New Camera!

I got a Sony a5100 partly because I read it was a good camera for those just venturing out of the “cell phone camera” category into the deep abyss that is photography.  More importantly, it was cheap with credit card points.  It is exactly what I wanted – good at focusing on the right things, color balance is good, and I can play around with a few of the manual settings like aperture.

Here’s a nearly full-sized image of my favorite warjack to show off what it can do.

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Destroyer #2

One of the quickest, if not the quickest, ‘jack I have painted up. Directional highlighting, red ink, attempting to highlight to yellow (and losing nearly all of it when I attempted to red back over it), then highlighting with off-white and putting orange ink over that. Generous edge highlights on the red, black, steel and brass and done.

#23 now hold the award for my favorite Khador jack that I’ve painted. It’s all about the red.

Pictures from right before the orange ink

Marauder #2 – Update #1

So back on Black Friday, Privateer Press had old Mk II battleboxes for $10 each. That was too good a deal to pass up, so I got a Khador one amongst others. I don’t really need more Destroyers or Juggys, though, and I DO need more Marauders. Marauder arms are hard to come by now-a-days, so I was forced to make my own. My modding skills don’t match my vision, but they are more than serviceable.

Step #1, remove “upper arm” part of arm from some random arms.

Step #2, take some small binder clips and, using a Dremel, remove the rounded bits

Step #3, using styrene bits, construct an arm. Fill in binder clips with putty

Step #4, decorate the arms a bit, also zenithal priming

Step #5 (the hard to photograph one), deepen shadows and brighten highlights a la sketch style

Now, on to painting. Here’s what I have so far.

Red

Adding some oranges and yellows to the bright spots, and giving it a quick matte varnish (the Daner and Rowney inks are very glossy)

Ripjaw

Painted this guy rather quickly.  I enjoyed doing the glow effects.

Black primer, VMC Oiled Steel and VAC Bright Brass for metal, white for glow, followed by VGC Yellow ink, then 2x Yellow + P3 Green Ink, then Green Ink.  Then white + yellow again for the hot spots.  Vallejo Old Rust and Rust for the rust effects, plus verdigris on the copper.

Base is cork (obviously) with gesso, black primer, then a generous helping of VGC Red Ink to let it seep into the cracks.  Around the edges is green paint filled in with water effect.

Berserker/Rager/Mad Dog

This plastic kit was fun to build and easy to magnetize.  I put some effort into the red, but kind of phoned it in on the rest.  For the red, I started with zenithal priming, the applied yellow, orange and red inks.  I washed with Secret Weapon Ruby wash, making sure to wick it off the brightest ares and large flat areas.   Seems like a decent way to get a jack painted fast.  Too bad I’ll probably never use this kit (all three jacks are terrible, rules-wise).

Berserker (also check out the metal one I painted ages ago)

Rager

Mad Dog