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Hey all, Finally decided to actually post some of my 40k stuff...
Got a incomplete space wolves box for a $2 coin :grin:, Am to strip the shocking paint job... Then re-paint it. The reasons I am posting here is that it should hopefully keep me painting, and it shows up the tiniest flaw... like that dot of brown on the white eagle that is impossible to see with the naked eye :(

I have decided on salamanders, cause I wanted to try my hand at freestyle flames, and they seem to have a cool fluff.

NOTE: I don't play 40k (yet) haven't even looked at the rulebook.
So I am going by my favorite way of collecting, of paiting the coolest looking stuff and trying to base an army around it when I am done :)
However, if I am making something illegal/COMPLETELY useless... please let me know.

First up, test model. Basic space wolves body/arms. chopped off the chain part of the chainsword and replaced it with the blade of the Fantasy empire wizard set. Figured it could count as one of those power weapons I hear so much about. Please ignore the brown on the eagle, it has been touched up.



Side view, Not 100% happy with the flames on the sword... But until my OCD forces me to redo it... It will probably stay :D



Other side, I really enjoyed the flame decals on the shoulder pad and right knee.



He is currently based on a lava base for fluff... and to see if I could do it.
However, I REALLY hated doing it... and so am probably going to change it.. here is my current prototype basing theme for them... going with a busted city look.

Which do you think I should go for?

 

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Good luck with your log mate, your test model is very nicely painted so your off to a fine start. Don't usually see white on salamanders, but it looks pretty good and will set your army apart.

Your flames are very nice, though i'd suggest a few more layers to help them blend a little better though.


As for the bases i'd say go for the city - tyou can always do city bases with added lava for your characters, and lava bases do take a while as you say.

Keep it up!
 

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Thanks for the reply, your sali's are amazing might I say.:eek:k:
I agree on the flames, especially on the sword... They don't look to flash.

quick update, mostly to get used to the uploading system on heresy...
I have built mr sword a friend. Unfortunately his hand got stuck in the shuttle door and has swollen up.



And here is a better view of his PF, on which I am quite pleased with the freehand.



Lastly, I was rooting around in the bottom of the box that he gave me and I found something I can't place.
I think it might be a really early dread? But if someone could tell me I would be very pleased... Anyway at the moment, it is gonna be busted up and converted into a dread.
NOTE: this is the original paint-scheme, it will be stripped and redone sali green.






Yes, the photos are on their side... I'll change it next time
 

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I must say they are some pretty awesome salamanders! you freehand flames look pretty good too.
keep up the good painting would like to see more from you :victory:
 

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i think that is a dreadnought from the 'space crusade' boxed game, although it does look a lot like ED-209 :)
Great flames on your sallies though... :eek:k:
You're highlights on the edges of the plates are really a little bit too strong imo, maybe a thin wash might push them back and make them blend in a little better.
 

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Heya :)

Firstly these look great. I love your freehand but when you do it thin your paints more and dont put as much on your brush, it will make it look awesome.

The highlights are in the right places but they are a little thick, just use the edge of your brush along the line when highlighting and they will come out thinner.

Great effort and they will look awesome whan you get more doen :)

Keep up the good work.
 

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Thanks all that replied. I must agree with you about the scorpion green highlights, but in my defense it is only the picture that make me say so.

The highlights are much less in your face in real life... The camera obviously brings it out.
Could also be that it is now huge, which makes it seem like the highlights are very thick.

Firstly these look great. I love your freehand but when you do it thin your paints more and dont put as much on your brush, it will make it look awesome.
:D this would be very hard, as I actually use a method of wet-blending to get the freehand flames.
Any more watered down at it would be a wash, running into the cracks.

Thanks for the criticism... I'll try and get some more posted. At moment, I am working on 2 bikers and their bikes, and trying to decide whether/how to strip a rhino, or spray over it and hope it is smooth...
 

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Classic original chaos space crusade dread. I have one of those too.
Nice work on the guys so far. I think you are improving from model to model. Don't worry about Varakir's army. He is the sala MAN der. And the benchmark by which all salamander forces are measured.
Keep it up mate.
 

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Classic original chaos space crusade dread. I have one of those too.
Ah, so it IS a dreadnought... I was thinking it looked very eldarish... maybe an early warwalker...

Might keep it how it is, and just paint it up...

It would give me a chance to try some bigger freehand on the cockpit thing...
 

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Ah, so it IS a dreadnought... I was thinking it looked very eldarish... maybe an early warwalker...

Might keep it how it is, and just paint it up...

It would give me a chance to try some bigger freehand on the cockpit thing...
Definitely keep it and paint it up, it's a wicked little model and i can't say i've ever seen a sallie one :)
 

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Sorry, guys...

This log might take a hiatus for a couple days/week.

