Patchoro's eternal WIP

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Re: Patchoro's eternal WIP

Post#151 » Jan 11 2015 07:19

Looking very neat. I feel your pain about the slow approach, I'm exactly the same with my Tau. Constantly revisiting details and coming up with new conversions or paint schemes.

Are you planning on doing the OSL with a brush or an airbrush? It's such a freaking horrible moment after you've taken great pains to paint a model almost down to the smallest detail and then comes the moment when you should be applying the OSL. So many possibilities to screw it all up. I've been staring at my plasma rifle suits for two days now, completely unable to begin the lighting process :D

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Post#152 » Jan 11 2015 08:23

Siyath wrote:Looking very neat. I feel your pain about the slow approach, I'm exactly the same with my Tau. Constantly revisiting details and coming up with new conversions or paint schemes.

Are you planning on doing the OSL with a brush or an airbrush? It's such a freaking horrible moment after you've taken great pains to paint a model almost down to the smallest detail and then comes the moment when you should be applying the OSL. So many possibilities to screw it all up. I've been staring at my plasma rifle suits for two days now, completely unable to begin the lighting process :D

Haha! It is comforting to know that others are experiencing the same fears and neurosis as me!
Shared pain and all... :)

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Post#153 » Jan 11 2015 09:34

Excellent work from one Dark Angel collector to another. Those are some of the best DA I have seen for some time. The Sgts face.... :eek:

Siyath wrote:It's such a freaking horrible moment after you've taken great pains to paint a model almost down to the smallest detail and then comes the moment when you should be applying the OSL. So many possibilities to screw it all up. I've been staring at my plasma rifle suits for two days now, completely unable to begin the lighting process :D

This has honestly put me off OSL too.

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Post#154 » Jan 11 2015 09:48

El'mo wrote:Excellent work from one Dark Angel collector to another. Those are some of the best DA I have seen for some time. The Sgts face.... :eek:

Siyath wrote:It's such a freaking horrible moment after you've taken great pains to paint a model almost down to the smallest detail and then comes the moment when you should be applying the OSL. So many possibilities to screw it all up. I've been staring at my plasma rifle suits for two days now, completely unable to begin the lighting process :D

This has honestly put me off OSL too.

What I do to manage the risk is masking the parts that took me the most effort, like faces or insignia, with some putty.
I use poster buddies from Pritt. Easy to remove afterwards.

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Post#155 » Jan 13 2015 05:44

So I finally dared to do OSL on the plasma guns. I used my airbrush and afterwards I touched some of it up by hand.
The sergeant his gun I will try to do by hand. I am to scared to mess up the model.
Next up are the bases, some detailing and them I am done!

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Post#156 » Jan 13 2015 06:13

Whoa! :eek:

That's some serious OSL! I think it looks pretty good, but in my opinion it's maybe a little bit too much. I know how tricky it can be to get just a tiny bit out of the airbrush at just the right location. Those things would be crazy powerful light sources or they're in a very dark room.

That said, a very worthy first attempt. I may have to take a deep breath and try it myself. Congrats on your bravery just trying it out!

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Post#157 » Jan 14 2015 01:44

Solid light source work man, and the DA's look suitably dark and grim - an interpretation of the scheme I like. These looks like new models, I've been out of the loop a few months - new DA launch?

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Post#158 » Jan 14 2015 06:56

Just dark vengeance models.

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Post#159 » Jan 15 2015 01:56

I used to work with plasma etchers and I can honestly say these DA are a fantastic representation of the uncontrolled light the guns would generate. Bright and blue. The only thing missing is arcing effects, which is stupidly hard to do on a model and still look good. So, very impressive man. I love these models.
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Post#160 » Jan 15 2015 04:48

Thanks for the feedback guys! Very encouraging and helpful.
Blueshock wrote:I used to work with plasma etchers and I can honestly say these DA are a fantastic representation of the uncontrolled light the guns would generate. Bright and blue. The only thing missing is arcing effects, which is stupidly hard to do on a model and still look good. So, very impressive man. I love these models.

@Blueshock: I am trying to find some examples of that arcing effect but haven't found any good ones. Do you have a link to one?

Current status:
I toned down a bit on the plasma glow and made the bases (wip).
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Post#161 » Jan 15 2015 10:41

Hey bud. Closest thing I could find was this:

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The arcing happens during the particle breakdown process and undesireable arcing (most destructive is the arc flash) can have devastating effects on the weapon. We know this as overheating in the warhammer world. Here's a better explanation to help you understand the full on awesomeness of plasma weaponry and arcing effects:

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_arc
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Post#162 » Jan 16 2015 03:35

Blueshock: Where did you find that picture? I'd be curious to know about the process behind that arcing work. Been looking for something similar to finish up my plasma team with for a while now.

[edit: Nevermind, somehow my brain omitted the power of reverse image searches while typing that. Found the source. But thanks anyway for bringing it to my attention, much appreciated.]

[edit II: I wonder if there is a way to achieve a "cotton candyish" effect with only glue (vinilic or otherwise) and tinted and highly diluted paint, to create very thin strands which could be then applied on a model.]

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Post#163 » Jan 17 2015 11:14

Ooh that arcing effect looks nice! Not so sure if it would look as cool on the table though..
I liked the Wiki link.Let´s make 40K scientifically sound heh? :D

The sergeant is done.
I painted the plasma glow effect on him by hand because I did not dare to go over the top on this model and ruin his face.
As Persifal recommended I tried to add some extra highlights on the head, but I almost messed up the face during the process.
I am pretty happy with how it all turned out. So no more tinkering on the model. Done is done!!

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Post#164 » Jan 17 2015 12:40

Excellent work. What's next after these?

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Post#165 » Jan 18 2015 10:38

El'mo wrote:Excellent work. What's next after these?

Good question Elmo.
Usually i have a short phase of the blues after completing a ¨project¨.
over the years I have, as most 40K fans, bought more stuff than I can actually get painted.
I want to finish the Dark Vengeance box, just for the principle of it.
I did paint the chosen ones but I am unhappy how they turned out. The metallic paints mess up the clarity of the models.
I was bummed out with the result because these models are amazing. So I ordered some new ones on E-Bay for a retry...

After that, who knows, maybe I try my hand at the Tau broadside that I got last year, so it can join a future battle.

The DA Squad is done!
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Post#166 » Jan 31 2015 07:09

Still very much in WIP. Posting stuff forces me to complete stuff, so here goes!

I modified the weapon arm, so it can switch to the heavy rail gun.
Painting a little monitor on his left arm was fun.
My idea was that this provides some external weapons interface, that internal HUD must be crowded, right? ;)

To be done:
finishing up some unpainted bits
touching up details
maybe some more markings (still in doubt)
adding some controlled battle damage (to stay within the spirit of my army)
particle accelerator (I am considering airbrushing a glow effect)
support systems
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Post#167 » Jan 31 2015 12:01

Looking great, Patch. Fantastic sharp highlights. I like the color scheme a lot. Been thinking about dialing back my own orange with some more grey- the Orange is starting to overwhelm even me.

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Post#168 » Feb 02 2015 06:42

Deet wrote:Looking great, Patch. Fantastic sharp highlights. I like the color scheme a lot. Been thinking about dialing back my own orange with some more grey- the Orange is starting to overwhelm even me.

Thnx Deet! I feel your pain. Choices from the past haunting you today... :)

The broadside is slowly nearing completion... Just did some airbrushing for the plasma glow.
Here a picture with the rail gun attached.
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