Thursday, March 16, 2017

Back to Painting

 Here's a new batch of "Trench Fighter" WWI US soldiers
 I've dipped Puma Man at last
A Texas Ranger official Savage Worlds figure

Thursday, February 16, 2017

I kind of miss painting

I've done all my pulps, and we seem to have all we need.   I miss painting.  It's very relaxing.    Need to get something.   Hmmm.   I could tidy up some bases and some of the overtly splotchy dip spots I guess.  I do have that townhouse model to put together. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Terrible Buildings

I finally went through my old train box and fished out the usable buildings.  I washed them down and glued them together.   Some were mine when I was a boy (mid 70's), some were my older brother's (mid 60's).    They are all pretty bad.   They are cheap, old and in bad shape.

 Group 1:  a poorly assembled freight station, signal tower and factory.

Group 2:  a beaten-up savings and loan and a cheap motel.  The motel looks far worse in person than it does in the picture.  It was of pink plastic and my 12 year old self painted it yellow with poster paint, which is all thick and gloppy.  It also is poorly aligned in its assembly.

Group 3, small passenger station and platform.   This one isn't too bad, other than being 40 years old and deteriorated.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Dipping the Wild West

This weekend I went back and did the Dip and Spray to all my Wild West miniatures.  Below are some samples

First, some mounted men,  I actually did dip these in the paint can, since there's so much area to cover with the horse and all.

Next, here are some Indians,  the Indians took to the dip procedure best of all the Wild West crew, you can really see it with the muscles on the guy to the right:
Next, some of the cowboys:
Next some of the Frontiersmen, including my ace Hatchet-swinging guy from Bushwhack Canyon:

And finally,  the Rojo Brothers and Pedro the Space Mexican

Monday, January 2, 2017

Pictures, after dip and spray

These are some of the best examples, but the shading effects and detail look even better in person.

First, 3 of the American Soldier Types

Light is a little bright, but you can see the shading on the middle guy pretty well.

Second:  the famous guys

Some of the best:  Bogart's coat looks even better in person, so does Teddy Roosevelt's face.   You can really see the details on Doc Savage even in the picture

Third:  some trouble makers:

The Nazi scum on the left is cut off, but you can see some of the shading effect.  The brawler in the middle is really good, and the mercenary with the dynamite on the right, really has his details and shading pop out.

The Sprayening

After I dipped the entire pulp collection, I let it dry over night.   Then through the day on Sunday, I sprayed them all with a matt finish to cut the high shine of the Minwax.   I was really frightened by this, because of the internet.   I just wanted to find out how long it takes for the matt varnish to dry (which I was completely unable to find out anywhere, even from the manufacturer),  but I read these guys complaining that the stuff left a milky, cloudy effect behind, with other people yelling at them and telling them they were crazy or doing it wrong.   There are temperature and humidity issues, apparently, but Sunday afternoon was 50 degrees outside, so it shouldn't be an issue.

Eventually, I just quit looking and tried it.   It was no problem, the spray dries quickly (much more quickly than the dip) and I had no issues with white residue or cloudiness.   The spray totally removes the bright shininess of the dip.

All told, after the whole dip and spray process,  I'd say that it really makes details pop, gets rid of the chalkiness that the acrylic paint seems to have improved the look of the miniatures a great deal.

My Japanese and American infantry all really look much better.   The pulp heroes who were wearing Beige or Green look absolutely fantastic (apart from a brown smudge here and there).   Those wearing grey or black were mixed:  the details pop, but they have some noticeable brown smudges on their grey clothes.   Those in yellow turned out surprisingly well.   The ones in white suffered a bit, but there weren't that many of them.   I know now not to use white if I'm going to dip.

I may end up giving some of the bases another coat of Grey, since many of them have brown pools on them.

I'll post some pictures after work today.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Dippening

I went to bed dissatisfied last night.  I decided to experiment with The Miracle Dip method again.  I had tried it years ago, but found it not worth the extra effort.  But, I had recently got better technique instructions.  I tried the process on my cheap gangsters and barroom brawlers. It was pretty good.  So I tried my Asians.  The Japanese soldiers took to the process like a pig takes to garbage.  I decided I was all in.  I dipped all my Riflemen and ww1 soldiers, 1 cultist, 1 hero, 1 dame, 1 reporter (all for tests) and then my bad commandos and then my cops and government agents (about 100 guys total).

The dip makes none of them worse, most of them better and a great many of them much better.  The only downside is it dirtiest up white clothes.  The army troops especially look great.

Synopsis:  thoroughly mix a can of Minwax Polyshades (polyurethane with some dark colored stain) brush it on (don't actually dip) brush off any pools.  Let sit for 24 hours, spray with dullcoat (I am waiting now).  Throw brush away.

P.S.  I dipped the rest of my pulp figures after lunch, no use messing up the place twice.