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Slow and Steady Wins the... (ahem) Race?

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Just a quick update to let you know I didn't give up (and makes me accountable to see this through)

Painting yellow over medium grey primer only takes about 8,000 coats. Yowza! Wish I'd done white primer knowing now that I would be painting the undersides with "Pavement" color anyway.

Fortunately though, the green and black sets didn't take so long.

Decided to get the body coats done and then go back and assembly line the finer details.

Paint all the hubs.
Paint all the tires.
Highlight all the windshields.

etc. etc. etc.

Four sets down, three more to go. The "Pink" team is going to fun, like the yellow I fear.

Joseph Knight on Twitter (@OnesUponAGame) asked me how I would be marking the cars as they are used in a given turn. My original plan was to use smaller cubes placed on the trunk of each car one turn and removed the next. But then it occurred to me that the easier solution is to just use the existing car counters on the team board and flip them there as the car takes its action.

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1. Send in the Clones - DIY Thunder Alley Miniatures - Part I
2. I'm Certainly No Earl Scheib, But I Don't Charge As Much Either
3. Slow and Steady Wins the... (ahem) Race?
4. Canvas Primer? Surely You Gesso!
5. Let the Good Times Roll
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I'm Certainly No Earl Scheib, But I Don't Charge As Much Either

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Growing up, Earl Scheib (Wikipedia) locations were pretty commonplace. For one low price, he promised to paint any car! I even considered getting my first clunkers done there, but even back then $99.95 was a lot of money.

So amid work and other responsibilities (like sleep), I actually have managed to start painfully painting my homemade Thunder Alley miniatures (Send in the Clones - DIY Thunder Alley Miniatures - Part I).

Started with a base primer of flat grey thinking that would work for the underside "non-car" areas and I wouldn't have to paint them. Working team by team to keep the colors consistent, I picked six cars to be the Quaker-Stubbs team (blue).


First victims: primed grey and mounted to spools with poster tack.


The first area I painted was the windshield/windscreen and windows. I mixed a light blue with some white and painted the first team, then realized it would most likely be the only mixture I would need for all the cars... so I immediately set to work painting the others the same way, just hand holding them.


I ate all the candy, and put up a parking lot.


Several coats of navy blue for the bodies, some metallic platinum for the wheels, and black for the tires. I decided the medium grey primer where it showed on the sides in some minis was not good, so I used some darker grey paint appropriately named "asphalt" to make things a little nicer. Didn't bother painting the full flat bottoms of the cars, just where it would show on the side.

NOTE: I did attempt a wash after basecoating to bring out the detail in the hood and other areas, but it didn't really do anything for me except darken the work I'd already done, so I think I will pass on that or just try to reveal those details another way.

For finishing details, I added yellow to the spoiler to match the numbers that will be applied later. I painted the driver-side webbing a light tan color (and proceeded to paint all the other 38 cars really quick to get that part done as well). For the headlights, a simple touch of white in the right spots made that work. Though I suppose brake lights would be more important, have to add those in I think.

To finish off the front and back windscreen, I used the light blue with no white to lightly darken the top of each. Then just added a little more white to make the bottom part lighter in color, to give a gradated effect. A few hairline strokes of white to simulate reflection and voila.


Quaker-Stubbs team nearing the end of the assembly line.


When all the teams are done, I will cut the numbers for the top and doors from stickers and apply. Then I'll put a gloss finish over all the cars to make them shine. I do not plan to put the team logos on the hoods of the cars as the size will make them too fussy for me to cut out for the value added. But you might want to do that of course.



And now... on to the yellow team!


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1. Send in the Clones - DIY Thunder Alley Miniatures - Part I
2. I'm Certainly No Earl Scheib, But I Don't Charge As Much Either
3. Slow and Steady Wins the... (ahem) Race?
4. Canvas Primer? Surely You Gesso!
5. Let the Good Times Roll

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Imperial Assault - Early Stages Painting

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With my limited time in the middle of the week, knocked out some more of the Stormtroopers inner black areas (slow and steady wins the race). Six down three to go.



It's a bit tedious, especially near the gun as the fingers are black with a white armor bit on the back of the hand. The gun being pure black as well, gives a little room for "error", but still a lot of flipping and rotating to get everywhere. I wish the gun were more a gunmetal grey and then it would be more distinct, but growing up and watching the films, they were pure black, so black it is.

To reward myself between troopers, I started on the Imperial Guards too. These guys are pretty much all bright red except their gloves (darker red) and their shock prod staff or whatever it's called.



Based these in a Sienna brown color and have dry-brushed on a couple of layers of barn red before going to the highlight coat. Photo shows one before and after, although added another coat to the after one after that. All are pretty much in the same state now. Will cover with Cardinal Red, mostly highlights, then do a black wash for the detail, then highlight with a clean coat of the highlight red.
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Stormtroopers: Let's hope I can paint them better than they can shoot...

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Have primed some of my Star Wars: Imperial Assault miniatures while the weather was warm(er) so I could start attempting to paint them. The thing about known characters is there is very little room for your own expression and plenty of opportunities for comparison with the "real" thing.

Working first on the 9 Stormtroopers, 4 Imperial Guards, and AT-ST. For support "handles" I'm using a mixture of old film canisters, a prescription bottle, knobs that came on the end of some plumbing supplies, and two paint bottles that I won't be using this go-round. Normally I wouldn't do nine at a time, but I prefer to do it assembly line style, so needed to get some more stands.



Been a few months since I did any mini-painting. I did my full set of Galaxy Defenders middle of last year and they came out fairly well for a newbie.

I find the process very relaxing for some reason, otherwise I might just do the wash thing, color the bases, and be done with it.

Rather that go full bore into the special mini paints, I stick with the easy and affordable so-called "ladies" paints: craft paints from stores like Hobby Lobby or Wal-mart. I do try to get decent brushes that won't collapse and leave bristles all over the place that have to be picked out.

I primed with spray Krylon white. I tried to do some Gesso priming with some Gears of War: The Board Game minis, but they came out a bit clumpy and that put that project on hold.

The Ceramcoat brand of craft paint seems to have a fairly good consistency coming out of the bottle. I have to thin just a little with the Pledge Floor Cleaner/Water mixture, but it is the best of the craft paints I've tried, though all will work...

I wish there was a formula where I could simply add a set amount of "thinner" to the craft paint bottle and pre-mix that entire color. It's a bit frustrating to run out of a small amount and then have to try to mix up more mid-stream. Why not just pay for the game brand paints you may ask? From reviews I've read and watched online, most of those aren't usable right out of the bottle either and need to be amended, so why spend all that extra money? I will say though that the dropper tops for those are very nice and make me a little jealous

Anyway... off I go! Will share more as the project continues.

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Working from inside to out, getting the inner black areas for the undersuit (Under Armour?). The white you see is just the primer. Will have to do several coats of white I'm sure to cover the areas where the black touched where it should not.

One thing I did realize is that while I normally use matte clearcoat when done, Stormtroopers are pretty shiny, so will have to adjust and some gloss for the finish.
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