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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Valkyries, A lifetime achievement award

I've been playing with half painted Valkyries for months now and recently decided to take action. Since we all know that painted models perform better on the table I had to finish the job. This isn't a tutorial but I took a few pics along the way so I'm going just mention my progress.

Here is a shot of one of the valks following the initial Tamiya "rattlecan" basecoat from around Christmas time.

Since then I've used sponges from blister packs to apply a chipping effect.

After I had completed the chipping I applied a glosscoat to the model and used oil paints to wash areas filling in cracks and rivets. Following that I did some streaking giving the whole model a weathered look and creating a sense of movement.

In this picture you can see the difference between the Valkyrie with the oil paint (right) and the one without (left). Oils can work well to fill in all of the crevices on a model but they work best on a gloss surface.

The next step was to mix some "Future" acrylic floor polish with GW brown ink and airbrush it onto spots of the model sparingly. This makes certain areas (engines, hatches, etc.) look like they have oil or fuel spills and leaks. The Future gives it a very realistic sheen and really allows it to flow naturally. After the future was dry I airbrushed a bit thinned black paint onto and behind the engines to show exhaust stains. I did the same on the small fin that sits behind the engines and on the small wing tip engines as well.

So their you have it, Valkyries very nearly completed. Plenty more to get done before the NOVA open. Next on the docket, Tanks.

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