Thursday, October 17, 2013

Dropzone Commander - PHR (Part 5 - Poseidon Heavy Dropship)

It's time to bring the Poseidon to the same level as the starter box. I started by dry-fitting to work out how to assemble just enough for painting, and decided I would put the wings on but not the engines.

Here I've glued on the wings, but there's some gaps that need to be filled.

The underside was ok - no gap filling needed here. I drilled the plugs and added magnets so I would be able to carry my walkers and tanks.

The large gaps were filled with brown stuff (because it is what I had handy) and then I used liquid greenstuff over the gaps.

This was then filed back carefully with a soft foam-backed file.

The Poseidon was undercoated white, and I used the same pre-shading technique as the rest of the army, airbrushing black along the panel lines and deep areas, then gradually working up layers of Menoth White Base.

The engines were done separately but using the exact same techniques.

Once I was happy with Menoth White Base, I moved on and worked up the more extreme areas with Menoth White Highlight.

Here's a close-up of the nearly finished body of the Poe

All the metal areas were painted with Vallejo Air Steel, and shaded with liberal amounts of Army Painter Dark Tone wash.

Here's a top view of the Poseidon on the flying base. It's a big ship!

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Dropzone Commander - PHR (Part 4)

A bucketload of photos for my PHR. After being relatively happy with how the dropships turned out, I decided to start on ground units. Here's how the Neptune dropships turned out with all the metals inked. The Army Painter Dark Tone worked a lot better than GW Nuln Oil in the end, so I'll use Dark Tone for everything else.

Walkers

All of the walkers were given an initial pre-shade with black, and then airbrushed with Menoth White Base and Menoth White Highlight.
Vallejo Air Aluminium was painted on one walker as a test, to ensure I got good coverage over the metal areas.
I was happy with the coverage, so I proceeded to paint all the metal areas on the legs and bodies of the walkers.
And from another angle...
The arms were given the same treatment of Vallejo Air Alumnium over the beige colours.
Army Painter Dark Tone applied to all the metal areas:
Backs of the walkers - lots of metal area. The ink settled very well.
Arms after inking:

AFVs

The tanks were painted with the same method. The turrets are magnetised, so I could easily paint the tanks with the turret off.
And with the turrets on...

The Army Painter Dark Tone applied over all the metal areas.
Front shot:

Here's a shot of them all together. I still need to finish the left arms on the walkers, but otherwise, they're ready for an oil wash and have some lights and sensors picked out. The tanks also need their tracks painted.