Thursday, 31 March 2011

Sci-Fi Bunker/ Observation tower (part 2: painting)

I am aiming for a dark, rusty and stained metal finish - something that looks like it's been well used (and abused). Having first sprayed the model with a base coat of Citadel Chaos Black; I then painted the whole thing with Citadel Boltgun metal. At this stage the bunker is not yet attached to the base; the detail of which I will cover in Part 3.

The next step was to liberally wash the whole model with Citadel Badham Black wash, one again the model has yet to be glued to the base.

I am a great believer that it is the small touches that really make a scratch built model; in this case I downloaded the emblem of the Helghast, reduced it in size, printed it, cut it out and glued it to two sides of the model using PVA glue.

The Killzone series of games seems to have produced a huge community of online fans, and it is from one of these that I found the full Helghan alphabet. I hand painted a couple of the 'letters' onto the sides on the model that didn't have the printed logo on.

The next step with the exterior was to wash the entire model with Citadel Ogryn flesh - this gives a nice rusty finish.

The final piece constructed was the roof - no guesses for the materials used...

Part 3 will cover the interior and the base.

Sci-Fi Bunker/ Observation tower

It's amazing what a day off can produce! After the last Starship Troopers game, I decided that my heavy infantry needed a little extra protection from the bug menace. The model stands approx 5" high and is 4" square. The model is made from foam core, 'granny grid', mdf sheet and an old Airfix bridge kit (for the girders). A ladder is situated below the model and goes up through a doorway into the interior of the bunker. The finished model will have a roof (your bugs won't get in that easily Stu!) The bunker will also double up for my 'Kill Zone' Helghast themed Sci-fi game (using Pig Iron Productions minis (see previous posts).

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Pig Iron Kolony Militia

After dedicating most of my recent painting time to zombies and scenics, I finally found time to return to my Pig Iron Productions Kolony Militia. The figures are from the Kolony Militia Booster pack, which contains 10 figures and a sprule of seperate heads, costing £17. The figures, as always from Pig Iron, were superbly cast and had no flash. I painted the figures to resemble 'space Nazis' and the Helghast from the PS3 game Killzone. If you are interested in the details of the paint scheme see my earlier Kolony Militia post. The fencing in the background was scratch built by myself using wooden dowl, 'granny grid', MDF and sharp sand. I have built numerous lengths and gateways for flexible use on the games table. All the other scenics are from the superb Fenris Games.