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I like the jury-rigged clamp support, and it looks like it's worked really well. I think you've nailed the pose; definately looks like he's counterbalancing the lean on the bike.

 

10 hours ago, The Chief Smeg said:

I’d love a b1 battle droid kit (1:12 scale) but they are going for silly money now.

 

I wouldn't mind one too, especially after watching Hunter's build. I'm wondering if Round 2 will reissue this kit now they've got the SW licence. Probably still be expensive even if they do. Their kits aren't exactly cheap at the best of times.

 

Andy:cat:

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15 hours ago, Pete in Lincs said:

It's great to see you back at work on this one. It's looking really good. 

 

Cheers Pete, yeah it feels good getting back to it!

 

13 hours ago, The Chief Smeg said:

I’d love a b1 battle droid kit (1:12 scale) but they are going for silly money now. 
 

really enjoying the build though - wonderful 

 

Thanks Chief! Yeah there are so many star wars kits I missed out on that are now crazy prices, hopefully it wont be too long before the 3d print stuff gets so good we can easily just buy cheap files and print our own!

 

2 hours ago, Andy Moore said:

I like the jury-rigged clamp support, and it looks like it's worked really well. I think you've nailed the pose; definately looks like he's counterbalancing the lean on the bike.

 

 

I wouldn't mind one too, especially after watching Hunter's build. I'm wondering if Round 2 will reissue this kit now they've got the SW licence. Probably still be expensive even if they do. Their kits aren't exactly cheap at the best of times.

 

Andy:cat:

 

Thanks Andy, appreciate the compliments and yeah I was pretty pleased with the clamp!

 

2 hours ago, rockpopandchips said:

Definitely some good work on pose, much better than the standard kit. 

 

Cheers Brian! Yeah Im happy with how its looking, just as dynamic as I was keeping my fingers crossed for!

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Okay time for a little update on this guy, I've been sanding down the seam lines using some perfect plastic putty, never used it before and I'm really happy with it; very easy to sand and goes on nice.

 

So the body is ready to be primed but I need to get the neck (which currently moves back and forth) fixed in position, so I got him back on the clamp and used a bit of white tack to hold it in place. The head isn't glued on its just there to make sure the neck position is how I want it.

 

51483321620_276477f2d5_c.jpgIMG_20210915_192145112_HDR~2 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Then I moved on to getting the arms locked down and glued so I can get it all primed at once, the left arm was straight forward, just had to glue check position and glue it.

 

51483320605_4350f92547_c.jpgIMG_20210915_192744787 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51481610217_a704075f1a_c.jpgIMG_20210915_192626267_HDR by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Right arm was a little more tricky as it needs to rotate at the elbow to hold the handlebar properly, so I snapped it off and drilled some holes for a piece of wire to hold it in place once in position.

 

51482394781_f16116109b_c.jpgIMG_20210915_192239757 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51483115984_bc0878002f_c.jpgIMG_20210915_193504911 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Had to use flash in that last pic, my solar light decided to stop working :rant:

 

So its all drying so next step will be spraying down the primer, which makes it feel a lot closer to being finished which feels good, as I want to try and get this done asap so I can move on to the Tau sculpture and get the torso sorted.

 

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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Update time! Have been working on this guy, got all the bits prepped and ready for paint by drilling some holes here and there to get some toothpick supports in place to hold while spraying, then laid down the primer.

 

51514058827_bd70bbd1e8_c.jpgIMG_20210917_170541781_HDR by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51515784070_20c8215053_c.jpgIMG_20210917_190240439_HDR by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51515079228_99341124e7_c.jpgIMG_20210917_190229896 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Then I mixed up a sandy colour for the base colour of the droid, I was losing the light and my damn light still isn't working so this was done in the near dark!

 

51515078708_4a6846df3f_c.jpgIMG_20210920_162206470_HDR by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51515783580_929bd2a8d9_c.jpgIMG_20210920_162216624 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51515078048_d584f6927c_c.jpgIMG_20210920_164256781_HDR by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

I really didn't like how this colour went down, I think I thinned it a bit too much and it just seemed a bit weak, also I noticed in the daylight that a couple of seams on the side of his body needed more sanding, so I treated this as an undercoat and after a little more sanding mixed a big batch of a much better colour that went down a lot nicer.

 

51514852491_4a7ba4d31d_c.jpgIMG_20210925_141833958 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51514057237_73de5f14ca_c.jpgIMG_20210925_141841386_HDR by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51514057182_2f54860f81_c.jpgIMG_20210925_141849542_HDR by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Very pleased thats done, next steps will be chipping pigment work and some washes here and there. Hoping to get this finished very soon, I'm having surgery next week (nothing super serious just having my gallbladder out) so I have three days of isolation before which are going to be "get-this-done" days!

 

So yeah next up I'll add some chipping and brush paint some of the details slightly different shades of the base colour.

 

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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2 hours ago, Hunter Rose said:

(nothing super serious just having my gallbladder out)

Been there, done that. You may find that things are a little sore and may not be too active.

Nice paint & body work. I'll look forward to more when you're up and about.

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4 hours ago, Hook said:

Nice update! I plan to use  FS 33531 Israeli Sand as the base body colour on mine.

 

Cheers,

 

Andre

 

Cheers Andre!

 

2 hours ago, Pete in Lincs said:

Been there, done that. You may find that things are a little sore and may not be too active.

Nice paint & body work. I'll look forward to more when you're up and about.

 

Thanks Pete, appreciate it :yes:

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Right time for another update, been able to get quite a lot done in the last few days which is good.

