Seekers of Slaanesh
This is a unit of Seekers that were converted before Games Workshop made it easy on us and produced a plastic kit.
The Scared Stegadon
Why is this big guy afraid of a little mouse? Because it makes for a more interesting model! This guy won a couple of painting awards in Wisconsin and recently survived a move to North Carolina. Thank you, bubble wrap.
My First Space Marine
I can't say I'm a fan of the lore or the tabletop game, but painting these little throw-backs to the late 80's is a lot of fun. Just look at his sweet face.
First I clean up all the mold lines. Privateer Press does an amazing job. Their models are incredibly detailed, so I won't give them a lot of flak over the considerable filing that needs to be done.
the offender - a Cryx Seether Warjack
Occasionally I have to use some other solvents, but it always starts with my personal favorite: Simple Green. I bathe metals for as short as a few hours to as long as a day - Plastics can corrode a bit in this stuff over time, so in their case, cut it in half with water and soak for the same length of time. After soaking, get your girlfiend/wife's toothbrush and start scrubbing. You may not want to let them attempt to clean their teeth with the brush after you are done, but this is not an ethics blog; I'll leave those decisions to you. I found that the paint on my model was particularly difficult, so I soaked the mini for a further two hours in turpentine. Never soak a plastic mini in a strong oil-based solvent like turp - you will make plastic soup after your figure is entirely dissolved. If a plastic mini has a paint/prime that doesn't want to come off in Simple Green, dip your toothbrush in some turpentine, brush the mini, and immediately wash it thoroughly with water.
Even after all the soaking and spouse-based toothbrushing, I still had some bits of crud on my Seether, so I picked it off with a sharp dental tool. Crazy? Maybe, but I don't want bits of junk under the layer of primer that is forthcoming. I pulled apart the model, cleaned off the largest chunks of dried superglue, and was left with this:
a nice clean pile of metal
Somewhere, some poor painter just felt a twinge of pain - his work erased.
Tomorrow is nerd night out at Misty Mountain Games in Madison, but I'll be anxious to work on this some more in the near future.
Privateer Press makes intriguing models. I've wanted to try my hand at the Iron Kingdoms for some time and when a friend wanted to unload his Cryx army, I oblidged. The paint job on these death machines was... well... intriguing works as a descriptor here too.
I'll be working to get this guy up to Midloo standards. Stay tuned for the process and some pics.