Painting a Clan Jade Falcon scheme

Clan Jade Falcon

The mini was prepped as usual by removing mold lines, etc., supergluing to a base and filling with spackle before priming. The scheme that seemed most iconic to the Jade Falcons was Delta Galaxy, which calls for “bright green with yellow highlights.” I chose Delta Ceramcoat (DC) Spring Green as the base color, with Vallejo Game Color Sun Yellow for the highlights. The first steps involved basecoating with a somewhat larger brush, then blocking in the yellow.
 
The next step involved shading the green. This is the same concept involved in jeweling (in terms of a gradual color-fade), but applied to the mini’s body: I mixed a glaze up using one drop of paint, one drop of Liquitex Matte Medium and about 8 or more drops of water. This glaze is applied in several layers to gradually shade parts of the mini. I did so twice; the first time using DC Jubilee Green and the second using the darker DC Green Isle.
 
 
 
Next, I shaded the yellow portions with Vallejo Orange Fire using the same glazing technique. I also blocked in the metal portions using Reaper Gunmetal.
 
Next, the mini was blacklined using a dilute mix of Vallejo Black, one drop of Future floor polish and about 10 drops of water. Various mistakes were also corrected, like color “bleed” over panel lines. I applied the black with a fine brush, and not with a general “wash” since that would’ve darkened up the green in inappropriate places. The black was applied in all panel lines, corners and around all raised panels…I even put a little in the cockpit recesses just to see it better.
 
 
 
I decided that the green needed to be a bit darker, so I re-shaded it in two steps again. After that, the mini was highlighted in two steps: once with a color just a bit lighter than the basecoat (I took the basecoat color and simply added a bit of white to it)…this was applied to all the edges. The second highlight was even lighter than the first, and was applied to the corners. This process was done for both green and yellow portions.
 
I painted the cockpit black, then jeweled it with Vallejo Hot Orange, Bloody Red, Gory Red and Scar Red. The holes on the LRM launcher and left arm autocannon were filled in with dilute black. The right arm PPC was faded concentrically with Vallejo Imperial Blue, Magic Blue, Electric Blue and DC White. The Base was painted with DC Burnt Umber on top, and Vallejo Black around the edges. After all the painting was done, I applied Jade Falcon unit and galaxy decals (from Fighting Piranha) to the left arm. I gave the mini a good dusting with Testor’s Dullcote.
 

 
 
Lastly, I superglued some mixed buff onto the base and washed it with a slightly watery version of DC Burnt Umber. After drying, I splotched some patches of Vallejo Earth on it and let dry. Then, I used DC Sandstone to drybrush on some highlights. I finished by supergluing some Gale Force 9 static grass onto the base.
 

 

Assembling WoB Spectral Omnifighters

 I recently picked up the three miniatures for the three Word of Blake Spectral Omnifighters. When I sat down to assemble the models, I realized that they have a large number of pieces and that telling the difference between the various fins and wings could be challenging, especially for someone new to assembling and painting minis. In fact, it seemed like there were way more pieces than should reasonably fit on an aerospace fighter.

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.

 

Assembling the Tonbo

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...

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...

How-To: Weathering

 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. 

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.

Painting a Clan Wolverine Scheme

A writeup on painting a Clan Wolverine Scheme

Painting a Clan Wolverine Scheme

A writeup on painting a Clan Wolverine Scheme

Painting a Not-Named Clan Mech

Painting a Not-Named Mech

Long awaited for practically decades, the paint schemes of the Not-Named Clan’s various units will soon be revealed.

Painting a Not-Named Clan Mech

Long awaited for practically decades, the paint schemes of the Not-Named Clan’s various units will soon be revealed.

IIkasur Shogunate Walkthrough

A tutorial for painting a Shogunate scheme.

Small Terrain Boards

A tutorial on how to make small terrain boards for mini photography

Paints, Lights, Cameras and Colors

 An overview of various techniques that you can use to improve each of the key areas mentioned.

Painting a Clan Coyote scheme

A brief writeup on how to paint a Clan Coyote scheme.

Hastur! Hastur! Hastur!

A Painting Tutorial for Operation Klondike

The colors of the Nation of Hastur are yellow ochre and black, the latter usually being added as wavy lines. Many warriors place their interpretation of the Yellow Sign in a prominent place on their machines. The Yellow Sign consists of an irregular three-armed cross, with no two exactly alike.

Painting a Clan Hell's Horses scheme

A brief writeup on how to paint a Clan Hell's Horses scheme.

Painting a Clan Nova Cat Scheme

A brief writeup on how to paint a Clan Nova Cat scheme.

Painting a Clan Wolf Scheme

A brief writeup on how to paint a Clan Wolf scheme.

Painting a Clan Blood Spirit Scheme

A brief writeup on how to paint the Clan Blood Spirit Alpha Galaxy scheme.

Painting a Clan Goliath Scorpion Scheme

A brief writeup on how to paint the Clan Goliath Scorpion Tau Galaxy scheme.