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15mm Mutants and the Dangers of Dullcote When it’s Humid.

Over the weekend I painted up some of Khurasan’s 15mm Mutant Supersoldiers (END-202) and Savage Humanoid Cannibals (END-500).  It was just after dark last night when I went to spray them with Testor’s Dullcote.  I love Dullcote, it really “finishes” a mini.  But I learned to be careful about the time of day I choose to use it.

I live about 500 meters from the ocean in Southern California, so when the sun sets, the humidity rises fast.  This did not occur to me, and my minis ended up with a fogged finish. Damn.

After looking around the internet for solutions, I ended up brushing on Citadel’s ‘Ardcoat over the whole mini.  This took care of the fogging and brought back the original color.  Then, this morning, in full sunlight and lower humidity, I hit them will Dullcote again to kill the ‘Ardcoat’s shine.

painted_not_based This is the nine minis after painting and before any spray finish.

 

group_shot After the whole process – the fogged layer of Dullcote, then the ‘Ardcoat “fix it” layer, then Dullcote again.  And basing, of course.

 

Khurasan_mutant_supersoldiers_front Khurasan_mutant_supersoldiers_back The Mutant Supersoldiers, front and back.  I think they need another spray of Dullcote.  The ‘Ardcoat is really shiny, and some of that shine is still showing, especially in the back view.  The guy in the middle has a shiny ass, and that’s just not right.  :)

 

Khurasan_savage_humanoid_cannibals The Savage Humanoid Cannibals.  I think I’ll spray them with the Dullcote one more time, as well.

 

khurasan_supersoldier_cannibal_size_referenceHere’s a size reference.

 

I’m glad I was able to rescue them, and I’ve learned a good lesson to not use Dullcote when it’s humid out.

I plan to use these minis with the Monster Hunter International RPG.  I’m thinking of a “The Hills Have Eyes” type scenario.

Army Painter’s Color Primer Review

I recently got a buttload of 15mm Sci-Fi minis from the Critical Mass Games Kickstarter.  I need to paint them, so I can have a full company vs. company to try out Quadrant 13.  I looked into how to speed up the painting process, and I came across The Army Painter’s Color Primer.  They spell it “colour” but they are wrong. :)

I use Army Painter’s washes – Strong Tone and Dark Tone, and I like them a lot better than the Citadel washes I had used previously, so I was already feeling positive toward the company.

The genius thing that Army Painter has done here is that they have a “100% match” regular paint for each color primer.  So you can, in theory, spray your minis with the colored primer, paint the other colors, then touch up with the 100% match paint.

Anyway, I wanted to try it out before I sprayed it all over my CMG minis, so I tried it on Kurasan’s “Terror Of Clambake Beach.”  These were perfect, because they are mostly one color.

raw_terror cleaned_terror The Clambake Beach minis before and after cleanup.

 

terror_primed After priming with “Ultramarine Blue”.  In the back is the spray primer and the 100% match paint.

 

Khurasan_terror_of_clambake_beach_15mm_PLA-6The completed minis.  I drybrushed a mix of the 100% match paint with a bit of Citadel’s Runefang Steel, then painted the eyes, mouth and teeth.  Of course I messed that up, so I had several touchups to do, and they blended perfectly.

Then I washed with Army Painter’s Strong Tone mixed with acrylic medium to thin it.  Basing was done my standard way.

 

The color primer really sped the whole process up.  I’m a fan.  The 100% match paints really seal the deal.  I think this will save me about 25% time when I paint the 79 infantry from the CMG Kickstarter.

Khurasan’s Modern Zombies – Part 2

I’ve made a lot of progress on the 15mm zombies today.  Eight are done and based.  That’s what you are traditionally supposed to do on Independence Day, right?  Paint and base zombie miniatures?

two_stands_done Painting is done.  I had just enough Dullcote left to spray them.

 

first_eight_zombies_basing_step_1 After the Dullcote dried, I mixed some red paint with CItadel’s ‘Ardcoat to make “wet blood” and applied that in some small areas.  The I superglued them onto Litko bases.

 

first_eight_zombies_basing_step_2 This is my standard vinyl spackling mixed with water and brushed onto the base to build it up even with the mini’s built in base.

 

first_eight_zombies_basing_step_3 I gave the spackling 2 hours to dry and then painted it.  I also painted a black edge.

 

khurasan_15mm_zombies_group_1_front khurasan_15mm_zombies_group_1_back One group got full on grass.

 

khurasan_15mm_zombies_group_2_front khurasan_15mm_zombies_group_2_back The other group got sand and grass and some grass tufts.

 

khurasan_15mm_zombies_group_1and2 khurasan_15mm_zombies_sizeI wanted to show just how small these minis are.  I know a lot of people are not used to 15mm scale minis.

 

I’m very happy with how these came out.  8 down, 12 to go.  As I mentioned before, I intend to use these with the Monster Hunter International RPG.

Khurasan’s Modern Zombies – Part 1

I got “The Dead — Modern Zombies” from Khurasan a few weeks ago, and I got finally got started on them.  I intend to use these for the MHI RPG that I’ve mentioned in previous posts.

ready_for_primer 20 15mm scale zombies in 20 different poses.  Also, 2 werewolves in the front.  Cleaned and ready for primer.

 

primed And primed.

 

first_zombie_doneLast night I painted one.  With the 4 day weekend coming up, I hope get a whole bunch done by next week.

These 20 zombies and the 2 wolves are my Reddit painting challenge for July.

What’s on my Table – June 2013 Edition.

I’m taking a break from painting Dreadball to work on some 15mm stuff I got from Rebel Minis.  I’ve got a Monster Hunter International RPG campaign starting next month, and I want to get some monster minis ready for it.  To that end, I ordered a bunch of werewolves, zombies, cops, FBI agents and more from Rebel Minis and Khurasan.

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This first batch is from Rebel Minis, since they arrived first.  In fact, I ordered on a Sunday night and they arrived on Thursday.  Now that’s quick service!

There’s a some shipping containers, some sci-fi troops to round out my Earth Force, some “mall cops”, who all have awesome mustaches, werewolves, and government agents.

Here they are after cleaning.

 

primed_and_ready

Here they are primed and ready for paint.  In the back are some minis that have been hanging around my work table waiting for paint for a while now – 2 from GZG and 1 from Khurasan.

 

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The finished shipping containers.

 

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The finished werewolves.  They are kinda boring, I think.  Brown on brown.  I tried to get some red on the eyes, but they are too small – I just made a mess that I had to go back and fix.  Same for the teeth.  Anyway, you can tell what they are.

 

In the back of those last two pics, you can kinda see a special order I just got from Khurasan.  More on them and the rest of what’s on my table in a future post.

Happy gaming!