Friday, April 22, 2011

Tamiya Acrylics, Lacquer Flo, Airbrushing and You

Tip dry: the one thing we all hate when airbrushing our water-based acrylic paints. Oddly enough, Tamiya Acrylic paints are water-soluble and contains isopropanol and glycol ethers (says so in the labels). I have no problems about using Tamiya's Acrylic thinner (X-20A), I've used it through my AB, no problems. But searching around the 'net, people say they also use Tamiya's Lacquer thinner with no ill effects.

Lacquer thinners and acrylic paints: recipe for disaster?

I've read people swear by this so decided to try it out. Unfortunately I didn't notice if it's sold at the nearest hobby modeller's store (read: >40kms away) so went with the next best thing: hardwarestore-bought lacquer flo. (I didn't go for the thinner, as I still have lacquer flo stocked for brush cleaning and thinning acrylic-epoxy paints decanted from rattlecans).

(TL;DR Read on for the experiment...)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Reinforcements: 3 BA Assault Marines w/ jumppacks done!

Finally applied dullcoat onto these figs: (from L-R)"Landing-dude", "Just-landed-dude", "Grenade-lobber-dude"...

Sadly, the flat varnish spray didnt come on as I wanted... now the surface is gritty and *cough*sparkly*cough* IRL :/

Thursday, April 7, 2011

MkIV Maximus Helmet DIY/sculpting tutorial

Good day folks, seems me leave you long time...


Some, if not many, of us don't have access to Forge World's nice resin models, or for some reason, decided that it's not worth to order it instead. I'm of the former type though; and decided that I want some of my models to stand out from the rest of its Mk7 squadmates. In this tutorial, for want of doing a Mk4 Maximus-style helmet, I will outline my workflow on making up one... TL;DR; on with the show...