Monday, 27 June 2011

Long Time, No Posts

I haven't had a chance to post anything new for a while now - very slow internet connection at the local library that I use, it can take me 20 minutes just to read a couple of e-mails! In addition, my duties as a Scout leader have left me without so much spare time; we've been off on a few camps recently, raft-building by the river Tas, out running around the woods, cooking over open fires (I've never seen a burger look that black and charred before!).

I shall be leaping into the 21st Century next Monday when I get broadband at home, so should be able to start posting more regularly, especially as the end of the Scouting term is coming up.

I have lots of little projects on the go, hopefully I'll actually finish some of them so I have some nice little pictures to pop on the blog too.

Stay tuned for the next exciting developments in the world of Mini Metal Mayhem...

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Time to get technical

Another find from the local charity shop - a crew cab pickup which just cried out "technical" as soon as I saw it!

I drilled out the rivet holding the chassis and body shell together, which in turn enabled me to get the axles out. A couple of minutes with a pair of pliers got the axles straight (you can see in the photograph that the wheels were a bit wonky to start with), then I filed & sanded the body shell.

A couple of coats of Humbrol matt white spray gave a good basic finish. Vallejo black ink gave some depth to the grilles below the windscreen and the gaps round the doors. Inscribe military sand acrylic was daubed over the whole model including chassis, then wiped off with my thumb, leaving a dusty coloured residue in all the right places. A bit of scratching with my thumbnail cut through the paint to the metal, giving some reasonably realistic paint chipping around the edges of the pickup bed.

Headlights are GW mithril silver, brake lights GW red gore. Seats are Vallejo beastly brown with a wash of black ink (not that you can really see them in these photographs). Hubcaps received a quick coat of GW chainmail & mithril silver where required.

A suitable addition to my collection, for use as either background scenery or as a technical (once I get a weapon mount for the back) in either Ambush Alley or low-tech sci-fi battles.

Quite satisfactory for 20 pence and an hours painting!