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Warbikes 2

After prepping and priming a miniature I gather the paint palette for the project;

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Mournfang Brown for the tires and ground base, Balor Brown for the seats and handle bars, Bleached Bone for the front and back rolled up tarps, Pig Iron for the bulk of the metals, Quick Silver for the headlamps, Troll Slayer Orange to serve as a base for the Big Top Red that will go on the gun barrels, front fender, hoses, and exhausts and black and white for touchups/repairs. Red acrylics are usually a bit thin so painting an area orange first makes for a stronger red and better depth of color. If you make a mistake and need to repaint something you can use white or black to blot over the mistake and redo it.

The paints are from four different manufacturers because I don’t feel you should be bound by one company’s dogma when it comes to personal design choices. Citadel makes a lot of really good products at the moment, that hasn’t always been the case though. At one point thier bottle designs caused the paints to dry out ridiculously fast. I use a lot of white, particularly as a dry-brushing base, so the big cheap bottle works great for that. Find what works for you. Here is today’s progress; I’ve done all of the small parts and I’ve started putting on the Pig Iron for the main body metals on the column of bikes on the left.

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I thought the Pig Iron would be darker and unfortunately it’s only a little darker than the Quicksilver on the headlamps. I’m thinking about a dark wash on the Pig Iron, not sure yet though.

In other project news, the Mantic Marauder squad is finished, here they are along with the Blood Axe Kommandos that they’ll be joining;

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I think they’ll fit in just fine, even though those Marauder upper bodies still look weird to me.

Busy week, not much painting.

Like the title says, still managed to progress on a few projects though. I finished off this Ork Nob in the older style of Mega-Armor, but his shoulders looked a little sparse. I was digging through my parts bin and found some GorkaMorka transfers, yay!

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While digging through my parts bin I also found an old Eldar Heavy Plasma Gun and used it to finish up-gunning my newer model Eldar WarWalker (the blueish one on the right). The guy on the left is the original style, I’ll tackle some old Eldar projects in the near future once some more of the Ork horde has been finished. I have waaaaay too many old Ork projects.

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The blueish warwalker was an ebay find and was cheap, probably because it was missing a gun. The previous owner had primed him blue so today I gave him a quick black wash (2 parts water to one part paint) to darken his base tones and to have black fill in all of his cracks and crevices.

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I also found another Ork Dredd, this model would have been version two, and I believe it is what was used as a base for the Killa Kans that now exist.

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The models I’ve been trying to paint this week are a batch of Mantic Games Marauders, which they now just refer to as Orks. When Mantic first started producing Marauders for their sci-fi lines they didn’t call them Orks. But GW lost a big lawsuit against a little company called Chapterhouse over the use of generic names, like Space Marine, and now Mantic appears to be free to call their Marauders what they’d intended them to be in the first place. I like the name Marauder better so when I use that name I’m talking about Mantic’s models, not GW’s, as they are still Space Orks. The ones I’m painting up are plastics from their Deadzone game, I’m still not happy with the plastic. The scuplts are a bit odd too; normal sized heads (ok), weird gangly legs (?), and oversized torsos with big arms (???). Weird, but mostly okay, makes for odd poses though. I’m painting up my Marauders in the same color schemes as my Bad Moon infiltrators to beef up their numbers.

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They’re not done yet though. I wasn’t paying attention when I assembled the flamer troops and their fuel hoses curl way out to the side before connecting to their fuel tanks on their backs. I thought it looked cool, and then found after I started painting them that their is a big indentation in their bellies, apparently to accommodate the hose wrapping around them? Dunno, I like my way better. I’m hoping to finish them tomorrow.

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Also from Mantic Games Deadzone is this Gretchin artillery;

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Also almost finished. I’ve been using, and enjoying, a metallic paint called “Brass Balls” from Privateer Press. That’s what’s been dry-brushed onto the cannon above and on parts of the fuel tanks for the Marauder flame-thrower troops.

I’m hoping to have some more finished projects pictures in the very near future. Cheers!