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Star Wars AT-ST – Bandai 1/48 Scale Model Kit [Unboxing and Pre-Assembly Review]

Posted on November 16th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Dubbed the chicken walker, the Imperial AT-ST (All Terrain Scout Transport) Walker is my third favourite Star Wars vehicle after the AT-AT (All Terrain Armoured Transport) Walker and TIE Fighter. So I guess my list is top-heavy with either Galactic Emp…

T-55A Medium Tank [WIP – Tank Commander]

Posted on November 12th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Painting black isn’t easy. Prior to painting the T-55A tank commander’s uniform, I haven’t had any significant practice painting black apart from an Ork Warboss’s loincloth. That was painted a long time ago i.e. three years ago to be exact. Since then,…

T-55A Medium Tank [WIP – Tank Commander]

Posted on November 12th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Painting black isn’t easy. Prior to painting the T-55A tank commander’s uniform, I haven’t had any significant practice painting black apart from an Ork Warboss’s loincloth. That was painted a long time ago i.e. three years ago to be exact. Since then,…

400th Post Special: More Music to paint and draw to; My favourite live albums

Posted on November 7th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Music is irrevocably intertwined into my art projects as they play in the background during my lengthy painting sessions. It seems only yesterday that I wrote my 300th post and now I’m already hitting the 400 mark. So bear with me as I do yet another v…

400th Post Special: More Music to paint and draw to; My favourite live albums

Posted on November 7th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Music is irrevocably intertwined into my art projects as they play in the background during my lengthy painting sessions. It seems only yesterday that I wrote my 300th post and now I’m already hitting the 400 mark. So bear with me as I do yet another v…

Suicide Squad Katana [WIP – Skin Tone Revisited] aka 70 mm Nocturna Models Soum 13 Moons

Posted on November 1st, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

It’s funny how the slightest issue with a paint job can put a screeching halt to progress in a miniature project. On my last skin tone update for Katana I had briefly mentioned about the chalkiness of her skin tone. Little did I know then it would bug …

Suicide Squad Katana [WIP – Skin Tone Revisited] aka 70 mm Nocturna Models Soum 13 Moons

Posted on November 1st, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

It’s funny how the slightest issue with a paint job can put a screeching halt to progress in a miniature project. On my last skin tone update for Katana I had briefly mentioned about the chalkiness of her skin tone. Little did I know then it would bug …

Star Wars Snowspeeder – Bandai 1/48 Scale Plastic Model Kit [Completed]

Posted on October 30th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

A sense of awe and wonderment is etched into my childhood memories of time spent poring over images of the Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) crew at work. These behind-the-scenes model makers were, dare I say it, chief contributors to the success of the Star Wars franchise. For sure the efforts of ILM’s cameraman, optical technicians, etc. are all necessary components of a whole. But at its core,

Star Wars Snowspeeder – Bandai 1/48 Scale Plastic Model Kit [Completed]

Posted on October 30th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

A sense of awe and wonderment is etched into my childhood memories of time spent poring over images of the Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) crew at work. These behind-the-scenes model makers were, dare I say it, chief contributors to the success of the Star Wars franchise. For sure the efforts of ILM’s cameraman, optical technicians, etc. are all necessary components of a whole. But at its core,

T-55A Medium Tank [WIP – Streaks of Grime, Early Onset of Rust, Diesel Stains and a Realistic Log]

Posted on October 26th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

So it begins. Weathering proper for the T-55A medium tank. And it’ll be a while before I get the hang of things. Before this, my miniature figurines never needed much if any weathering while the W40K stuff  was more forgiving since they don’t conform …

T-55A Medium Tank [WIP – Streaks of Grime, Early Onset of Rust, Diesel Stains and a Realistic Log]

Posted on October 26th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

So it begins. Weathering proper for the T-55A medium tank. And it’ll be a while before I get the hang of things. Before this, my miniature figurines never needed much if any weathering while the W40K stuff  was more forgiving since they don’t conform …

First Look: Brick Works 1/20 Scale Resin Miniatures

Posted on October 24th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Despite being a fan of Brick Works resin miniatures/figurines for the longest time, I never could get hold of any to work on …. until now. What impresses me most about these Japanese produced figure model kits is the level of detail inherent in what …