I have simultaneously come down with a wicked virus, and found out one of my friends has died.
 

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That's sad to hear. Losing friends isn't easy. I hope you feel better though.

Nice painting thus far. Old models are pretty neat, would be cool to see it painted up in green.
 

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Sorry, guys...

This log might take a hiatus for a couple days/week.

I have simultaneously come down with a wicked virus, and found out one of my friends has died.
Don't apologise mate, this should be the last of your priorities right now.

Sorry to hear about your friend :(
 

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Hi guys,

Am back with only the last vestiges of a virus, and having been to a very sad but nice service.... thanks to babypowder and Varakir for the kind words.

I'll keep the dread in one piece if you want and paint it up.
We will see how it looks.

I am actually not sold on it, I think it looks just odd. Still very eldar to my mind.

I will post some more pics tomorow, this time it is a bike that has got some paint on it...

It will also demonstrate the weapons I am working on, I haven't seen it, in a sali army scheme... But in my mind it works and it is unique, so I am happy.

Also I may post up one of the WIP riders. with or without arms, we will see.

Expect progress to be slow cause RL is pretty thick right now.
 

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Well, I promised pics... so here we go.
However I didn't have my normal lighting rig, so with all my camera's straining you are going to have to count these as teasers.

Rider. He joins Mr.Fist in the find another arm box.



Bike



Well...
That was dissapointing :(

However I do have a suprise for you. Since I have put the dread into it's dettol solution (What I use to strip.) I have nothing to do and so was rooting around in the $5 box... then I found this.

Kids, please never ever do this to a model. It just ain't right. I can only guess he started to try and make it awesome. failed and ripped it up.
You can see a started (EVEN PAINTED) interior, however the balsa and tape has been ripped and even gouged away....
You can see in some places he has cut through the plastic... and on the track pieces he has made an utter mess I assume trying to magnetise the doors/sposons.
Please.... IT is just nasty. :nono:







So! I need a rhino (or 2) so I will be fixing the old lady up right :angel:
However, with the chassis and tracks being so badly mauled I will probably make new ones, and then stick the more intact doors and hatches across.
Also, since I can only find one of the old chimneys... and that is bloody ugly, I will attempt to make it 4 new style smokestacks.

Hopefully it should look like the new razorback when done.


I have allready started and made good progress. I was going to include the pics here, but I think there are enough of them allready. I am using MDF board which is golden cause it is easy to work with, comes out glassy smooth if you want, has no grain... which you don't want with this anyways, and I had a big board of it spare in the workshop.

Workshop (And hell no I don't paint here...) :D to dusty.

I have circled in paint my two favorite tools when it comes to modeling work.
On the top is a stationary belt and circle sanding system... I love that thing.
On the bottom is a nice usuable scroll saw. Because when you are doing this size models, the big band saw outa shot is just overkill.

 

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just remember, fleshy bits + power tools means you have to re make the piece.... paint jsut dosnt adhear correctly to blood stains :)

in all seriousness i dig your army so far, and i'd use the space crusade dread :) call it a veteran dread (or what ever the evil dread is called!) and say its ancient and uber bad ass!

besides, do you want the same giant box dread as everyone else? or do you want a sleak dread that would look bad ass flamed up with a random heavy flamer :D
 

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yeah those blood stains are a pain, You will see the dread... don't worry. It is getting stripped as we speak.

But I think the rhino is going to have my attention for a little while.
I was going to keep them secreted in my pocket for a little while... but you made me laugh with the bloodstain jokes. So here are the pics of what I have done on the rhino today.

Planning, remember kids... you can't uncut wood...



measure twice cut once.


As you can see, I wanted them a little wider.... (well, actually I just didn't want to plane them.)


and skip foward a bit, lets put the pieces together. No, it isn't glued yet.



Total time 1 hour
 

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No comments? I would have thought the tank scratchbuild would have generated some interest...
Oh well. I will just keep going on it, cause I am really enjoying working on it.
today I put bout 1 hour 20 into it, spent bout 20 min carving/dremelling the hole into the roof. The plan being to glue a cutout piece of sheet metal in there and then earth magnet the choices I want to stick on it. should allow me to pick choose.

THen I spent a while working on the tracks/wheels, need to find some more wheels cause I only had one spool to cut up.




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TOTAL TIME
2 hours 20
 

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Looking good. I really like the way you made the basic shape of the rhino, very simple but effective. Have fun building it, looking forward to seeing it get painted!
 

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Thanks, I spent another 2 hours working on it tonight.
Added in a third wheel, then sanded it and fitted it in.
Then added rear door, some lights.... Actually looks like a tank instead of a block of wood.

Am thinking of trying out a spray gun on it for the green base coat. Does anyone know if you can like water down the GW paints and use those? or do you have to find special paints and match the colors?
 
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