 

First I started the chipping process using a fine sponge and my new favoutire enamel colour, 251; which is a really dark brown. Wanted to go a bit heavy with this, like he's a verteran droid but as always dont want to go crazy and over do it.

 

Started with the backpack to get a feel for it and then went from there.

 

51532313091_d0622b3c9a_c.jpgIMG_20210927_142202808 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51531516732_0b4650acba_c.jpgIMG_20210927_144616678 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

When I did the arms I also painted the piston rod on the arm using valejo liquid silver, which is an alcohol based VERY metallic silver. I've never used it before, I got it for the mandalorian 3d print I just finished just in case I needed to touch up any of the metallics or just use it outright on the smaller details; but as it turned out I didn't need it. I'd heard it described as alclad for a brush which isn't far off, it actually to me feels like the original humbrol 11 silver before they changed it (i dont know how or why)

 

51533237635_5f8bdb20d7_c.jpgIMG_20210927_144624979 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51533236240_52fac23cbb_c.jpgIMG_20210927_164059002_HDR by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Once all the chipping was done I got out the pigment powders, and using my go to all time favourite (mig graveyard dirt) I added grime and shadow. In a couple of places I used old rust which is obviously more red, but only in a couple of places, wanted a tiny bit of variance but its crazy easy to over do it when you use the lighter rusty colours.  Oh and on a side note the solar light is working again, yay!!

 

51531515447_b872822b5d_c.jpgIMG_20210927_192115764 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51532311026_1416447330_c.jpgIMG_20210927_192154704 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51532311321_42960486d6_c.jpgIMG_20210928_120946956_HDR by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51533235455_4ffb4c4985_c.jpgIMG_20210928_121014833_HDR by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51533235050_aece237684_c.jpgIMG_20210928_153931307 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51532558353_e5aa0a5b9d_c.jpgIMG_20210928_153958246~2 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51532309991_7c65aee7af_c.jpgIMG_20210929_142525509 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51533234550_1afb452220_c.jpgIMG_20210929_142538906 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

When I did the head I also used some of the same 251 dark brown chipping colour thinned down for the eyes. Thought it would be better than going for a stark black.

 

51533030509_88421c0975_c.jpgIMG_20210929_145914128 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51532309496_47e9753be1_c.jpgIMG_20210929_145854901 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51532309311_b412fdac11_c.jpgIMG_20210929_150051290 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

And then I couldn't resist getting the head, back pack and side bits glued on so he's finally starting to come together.

 

51533029989_54a567b61e_c.jpgIMG_20210929_150731033 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51533232920_25b502d008_c.jpgIMG_20210929_154834862 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51532308426_8de61805a2_c.jpgIMG_20210929_154903783_HDR by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51532556173_07442727fe_c.jpgIMG_20210929_154911042_HDR by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Very very happy with how he's looking! And he's very close to being finished, only thing I have to do is pigment work on the arms, and I can get his arms glued on and get him in position on the STAP.  Only other major descision I've made is to scrap the original base, rather than stress myself trying to find some way of weighting down one side so it doesn't lean and topple over. So I'm just going to cut a circle of thick wood and spray it black K.I.S.S. :D

 

FInish line is in sight!!

 

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

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15 hours ago, Toftdale said:

I use to be really happy with my Battle Droid,  however I've beginning to think it now looks a bit amateurish 😂, yours on the other hand looks fantastic,  I really like the subtle weathering - Andy 

Really appreciate the compliment, I'm sure yours looks good Andy, and with any model as long your happy with it yourself that's the main thing anyway :)

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This is looking amazing HR.  I really need to learn and practice a good chipping technique, I have a few Star Wars kits in the stash and you can't build em clean.  Can't wait to see this finished, might inspire me to start mine :)

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18 hours ago, HoolioPaulio said:

This is looking amazing HR.  I really need to learn and practice a good chipping technique, I have a few Star Wars kits in the stash and you can't build em clean.  Can't wait to see this finished, might inspire me to start mine :)

 

Thanks Hoolio! Yeah i think chipping is just a matter if finding the technique that suits you, I find the hairspray method and masking fluid method a bit too slow with undercoats and such plus not a great amount of control imo

I just have a stash of fine sponge which I rip off in random bits and hold with tweezers, and dip it in my colour (enamels work best they flatten really well) get off most of the paint with blotting then just dab here and there on edges and where I think makes se sense trying desperately not to go crazy with it!

It's a quick and easy method that gives instant results which is why I like it

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Time for what will probably be the final update on this guy!

 

I got the droid glued into place by his feet, and got the right arm in place as well.  In order to do that I had to support his weight and the easiest way was to fix a bit of wire to the roof of the shed and loop it round his backpack.

 

51580788088_cd8796a136_c.jpgIMG_20210930_144521902_HDR by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51581237339_3be80819b4_c.jpgIMG_20210930_144542545_HDR by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

And the I got the left arm in place

 

51581472370_77a423a3bd_c.jpgIMG_20211012_115139318_HDR by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51580560086_252d77ea74_c.jpgIMG_20211012_115153446_HDR by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

51580787058_c3a67b89b5_c.jpgIMG_20211012_115222717_HDR by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

Next I got a circle of wood cut that will be my base

 

51579741297_2ebae8bae0_c.jpgIMG_20211003_190407533 by Nick Frost, on Flickr

 

This will get sprayed black, and I'm going to drill the hole for it right to the side so it will be leaning over the base itself which will make sure it has enough support and wont tip over.

 

So hopefully the next time you see this it will be done!

 

Thanks for looking, more soon :)

 

 

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