Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Topics - Midaski

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 11
The Brush and Palette / Primers and Undercoats
« on: October 07, 2015, 12:07:47 PM »
I've run out of my stock of GW Black spray and so went hunting for alternatives not at the GW price level.

However I found this thread below which I found very interesting and the comments from 'IainC' I have not heard before:

Whole thread:

The Citadel Chaos Black spray isn't a primer, it's a basecoat. You should always prime models with a primer as this will ensure the best possible surface to paint on. Not only will you have a nice uniform colour to start with, you'll also have a slightly rough and porous texture (called a 'key') which will help your paints stick better. Paint directly onto bare metal or plastic tends not to cover well as the oils from the moulding process or your fingers will form a barrier on the surface of the model which repels the paint and makes it go streaky.

I've highlighted the first sentence because later in the thread he goes on to say this, including the next bit I have highlighted:


It's a little confusing as some people use the terms interchangeably. They aren't always the same things however.

A primer primes the surface for painting. It should be the first step because it adheres well to bare metal or plastic and gives a finish that is slightly porous and has a little bit of texture to it. These properties mean that paint applied on top of it will cover better. The Skull White spray is a primer.

An undercoat is a coat of paint that provides a good colour to start painting from. For most people, this will be the primer they use as well but it's possible to prime with one colour and then undercoat with a different one afterwards - for example I prime my Grey Knight vehicles with the white primer and then undercoat them with Chainmail from my airbrush. Chaos Black spray is an undercoat.

A basecoat is often used to mean exactly the same thing as an undercoat. When it's used to mean something different, it means a base colour for a specific area of colour that you then shade or tint in some way. For example I undercoat my Grey Knights with Chainmail but then I use Scab Red as a basecoat for the weapon housings.

I did not realise the GW Black spray was different to the White spray?

It so happens I have a few cans of White left - so in theory I could use them and then use something as an undercoat/basecoat afterwards?


There was a thread in the CT a while back, as they have been working on this for some two years I understand, which I have upd ated, but I think this deserves the widest audience possible and the exhibition starts 23rd of this month and runs to January next year.


Agincourt diorama

I think I might go.

The Count's Tavern / Warpath
« on: September 21, 2015, 12:51:25 PM »
Apparently Mantic launched their Warpath Kickstarter today ............ and funded it in 6 minutes so I have been told.  :engel:

The Brush and Palette / Resin Figures - Flash
« on: August 09, 2015, 06:25:46 PM »
I have acquired some Forge World figures and maybe flash is a bit of an understatement as they have huge chunks of resin attached.
Some Manann's Blades for example are attached at the feet with two triangles which are then attached to a wedge that's nearly the same size as the model.

If they were metal I would happily snip with the clippers, but my limited previous experience makes me a bit wary. I have found the resin a bit more delicate and prone to snapping.

Anyone got any advice or tips.

The Count's Tavern / Perrys Latest Project
« on: August 07, 2015, 05:45:37 PM »
This looks like something I might go see ..................

Off the North Star Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WargamesIllustrated/photos/a.536099046484829.1073741839.478608872233847/874327739328623/?type=1

or the Royal Armouries page for more pics

Quite simply I have old pots with flip tops, old screw tops, newer black flip tops, and now the latest design with all sorts of different colour tops.

I am trying to tie up things like "What's Codex Grey called now?" and many more.

I assume someone has made a list somewhere but my 'Google-Fu' has failed so far.

Oh, and before we get the comments "What this - why is Midaski asking about paint - I didn't think he knew what paint was"

............ just beware, strange things are happening.
Only this weekend I went through a can of primer and then used 4 separate base colours ......................


The Brush and Palette / Clansman & Bretonnian Retainers Queries
« on: February 23, 2015, 09:59:54 PM »

First up - I have some figures with 'clansman' on the slotta - GW 1985
Anyone point me to a picture?

Secondly I'm probably being an idiot, but I have been trying to find pictures of the old Bretonnian Retainers - I think 3rd edition?
I've spent most of tonight going SoL catalogues and cannot find anything between Feudals/Normans and 1994 when Brets went independent.

The Brush and Palette / Storing Hobby Materials in low Temperatures
« on: October 28, 2014, 06:25:54 PM »
I unfortunately am faced with having to keep a fair amount of my hobby related stuff outside in a shed.
Now the UK is not going to suffer the snow and ice and freezing temperatures that some of you fellow members go through, but it will still go below feezing this winter in the UK.