First Look: Brick Works 1/20 Scale Resin Miniatures

Posted on October 24th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Despite being a fan of Brick Works resin miniatures/figurines for the longest time, I never could get hold of any to work on …. until now. What impresses me most about these Japanese produced figure model kits is the level of detail inherent in what …

Star Wars Snowspeeder [WIP – Snap fitting parts onto the upper hull and a final open-cockpit view]

Posted on October 20th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Snap fitting the snowspeeder’s power coupling/convertor, laser activator, air intake, repulsor systems onto the upper hull may be a simple enough task. But the life it breathes into the scale model is immense. At long last, the snowspeeder now looks li…

Star Wars Snowspeeder [WIP – Snap fitting parts onto the upper hull and a final open-cockpit view]

Posted on October 20th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Snap fitting the snowspeeder’s power coupling/convertor, laser activator, air intake, repulsor systems onto the upper hull may be a simple enough task. But the life it breathes into the scale model is immense. At long last, the snowspeeder now looks li…

T-55A Medium Tank [WIP – Decals and Wash; prep work before the weathering process]

Posted on October 18th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Before the weathering process for the T-55A even begins, there were some prep work that needed to be done first. There is no set way to prep for weathering and in this case it involved the application of decals, the painting of a key non-metallic part …

T-55A Medium Tank [WIP – Decals and Wash; prep work before the weathering process]

Posted on October 18th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Before the weathering process for the T-55A even begins, there were some prep work that needed to be done first. There is no set way to prep for weathering and in this case it involved the application of decals, the painting of a key non-metallic part …

Star Wars Snowspeeder [WIP – Power/Repulsor/Laser Systems & Airbrake Flaps]

Posted on October 15th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Filling up the snowspeeder’s upper hull involved assembling and painting two large units, each of which contains the power coupling/convertor, laser activator, air intake, repulsor and air brake flap. They are basically the second most focused-on eye c…

Star Wars Snowspeeder [WIP – Power/Repulsor/Laser Systems & Airbrake Flaps]

Posted on October 15th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Filling up the snowspeeder’s upper hull involved assembling and painting two large units, each of which contains the power coupling/convertor, laser activator, air intake, repulsor and air brake flap. They are basically the second most focused-on eye c…

T-55A Medium Tank [WIP – Road Wheels]

Posted on October 11th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

There are more ways than one to paint the road wheels of a tank. Among the choices available to scale modellers are to use an air brush/spray can in conjunction with a commercial road wheel template or to hand brush the rubber sections separately from …

T-55A Medium Tank [WIP – Road Wheels]

Posted on October 11th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

There are more ways than one to paint the road wheels of a tank. Among the choices available to scale modellers are to use an air brush/spray can in conjunction with a commercial road wheel template or to hand brush the rubber sections separately from …

Star Wars Snowspeeder [WIP – Initial Dry Fitting of Parts Painted So Far]

Posted on October 8th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

When I first started out in this hobby I always grappled with the dilemma of either painting a fully assembled kit or painting individual parts before putting them all together. Of course I now know this to be a false dilemma. There is a third option t…

Star Wars Snowspeeder [WIP – Initial Dry Fitting of Parts Painted So Far]

Posted on October 8th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

When I first started out in this hobby I always grappled with the dilemma of either painting a fully assembled kit or painting individual parts before putting them all together. Of course I now know this to be a false dilemma. There is a third option t…

T-55A Medium Tank [WIP – Primer and Basecoats]

Posted on October 4th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Even before any significant layer of paint has been applied, it already feels like I’ve achieved a lot of progress in the Tamiya 1/35 scale T-55A Medium Tank. The key phrase here is feels like because all I’ve actually done up to now is only prime and …

T-55A Medium Tank [WIP – Primer and Basecoats]

Posted on October 4th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Even before any significant layer of paint has been applied, it already feels like I’ve achieved a lot of progress in the Tamiya 1/35 scale T-55A Medium Tank. The key phrase here is feels like because all I’ve actually done up to now is only prime and …