Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wraithlord charging in

Also just finished a wraithlord comission. This guy is charging in to introduce someone to the pointy end of his sword.  The ultimate backscratching, through the front.


Stargate SG1 or atlantis, choices choices.

Painted up a stargate from studio bergstrom.  Its about 4" diameter and I glued a clear acrylic disc in the center for painting the event horizon.  It glows very nicely with a wee bit of UV lighting.  he made it either the SG1 or Atlantis type gate based on which side is forward.  Now I just need to figure out how to mount it.


In Space, no one can hear you ...die

In Space, no one can hear you drool over these bad boys right before they send a heat seeker up your tailpipe.

After quite a while staring at me to paint them, I finally brought some life to these Silent Death fighters and capital ships.  I love the variety of this line of ships.  Each was begging for something different.


A carrier with some hotshot ace fighters.





A Thorn dreadnaught with escort.
A Manta with its interceptor and bomber.


And a hammerhead with space superiority fighters. (one of the little ones also reminds me of a hamemr head from space-above and beyond)

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

G&P GBBR M4 Magpul Style Magazine Fix

Ok, so after painting a few mags and then my friend complaining that at first two didn't seal when he gave them to me but now all of them leak.  We worked a deal where I would trouble shoot it.  Looks like I'm the all around commissioned creative handy man!  But after having one explode in my face by just gently flexing it to see if the leak would stop... I wasnt going to let it best me.  Long story short, for the cost of a tube of silicone (8usd / tube), a slightly larger Oring (1-1/16 x 7/8 x 3/32 #17 O-ring) (50c ea), and a helicoil (~1usd ea) you can effectively fix these not quite perfectly designed leaky mags and make them pretty darned robust. 

But the steps are a bit long so see the following file for the fix.

Leaky Airsoft G&p GBBR M4 Magpul Magazine Upgrade Guide

Dont forget to wear safety goggles! Im serious. One exploded on me.

Also, if you balk at the cost of a helicoil kit (I borrowed mine and bought replacement coils from ebay for a few dollars) you can pretty much make your own if you can get the right tap and a long sacrificial threaded rod for insertion.  Then you just have to buy replacement coils. =)

Further side note, dont tap pot metal to hold a seal on a pressurized canister that gets abused... its just a bad fundamental design and possibly life choice.

Silent Death Incomming

I have a batch of silent death ships that have been staring at me on my desk with just primer on them for over a year.  Finally getting the fire to start painting again I quite like how most of these little guys turned out.  Its always fun imagining the race that controls each type of ship and how they may paint the ship.

Better pictures to come once these are completed,  at present they are about 95% complete.  Im not sure if Ill use standard SD bases or make something else,  My base materials stockpile appeared to have been low last time I painted. 


Monday, April 17, 2017

Airsoft GBBR experiments

Ok, so when a friend offers to let you paint their cool airsoft guns, you cant say no can you?
Even when he throws a few mags after youve finished and says please paint these too.  Ah scope creep in comissions,  at least it comes with funding creep!.

I rather like how these experiments turned out.  The M4, Im told is a G&p gbbr, and a ptp 1911 make up his more practical aresenal. (dont ask me why he wanted to keep the orange tip on the pistol but not the rifle)   NIR on this rifle looks pretty good though the pistol suffers from the same problem as the nerf guns.  My suspicion is I base coated this with a darker earth color and despite spraying a lighter tan over it in places, the tan is translucent in the NIR causing the light to be eaten nicely by the darker underlayer.  Interesting lesson to learn. Start with the brighter colors that are known to be NIR "compliant" and then paint darker so that you add contrast, just in case some of the colors turn out to be translucent in thin layers in the NIR.   Also, take extra care to degrease that annoying silicone oil from the mags or paint will never stick.






































Then we have my favorite, the experiment at a visible spectrum "high visibility" Tech scheme, that in the NIR is actually a decent NIR "compliant" "camo".   Im quite happy with how this one turned out and he apparently is to.  Though he wants the bottom and his mags to stay black so those will stand out in the NIR.... oh well. I do agree the contrast looks cool as hell.













































Also, as a side note I discovered some more interesting info.  I was using duracoat paint chips to estimate NIR compliance.  However in contacting them they informed me that (had I been thinking duh) they use a printer to print the inks and it is not actually paint on the test cards.  So the NIR compliance based on the cards is silly.  However!  this made me wonder why some behaved differently than I expected and looking more into it discovered some inks are very bright or translucent in the NIR.   I then remembered a strange phenomena I dismissed a while ago where the printed labels on my paints were blank white in the NIR.  So food for thought, consider mixing inks in with dark paints to push their NIR compliance, depending on if the ink is reflective or translucent in the NIR.  Broader solution space for painting investigations!

But back to my regularly scheduled program. All this painting of big things got me itching to paint smaller as well so I started a few Silent Death Spaceships,  Alt-WW2 fighters etc.   Soon to a blog near you.

NERF camo extravaganza

Well I didnt care for the grey nerf gun, so I repainted it.
I actually like this one a bit better even though it appears to be worse in the NIR.  I also painted up a nerf grenade launcher (shoots the big red darts) which accounts for my two favorite action nerf guns.  I much prefer pumping each round than relying on batteries.   I went with a messy concrete'ish top for the grenade launcher and a quasi tech camo with mostly classical earthy colors for the smaller pump action.   However (shoulda done a color sample test in the NIR first) it turns out the base earth color I used for these is pretty darned dark in the NIR.  Oh well I still like them.    And they add nicely to my eclectic nerf arsenal.