I doubt it will affect my metal figures, but what about today's hard plastics - indeed what about old plastics - do they get brittle or detiorate in the very cold?

Then there's paints - both spray cans and acrylics and glues like PVA, plastic glue, and Superglues.

I've always had my hobby stuff safe and secure inside the house, so none of it has got that cold before. I have some room left indoors so it may be a case of selecting what is safe outside, and what should be kept at a decent temperature.

Any help, advice or experiences will be gratefully received?

Well Boss - you're too slow yet again ...............

The Mexicans even beat you to the Eurobash .........................

Meet my new friends Hosé and his son HoseB ...........................


The Count's Tavern / The Oscars ................... for Gamers
« on: April 23, 2014, 12:08:40 PM »
Well, well, well

I have only two of the nominees ....................


The Count's Tavern / Eurobash 2014 Swaps & Discounted GW Sets
« on: March 26, 2014, 04:35:01 PM »
With the gathering due in a few weeks, I thought it might be an idea to see if anyone attending wants to do some swaps or has any bits required.

It's a good opportunity to do face to face trades and avoid postage.

I might be able to find some spares and I will take nice beer as currency  :engel:

The list of sale stock is on Page 3

The Count's Tavern / Salute 2014
« on: February 07, 2014, 07:38:47 PM »

The biggest show of the year:

Saturday April 12th   Venue:  Excel London.

This year’s D-Day themed show has over 150 traders and over 100 games awaiting the 5000+ very lucky people who attend the Excel Arena in April.
This is truly the biggest and most intense wargames show of the year.

Salute doors open at 10:00 on Saturday 12th April 2014.

Tickets cost £10 each but if you buy 10 then the 11th Ticket is free.
Ticket are £11 on the door

More info here:

Midaski will be making his usual pilgrimage, hurling abuse at JustNorth (yes he still lives) and looking for bargains and new stuff.

A whole 3 weeks before the Eurobash, so time to paint up new minis - Yeah right you can see that happening!

The Brush and Palette / Black and White Shading Technique
« on: January 07, 2014, 08:50:27 AM »
Interesting piece of artwork which I thought highlights how effective simple shading can be .............


The Brush and Palette / Gaming Table - On Pulley System
« on: October 31, 2013, 11:13:24 AM »
I want to create a pulley wind up or down system to raise a gaming table up to the ceiling when not in use, and lower it when I want to play a game.
I seem to vaguely remember someone doing this many years ago, but have not found anything with searches.

I know we have engineers and other clever people on board, so I am looking for help and tips.

Ideally I want to be able to wind one handle to raise the table.
That probably means the 4 corners connected somehow to a centre point on the ceiling?

I have also thought about some form of metal or plastic ring set into holes in the table corners to prevent ropes rubbing and fraying on the board.
Though some sort of revolving wheel that takes the rope would be even better I guess.

Any ideas, suggestions, links would be gratefully received ......................

The Count's Tavern / Defiance Games - Deja Vue
« on: September 24, 2013, 09:50:43 AM »
I had an email this morning saying there had been a 'change of management' at Defiance Games.

As you may have heard Defiance Games is under new leadership.
Gary Pelletier- who has been handling customer service and production issues for the past year - is taking over as CEO effective immediately.

I, Darred, am the new sales representative of Defiance Games.
If you have any concerns whatsoever please let me know. I will try to assist you in anyway I can.

Thank you,

Darred Surin

I seem to recall something similar happened at Wargames Factory ...........................

Not being very interested in the sci-fi market I don't know how well their stuff has been doing?


The Count's Tavern / The Sculptors Thread
« on: September 17, 2013, 08:02:36 AM »
Prompted by the Foundry ebay sales where they list minis and have been adding the sculptor responsible, it occurred to me that I don't know an awful lot about these guys.

Ok I know the Perry twins, and Kev Adams because I love those old Foundry Mercenary Ogres and Orcs with puffy clothes, and then Trish and Aly Morrison from the Marauder days.

However there are many more and I think we should have a place where members can comment and praise their favourites, or slam the ones they don't like.

The Count's Tavern / Clan Wars
« on: June 19, 2013, 06:53:13 PM »
Does anyone know anything about the Clan Wars figures or game?

I bought a bargain box of blisters at Salute back in April. The blisters mostly had $11.99 tickets on them, and a trader had them in a cardboard box marked £2.00 or £3.00
I had a look and saw some very nice samurai style 28mm figures ............ so we did a deal for the box and I picked up 64 blisters for some £55.00

I have hunted a bit on the internet, but not found too much - they seem discontinued figures?

