Friday, October 9, 2009

Weekend project update...

Just a quick update on my scattershot projects:

1. I have stripped most of my eBay metal figures, and after a couple of weeks of having them stand around looking self-conscious about not having any paint on them, I am going to prime them and start putting paint to model.

2. Next, I have basecoated two Rhino chassis, and my Land Raider with some Krylon Fusion spray paint. It goes on very evenly and smooth, especially the "Satin" finish, and it is very easy to paint over afterwards. I'm using "Dover White" for my vehicles, and hopefully that will save me from having to tone down a pure white basecoat.

I put some Macharius Solar Orange foundation paint on the Land Raider, just to block out the color scheme, and I was pretty happy with it. I'll post some pictures of it once I get home. I'll definitely have to apply several coats of paint to get it where I want it though...

3. Finally, I started my foray into making terrain. Up until now, my son and I have been playing small games on our kitchen table with overturned Tupperware bowls serving as terrain. It works, but it doesn't immerse you into the game like good terrain can. So  I took a block of styrofoam that I got out of a box of something or other that we bought, and I decided to make it into a temple of some sorts. I'll put up a separate post for it later, but for now, I thought I'd show my first steps (literally)...

I started cutting these with my Xacto, but I realized that it is definitely the wrong tool for the job. Not wanting to pop 30 bucks for a hot wire cutter, I picked up this utility knife from the feed store down the street. It has multiple blades, including a foam saw (pictured). It works great, and even if I don't get a nice even "cauterized" edge like I might with a hot knife, I think I can work with this.

Enjoy the pics, such as they are (I took them with my Blackberry since I left my camera at home, charging), and let me know what you think. What do you use to make your terrain?

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