Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Smackdown Update

Just a quick note -

I have been experimenting with DivShare to distribute PDFs for Super Mega Hyper Mecha Smackdown.

Check out the S.M.H.M.S. page link on the right.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hey Blue Moon! Show us your backsides!: Transylvanian Edition


In honor of the coming Halloween season and the popularity of “Hey Blue Moon! Show us your backsides!” SF building post, I thought I would do the same for the Blue Moon Transylvania buildings I bought a year or so ago.

But first things first – if you are looking for the 15HOR-204 Transylvania Castle – you can skip this post as it is the one set in the Transylvania series I did not get. I have not gotten it because 1) it has a high sticker price, and 2) I haven’t painted what I have yet so it seemed to be a little too ambitious. So let's think of it as "deferred" for now...

Unlike the SF buildings which came in poly bags, the Transylvania buildings come in corrugated cardboard cartons with each piece of resin wrapped in newspaper.  All buildings have separate roofs without locator pins or strips, and interiors without detail.

So what did I get? Let’s start with the very impressive 15HOR-203 Borgo Pass Inn.

The Inn consists of six resin castings and a bag of metal castings. The resin parts are made up of three roofs, the major portion of the building, and two smaller castings which are overhangs/balconies.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Experimenting with Cheap Airbrushes

Ah, airbrushing.  This tool pops up on the old inter-webs in lots of guises: the indispensible tool, the magic wand, the frustrating demon best ignored. At any given moment, I have found them to be any or all of these, but what I’d like to talk about today is my experience with a couple of cheap ones.
Most talk about cheap airbrushes as being a low cost point of entry. I do not recommend them for that at all. If you want to do “serious” airbrushing you really need to get a serious airbrush – there is no shortcut, IMHO. I use cheap airbrushes for very simple tasks when I don’t want to risk my better brushes.

The airbrushes today are from Harbor Freight. Harbor Freight is a mail-order tool company in the US which also has some retail outlets. In my opinion, some of what Harbor Freight sells is very good and some clearly show their imported-for-the-cheapest-price roots. Let’s take a look.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

OMG! Blue Moon SF#1 complete!

Hey, hey! Did a quick salt weathering on the antennae. Sprayed a light layer of "dust" over the entire building with a concentration around the bottom. The dust is a 50/50 mix of Delta Ceramcoat Sandstone and Spice Tan. I recently picked up a cheapo airbrush from Harbor freight and found this to be a great way to get a "simple" coat like a dust layer down fast. I'll knock out a dedicated article to the Harbor Freight brush later this week.