[Dreadball]
Gaming Board

With all the teams painted, the board is still missing some paint. Time to change that.

First, all pieces received a basecoat of black from my airbrush.

The second coat was of Vallejo Model Air Rust.

In preparation for the salt step, all pieces received a coat of gloss vanish.


[SiFi]
Colonists and Vehicles

I basecoated all the models with Vallejo Surface Primer White.

The vehicles were then sprayed black from underneath.

The smaller trucks,which belong to the technical services group, were airbrushed Vallejo Basalt Grey on the lower half.

Masking the lower half with a piece of card at the height of the mud guard, I sprayed the upper half Vallejo London Blue.

The next steps will be brushwork.

The other two trucks, from the construction services group, will be orange. I started with a basecoat of Vallejo German Orange through my airbrush, a very flat orange.

As a second step, I airbrushed Vallejo Red Orange as a highlight colour.

Again, the next steps will be brushwork.

I also sprayed the carriage with a coat of Vallejo Air Colour Rust on all four trucks, but forgot to take a picture of that.


[Deathball]
Gaming Board

With all the teams painted, the board is still missing some paint. Time to change that.

First, all pieces received a basecoat of black from my airbrush.

The second coat was of Vallejo Model Air Rust.

In preparation for the salt step, all pieces received a coat of gloss vanish.


[RoboRally]
Bots

After chatting with the trainer of a course (I was sent to by my company recently) about our youth, we noticed we shared more or less the same hobby past; RPGs and miniature wargames.

What he also mentioned as one of his most played games is one I had forgotten about: RoboRally.

It was always on my mind since this talk, and of course I succumbed to my subconsciousness and brought the collection of my games one more step to completeness.

As a short side project on my painting table, this brings painting the 8 bots as a short break in painting insurgents. Perhaps it is only me, but these short and small side projects are usually anything but...

For a board game, the minis are quite sophisticated, as they come painted. A silver base coat with a black wash.

Unfortunately no one cared removing the flash lines in advance (certainly a cost factor), so for my taste this basic paint job is not enough.

I started with a base coat from Vallejo applied through my airbrush followed by two coats of colour, a complete coat with a darker colour and a coat sprayed from the top with a lighter one. Only the two metallic bots have only one coat.


[Deathball]
Gaming Board

I own the wood playing board for Dreadball, which still awaits painting. I want to do a run down arena, with a lot of rust. Here is my first test piece, where I gave the salt method my first try.

I sprayed the piece Vallejo Air Model Rust. Then I applied water in selected spots and sprinkled salt over it. This was left to dry.

I sprayed two coats of silver, Vallejo Air Gun Grey and then a lighter code of Vallejo Steel.

The last step was to rubb off the salt.

I am quite please with the result, the final piece needs to be more detailed, with field markings etc. painted on, but the rust effect is very good I think.


[2003]
USMC Infantry Squad with 3 Humvees

I used the base colours to lighten up the areas where the black ink pooled or darkened the vehicle too much otherwise.

Then I applied highlights by mixing Vallejo 70.928 light flesh into the base colours.

My last brush strokes for today where white and orange red for the lights.


[2003]
USMC Infantry Squad with 3 Humvees

I touched up all the areas that got rubbed off, painted the windows and blacklined the entire models.

Then I protected the work done so far with a coat of gloss varnish from the airbrush.


[2003]
USMC Infantry Squad with 3 Humvees

Fail.

I used my thumb to gently rub off the masking film. This worked well on flat areas, basically. On the parts with much sculpted detail, like the doors, it was more difficult to really get every last scrap of it. Additionally, on quite some parts I rubbed off the paint as well, including the base coat...

:-(

If I will do this again on other models (I have four LAVs and two LVTP7A1s for my Marines waiting to get painted), I will definitley give the model a coat of Gloss Varnish over the green base colour, to help preventing the rubbing off of the basecoat, creating a sturdy protective layer.

Concerning the small crevices, either this method is not suited for these kind of small details, or I need to apply the masking film in a thicker layer. That way, the masking film might get stronger, peeling itself away totally, instead of small pieces ripping off of it and sticking to the model...


[2003]
USMC Infantry Squad with 3 Humvees

Having painted only 28mm Fantasy and SiFi stuff for some time, it was time for a change. I took off my shelf the Marine squad and the three Humvees, which I bought, de-flashed and based two years ago, after seeing Generation Kill. But the bug bite healed and I was sidetracked by other projects before I started painting them.

Time to change that.

I basecoated with my airbrush, using two light coats of Vallejo 70.837 Pale Sand for the Marines, and Vallejo 70.894 Russian Green for the Humvees.

The undercarriage of the Humvees got hit with a quick spray blast of Vallejo 71.069 Rust.

For the camouflage on the Humvees I tried something new. In the above photo you can already see the Vallejo 70.523 Liquid mask I applied over all the areas that should remain green. I then applied a coat of Vallejo 70.846 Mahagony Sand.

After another application of Liquid mask (visible in the above photo) where the brown should remain, I sprayed the final coat of black. To get a black that was already slighty bleached by the sun, I used a mix of Vallejo 71.057 Black [1/3], 70.862 Black Grey [1/3] and Thinner [1/3].

The plan is to remove the liquid mask and to have a perfect camouflage scheme :-)

Lets see how it turns out...

I already found it difficult to see exactly where the mask film on the green coat was when painting the mask film on the brown coat... so let's see how this turns out...

It would probably have been easier to just brush the brown and black on. But we will see.


[Dreadball]
Balls

Today I gave OSL (object source lightning) my first try. I airbrushed four tones of consecutive lighter shades of metallic tones onto the balls, using a steeper angle of the airbrush the lighter the colour got.

I think it is not to bad for a first try, but anyone who is able to produce OSL effects will probably laugh...

After the airbrushing, I painted the crevices black, then a thin line of white into the middle. Finally, I used a yellow green, a blue and a purple wash to imitate glowing. Unfortunately, on the photos the washes are not very visible... Using your eyes the effect is much more visible.