It’s been a long time since we posted. We’ve had a big long break as real life has reared its head, but we are back.
Here’s a post with some images of my newest air support 🙂
So, I thought it would be worth sharing some information with all the fellow hobbyists out there. The information in question is around MKA Studios painting courses, which are held at Element Games in Stockport every 8 weeks or so.
MKA was founded by Mathew Kane (yes, that one! The one who painted all those stunning models for Forge World! Curze, Horus, Ferrus etc. – and no, I’m getting nothing from him for this plug!) and quickly added multiple Golden Demon and ‘Best in Show’ winner, Andy Wardle.
Courses take the format of a weekend of airbrush instruction, weathering tips and teaching of various other techniques and every student, *every* student has produced stunning results. I believe they’re on course number 5 or 6 now… and a student from course number 2, took his new skills and put them to use on a squadron of Heresy Death Guard tanks.. for which he one the squadron category at the last Golden Demon.
Put simply, this course will improve your skills whether you’re a novice airbrush user or a keen hobbyist with years of experience. It has also built a strong community of folks who’ve attended and regularly who share ideas and encourage each others’ efforts. I attended the first ever course and although I’ve been painting for years I never felt that I was getting the most from my airbrushing.
I painted this:
The next course is October 24th/25th, at Element Games in Stockport, UK, and I believe this one is based around painting infantry for previous attendees, but first timers are usually guided towards painting something ‘Rhino-sized’ to learn the basics.
If you’re interested – and why wouldn’t you be – then you can check out the ticket availability with Element on their website here.
After finishing my Titan a few months ago, I’ve been trying to catch up with my never ending line of 40k Space Marines and Tau, and now Horus Heresy Space Marines too. I have the beginnings of a decent 30k Raven Guard force now (you may have seen my Caestus Assault Ram a few weeks ago?). I have a heavy weapon squad, some scimitar jetbikes and other bits to add in the future when they are ready and it’s Games Day UK this Sunday of course – so I’ll probably add more bits! 😀
We are also in the process of sorting out a Tykens Rift YouTube channel. I’m not sure exactly what we’ll put up there but I expect it will be a few V-logs of what we’re working on and some general hobby based chatter. More on that soon.
So… I bought a Thunderhawk Gunship. It was expensive. It’s not terribly well cast. It needs lots of reshaping.
But it’s a THUNDERHAWK GUNSHIP. Number 1704 in fact.
After checking through the big box of components for this flying monster (by the way, Forge World’s “instructions” leave a bit to be desired and there is no ‘contents checklist’ either!) I set about giving the immediate parts of the fuselage a nice soapy resin bath and attacked the resin gates with my trusty razor saw to remove all the excess.
After the first and second soapy bath it became clear that they would need a third. There is so much release agent on these parts that I think I may even need to attack them with good old Fairy Power Spray.
I will be doing that later today.
In the meantime I decided I needed to get to most scary part of this whole process out of the way; drilling the hole for the flying stand! I had help for my long suffering friend, Chris, who was nice enough to hold the bottom of the fuselage while I went for it with a Forstner drill.
Here’s the before shot:
And here’s the after shot:
All the doomsayers amongst you may be saying.. “my god! You drilled through the detail of the engine!”
Yes. I did.
Because it’s the best place to sit the acrylic rod from the base. Now it needs a little cleaning up as you can see but the reverse shot looks better. I can now run a brass rod between each side of the lower fuselage which will act as a ‘stopper’ for the flying base rod and as reinforcing pins when I mount the wings! 🙂
That’s where I am so far. I have a busy couple of weeks now with Games Day and then Apocalypse Doubles at Warhammer World to attend so I’m not sure when the next update will be but I’ll try and keep to a weekly schedule.
Today I thought I’d share my newly finished Caestus Assault Ram. It’s painted up as in Raven Guard colours and will form the basis of my Heresy-era Raven Guard army! 🙂
The black was built up with an airbrush and highlights were Mechanicum Grey and Administratum Grey. I battle damaged with sponged and stippled Leadbelcher. Light rust and black soot weathering powders were also used.
Next up for them will probably be a Landraider Proteus – although I really should paint some actual troops. I’ll probably toss a coin to see what gets done first.
For now though, this is what’s finished so far. Comments and feedback are welcome.
Happy Monday fellow hobbyists!
The Rift has been a bit quiet of late while I’ve been feverishly working in the man cave on this fella: Angron.
I’ve used Citadel paints, AK Interactive enamels, Tamiya paints and Forge World weathering powders.
I’m pleased with how he’s turned out and I’ve just acquired Abaddon and Loken to do next. 🙂