Monday, December 28, 2009

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays to all of you!
I hope you had some nice realxing days with the family and can enjoy some hobby time.
Here's a scale shot for you:

This is my nephew Florian holding the ATHENA in all her might :)

Monday, December 21, 2009

ATHENA - Steampunk Airship (68)

Hmm, don't know how, but somehow the holiday season is stealing my time...
not much I got done, but progress nevertheless.
I built the railing for the forward gallery.

with holes to mount all the items

Then I painted it like wood

with some highlighting.

Looks pretty neat with all pieces in place.

Then I cut and pre-painted the first armour plates

and mounted them.

Then the next batch of long plates, again pre-painted on the inside

and mounted.

Sory for the blurry images, but I couldn't get the focus proper

And of course no Imperial ship without rivets :)


Monday, December 14, 2009

ATHENA - Steampunk Airship (67)

Due to the nearing holiday season and some family obligations I had rather little time for the ATHENA.
Nevertheless, I finally painted the main console of the forward gallery.

As you see I tried to pick up the theme of the rear console with wood and brass.

And eventhough this rear plate won't be visible in the end, I still painted it properly :)

Guys, thanks for your comments on the painters. I have to admit "Red Dwarf" didn't really ring a bell, as it was never broadcasted in Germany.
So I did some internet research and education, and am now proud you made the connection.
Cheers :)
Well, Rimmer and Lister did receive some more details by greenstuf.
As you can see they are now wearing harnesses (but as every good soldier/sailor) they didn't close or use them :)

thanks to bigwill the dialogue received a new line, running now:
A: "Man, I'm glad when we're done here"
B: "Be glad we're on the roof and not the poor slobs that must do the body. Hanging off the side...shudder!"
C: "Oh shut up and paint! Get back to work or I use this power-stripper on your skin!"

So I added a third character, using a power-paint-stripper (he still needs some GS work)

and added some bear metal spots, where he already worked.

From top view the metal is better visible. I didn't add any footprints as I can't really find a plausable position (from the position of the characters).


Thursday, December 10, 2009

ATHENA - Steampunk Airship (66)

D3V!L,Dec 9 2009, 08:59 PM - The weathering is done very well, but I think its too much.
I mean the Athena is a real beauty. The crew is proud to serve on her, so they will care about her more. So I think with half that weathering it would look even better.

well, it's been a long and hard campaign, and the Orks on Dencara 5 proved to be a worthy enemy. There was hardly any time for maintenance or cleanup.

Now that "Operation Redeemer", the battle campaign against the Orks on the southern hemisphere, is over and the ATHENA on its way back north, to Xanthium, there is time.

And with free time comes boredom - to keep up discipline the first work details are assigned by the officers. Some of the not-so-fortunate (or not-so-brave) sailors are grabing their paint buckets and paint rollers and start their dreaded imposition...

This is just a quick conversion and need cleanup and some greenstuffing

But I think this will work out nice

His companion with the red anticorrosion paint smoking a cigarette

"Man, I'm glad when we're done here"
"Oh shut up and paint! Be glad we're on the roof and not the poor slobs that must do the body. Hanging off the side...shudder!"


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

ATHENA - Steampunk Airship (65)

Pretty satisfied with the slogan image, I decided to do the final wear and tear to the command island.
Starting with the starboard side, from this:

to this:

So you can see there's quite some wear damage and paint chipped,

even at the new mural.

Then, most importantly, the gallery received its wear and tear (remember that I started painting this section so I can continue the build here with the armour plates ect.)

Then the forward section received some battering.

And finally the portside

The roof received a thick coat of dirt and smut, but still need paint chipping.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

ATHENA - Steampunk Airship (64)

I started painting the slogan image with the base colors.

Then I added first shades and highs.

Added more details

The pose looks quite energetic on the side of the command island

More details

Almost done

Looks great

I'm pretty proud of the face :)

and the final shot


Monday, December 7, 2009

ATHENA - Steampunk Airship (63)

Weathering started!
To get a better feeling to the final look I decided to give the girl an aged and slightly battered feeling. I started off with some washes along the segment lines.
Then I used the airbrush to shade these lines off, using Badab Black. After that I used Gryphone Sepia to add rust stains as well as a small spot around each rivet.

BTW, you may now officially call me insane. Since I wasn't sure how to do it best, I used a small brush and painted Devlan Mud around each :)

Here you can see the rivets on the right side done, while the ones on the left side aren't done yet. I think it is worth the effort - despite quite time consuming.

Rusty, rusty :)

Then I did the same on the other side. Again you can see the difference between the ones on top (not yet done) and the rivets on the bottom.

And here the rivets are completed.

Then I painted the shrine for the Machine God in the ATHENA.

So now it makes sense I used "Griffin" for the fleet nickname, as I have a Griffin here :)

And finally I did the first outlines for the next slogan image.
This is located beneath the shrine above, and depicts a priest with a power claw and the slogan "Vade Retro Xenos! - "Begone Xenos!"

He will wear black and red robes and have a grey beard.