There are some fantasy minis in the make up, but what I have is mainly normal human troops.

I'm hoping some of them 'good ole boys' from across the pond will know more ..................


The Brush and Palette / Modelling WATER
« on: May 05, 2013, 12:10:35 PM »
Scenery kick - question 2

Water - I have seen some very special stuff with running water effects on terrain boards dotted around various threads and sites.

I am looking for a simple way to do a small pond.

I have contemplated 'water effects' stuff from the local hobby store, but it seems relatively very expensive.
I have also considered resin, but I am not sure what sort to get, and how and where to get it.

Somebody also suggested a piece of 'obscured' plastic - a sheet with those diamond or jagged patterne etched in to it, which could be trimmed to shape - anyone tried that?

The Brush and Palette / Glue Guns Help
« on: May 05, 2013, 12:04:51 PM »
I am on a bit of a scenery kick at the moment and got talking to a professional Architectural Modeller about making trees at the Salute show recently.

The guy was extremely helpful, showed me some trees he had made, which were the best ones I saw at the whole show, and as he also does it for a living, I thought his advice well worth taking.

He suggested I get a 'Low Temperature' Glue Gun - apparently similar to a standard Hot Glue Gun but less dangerous and the glue sets quicker, and for hobby stuff is perfectly adequate.

Now - I have scoured internet and shops and seem to only be able to find cheap and nasty looking small ones under £10 and then they go right up to much much more expensive.
There are some I have seen in the £17 - £30 range which look like they have a temperature control, which might be advantageous as you could use it for DIY or jobs that do require something heavier duty.

I am really looking for recommendations from people who actually have a Glue Gun and have used it regularly with success.

The Count's Tavern / LARP Stand at Salute - Kettle Helmet + more
« on: April 23, 2013, 06:49:48 PM »
Took some photos at Salute last Saturday .... and I saw this and thought of Mathi .........


The axes are fairly modest ............

and a bit of ordnance .................

You should have seen the hole in the ceiling when they did the firing demo ................. 

and lastly the wenches ...........

My hobby and gaming stuff has definitely suffered over the last year or so. The gaming buddy across the road moved further away; eldest son lives 120 miles away and comes home for fleeting visits and I cannot remember the last time I played a full game of warhammer.
This hasn't stopped me buying minis of course,   :engel: but with no gaming there has been even less incentive to build and paint, and as regulars will know, I need little excuse NOT to paint.

So I examined what chances I had to get some gaming in and I realised that my potential opponents had the same problem as me - time.
The days when my neighbour would come over at 7.00pm on a Friday evening and we'd play 2000pts with a few beers and pack up on turn 4 or maybe 5 at around 11.00pm, or my son and I would start Saturday morning and run a game all over the weekend had gone.
My best chances were some sort of game that would last from around 30 minutes to an hour and a half.

So what had we got?  Mordheim obviously, and then I have dabbled at Saga and quite like that, and Legends of the High Seas was quite fun a couple of years ago.
I have the Legends of the Old West, plus supplements of Blood on the Plains, and The Alamo, and I have some cowboys and indians, - and then recently I have been quite taken with Muskets and Tomahawks and the French Indian Wars figures and scenery.

So what we needed was a 4' x 4' or 1200mm x 1200mm board - an adaptable board to allow me to play some of these games on it.

I already have several square scenery bases with ruins suitable for Mordheim scattered around my gaming room, and these are all on something like a 6mm thick board, so I wanted a lip to hold the bases in place and stop them getting knocked.
New bases could be made to be used for more normal land.

So I had a board cut and lipped it, then I decided to paint it blue for a water effect.

So I had the sea or water, and now I needed to make some raised sections to give me varying amounts of land.
So I got some sheets of quite thin mdf board - around 2mm and cut them up into 300 x 300mm squares, and a few 300 x 600mm rectangles.
Getting them cut accurately was quite a task and I never got it exactly right.

Then I got loads of polystyrene and glued it to these bases and took a knife and hot wire cutter, and trimmed the edges, and then with a wide scraper smeared filler down the sides .............

....... and then realised it was bloody useless as none of the edges were straight. The polystyrene was very difficult to cut neatly and there were all sorts of gaps when I tried to put the various bases together in any sort of pattern.


Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 11