Saturday, August 29, 2009

The New Tactical Squad – Progress After the Mishap

I’m not one to do ‘progress’ posts of incomplete model, but it’s been awhile since I’ve made an honest hobby post.

If you follow my blog you will know that recently I ruined an entire ten man tactical squad using GW’s Purity Seal.  For those that missed that whole ordeal, you can read that post here… (clicky)  It was a hard lesson to learn and one that I’ll surely never repeat.

I’ve devoted all of my hobby time to painting up another tactical squad to bring my Space Marine army back up to full force.  The below pictures showcase their current state of completion.

new tac squad

new tac sergeant 

In a way I’m actually happy that my last tactical squad got ruined.  It has allowed me to really focus on the hobby and reminded me just how much I really do enjoy it, even when things go wrong.

Keep an eye out for the squads completion and thanks for stopping by.  Cheers!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Motivational Post #5

The weak will always be led by the strong.  Where the strong cry out against fate, the weak bow their heads and succumb.  There are many who are weak and many are their temptations.  Despise the weak for they flock to the call of the Daemon and the Renegade.  Pity them not and scorn their cries of innocence – it is better that one hundred innocents fall before the wrath of the Emperor than one kneels before the Daemon.

Light of the Emperor by kingmong

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Motivational Post #4

“To the darkness I bring fire.  To the ignorant I bring faith.  Those who welcome these gifts may live, but I will visit naught but death and eternal damnation on those who refuse them.”

LAST STAND by kingmong

Saturday, August 8, 2009

When Good Models Go Bad

It’s a mournful Saturday for me and my proud Space Marines…

Today was the day that my local GW hobby center was hosting Armies on Parade.  I had intentions on attending to exhibit my army as well as get in a game or two, but to do such was not my fate.  My entire army has not been matte varnished and I thought I should probably do so before showing it off.  As you’ve probably already guessed and/or cringed… they frosted. 

frosty the marine

I did start with a test model that came out perfectly fine, so I proceeded to spray an entire squad of ten.  All of my hard work ruined.  The once brilliant red dulled and defaced.  See the originals.  I did recall a tip; to get rid of the frosting use rubbing alcohol.  Big Mistake!  The below is what rubbing alcohol will do.  It exacerbates the issue ten fold.

even frostier marine

There is actually two entirely different things which are both generally referred to as “frosting”  and these occur in one of two ways.  Cloudiness – After the varnish dries it takes on a cloudy or milky appearance.  This is an adhesion problem.  When the varnish does not properly cling to the model surface.  Frost (above picture) – After the varnish dries it looks like it was just removed from a deep freeze.  This is a surface issue where thousands of microscopic pits develop and refract light in all directions.  This could be due to the surface the varnish was applied to or an uneven coat.  To tell which is the case; take a clean brush with some clean water and go over the whole model.  If the cloudiness does NOT go away than you have an adhesion issue.  If the frosty look DOES disappear than it’s a surface issue.  The water fills all of the microscopic pits to create a smooth surface that light can bounce off of in a single direction.

If you have an adhesion issue than I’m sorry to say, it’s time to get the Simple Green and start over.  (Some have had success using rubbing alcohol to remove the cloudiness, but I strongly discourage this unless you have nothing to lose.  See the above picture.)  However, if it’s a surface issue you’re not entirely out of luck.  To try and correct the surface issue you need to fill in all of those tiny pits.  You can varnish the model again with a gloss varnish and then try a matte medium again or if the frosting isn’t too bad, you can try Microscale Industries Micro Flat.


Micro Flat is a liquid resin that dries crystal clear.  It can fill those microscopic holes and help get rid of the frosty look.  Here’s an example of a frosted Space Marine and then one I went over with Micro Flat.


Micro Flat does have a bit of a shine to it, but it’s not bad and could most likely be reduced if diluted with a bit of water.  I painted the above model with Micro Flat straight out of the bottle.  Micro Flat’s true design is actually a decal finisher.  If you’ve ever used decals you’ll know that once dry they tend to have a close to gloss finish.  Micro Flat can be applied to tone down the decals shine and seal it into place.

Unfortunately I’m still going to bin the whole squad that got frosted.  So the next couple of days I”m going to be in full throttle hobby mode trying to pump out another tactical squad so I can get this army back onto the table top.

Motivational Post #3

“Brothers!  In opposing us, the foe has challenged our Chapter, our Primarch and our Emperor.  Let us tech them the folly of their actions.”

Titan by Radojavor

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Motivational Post #2

Lead us from death to victory, from falsehood to truth.

Lead us from despair to hope, from faith to slaughter.

Lead us to His strength and an eternity of war.

Let His wrath fill our hearts.

Death, war and blood; in vengeance serve the Emperor in the name of Dorn!

The Black Templar by kingmong

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