UPDATE #3 - ONE DAY BUILD ... with proper photos this time.Live project build
So, yesterday morning I was super hungover. As such, my plans for the day went down the drain. I jumped in a taxi to the nearest GW store and picked myself up a SunShark Bomber / RazorShark Striker Fighter to begin my flyer collection. I decided I wanted to build and paint (first pass) that same day. As will soon become clear it became quite an effort.
I really like the model, and think it fits in well with the Remora, the StormSurge and the Ghostkeel. Smaller than I expected.
Prepare for a build log. I was going to post this last night but by the time I finished I was so tired.
The thing is cut from the sprue. A quick look at the parts told me I could likely paint this almost completely in sub-assemblies. But time would tell if that was a good idea.
Looking at the drones told me that a lot of magnetisation would be required if I wanted to be able to swap this between being a SunShark Bomber and a RazorShark Striker Fighter. I hid some strong magnets inside the RazorShark drone parts which would more than do the job when I put magnets inside the main drone body.
Yup, painting in sub-assemblies was a good idea - I could use the airbrush where I would otherwise normally use a paintbrush and multiple layers. Also, hopefully this shows but I was able to blend my Dark Ghost Grey and Wolf Grey to a nice gradient. Even though this is underneath the model and unlikely to be seen by anyone but me (and ATT) but that rings true for my entire army to be honest!
I decided that I wanted more grey than I have used on my battle suits. This would bring the model closer in to line with my Remora Drones (My only other Flyers). Having these side panels grey made them kin with those drones. You can see by the splatter the poor quality of my £10 amazon AirBrush. Meh - it will do.
So, having painted a gradient on the grey parts of the model I was left with an issue - it needed to dry before I would risk using masking tape on those sections and painting the rest of the body blue. Time to start painting some of the other low-hanging fruit.
I went out for a few hours (although I did do a few other easy parts beforehand). Rookie mistake and this took its toll at the tail end of the build. I came back with a few bottles of wine to help push through the hard yards.
So, being dry and no longer tacky I masking taped the grey parts entirely. Here goes nothing.
My first and leading edge layer is done - Electric Blue. My standard approach is to put this on and decide (depending on the model) if it is going to be a soft blend with French Blue (like the KX139) or a harsh arrival at the Electric Blue (like the StormSurge)
Soft blend it is. This was more determined by the poor quality of my airbrush - I couldn't do a hard Electric Blue leading edge because the French Blue spotted into it all over the place (bad airbrush). After a lot of on the fly colour mixing between the two and wet blending with the airbrush I was done. Luckily the model was dry enough and the masking tape came off without taking paint with it - see right wing panel. The gradient does look better in real life.
It was time to check in and take stock of where I had got to. Not as far as I wanted to be honest - I'm unfamiliar with the model and was and figuring out my paint scheme and magnetisation on the fly ...
It was time to start putting in some of the pre-painted panels. I really like how this has turned out and I left the Electric Blue harsh on the leading edge underside.
Test fitting of the engines to see the what order I need to glue things in. I am mainly trying to see how the Seeker Missiles are going to land
when I glue them to the model.
Seeker Missiles are in - these took a while to place. I want them to be able to lower and raise from the main body. After a little bit of jiggling during the glueing they can.
I needed a tissue for my issue here. A bit of dry-fitting highlighted a potential banana skin. Flight stands. With my modular transport cases this model won't fit while its on its stand. I'm only happy with my KX139 being in that category. So I need to find a way of the flight stand being removable but stable... magnets.
My bodge-job solution. Raised Magnets over the flying stand entrance.
Basically invisible but should come in useful. Struts are on now too.
Took a break and went on YouTube for a a while. Then it was time for some magnetisation, standard turret magnetisation here. Lame photo so here is the song I was listening to at the time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTonTHN0U_M
Last batch was now ready to be painted. The finish line was in sight. It was past midnight but I was going to get this thing done. My progress slowed significantly. I was very tired from this point on.
More magnetisation. These hot-swappable drones sucked during the magnetisation process. I figured it out eventually but doing it for the first time this tired was foolish. Lame photo so here is the song I was listening to at the time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmCsrKfNvFw
. Was getting into acoustic songs with female vocals music last night.
I wasn't too diligent taking photos (nor did I progress particularly quickly during the period) but I finally finished the magnetisation.
RAZORSHARK STRIKE FIGHTER:
And here is is all together. Phew.
There are still a few areas I need to tidy up a little, a few little paint splotches in the wrong places but it will do for a first pass.