Painting Blog, Part 4

Hey Rune Warriors, I thought I should show you what I’ve been up to since I blogged last. Well Josh and I are going to talk about the first 200 point battle we had, which was tons of fun and made me want to play even more (should we find the time). But last paint […]

Hey Rune Warriors,

Today I thought I would go through my decal application process for anyone out there who might need a bit of help.  I will use my current tray of cavalry as an example.  (and yes that is Kari and Ardus in the background, more on that in a bit).

First as shown below I’m going to apply a decal to the shields.  For the models I have applied Citadel’s Ardcoat as a gloss varnish to the purple area of the shields.

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I have already used Testors White Decal Paper to print my decals as shown below.  I have also sprayed on Testors Decal Bonder and let it dry overnight.  I have cut the decals down to the size needed.

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I have experimented a bunch and for best results I use Microscale Industries, Inc Micro Set and Micro Sol.  I recommend these products but any decal set and solvent will be adequate, and should give much better results than water with minimal effort.

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Now I have my dish of hot water, my shop towel, Micro Set, model and decal ready.  I let the deal soak 20-30 seconds in the hot water, then set it on the towel to soak up excess water.  While the decal is soaking I liberally apply Micro Set to the surface I am going to apply the decal to.

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I then slide the decal in place (or as close to in place as possible).  I use more Micro Set and a brush to move the decal into place.  After the decal is in place I take up any excess Micro Set with a Q-Tip.  You need to be careful and as you can see while drying I moved the decal out of position and had to reapply Micro Set to move it back to an acceptable position.

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After the Micro Set has had a chance to dry (5-10 min) I apply Micro Sol.  This is a solvent that will erode the decal paper.  It’s not as bad as it sounds, and for those infantry guys who have battle damage on their shields the thinner paper will adhere to the battle damage better.  Really what this is going to do is make the decal look painted on and not stuck out.

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Repeat wiping off the excess with the Q-Tip like with the Micro Set.  Shown below is the first iteration of Micro Sol.  As you may see the decals still show wrinkles.  DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FIX THIS!!!  This may seem like I’m over reacting, but more people rip their decals this way than care to admit.  What you are doing here is making the decal softer so trying to move it manually will damage the decal.  If it still looks wrinkled repeat the Mirco Sol application until it has that painted on look (or close enough to it you are happy with.

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Hope that helps!!!

On a second note there have been some questions on my colors.  Unless other wise said they are Citadel colors.  My purple is Xereus Purple, gold is Retributor Armour.  My swords are based in Leadbelcher.  I shade with Druchii Violet on the purple, Agrax Earthshade on the leather and gold, and Nuln Oil on the sword.  For my highlights I force brighter tones by mixing with my base tones.  My purple is a 50/50 Xereus Purple with Nurgling Green.  My Gold is 25/75 Retributor Armour to Auric Armour Gold, and my swords are edged with pure Stormhost Silver.

 

Heroes: 0/5

Spearmen 16/32

Cavalry 6/12

Rune Golems 2/2

Infantry Command 0/4

-Aaron

P.S. Here is a preview of what I’m doing with Kari.  Hint it involves a descent lieutenant pack that Runewars players will be familiar with.

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Painting Blog, Part 3

Hey Rune Warriors,

I thought I should show you what I’ve been up to since I blogged last.

Well Josh and I are going to talk about the first 200 point battle we had, which was tons of fun and made me want to play even more (should we find the time).

But last paint blog I showed off how I was going to do a massive batch of 8 and pre-painted them all purple to save time.  Well it didn’t exactly go as planned as you can propably tell from the time between posts.  Between adutling things I found the repetitive nature really demotivated me.  I will never try that many figures at one time.  I usually pace myself to get 4 spears done per week, but I thought I could push out 8 and it didn’t work.  Instead of getting 8 done in one week it took me 3 weeks to get 8 done.

So lets get into the process.  Since I sprayed purple (my most prominent color), I started with the colors used the least and worked to the most so that meant first was the metallic which is colored with Citadel’s leadbelcher.

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Then I used Citadel’s Mournfang Brown for all the leather bits.

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Then I used Retributor Armour from Citadel to base coat the gold.  This is what it looks like before shading.

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After a shade and some highlights here is what my army look like (sorry their in space):

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Now that I bought the expansions for the infantry commanders and more cavalry I have a bit more on to do list.  Next time I plan on going through my decal process for those of you interested.

Remember to go to the facebook page and show us what you’re working on!

