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Project Blog by wormfooduk Cult of Games Member

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About the Project

Finally painting my dream armies from when I was 12. I'm now 42. I've managed to rescue most of my favorite minis from the horrible thick paint and dust and I've started painting them trying to get the old eavy metal look. I have not got a steady hand, but I have no problem spending a lot more time per mini than I did back in the day.

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One of my favourite minis work in progress

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Wish I had a better camera makes it look really patchy. Wish I had a better camera makes it look really patchy.

A brake from orks

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Will probably strip and paint again as mistakes along the way have added some really bad texture in places but I like this colour scheme. Will probably strip and paint again as mistakes along the way have added some really bad texture in places but I like this colour scheme.

Restoration of a battlewagon final

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Restoration of a battlewagon part 3

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First go at a freehand banner, quite happy with it. First go at a freehand banner, quite happy with it.

Restoration of a battlewagon part 2

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Added some dust and scratches, Plus some of the details filled in. Now to the banners and glyphs. Added some dust and scratches, Plus some of the details filled in. Now to the banners and glyphs.

Restoration of a battlewagon

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In one piece at last, lots of painting to do. Spent ages on the driver and when in place you can only see his head and a bit of his back. In one piece at last, lots of painting to do. Spent ages on the driver and when in place you can only see his head and a bit of his back.

More repairs and building

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Skill 9
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Missing pieces exhaust and track. Remade in styrene, once painted should look the part. Missing pieces exhaust and track. Remade in styrene, once painted should look the part.

Not much time today so just a few work in progress minis.

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Starting to build to the really bright colours slowly. Ork boots in original 90s snake bite leather. How that paint is still perfect I will never know.Starting to build to the really bright colours slowly. Ork boots in original 90s snake bite leather. How that paint is still perfect I will never know.

Not many arms for my old minis so out with the milliput.

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The bluestuff is great, you do have to balance the amount of millput you put in to not over fill the mould, but it makes a good copy of the original. If you pull it out before its completely cured its really easy to clean up too.The bluestuff is great, you do have to balance the amount of millput you put in to not over fill the mould, but it makes a good copy of the original. If you pull it out before its completely cured its really easy to clean up too.

The only thing I don’t like about some of the metal GW minis is plastic arms. The ones that came with the metal orks were particularly bad. They were originally designed for the ork plastic set and reused for the later metals, trouble is that half of them fit really badly. I’ve taken to cutting them just bellow the sleeve and rotating them to give a better pose.  Even in the early white dwarf mags you can see some customised arm posing to get round the bad fit.

Practice freehand one thin layer at a time.

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Clean up later once I've got the other colours down. Triangles easier than squares.Clean up later once I've got the other colours down. Triangles easier than squares.

Brighter than I've painted before

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I want to have the super bright bold colours of early 40k which goes against all my instincts. Almost everything is stripped now. I do need to add something with my basing it’s just vallejo texture paste at the moment.

Some test orks, Kev Adams mainly.

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Skill 22
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Chequer pattern scared me now it just hurts my eyesChequer pattern scared me now it just hurts my eyes

First test minis

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I hated painting white but I think that was because I started with white and not with an off white. Much better than I expected, still think I can make the shading cleaner with a bit of practice. I hated painting white but I think that was because I started with white and not with an off white. Much better than I expected, still think I can make the shading cleaner with a bit of practice.

Eldar or Orks?

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My old Eldar army stripped of the one thick coat. Photo in Gerry soft focus.My old Eldar army stripped of the one thick coat. Photo in Gerry soft focus.
The original rogue trader minis should be really fun.The original rogue trader minis should be really fun.

Making a start

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Finally opening packs from 1990, sad but true. I even Found my old paints a hand full of them are still like new after a good shake.Finally opening packs from 1990, sad but true. I even Found my old paints a hand full of them are still like new after a good shake.
Before I opened themBefore I opened them