After realising I had not thought about the rear of the VSF Tunnelling Machine, I decided to paint it with a basecoat of Boltgun Metal.
When I first looked at the model I did initially think that the rear of the model was some kind of boiler so I was going to do it very dark. However upon reflection I think it is actually just the rear of the vehicle, what I thought was the firebox is in fact the rear access hatch.
I do like this model and think it certainly looks the part.
I am in the process of painting my Ironclad Miniatures’ Victorian Science Fiction Steam Tank and Tunnelling Machine. In case you were wondering, they are 25-28mm scale models. Here they are next to a Foundry gunfighter.
As you can see they are quite large.
I started painting the tracks on my Victorian Science Fiction Steam Tank with Chaos Black.
The reason they are half done is that I needed to hold onto one end as I painted them.
The plan is to then drybrush them with Boltgun Metal. They are not attached in the photograph, this will make it easier to paint the hull.
Though I painted the drill on my VSF Tunnelling Machine with a basecoat of Boltgun Metal, for the tracks I decided to use my usual method of a black basecoat. Like the tracks this was quite a challenging area to ensure it was fully painted.
This will then be drybrushed with Boltgun Metal.
Having undercoated my Ironclad Miniatures Victorian Science Fiction Tunnelling Machine, I painted the drill using Boltgun Metal.
This is a different process to the way I would usually paint something like this. Normally I would give the metal parts a black undercoat and then drybrush with Boltgun Metal. This time I am intending to use a black wash.
This is quite a difficult part to paint, as due to the design it is very easy to miss bits as you paint. I found rotating across the three dimensions certainly helped avoiding missing bits with the paint.
The Ironclad Miniatures Steam Tank was given a white undercoat.
The resin pieces of the Ironclad Miniatures Tunnelling Machine were very clean and needed minimal work to get them sorted. The pieces went together very easily. I then gave the model a white undercoat.
I do like this model and think it will be very useful as the core of different kinds of Victorian SF scenarios, even if it actually doesn’t get used itself. It could even just be scenery in the background.
The next stage will be applying the basecoat to the various parts of the model.
I have some of the 15mm ruins from Ironclad Miniatures.
At this time I am using a few of them to check how certain paints of mine are working out, as well as testing out different colour combinations before I try them on the (more expensive) bigger models.
One of the conclusions I have come to is I do need to replace many of the paints in my collection.
I recently wrote a blog article on adding Science Fiction elements to Old West gaming, SteamPunk Old West.
I wanted a couple of vehicles to go with the Old West miniatures that were on my workbench. I bought a couple of resin models from Ironclad miniatures, including one of the steam tanks. It comes in a variety of pieces.
In order to paint it I am going to keep the tracks and turret separate from the main hull. The model went together very easily and needed minimal work or preparation.
Here is the tank assemblies together to see what the finished tank will look like.
I will be giving the model a white undercoat and then a basecoat of sand.
The pieces of the Ironclad Miniatures Tunnelling Machine were very clean and needed minimal work to get them sorted.
The pieces went together very easily.
Next stage will be an undercoat, I am undecided to go with a black or white undercoat. I am going for a wooden hull though.