  magnets I had - I also wanted the slightly larger magnets for better hold. The supplied sockets fit a 1mm thick round magnet.  I don't recall the diameter, but you can find that info easily online with a simple search,

Adeptus Titanicus Warlord Titan WIP - magnetizing the arms
The upper arms will click in with these magnets.
Adeptus Titanicus Warlord Titan WIP - magnetizing the missile launchers
The Carapace weapons will set down on these magnets.
The upper arms have a socket as well as the shoulder mounts for the other side of that magnets.  Make sure to keep good track of your polarities!

Adeptus Titanicus Warlord Titan WIP - magnetizing the arms
Upper arms with magnets installed.  
Adeptus Titanicus Warlord Titan WIP - magnetizing the volcano canon
Right volcano canon assembled with shoulder
Adeptus Titanicus Warlord Titan WIP - magnetizing the volcano canon
Left volcano canon assembled with shoulder
Last up, magnets were glued into the carapace apocalypse missile launchers.  I use 2-part 5-minute  epoxy for this, but super glue could work as well.  I find epoxy a more flexible and "sticky" bond with the magnets.  I've used superglue as well, and it works, but the bonds are brittle and occasionally a magnet will pop free.  So far, I've not have that issue with epoxy.

Adeptus Titanicus Warlord Titan WIP - magnetizing the missile launchers
Magnet glue into an apocalypse missile launcher.
 And now, for the grand reveal, we have the Warlord assembled (mostly) and striding forward with purpose.

Adeptus Titanicus Warlord Titan WIP

The armor and head bits are still on sprue.  I'll start the painting there using an airbrush.  Then I'll assemble those bits later on in the project.  Next up, the base will get finalized and priming will begin.  That should round out week 1.  I'm still considering names for my Tempestus titans.  This beauty will need a name before the challenge is complete!

Best of luck to all the fellow challengers for #MonsterMarch3.  And even if you aren't participating, best of luck with whatever you are working on.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!