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Manda’s (Amachan) ‘Oiling Up’ Project

Manda’s (Amachan) ‘Oiling Up’ Project

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About the Project

In this project I will go through some experimentation with painting in the Grimdark style and using those lessons learned to develop my own, more gritty paint style. I will be using oil paints for the first time in combination with acrylics, enamels and some wax paints, hence the title...

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Project On Hold.

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I have been struggling with massive disabilities causing me to not be able to paint or build miniatures. The major disabilities limiting my hobby are tremors in my right hand making it very unstable and lots of pain in my left which I was learning to paint with. I am getting physiotherapy to try and help me cope with the disabilities, but I am not sure it is going to solve anything. I do not know if I will be able to return to miniature painting and such and for now I am starting a new project involving LEGO, something I can do with my disabilities.

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Slow Progress....

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Over the last couple of weeks I have been working on the Late Imperial Roman Hornblower while also dealing with health issues, so progress has been slow. But here is the next update.

First off I did a coat of A-Stand Lacquer Varnish Klear Kote Flat (A.MIG-2502), this would give the acrylic paint a good protected surface. Which would be more important on metal models than this plastic one, but these models are all just testing and playing around. The varnish did leave a dusty residue, this will later disappear when I apply oil washes.

Slow Progress....

The varnish dulls down the metallic paints so I reapplied those over the model. The thought behind doing them before the varnish as well is that if it chips to the varnish it would just show the dull metallic colour and it wouldn’t be a massive issue. So I went over the mail with Vallejo Metal Color Burnt Iron (77.721), the bronze details with Vallejo Model Color Bronze (70.998) and the smaller metal bits with Scale Metal n’ Alchemy Thrash Metal (SC-64).

I mixed an oil wash from Abteilung 502 Modelling Oil Color Sepia (ABT002) and mineral spirits and applied that to most of the model and mixed another wash from Abteilung 502 Modelling Oil Color Flesh Shadow (ABT215) and applied that over the skin.
And for the base I mixed a wash with Abteilung 502 Modelling Oil Color Industrial Earth (ABT090) applied that over the whole base and then used a bit of thinned Abteilung 502 Modelling Oil Color Green Grass (ABT094) and he is now playing a game of the ground is radioactive waste. Not what I was going for, so I applied a bit of the Abteilung 502 Modelling Oil Color Sepia (ABT002) wash over it to blend that in and darken it down a bit. And then I dried off the mineral spirits with a hair dryer.

I was not happy with the wash over the face so I applied a bit of the Abteilung 502 Modelling Oil Color Sepia (ABT002) wash over it and rubbed the excess off with a cotton bud.

I dried off the mineral spirits with a hairdryer again and then rubbed off any of the excess oil washes with a cotton bud and then on to the metallic bits. Using a silicone sculpting brush I applied a thin layer of AK Interactive True Metal Brass (AK460) over the bronze bits and AK Interactive True Metal Gun Metal (AK461) over the mail.

Some AK Interactive True Metal Steel (AK457) over the edges of the sword and that is the results so far.

Slow Progress....

Imperial Roman Hornblower?

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I got the acrylic basecoats done on this late Imperial Roman hornblower that I made from a sample sprue I got from Wargames Atlantic.

Imperial Roman Hornblower?

Sliding Back in the Groove.

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I am getting back into this project. Because of my health, I know now I have a functional neurological disorder, I am still struggling painting and working with the really small stuff like 15mm figures for my Eastern Front project. It may improve over time and than I would get back onto that project. So I am getting back in this oily mess in order to work on developing a style for more gritty looking historical figures.

Things I learned.
Because I have been painting using the new paints and techniques on my project where I figure out what I can do with my disabilities I have learned quite a bit more. Here are some examples of what I painted in that project and a link to that project as well so you can have a look.

Precision
Less precision is required when working with oils and enamels, as it is quite easy to just put a bit of mineral spirits on your brush and remove or work the oils and enamels into the places where you want them to be. This has been very beneficial to me with my current health problems.

Reducing the Amount of Oil & Shine.
By putting the oil paint from the tube onto a paper towel first and then either use it from there if I use it straight or move the paint to a different palette with a palette knife I really reduce the amount of excess oil I have in the paint. I can then thin it using mineral spirits, this really helps reducing the shininess that I got from the oil paints at times.

Blu Tack and Solvents.
I more and more started to notice that the Blu Tack was letting go because of the solvents I use, mainly mineral spirits, with oil and enamel paints. Blu Tack is an oil based product so it is no surprise really. This has made me rethink my paint handles. The only one on the market that would technically work is the GW one, but that’s too expensive. So I decided to magnetize my painting handles. Since I use cheap glue sticks as painting handles they all have a lid I can take off and that can rotate. I took off the lid cleaned and roughed up the surface.

