What've I been up to?
After Adepticon, I got bitten by the building bug big time. Also got bit by another sort of bug that caused persistent and uncomfortable respiratory issues (but we won't go there). As a result, I didn't really make any progress on any figures. Right now my workbench is covered with two magnetized IG Hellhounds, an IG Demolisher, an IG Valdor, 5 Future Cars, and 10 Technocrates. So- in regards to the Infinity stuffs...
The Future Cars from Antenocitis Workshop (see earlier post) were coated with Mr. Surfacer 500. This served to even out any imperfections and also provide more tooth for the subsequent coats of acrylic paint. Resin loves to chip off weak paints (read- without solvents!). After the Mr. Surfacer I went ahead and used a brown gradient for all the windows. It took about an hour, start to finish, with my airbrush and Tamiya acrylics. Each car was then sealed with Testors Glosscoat. The windows were then masked with painter's tape and the Spinners painted with Taimya spray blue and the Future Car painted with Tamiya Mica Red. The Spinners then got two lighter highlight coats of blue. As expected, once the tape came off, so did some of the paint beneath. Fortunately it wasn't too bad and I was able to touch it up. I've only pulled 5 of the cars out of the 10, and right now I'm adding black washes to the panel lines and black paint as a base coat for the tires and undercarriage.
The technocrates are proceeding pretty well. I'm something of a perfectionist (read- anal retentive) so I really want this to come out nicely. As with the Future Cars, I scrubbed the crates prior to priming. Since they're less delicate, I literally scrubbed them, using a toothbrush and Simple Green. Then I washed them in soap and water. Then I hit them with Mr. Surfacer. Then I used Armory Black paint. Overkill? No. After airbrushing the basic grey color and some blue/gray highlights on the top panels, I masked off areas around the horizontal panels with low-tack painter's tape, airbrushed the colors I wanted, then CAREFULLY removed the tape. Result? Still lost a few chips of paint even after all the prep work. Honestly, just a few tiny specs, so I can say I'm "OK" with it. I'll probably have to airbrush the short ends the same way as the long panels, but that's for another day. I'm thinking- decals for logos and insignia, but here's what I have thus far.
The photo shows my resin crates under the papercraft templates. I've got about 20 resin copies that I'll be offering for sale in the near future. My hope is to have the cars, the crates, and all the other bits and pieces of terrain ready for action at the NOVA Open.