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Eridani Light Horse
« on: 06 September 2022, 10:44:28 »
The latest in my quest to complete a company of mechs every two months. I'm behind schedule, but these are done.

1. Shadow Hawk, Griffin, Grasshopper, Thunderbolt 5SE
2. Hatchetman, Blackjack, Trebuchet, Enforcer
3. Locust, Wasp, Valkyrie, Panther


« Last Edit: 06 September 2022, 11:06:56 by Joel47 »

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Re: Eridani Light Horse
« Reply #1 on: 06 September 2022, 10:48:39 »
Looks great, like the basing too.

I see you've encountered how hard it is to decal the Hatchetman.....all those tiny panels are a PITA!

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Re: Eridani Light Horse
« Reply #2 on: 06 September 2022, 10:56:10 »
Looks great, like the basing too.
Thanks. I'll add a step-by-step later.

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I see you've encountered how hard it is to decal the Hatchetman.....all those tiny panels are a PITA!
Yeah, I had to choose between a tiny decal or a larger, legible one in an odd place.

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Re: Eridani Light Horse
« Reply #3 on: 06 September 2022, 10:57:54 »
More detail on the Thunderbolt 5SE. The LRMs were filled in a re-drilled to create the 10-pack. The SRMs and MGs were chopped off. The jump pack is out of my bin of bits, but I don't remember what mini it's from.
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Re: Eridani Light Horse
« Reply #4 on: 06 September 2022, 11:05:33 »
Sweet! :thumbsup:
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« Reply #5 on: 06 September 2022, 11:07:40 »
Nice custom jump pack!

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Re: Eridani Light Horse
« Reply #6 on: 06 September 2022, 11:38:06 »
Basing:
  • Add texture with texture paste. (Normally do this after priming but before painting. I was in a hurry and forgot, as I was in full airbrush mode that day.)
  • Paint texture dark green. (You can skip this if you used green texture paste.)
  • Add dark green wash.
  • Drybrush with a lighter green.
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« Reply #7 on: 06 September 2022, 11:40:44 »
Basing, continued:

5. Cover some of the base with mud.
6. Paint the sides of the hex base. I like to have a slightly different color marking the front hex.
7. Add one or two small bushes. (not shown -- see finished pics above)

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« Reply #8 on: 06 September 2022, 11:41:15 »
When Vallejo calls it "Thick Mud" they aren't kidding. Great for footprints!

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« Reply #9 on: 06 September 2022, 14:09:00 »
Nice!  I really like that green - and it shows off the blue of the canopies very well.

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« Reply #10 on: 06 September 2022, 15:04:06 »
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Re: Eridani Light Horse
« Reply #11 on: 06 September 2022, 15:46:44 »
Nice work. You made me take a look again at Vallejo's basing textures and pastes.

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Re: Eridani Light Horse
« Reply #12 on: 06 September 2022, 16:08:51 »
Outstanding !!   :thumbsup:
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Re: Eridani Light Horse
« Reply #13 on: 06 September 2022, 16:12:58 »
Nice!  I really like that green - and it shows off the blue of the canopies very well.
Thanks. I try to always choose canopy colors that contrast. Realism be damned, I want my colors to pop!

Nice work. You made me take a look again at Vallejo's basing textures and pastes.
It's possible to make your own with fine sand and thick acrylic, but I'm at a point in my life where I'd rather pay someone a few bucks to do it for me.
One caution: Make sure you clean the threads and put the top on tightly after use, or it'll dry out.

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« Reply #14 on: 06 September 2022, 19:56:50 »
Beautiful, but where did that Valkyrie come from? ???

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« Reply #15 on: 06 September 2022, 20:13:21 »
Beautiful, but where did that Valkyrie come from? ???
It’s the "reseen" sculpt from Iron Wind Metals. I normally mix & match, but with this group being 11/12 plastic it does stand out a bit.

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« Reply #16 on: 06 September 2022, 20:19:29 »
Ah, "reseen", of course.  I hope you're able to replace it with one of the modern plastics eventually...  :)

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Re: Eridani Light Horse
« Reply #17 on: 07 September 2022, 02:59:45 »
Well done!

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Re: Eridani Light Horse
« Reply #18 on: 07 September 2022, 11:14:29 »
Those look great!

Many thanks for sharing the basing steps.  I’ve got a new shopping list now. :thumbsup:

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Re: Eridani Light Horse
« Reply #19 on: 07 September 2022, 11:26:00 »
So I just noticed the Wasp has the 4 antenna--did you drill and place them?  If so, what did you use?

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« Reply #20 on: 07 September 2022, 11:29:27 »
So I just noticed the Wasp has the 4 antenna--did you drill and place them?  If so, what did you use?
Yes. They're toothbrush bristles. The Griffin has a couple, too, they're just not very visible from that angle.

The main trick is to use the full bristle, both to make it easier to hold and so that you don't have to worry about drilling the holes the same depth. Drill, glue, then trim to length.

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Re: Eridani Light Horse
« Reply #21 on: 07 September 2022, 15:28:33 »
Painted group photos are the best... :smitten:

Fantastic job here, Joel. Lovely details. Very inspiring.
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« Reply #22 on: 07 September 2022, 16:12:58 »
Very nice.

You did a really good job of muting the green. The WiPs are so bright compared to the final product.
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« Reply #23 on: 07 September 2022, 16:22:03 »
You did a really good job of muting the green. The WiPs are so bright compared to the final product.
Different lighting. The greens are definitely too bright under my workbench lighting, but that's so there's good contrast on the average tabletop.

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« Reply #24 on: 07 September 2022, 19:18:39 »
What the heck kind of toothbrush has bristles THAT long? ???

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Re: Eridani Light Horse
« Reply #25 on: 07 September 2022, 19:21:56 »
Pull them out instead of cutting them off and they're longer than you think.

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« Reply #26 on: 07 September 2022, 19:22:41 »
No kidding!  :o

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« Reply #27 on: 07 September 2022, 22:41:58 »
Great job!  They do their SLDF heritage proud. 

Thank you for walking through the basing steps.  I have only used the pumice basing texture haven't tired the thick mud.  Really like the effect you got with that.


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« Reply #28 on: 08 September 2022, 02:26:39 »
Very Cool! :thumbsup:

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Re: Eridani Light Horse
« Reply #29 on: 08 September 2022, 12:15:31 »
Fantastic work overall. I love the effect on the panels. Looks very realistic. As a suggestion, I would add dark red/purple on the shadows. Just a glaze. Since it is a complementary color, it gives you a lot more contrast with little work. Also, it adds even more tonal variety and the miniatures would pop a lot more, especially in those monochrome schemes.


Here is an example. If you look at the shadows, there is wine red glazed.
https://camospecs.com/listing/huntsman-nobori-nin-5/

I hope this helps you

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