I was at first thinking of just sticking a bit of a magnetic pad on the top, but I was not sure that would be strong enough so I wanted to add an additional magnet for strength. Now I noticed that these had a little knob on the bottom of the top so I had to drill it out otherwise a magnet wouldn’t sit centrally. So I drilled a hole in the top, glued in a magnet and put the magnetic pad over the top. When using magnets you have to be sure that you get the poles the right way. I have a little magnet that I glued to my cutting mat ages a go, so that is my guide for aligning my poles.

And there you go, magnetized painting handles.

And I learned plenty of things that are hard to put to words as I have just gathered more experience of how oil paints go down and how to work with them.

On Hold

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This project is currently being put on hold with a chance of some minor progress being made. I will get back to this if I have more experimentation to do, which I most likely will when it comes to large areas of skin tones for example.

The models I was planning on painting for this will still get painted at some point and added to this project.

I am currently still developing these painting skills in my new project on the Eastern Front.

On Hold

The next steps.

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While it has been too hot to paint last week, next week promises better weather. So up next are the 2 late imperial Roman legionnaires. One with a sculpted base and 1 with my old style of basing after. After that I am going to repaint my Dynamic Boudi miniature from Hasslefree Miniatures. This model has more exposed skin to work with so I can experiment with that more. I have also done the basing in the new style of basing that I am planning on using. This simply uses a texture paste with some grit in it. I got this texture paste for a new gaming table, but may as well use it for miniatures as it really beats the price of coloured texture paints.

The old paint job.

I also was planning on stripping this V&V Miniatures model, but the resin just turned extremely soft and I really struggled getting the paint of using isopropyl alcohol….. Lesson learned I guess, don’t use isopropyl alcohol with resin….

The next steps.

Imperial Fists Mk. II Space Marine

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Imperial Fists Mk. II Space Marine

And the second model in my new painting journey is done. It is a Forge World Mk. II Space Marine in Imperial Fist colours.

To finish off this model I did add a bit of AK Interactive True Metal Steel (AK457) with a cotton bud over the base as I forgot to do this before.

Word Bearers Mk. II Space Marine

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Word Bearers Mk. II Space Marine

The first model in my new painting journey is done. It is a Forge World Mk. II Space Marine in Word Bearers colours.

Next Steps.

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First, to finish up the word bearer, I added a wash with a mix of Abteilung 502 Modelling Oil Color Bitume (ABT004) and some white spirit in the recesses. Once dry I’ll see where he is at, but I think that is him done.

Next Steps.

To start of with the Imperial Fist, I first added some chipping to most of his armour using a sponge and some Vallejo Model Air Steel (71.065).

Next Steps.

I then applied a coat of AK Interactive Rust Streaks (AK 013) to the base and a coat of MIG Neutral Wash (P222) to the model and wiped off the excess in the same way as I did before. After drying that with a hairdryer I applied the same Abteilung 502 Modelling Oil Color Bitume (ABT004) oil wash as before to him, wiping some bits of and then drying him again. And then I went into the vision slot with a bit of Abteilung 502 Modelling Oil Color Red Primer (ABT120) and blended that in with the visor a bit to create a slight glow effect.

Then I focused on the base. I added a bit of Abteilung 502 Modelling Oil Color Dark Rust (ABT070) in the recesses and blended that into the floor with some white spirit. I then did the same with some Abteilung 502 Modelling Oil Color Copper Oxide Blue (Patina) (ABT180) around the copper pipes.

For a bit of extra detailing on the leather, I stippled on some Abteilung 502 Modelling Oil Color Dust (ABT003) with a brush and then with a separate completely dry brush worked it into the leather.

I then stippled on some AK Interactive True Metal Steel (AK457) on the metal bits and with same technique as before, I worked that into the top of the metal bits. I stippled a bit AK Interactive True Metal Steel (AK457) on the leather studs as well and then finished the rim of the base off with a bit of Scale 75 Scalecolor Black (SC-00).

And that is where I am leaving him for now.

Oily Legs.

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So I found that after a couple of days the legs were very shiny. Now I do not know if this was maybe still the linseed oil not fully cured or me not drying off the white spirit. Anyway, I brushed some matt varnish over it to fix it now. Once this is all cured I’ll see what more I want to do before I move on to the next model.

And to follow up on my new painting journey, here is the second marine. Since I paint with a lot of bright colours, what better chapter to choose than the Imperial Fists. He is all basecoated and ready for when the Word Bearer is done.

Oily Legs.

I know there was originally only 1 space marine, but I had another one, so might as well paint it while I’m playing around.

