Friday, 22 April 2016

Zombicide car paint progress and some Gundam for good measure

I've been hopping from car to car the most complete its the green challenger. Trying to get them all the the same stage. Makes it less of a head scratcher to work out what to do. I'm really digging the cop cars painted decals. For most of these it's blacking out details and trim and you start to get a sense of what the finished model will be.

I'm looking forward to making all the lighting effects or OSL (origin source light) for the cool kids, but at the same time painting a red lighting effect is by far the hardest to do. So I'm worrying about that some and reading as much as I can about how to do it. I think before doing any OSL I'll lay down a clear coat so I have the option to wipe away any mistakes.

I also bought my son some Gundams. He seen me building my 'robots' since he was born and one day really sweetly asked me can I build one with you daddy. Since resin for 4 year old is out of the question and painting would be a critical wife error so I looked for one of the Japanese kits.

I found two really cheap on Amazon (the joys of mass-production)

And this one

Funnily enough this triggered a childhood memory I remember making a red Zuka that had a scorpion tail on its left should pad, probably my first mecha. Never really got into it too much space ballet dancing and constipated looking anime characters for me. (I preferred battletechs grit, blocky mechs)

These are really great they snap together so no need for glue. The articulation is brilliant, you can tell these guys have their kits dialled in perfectly, hardly a flash line is sight. I look at their production with great envy lol. Was my dream to bring something like that to MWO but I don't think players are willing to sign away the rights yet maybe they're holding out to do it themselves one day.

All in all I think it was about 2hrs putting it together with my son not so easy with is baby bro doing a car alarm impression. He's a bit young to do it him self but hey didn't stop him ordering me on what goes where (it must of been taking notes from the wife). For good measure I used some plastic cement just to make sure it didn't come apart in little hands or an accidental drop.

By bed time we had this happy chappie;

Along with some farther son colouring just because well robots!!;

Monday, 11 April 2016

A parking lot of Zombicide cars :D

Its a nice change to finally cast something that I can get everything done in a day!

2 cruisers, 1 sheriffs, 1 taxis and 2 challengers for myself and a set cars each for my boys.

One of the C'Vics wing mirrors broke whilst taking it out the mould. so rather than bin it going to smash it up some more and make some scenery out of it

There also a spare challenger which I'm sorely sorely tempted to turn into this;

I really enjoyed playing APB for a while (before things got bad) and many good memories rocking up in these mad max interceptors.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Some WIP pricutres of my scratch built Zombicide cars

Top left: Challenger - Top right: Crown Vic 'sheriff' - Bottom left: Crown Vic NYPD - Bottom Right: NYC Taxi

The new grey spray primer arrived today that allowed me to put on a uniform coat on the cars. I still have to re-do all the fine sanding/polishing using putty paint that was lost when I had to strip them because of the bad primer (painful).

Friday, 1 April 2016

Airfix CDC landrover 1:48 scale for Zomibicide

Wow its been a loooooong time since I painted anything made by anyone else. This Airfix Landrover 1:48 almost scales perfectly to 32mm (tad too big). I gave it a CDC scheme one of the back doors is missing because I painted that fecking interior and you couldn't see it with both doors on :P (we'll pretend an abomination ripped it off). It was a bugger to paint you basically part paint it during assembling it which is odd and frustrating. I bought AK chipping and weathering pots to try out on this. They work well and I'd recommend them.

The CDC stencil was hand made, the siren was painted using blue wash and added the tucked down ariel with chopper wire. I wanted it to feel like a old UN peace keeping jeep pressed into service at the hieght of the outbreak. I considered adding more custom touches like red signs saying "If you approach this vehicle you will be fire upon" but I have 71 zombies to paint and 2 cars to finish and cast so decided not to side track myself (at a later date maybe).

Oh right and I forgot I made a card for it too;

That sinking feeling...

Gah nothing worse than getting to the finial step and something gone wrong.

I'd buffed and polish my Zombicide cars for a few days just one last top coat need to make it look tidy and make sure I didn't miss anything. But I ran out of Mr surfacer 1000 my fav base coat goes on really smooth doesnt build up but blah it ran out.

So #savetime go to the local gameworkshop and buy some grey primer #howmuch?!andmysoul. Remember something about swearing never to use GW paints again... but i wanta cast this weekend lighting can't strike twice right :/

Wait till next day nice warmish and test spray seems ok. Proceed to paint the cars hmmm looks patchy lets wait till it drys. Fast forward 25mins surface is chalky and rough as fork #expressiveuseofthebestqueensenglish claim down ok I'll just colour sand it. fastworward 1hr nope still pitting.

Accept the loss toss the load into the sonic cleaner and organic orange degreaser (this stuff is an excellent way to safely remove paint for minis). 30mins later back to bare plastic /start again

£12 and 1week of wasted time thank you GW