18 December, 2014

Imperial Knight, day 18 - copper it is...

I have decided for copper for the rims. Finally.

White will only be used for the head, the weapons, the markings and the imperial eagle above the helmet. The white rims did work to some extent, but I think I will have to try it another time!

Thanks for all the input and suggestions. Tomorrow I hope to get all the copper areas finished to 90 percent and then glue most parts and start on some serious weathering over the weekend!

17 December, 2014

Imperial Knight, day 17 - weathering, finally

Finally some weathering. Worked on many of the orange parts.

Here I also had a little fun testing the white on the rims. However, the weapons now look a little less strong.
You cannot have it all I suppose...

16 December, 2014

Imperial Knight, day 16 - more decals...

A late update tonight. Lots of decal work. Looks nice and takes time. Need to be done carefully and cannot be rushed.

So I have been slowly working my way over the model listening to a WFB podcast from the UK, HeelanHammer. Still need to sort out a few additional decals, but I have the main ones in place an looking great.

Status tonight: 8 updates to go before I want the model finished. It should be possible, but I need to keep focus. Tomorrow needs to be a day of the final decals and then a varnish to secure the decals. And then Thursday and forth should be all about weathering and base. Nice!

Regarding the rims - I think tonight's image will help to decide. Where it does look nice and old-school with all the white I think the decals and also the orange gets somewhat lost. Choosing copper instead will make the rims less pronounced and the orange will get more power. So I am thinking anyway...

15 December, 2014

Imperial Knight, day 15 - first decal!

First decal in 20 years or so! Tried them during my second year in the hobby and did not find the technique spectacular.
Now I think it looks like a nice tool. Useful for some things. But not magic. I look forward to see the rest of them on the model. That will no doubt look impressive.

btw, a few posts back Nicklas recommended a video tutorial on applying decals. Nice and very imformative!

14 December, 2014

Imperial Knight, day 14 - more details...

More checks to be painted in and a bit of weathering on the metal parts.

Of other hobby-related work I picked up a parcel at the postoffice with a bottle of both matt and gloss varnish for the airbrush, and I also made it to the local hobby shop to get some DecalFix. I really look forward to getting some of those decals in place...

13 December, 2014

Imperial Knight, day 13 - starting up on details

A few great comments in regards to the choice between copper or weathered white for the rims of the armour plates. I have not made my mind up yet, so I am painting details tonight.

12 December, 2014

Imperial Knight, day 12 - a moment of doubt...

Tonight I am closing in on that moment of choice for the rims on the armour. So far I have gone for white for the rims, but I had to put the model loosely together to see how it looks.

Quite alright I think. However, I also think the model would work with the rims painted copper. The reason for white is to be able to clearly show a lot of weathering. Going for copper instead would limit the white for the head and the weapons enphasizing these. But then there will be no extreme weathering on white, which I find usually is a great trick!

I think I will spend the weekend working on the heraldic shield, and get a head start on the banner, and possibly add some weathering to the metal sections. Maybe my vision will be clearer when I have all the yellow checks painted in. Oh, and I might work in some colours on the base to get a little contrast to all the orange. That might also help to decide...

11 December, 2014

Imperial Knight, day 11 - chainsword

Tonight I just dived in and wanted to see something finished. Or at least close to finished.
So I worked on the two weapons the big cannon and the massive chainsword. Quite pleased with the result, although obviously there will be some fine-tuning when the all the parts are put together.

For rust I used Vallejo Model Colour Mahogany Sand and Citadel's Ryza Rust. The oxide effect on the copper was achieved using Citadel Nihilakh Oxcide (who makes up these names!?!). I also added a bit of the old Citadel Hawk Turquoise here and there to add a little more blue to the oxide effect.

Of other things done today was to order some varnish - both gloss and matt for the airbrush. I am rather new to using transfers, but this is also one of those things I wanted to get some practice with. In a few days I will be convering this beast in transfer, and then add a lot of battle-damage and weathering on top. Should be fun!