Since I like using bright paints, maybe I should name my style Grimbright. 🤔

Progress

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I started off with a coat of AK Interactive Rust Streaks (AK 013) over the base and a coat of AK Interactive Streaking Grime (AK 012) over the model with my airbrush. I then used a wool dauber with a bit of white spirit to clean off the excess.

I then painted some Abteilung 502 Modelling Oil Color Dark Rust (ABT070) thinned with a bit of white spirit in the recess where I wanted some extra shadow. I applied a light coat of Abteilung 502 Fantasy Modelling Oil Color Ghost Grey (ABT525) on the top edges of the shoulder pads and on the gun, blending that in with the base paint. I then used some Abteilung 502 Modelling Oil Color Flesh Shadow (ABT215) to highlight particular areas on the model. Then with my airbrush I sprayed on a little bit more AK Interactive Streaking Grime (AK 012) from the bottom of the model. With a bit of white spirit removed the Streaking Grime from the edges and added a bit of Abteilung 502 Modelling Oil Color Green Grass (ABT094) in and around the eyes. Then I added some Abteilung 502 Modelling Oil Color Dark Rust (ABT070) in the edges of the base.

And then this paint decided to get really excited……

Progress

So I took some of the really excited AK Interactive True Metal Steel (AK457) with a bit of a cotton bud, removing the excess and then wiping that over the metallic areas.

Progress

I cleaned up the rim by painting over it with a bit of Scale 75 Scalecolor Black (SC-00) and then I continued to use the previous steps to deepen the colours and shading over the whole model and this is the result.

Progress

In between I did many times blow dry the model and went in with a brush with some white spirit to remove some from areas where I didn’t want it. Overall I enjoyed the process so far and I am just going to let it dry and see where it’s at.

Paint Supplies

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Here is the majority of the new paint supplies to rework my painting style with. Some stuff has still got to come, but has been delayed a bit. No worries, I got enough to start with this and what I already have. For those who have gotten my ideas wrong, it is not just oil paints, it is oils, acrylics, enamels and some wax paints combined to get my new painting style.

Paint Supplies

The start of the Journey.

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Here is the first model in this journey. It is an old Forge World Mk III Marine. I just did all the basecoats with acrylics and added some shoddy old transfers. I will see what I can do with him when all of my new paints come in.

The start of the Journey.

Oiling Up

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I am changing the name of the project. Obviously ‘Oiling Up’ sounds way more fun than ‘Painting Grimdark’ does and will not at all have more people click on it (sarcasm). The reason for the change is that I am not really going to be painting in the Grimdark style, I am rather going to use the lessons learned from the Grimdark style to develop a new painting style for myself that is more gritty. The Grimdark philosophy obviously has a lot in common with my ideas. I don’t like painting in a certain style, I want to do my own thing and always have.

The title ‘Oiling Up’ obviously refers to me starting to learn how to paint with oils in combination with acrylics, enamels and even some wax paints in order to develop a style that suits me and is more gritty.

I don’t know if gritty is the right word, but I am sticking to it now….

What do a space marine and a late imperial Roman legionary have in common?

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What do a space marine and a late imperial Roman legionary have in common?

These are the first test models I am going to use. From left to right, the first is an old Mk. III space marine from Forge World a good model to start playing around with the grimdark style. I had half a sample sprue of the Wargames Atlantic late imperial Romans laying around and thought they would be great so the second is a model I put together from that to test out some historicals with this style. The third is again from the same sprue, but for this guy I am having to do the base fully myself and he will also be holding a shield (the shield is currently getting some basecoats). I think these 3 will be a great start to my grimdark crusade.

I honestly have no clue what a space marine and a late imperial Roman legionary have in common apart from them both being from some form of empire. It is just something that came up in my head. So let me know what you think they have common….

Painting Grimdark

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In a recent weekender there was a mention of the Villainy Inks from Grimdark Compendium. I had never heard of them before, so I went to have a look. And what I found was a style that I have been wanting to paint as for years. I have in my time used enamel washes, especially on larger models. I have done some heavy weathering as you can see below. So it is not completely new to me, but definitely something I want to develop more. I have never used oil paints before so that will be a new thing. I am planning on ordering in a whole bunch of Abteilung 502 oil paints and add a bit more to my range of enamels. Together with that and some of the tutorials on their website I am going to find a new paint style that incorporates the grimdark and works for me as I focus more on the historicals than the sci-fi.

Painting Grimdark

This is also the reason why there hasn’t been any progress on my historical projects since I really got back into the hobby. I was just trying to find my roots and these roots will be grimdark.

So this project will follow along with my progress into the grimdark.

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