Heroes: 0/5

Spearmen 16/32

Cavalry 4/12

Rune Golems 2/2

-Aaron

Painting Blog, Part 2

Hey Rune Warriors! Thought I should pop in and write a blog post seeing how its bin quite a while.  I know on Facebook I promised a blog post on Monday, but as it does life and adulting get in the way. Anyways I’d thought I’d show off some of my work since we are […]

Hey Rune Warriors!

I thought I’d drop back in to give you the latest on my painting project.

Great progress over the weekend and 1st battalion, 2nd squad is complete!  (Well the varnish is drying anyways.)

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With that done I’d thought I really need to hurry up if I’m going to get my guys done before the expansions come out on the 18th of this month!

So I did a little process experiment.  Since the majority of my guys is purple, I took some of my purple base coat and thinned it down enough to go through my airbrush.  I use an old Testors Aztek that I’ve had since forever ago when I used to build model airplanes.

Thinning down the Citadel paint took a bit of experimentation leading to wasted paint by me and a bit more cash in the hands of my local GW store, but I finally found the right mix to spray without plugging or running.

The result is pictured below, and I think this is going to save me a bunch of time!  Now instead of painting purple and then brown, then dark metal, then gold and circle back to do touch ups, now I have all my purple done and can spend much less time to get these guys out!

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I’ll keep any of you guys who are interested on the progress and give you a guestimate of how much time it saved me in the long run.  As of now the amount of purple I did in 20 min with the airbrush (less in the future now that I know the process), it would have taken me a bit longer by brush and with much more demand on my focus.

I also have the added benefit that if I miss any spots when filling in my other colors it should be camouflaged in the purple.

What do you guys have painted?  Share with the community on Facebook and let us see!

-Aaron

Status:

Heroes: 0/2

Rune Golems: 2/2

Oathsworn Cavalry: 4/8

Spearmen 8/32 (Currently working on 8 more)

 

Painting Blog, Part 1 of Many

Hey Rune Warriors!

Thought I should pop in and write a blog post seeing how its bin quite a while.  I know on Facebook I promised a blog post on Monday, but as it does life and adulting get in the way.

Anyways I’d thought I’d show off some of my work since we are about to record our big painting episode.

My theme for my Daqan troops is a bit tongue and cheek since I’m going to switch to elves when they’re out.  Basically on the FFG forums someone said if you’re unsure how to construct a color palette for your army copy the colors of a sports team.  Living in the Pacific Northwest of the United States I had plenty to choose from.  Ultimately I decided to stick close to the box art as well.  Instead of blue and yellow I would be using the purple and gold of my alma mater.

As an added element of fun I decided not only were my Daqan to emulate the Washington Huskies’ color scheme, but I would also make some gold Ws to put on their shields.  Please do enjoy the gallery of my paints.

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Hope you like them, and feel free to tell me what you think in the comments!  We will be talking about how I did these guys on episode 4 of the podcast!  On our facebook page you can also see a great picture of listener Roy’s Carrion Lancer, well done Roy!  Black is a tough color to paint and you nailed it!  Also show us and the community some of your work by posting on facebook!

-Aaron

P.S.  I’m trying to get Josh to blog more so we can get you guys some more content to flip through, comment below to help me urge him on!

We’re Finally Here!!!

After a few weeks of figuring a lot of things out I never thought I would have to deal with our first episode is here!!!

Josh and I talk about our interest in gaming, how we found out about Runewars: The Miniatures Game.  We also talk about the Team Covenant demonstration video at GenCon, and discuss a preview article on the FFG website.

You can catch our podcast here.

This is just a taste of what is to come, we have 2 more episodes in the process of being published, so if you like what you hear visit soon for more!

-Aaron

Welcome to The Runecasters!

This is the post excerpt.

Hello Rune Warriors!

A while ago I saw a video of the fine folks at Team Covenant demonstrating Runewars: The Miniatures Game at GenCon.  I can’t lie and say I was instantly hooked, but I can say my interest was peaked.  A rank and file miniatures skirmish game that came in trays rather than having to manage individual models seemed intriguing to me.  Better still was the presentation of the models.

As I started talking to my Armada group about it my friend Josh seemed really interested as well.  We looked around the forums and noticed some excitement, and thought with their own IP and a solid idea for a game Fantasy Flight looks like they have another hit on their hands.

In our growing excitement we decided to make this podcast and dedicate it to Runewars: the Miniatures Game.  While this will not prevent us from talking about other games from time to time, I will tell you that we are committed to focus on Runewars.

We are really excited for this game, and how we can use this podcast to help grow the community.  I really look forward to our future episodes, and I think we have some real treats planned.  Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep updated, and above all please do enjoy our podcast!

-Aaron