Painting a Clan Fire Mandrill Scheme

Step 1: Prep 'n Prime

There are no differences at this stage from what I did for the Smoke Jaguar Daishi, first you assemble the mini and glue it on a hex base. Then paint some glue on the base and dip it in sand. Let dry.

 
I then sprayed it with white primer
 
 
I could then make ready what I'd be using for this mini :
Matte Medium
Red brown and black inks
3 shades of acrylic yellow paint
Red and green paints
Gunmetal and Silver paints
3 brushes : 2, 0, 000
 
Step 2: Base Colors
 
Fire Mandrill Kindraa Kline uses a yellow scheme with green and red highlights. The first step will be to do a good yellow base.
First, I used several layers of darkest yellow wash to get my base with a size 2 brush:
 


Then I made a mix of water, matte medium and red brown ink and washed the panel lines and recesses with a size 0 brush:
 


The next step was highlighting the edges, first with medium then with some light yellow paint (size 2 and 0 brushes):
 



Step 3: Metallic parts and weapons
 
I started with painting the actuators, heat sinks and other various metallic parts silver, and then gave them a black wash (black ink, medium, water):
 

                                               
It was then time to wash the various weapons with Gunmetal using a size 2 brush.  I washed it first with black ink mixed with medium and water.  When it was dry, I gave it a light drybrush with gunmetal, then silver.
I then painted the missiles white and gave them a light black wash, redoing the tips with some white paint.
 

                                               
Step 4: Highlights and canopy
 
It was time to do the finishing.  Distinctive red and green highlights have been painted with a size 0 brush. I chose a blue hue for the canopy (and used a 000 brush) :
 



Step 5: Basing & Sealing

The base is merely painted, first a heavy wash of red ochre paint, than a wash of Devlan mud. This is followed by a drybrush of yellow ochre and another one of bleached bone. The hex base is then painted black.
A first gloss seal is sprayed, and decals are applied when it has dried for a day. Some glue is painted on the base, and it is again dipped into the scatter material, Make sure your mini is really dry at this stage!
A last layer of matte seal is then sprayed, and the mini is left to dry, ready to be photographed,

Here is the finished result:
 

 

Assembling WoB Spectral Omnifighters

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Use of Pigments

To players and hobbyists, the art of painting miniatures can feel overwhelming. There are so many choices to make - choosing the mini, the scheme, paint brands, paint brushes, and techniques. It seems never-ending, like there’s another whole world that you don’t understand each time you try a new project. Even once you have started to grow in the hobby and have some basics under your belt, the more advanced techniques can feel like an insurmountable wall. My aim here is to break down one of those walls and take some of the fear out of trying something new. My subject today is applying dry pigments.

 

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As part of the CSO Team's effort to support Iron Wind Metals website updates, I recently received a copy of the Tonbo Superheavy Transport VTOL, as described in Catalyst Game Labs' Technical Readout 3085, pages 52-53.

I opened the baggie to find...

Assembling the Tonbo

As part of the CSO Team's effort to support Iron Wind Metals website updates, I recently received a copy of the Tonbo Superheavy Transport VTOL, as described in Catalyst Game Labs' Technical Readout 3085, pages 52-53.

I opened the baggie to find...

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 Battletech Miniature Weathering
 For me weathering is something that truly makes a Mech ‘come alive’. I just love it as it can add so much detail and character to a miniature. A couple of times I have tried to paint a clean Mech with a shiny ‘out-of-the-factory’ scheme, but I can’t. I always come back and add at least a little bit of wear and tear. Hey, even with Jamie Wolf as the pilot the paint scheme will suffer scratches and wear around the feet just moving out of the factory. 

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For me weathering is something that truly makes a Mech ‘come alive’. I just love it as it can add so much detail and character to a miniature. A couple of times I have tried to paint a clean Mech with a shiny ‘out-of-the-factory’ scheme, but I can’t. I always come back and add at least a little bit of wear and tear. Hey, even with Jamie Wolf as the pilot the paint scheme will suffer scratches and wear around the feet just moving out of the factory.

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