Monday, October 20, 2014
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Thursday, October 9, 2014
Warlord has a few new releases and some plastic kits , but most ring in at $30-50 for an oddly underscale lump of resin and lead. (don't get me started on those tiny jeeps)
Most of us have gone the way of using some of the high quality plastic kits in 1/48 scale or even some nice die cast stuff that is already built, but even these options hammer away on the wallet still around $20-50.
How about some super cheap kits that you can buy truckloads of you say?
How about $8 Shermans and Panzer IVs? Two of the most prolific tanks for the two big armies are available in 1/48 scale for the price of a Mclunch.
Revell has rereleased a couple of 70's snap together WWII tanks that you might consider for your gaming needs. The Combat Crushers kits are definitely targeted to kids but I ordered a couple to see if these toys can be used as a decent low cost option to bolster your armor to the sizes needed for the new Tank War games.
These kits are blister packed and prepainted in crazy graphics to grab the attention of kids , but I figured with a little work and some paint they might be useable.
You can find them searching for Quake and After Shock with Revell on Ebay.
Unboxing reveals how simple these kits are and they go together in a few minutes. The horrible graphics are tampo printed and need to be knocked down a bit with some sanding before you paint over them to avoid seeing the designs under the paint.
The Sherman is an odd kit with the late war HVSS type chassis with what looks like a 105 turret and a early 75 gun. Purists out there may not want to deal with this, but on the good side, it looks like a sherman tank if you dont look too close and its scale is pretty good.
Here are some pics with a Tamiya Sherman based Firefly, as you can see the height length and width all compare pretty well.
A little paint goes a long way and this odd kit can look pretty presentable with a simple quick paint job. The .50 cal machine gun looks pretty silly so drilled out the grips and added a bit of rod to make the barrel look better
The Panzer IV kit fares a bit better, once you flip the side skirts over where they should be, it looks pretty good. You could even make an earlier version by ditching the skirts and turret shields, and even chop the barrel and do a little plastic card work to make the F1, sure the details are molded on and not too amazing but it's really pretty decent on the table with a paint job. A nice airbrush camo job will really make this thing a contender.
Here is mine waiting for some camo. I drilled out the barrel but that's about it.
One other problem is that these kits don't have decals. 1/48 decals are available out there, and if you have been using plastic kits, odds are that you have some extra sitting around and if you are planning to make a fleet of these you can find a sheet with lots of 1/48 decals reasonably,
So is it worth it? I think the average player would say yes, if you love building superdetailed models, not so much. A Tamiya kit can be found on Ebay for around 30 bucks and is a wonderful kit to build, and that's cheaper than a rhino, but you can buy 3 of these Panzer IVs for that and they look pretty good on the table...so I guess it's up to you.
I think I will be buying a few more of the Panzers and a decal sheet set for my Germans, add some weathering and some stowage and see how they look.
If you do go after these snap kits, be careful of the shipping fees and find a seller that will combine at a reasonable fee, most of the 8 buck kits seem to have that much in shipping fees, and that kind of kills the great deal, so make sure you get a good combined rate.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Overall I like both of these sections, but they really only achieve the minimum. They would have been a lot better if each expansion had a mission status display and rules tailored to creating space hulk missions for the chapter that was featured, instead of a word-for-word copy and paste of these sections.
Mike M (cornumortem)
Monday, September 29, 2014
I knew I wanted a unit of Vargheists, as they offer some much needed mobility to the largely ponderous and slow moving undead army. While I love the battlefield options provided by the Vargheists, I didn't care for the GW models at all. I find the bat-like faces to be silly and not at all in keeping with the overall bestial aesthetic.
At this point all that was left to do was to green stuff in the hair to fill in the gap around the heads, add the wings, and throw on some paint on the models. For me, the final result better reflected the bestial nature of the art work and made for a natural tie in with the other more animal-like GW undead models such as the Varghulf and, of course, Dire Wolves.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Also a quick disclaimer just in case google kicked you out here on an airbrush search: This guide assumes that you’re working on painting miniatures, and as such will be needing a degree of precision and operating at lower psi. If you’re painting automobiles or doing spray-tans in your garage, you can probably get away with other solutions.
For example if noise is a problem, find out at what db range the compressor operates at. Keep in mind that your refrigerator operates at roughly 40db and a normal conversation will be roughly 60db. The db scale is logarithmic and for every 10 points the sound increases the sound will be 10 times louder. ‘Silent compressors’ should be around 55db or below, but expect to pay a lot more for the quiet.
Price $99 $244
I’d also like to say that I’m not targeting Grex as being a poor choice for your airbrushing needs. I've heard good things about Grex and I think my next airbrush purchase will be a Grex XGi.
Another solution is to get an air tank with compressed gas, and hook your regulator to that. It has the advantage of being silent when you're using it, and you can fill it with dry air
(avialable from welding or beverage supply companies) so you won't have problems with moisture.
I hope that helps those who are looking for a new setup, or wanted to upgrade their current compressor. Even the greatest airbrush in the world will still perform poorly without a solid compressor setup.
Mike M (cornumortem)