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Sunday, 29 April 2012
Shadowsword WIP Part 7 - Painting

Shadowsword WIP Part 7 - Painting

The construction side of things has finished, and painting has begun. So here is a pic heavy update.

Starting off with all the pieces laid out in a box, most of which have already been primed. Some of the pieces have also been masked up so that the black primer stays. The tracks of the tank have also been masked, but this can't really be seen in this picture.

Everything then received several light coats of Vallejo Model Air Black Green. Normally I use Citadel Orkhide Shade, but having heard good things about Vallejo, I thought I'd give them a try. I also wanted to try and make this tank look like some panels had been replaced or resprayed recently, so I gave them an additional coat to really make them appear green. This can be seen on the picture of the whole tank. This super heavy also bears a blue recognition stripe, like my Baneblade "Vengeance". My first attempt at hazard stripes can be seen as well, thought I'd try small scale first. The pipework has been painted Boltgun Metal and Brazen Brass before getting a Badab Black wash. The panel lines have also received a wash.

Here you can see the detail of the troop section, just a simple drybrush of Boltgun Metal followed by another light drybrush of Mithril Silver. The eagle symbol was painted Boltgun Metal and then highlighted Mithril Silver before being washed with Badab Black, this is how I painted all of the eagle symbols on the tank. The lascannon's themselves were painted with Boltgun Metal (getting an idea on how I paint metal here) and then washed with Badab Black. Not much progress here yet unfortunately.

Next up are the fuel tanks. Again these have been painted with Boltgun Metal and received a heavy wash of Badab Black. They will probably get another wash, before being weathered. The mega bolter has only had a little work done, again just Boltgun Metal washed with Badab Black. I think I might have to copy and paste that sentence for everything.

 Next up is the Volcano cannon itself. The main barrel was sprayed with Vallejo Model Air Black Green, but the muzzle has received my usual metal treatment. The only difference is that I have also put a streak of Asurmen Blue wash for heat discolouration. This will be complimented with several other washes to tie it all together. The barrel and muzzle will also be weathered to make them look like one piece.

And finally, the other weapons, including the main mount. Again these have been sprayed with Vallejo Model Air Black Green. Nothing has been done to the mount, but the other barrel has been drybrushed with Boltgun Metal followed by Mithril Silver. Like the Volcano cannon, this barrel/muzzle will also be weathered.

So that's as far as I've got with painting so far. I'm looking forward to getting onto weathering, as I have got myself some ForgeWorld powders to use. Thanks for reading, and feel free to leave comments and suggestions. Cheers.
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Shadowsword Magnetisation WIP - Part 6 - Main Weapons

Shadowsword Magnetisation WIP - Part 6 - Main Weapons

Sorry for the gap between parts 5 and 6, my internet has been down due to a fault at the exchange which has taken them a week and a half to fix, but never mind.
If this is the first time you've taken a look at this project, please find the previous entries to this WIP here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.

In this post I'll be concentrating on the main weapons for the super heavy, so here goes.

I'll start off with the Vulcan mega bolter parts. Above you can see the bolter barrels and the side of the weapon housing.

Here are more parts for the mega bolter. The left picture is the main weapon housing and the right is the targeting array that is mounted on top.

The fully assembled mega bolter can be seen in the left hand picture. The outer housing moves freely allowing the rest the of the weapon to tilt slightly. The right hand picture shows pretty obviously how I've magnetised this weapon. On the inside of the main turret are two corresponding magnets which hold the whole weapon in place firmly. These magnets can't be seen once the weapon is slotted in, so trying to hide them was not necessary.

 Next up is the mount for the rest of the main weapon options. This is actually made up of three pieces but I only took a picture of the finished part. Normally the mount would slot into the turret and be fixed in place by an armour piece on the top and the guide hole on the bottom, which can be seen on the right hand pic. However, as I want to be able to swap the weapons around drastic measures had to be taken.

And here is the result of these drastic measures (I've noticed that the mount is rotated the opposite way to the one before the butchery began). Basically I had to cut out the short section between the guide hole and the end of the piece. This was then smoothed out and test fitted to the guide peg on the turret. Now the mount can be inserted and removed easily, the fit is snug enough that it won't move around too much, and because of this fit I decided not to magnetise it. Obviously you can add magnets in the same places as the mega bolter for extra security if needed.

The weapon barrels were another problem as well. The main Volcano cannon barrel and muzzle push fit nicely so did not need magnetising luckily. I did need to magnetise the Stormsword cannon, which also meant magnetising the Tremor cannon for the Banehammer. To do this, I grabbed a few bits of leftover sprue and cut them down to fit inside the weapons. When the fit was right, I glued the sprue in place. Having left the glue to dry, I used super glue and added a cylinder magnet to one of the pieces of sprue. Again having left that glue to dry, I double checked that the pieces would attract to each other before I glued the final magnet.

And here is the fruit of my labour. On the left you can see the two pieces laid out separately and on the right is what they look like once they have been built and held by the magnets. Thanks for reading this, I'm off to buy some more black spray paint so I can get this
beast primed and ready for painting.

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