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deniper
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Post baseing and light conversion of bull dog unit
on: September 28, 2011, 06:44
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so deciding that my army was not Fast enough i got a unit of bulldogs! 😛

but not to leave well enough alone I wanted to share my methods of basing units as well as my approach to painting These fantastic models.
so first of all here is the basic materials
three bulldog jet-bikes three bases I for some reason decided to cut out of bass wood (dont do this at home folks it is not worth it just use the supplied bases)

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DAS air-dry modeling clay got mine at local craft store

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so first of all i am going to do a little work on the unit leader
sorry for the blurry pic on this one. i cut off the flight base and drilled a hole with my standard pinvise. as well as mounting a piece of paperclip in the wooden base.

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getting this

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then i take a wad of DAS clay *keep that stuff in a zip lock bag or it wont last you a week.*
and apply it to the base (this works equally well on plastic bases as wood) if the DAS is sliding around and it may use a little white glue on the base to make it stick.

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then take a modeling tool of some sort (that can be nearly anything with a pointy end knitting needle sewing needle old ball point pen or a set of specially made sculpting tools. different items give different effects.) take that modeling tool and tap it all over the clay until it has a interesting and more or less even texture.

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go ahead and do this to all the models in your unit, thou i recommend one at a time unless you work fast!

With the standard bikes you will put the clay on the base and then press the model into the clay i have used the clay as the only adhesive on some of my stands and not had any problems yet thou really i would recommend make a mark with the models base then scrape a hole where the models base goes, and glue the model down.

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Ok so that is the basic basing method I've been using a lot lately and now because i want even more visual differences between my unit leader and the rest of the squad i decided to add saddle bags to the bike.

now as this is a jet bike the bags should be made of more or less the same stuff as the rest of the bike so the idea here is to make them look manufactured. so first take a wad of green putty the two part epoxy that is so commonly used for conversions and sculpting (mine is gray cause i use a product called procreate)

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and using a flat tool of some sort *a good sculpting tool comes in handy on this sort of thing* flatten and shape the putty wad until it looks right and flat on the sides.

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do this on both sides and let it cure over night and done!

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believe me it takes longer to describe this stuff than to do it!

next part of this will be the actual painting of this squad of bull dogs

till next time

Mike
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Post Re: baseing and light conversion of bull dog unit
on: September 28, 2011, 23:52
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Well done. Keep it up.

Mike--Lead games developer

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Post baseing and light conversion of bull dog unit pt. 2!
on: October 3, 2011, 03:17
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welcome back for the second part of the posting!

when we last seen these bulldogs they where primed based and ready to be painted.

one thing i use for better or worse is Krylon camouflage paints as primer. they have given me some years worth of relatively inexpensive priming. come in flat colors ranging from tan greens and brown as well as the classic black. also they work on metal plastic and resin models equally well.

so onward, first of all i will dapple the riders with brown and green because i used a camouflage tan for the base color i do not have to worry about covering the entire rider

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after doing this on all three riders i will paint the jet-bike itself mustard yellow *the base color for my vehicle camouflage*

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when this is done i will paint the vehicle with a pattern scatter of medium grey paint.

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after a short break and scenery change i add a green pattern to the overall yellow grey bike.

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when painting camouflage look at photos of vehicles that are painted in a style you like whither or not the colors are similar to the pallet you have chosen. also try to keep camo patterns at this scale to 3 colors rarely ever more than 4 you get beyond that the pattern starts to look muddy and you end up with little discernible color variations.

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and finally wash the whole thing with a ink or paint wash. drop a little paint on your pallet and a lot of water with it mixed until the paint is thin like water. then spread that evenly overall the entire model.

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it is best to give each wash a chance to dry before moving on to the next wash or color step.

last thing to do is take some time paint in weapons headlights unit markings whatever else you think should be a different color than the basic bike/rider combination.

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after you do this let them dry again and for a final touch choose a lighter color *a lot of time i will use a sand or tan for this* and very lightly dry-brush the model overall to bring out the highlights.
spray some clear-coat on them and they are done!

hope this article is helpful to you-all and do take care! feel free to post any relevant questions here and i will try to address them forthwith!

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Post Re: baseing and light conversion of bull dog unit
on: October 4, 2011, 12:06
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Looking good. Keep up the great work.

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Post Re: baseing and light conversion of bull dog unit
on: October 11, 2011, 02:31
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certainly will, have a lot in the fire right now, but i have some really great stuff to share soon 😀

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