Monday, January 21, 2013

How to Paint Citadel Miniatures

How to Paint Citadel Miniatures is an introduction and general guide to assembling and painting Citadel miniatures, whether plastic or metal. The chosen examples concentrate on the most popular Games Workshop ranges, namely models for Warhammer, Warhammer 40.000, and The Lord of The Rings - but the methods and materials discussed are applicable to all similar models. This book is for everyone who wants to learn more about painting miniatures, whether for wargames or display. It has been produced with the collector of armies in mind but it covers a whole range of techniques from the basic to the most complex. All techniques are explained and shown in clear close-up photographs or line drawings. The working methods of individual painters are presented in a series of detailed stage by stage photographs with accompanying hints and tips. The overall aim of this guide has been to show a variety of styles to suit different tastes and stimulate experimentation rather than championing any particular 'look' or technique.

Max Modeller Issue 1

It's been a long time since I painted any fantasy type figurines so when I was approached to paint one of MDC's new resin busts I welcomed the opportunity to chance my hand at painting one in oils, without the colour restraints that historical kits bring. To the kit, it is a one piece casting in and around 1/10th scale of a bust titled 'WIGHT LORD'. The detail is very good with little or no flash lines and an odd air bubble which has to be hunted out and filled. This aside, the casting is excellent and in no time was ready to be painted. It is part of a series sculpted by the talented Neil Roberts commissioned by MDC. There are no colouring instructions or photo on the snazzy bag it comes in, so it's totally up to the individual how you choose to colour it. My first impression when I got the model was that it could have been styled on a Roman Lord, especially with the scale armour, heavy cloak and pleated short sleeves, so with this in mind I had a colour scheme forming for the "Uniform" anyway.

RC Model Flyer 11/2010

The article title is the title of the Spektrum blurb, not mine, so when the DX8 arrived at the editorial office, rather than give it to someone to review, I thought I'd do the initial analysis first! What follows is a detailed list of the DX8 radio's attributes as described by Spektrum, followed by an initial review of my observations and opinions gained over the last few weeks I have been playing with it. A longer period will be needed for a more accurate and fuller assessment of its capabilities and I'm sure there will be a follow up article in a few months to give a more in depth evaluation. Not being a heli user, our sister magazine Rotorworld will be featuring a review aimed at dedicated heli users. It's amazing how the 2.4GHz revolution has changed the face of aeromodelling - in just a few years, the majority of the UK show and fly-in pilots have switched to 2.4GHz and Spektrum, in the form of the DX7, has taken the lead in being the majority favourite manufacturer, despite all the other main manufacturers joining the 2.4GHz switchover. Not everyone has been convinced, but in my estimate in just a few years time, 35Mhz will be a thing of the past - a bit like digital radio replacing analogue radio.

Great Scale Modeling

When entering bulk production in 1944, the 37mm Flak 43 stood at the end of a development that had started out in 1935 with the appearance of the 3.7cm Flak 18. By mid-war it had become clear that the ubiquitous 20mm Flak did not pack enough of a punch to deal with the ever growing allied threat from the skies. Rheinmetall-Borsig and Krupp participated in a tender requesting a stronger weapon. Initially Krupp won the tender, but had to cede to the competitor due a construction flaw later. The resulting quarrel between fat cats of the party stopped the start of the bulk production from as early as 1942 until 1944. By that time this powerful weapon came too late to have an impact on the outcome of the war, even though a significant number were delivered owing to efficient production of this clever design.