Friday, 16 May 2014

Mechwarrior Online Centurion 1/60scale model (Yen lo wang)

Mechwarrior Online - Centurion
Scale: 1/60
Size: 17cm tall (to main mass)
Articulation free: Elbows, shoulders, waist
Articulation glued: Ankles, Knees, Hips

It was great fun to make and paint the end result was very satisfying. Sits perfectly in the 1/60 scale line up from amorcast 17cm to the top of the head (or 18.5cm to the top of the fin), 6 poseable leg joints, 5 points of articulation, 6 barrels to configure you're loadout. No two will ever be alike. I've add to this one with rails and aerials made from stainless steel and brass, I've also incorporated magnetised barrels to allow quick swaps between loadouts.

The paint scheme is; Yen Low Wang Hero mech. I added some wear and tear but not too much as a personal mech of the Allards I'd assume it would be well cared for.

I'm going to enjoy the weekend now and get this shipped off to PGI on Monday.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Rising UP!

Rails on, legs glued

Its starting to come together!

Getting to the final stage of paint and assembley - musing for the finishing details.

Progress has spead up on the YLW once I made it throught the elobrate red and white colour scheme, and on the the more normal shadeing and highlights.

My thoughts turn too finishing details like in which way to paint the cockpit glass, its a small space with bad access so I'll mask as much as I can up so not to accidently smear paint. It's also an odd shape, the great thing about have a 3d model it i can make a few goes at it with photoshop to see how the reflection should flow. And theres lots of different ways you can go; treat the glass as whole or indvidual panes does it turn a corner, how much 'light' does each pane, etc, some rough examples;

Thre right choice will make the glass pop. Here whats I decided on (always green because I like green cockpit glass :P)

It'll have to be hand painted most likely because the airbrush cant get accesss.

I've also be giving thought to equipment lenses that you find on the MWO models. In the past I've painted either grey fade or blue tint. But I never really felt that looked good enough. Flipping through Deviantart I found this pic;

It's very eye catching and to me it shouts scope not laser, I'm going to paint equipment lenses like this.

Friday, 9 May 2014

What decals did YLW have?

What decals does "Yen Lo Wang" have if any?

Answers, with source please.

-= Update=-
In other news I was running low on airbrush cleaner (which i also use for taking back the paint for weathering) and dam the new brand I bought has the power of weak water....

Where the Vallejo airbrush cleaner just whisks paint away this one need barely makes any inroads.

Annoyed because now its a weekend and I stuck 1/2 way through weathering. My advice AVOID: "MEDEA Airbrush Cleaner" it has the power of soapy water and even more damming they don't specify whats in it...

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

A little more

Test fitting the rails today

I didn't get much done today because I had to go to the dentist and I felt like carp after.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Rails soldered

The rear of each shin has two hand rails. I've not done any soldering before I tried with the raven and using Stainless steel wire but that was no bueno. Super glue doesn't work on 1mm (or in this case 0.8mm) wire your only real option is to solder

For the cent I did a some google foo and found out that stainless doesnt solder unless you can heat up with a blow torch. That sounded too extreme, so I went with the next best choice brass wire its softer but in short lenghts should be up to the task.

I made a template on my desk, formed the wire and taped it down. Blob of solder to joint the pieces, then filed away the excess and cut the legs to length (6mm) the leg will go into the shin 4mm leaving the rail sitting 2mm proud.

Oh and those barrels also got painted;

Friday, 2 May 2014

More progress

This is where I'm at as of this morning. Most of the base colour is down except for the 5 barrels because errm i forgot about them, opps!

This thing has used a monster amount of masking tape, it used so much i ran out and had to wait for more. I haven't tidied up any of the over spray yet thats the next job for forgive the odd pink splodge. The job sheet goes something like this;

Over spray clean up
Make/solider/paint rails and aerial
Paint chipping/ware effect
Jeweling (cockpit glass, lenses)

Sound like a small list but it becomes quite involved and time consuming.