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Friday, July 03, 2015

WIP: NOCF Armour & Weathering

 So these guys are ready for their bases. There wasn't much to do once the freehand was done - just a few touch ups and assembly...

 Filthy xenos -_- Let's get back to the beakies!
I tightened up the armour shading with the colors below with a series of glazes following the rough sketch I did with the airbrush. I also went over the decals to help them look tied into the armour more.
Now it's time to make these guys look like they have been on campaign for a while. I used the colors below to add chips to the white and red armour as well as pick out some of the metal details we painted earlier
Mix Rhinox Hide & Black Grey 1:1. Using some random small chunks of ripped blister foam and tweezers dip the foam in the mix and dab it off on some cereal box card or scarp paper until you get a nice pattern. Don't use paper towel or cardboard as you will pick up particles that will add texture which will actually not help. Weird, I know. Don't use texture to create fake texture? Trust me. Apply that to the armour where it would wear and chip - edges, toes, shoulders, backpage vents, knee pads etc. LESS IS MORE!!! Don't blow away all the nice shading because you need to leave some open space for streaks to show later. Once that is done you have to go back and paint in thin lines on the bottom edge of each dark area to give the chips some depth. Use White Scar for the white areas and Wild Rider Red for the red areas. I also used white sponging on the red decals to make it look like some of the paint scraped off revealing the layer beneath. You can gently drag the foam across the surface to create random scrapes too once enough paint has come off.
Pretty slick (love the sword blade - that came out better than I had planned)! Onto the streaking... Use the colors below to add some stains and streaks to the armour. Panzer grey on the red Winter grime on the white.
Apply it under chips and joints where dirt and oil would streak and run. Let it dry. It will look awful and heavy handed:
Now when it is dry take AN OLD BRUSH that has split hairs and wont keep a point and dip it in the white spirits. Dab it off on a paper towel so it is only damp with spirits. Now very gently drag it in the same direction that the streaks are going barely touching the surface. Don't flood the area with spirits and don't press hard or you'll blow away all the streaking fluid and ruin your paint job too O.O If you take you time and do it right it will look very nice:
After it dries seal that nice effect with some satin varnish so your clear coat doesn't erase it later when you are sealing them! Good job :) Hey, these guys are ready for their bases now too...

NOCF Charity raffle information (Go get some tickets):

The beneficiaries of this effort - Doctors Without Borders (DWB) -  
You DO NOT have to be present at the NOVA Open to win, they will ship the armies to anywhere in the world in sturdy, custom-cut, KR Multicases! 
There are other armies/collections in the works for 40K, Halifax, and Flames of War. Tickets purchased for each of these other armies benefit a variety of other charities including Fischer House, and the Wounded Warrior Project.

NOCF blog  -
NOCF website  -

Models and supplies for the armies being painted are provided by the sponsors below:
Atlantis Games & Comics (USA) -
KR Multicase (UK) -
Element Games (UK) -
Secret Weapon Miniatures (USA)-

Next post: Bases. Thanks for looking, go buy some tickets to win these guys and the armies they belong to and remember; you can't spell paint without a little pain :)


  1. Beautiful! Man, those scorpions are just gorgeous.

    1. Thank you. They are pretty (filthy) xenos -_-

  2. Great figure and paint as always Zab . I love this hair which makes me think to predator .
    Greetings .

  3. Glad to see some more people using AK products on wargaming models! The streaking effects turned out great, too.

    1. Thanks! Yeah MIG and AK and the bomb. So many people just don't know about then which is really weird.

  4. Amazing work Zab. That sword is BAD ASSSSSSsssss!

    1. I know!!! I was so thrilled about how that came out. Way better than I planned :)

    2. Also really like that chipping stuff. I've been a scaredy cat from doing the final stages on my walkers, because it involves so much chipping fluid...and basically covering them in yellow then ripping it back off...

    3. Thanks, chipping fluid is a surprising amount of work unless you are doing broad areas of wear like on big vehicles. I also like the salt and hair spray technique as that is very random too (and cheaper than chipping fluid across an army). I prefer the sponge method for infantry :)

  5. Zab, I just added you to my blogroll. I don't know how I didnt have you on there before.

  6. Goodness me ... the weathering effects are so cool. Great tutorial to boot.
    Is the AK Interactive stuff available via CMON?

    1. Thanks!. I actually got mine locally but amazon has them and i think cmon carries mig which is basically the same stuff.


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