Sunday, 22 April 2012


Atlas paint update:
Weathering, metal highlighting, general tidy left to do but I doubt I'll get the chance before I have to leave for biking so here's where I'm at -


I'm contemplating something for the belly be it a ELH decal or a like and maybe some white teeth too. But I have my doubts as a rule I try to stick to 'less is more' and no gimmicks. I'm going to make my mind up post weathering as too much going on starts to look fussy.

Oh and here's a lances worth of Osiris' about to take the dropship to new their mech hangers;

Friday, 20 April 2012

Can i have an 10day week please

Well its been a very busy last few days and more to come it seems. I've been making a few Osiris' for various battletech fans. I lost 4days to go to a wedding and I seemed to have come back with 2 in-laws in tow who don't speak English and have succeeded in turning my house upside-down. Then I needed to convert my bike from XC spec back to DH spec for a trip next week and we're going to have to change venue because the uplift broke dang it!

All the while trying to squeeze in my atlas repaint So far I've gotten up to shading, about 1/3rd complete;

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Exciting times! (well at least for me)

Its exciting times for me at the moment.

My first laser cut parts arrived today!! After sitting in customs for what seems like 40days and 40nights over Easter. I first contacted the laser cutter way back in January so its been a while coming!

I now poses 6 bags full of blank random shapes which will make up 5 mechs that I'll have to sort and group into substructures in the worlds most tedious puzzle. Come to think of it I should of asked him to spray the reverse side with a different colour so at least I could tell front from back! To aid me I'm using a tip picked up from RC car modelling. I plan to use a 1:1 scale drawing of the parts then match the parts to the plan and the plan to the 3d model. Simples he says...

Some of the super tiny stuff didn't work the laser melted the thin plastic divide. Not a big loss because they were all decorative items such as house decals, buckles and tiny exhaust fans which i used to fill in the blank areas.

I stripped my Armorcast atlas of its old paint job (sprayed with car paint all those years ago foolish me). I used 'Simple Green' degreaser. It took the acrylic off over night but the car paint required another 2 weeks to soften and remove. Top tip be very careful what you use to strip resin as it'll spoil if exposed to many common paint strippers use for metal mini's. The Atlas now sitting in primer I just have to tidy the little gaps then on to painting.

However all this has to wait till next week though because I'm off to darkest North Wales for my wife's cousins wedding for 5days. Bo Hoo

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Table Top scale - EHL Mechs

Change of scale today for the Reverse Disabled blog. I wanted some table top counter parts to pose next to my Large mechs to demonstrate scale. So here they are in the ELH  desert ridge line camo.

I also tried out a new technique of painting reflected light to give my atlas that MWO glow.

Finally the existing highlander miniature looks like something out of 60's sci-fi show. I wanted something that looked more like the MW4 version the Highlander IIC miniature comes close. I modified the torso and the arms, deleted the neck and cut down the legs to getting us closer the MW4 concept art of David White (mechmaster). I also added the reflected light effect from the cockpit.

If you like too see more of David White's work you can here:
And if you like to see the Reflected light tutorial I followed you can watch it here;

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

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